Aaron Koech a twin brother to the 2015 World 400m hurdles champion Nicholas Bett will captain Team Kenya for the Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria.
Koech who won a bronze medal in the men’s 400m hurdles before anchoring Kenya to winning silver in the 4x400m relay will lead the 61 Kenyan members’ squad’s onslaught in the west African nation during the 21st Senior African Athletics Championships to be staged at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, Delta State.
He will be deputized by six times Africa champion and Commonwealth Games walk race medalist Grace Wanjiru who is a Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) officer.
After a poor outing at the last Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, Kenya are looking to make a big statement in Asaba with their ‘A’ athletes as the country seeks redemption.
Athletics Kenya President Jack Tuwei said they will take the Asaba 2018 event seriously since the top two runners from each discipline will qualify for the IAAF Continental Cup scheduled to hold in Ostrava, the Czech Republic on September 8th and 9th.
“The Intercontinental Cup is a big competition and we want most of our athletes to qualify. That is why we selected the strongest team selected on merit to travel to Nigeria”, Tuwei said.
Kenya finished second overall in the last edition of the championships two years ago in Durban, South Africa, securing eight gold, eight Silver and eight bronze medals.
Hosts South Africa reigned supreme with 33 medals, which included 16 gold, nine silver and eight bronze medals while Nigeria was third with 16 medals inclusive of four gold, five silver and seven bronze medals.