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Kenya aim for Triathlon medals at Commonwealth Games

08 July 2014, 13:27

Nairobi - Kenya's triathlon team have their sights set on medals at their maiden Commonwealth Games appearance.

The team will be lead by 21-year-old Swaleh Abdulnasser Balala and is made up of two men and two women.

Balala is joined by Vincent Ochieng while Jessie Emma De Boer and Hellen Kinuthia will compete in the women's competition.

Having finished sixth at the 2011 All Africa Games in Mozambique 24th at the 2009 All Africa Triathlon Championships, Balala improved to sixth in 2012 before finishing second at the 2014 Africa and Pan Arabian International in Egypt in March.

“I know the kind of opposition we shall face in Glasgow but I hope to break into the medal bracket,” said Balala.

“Those who have dominated at the Olympics and World Championships come from the Commonwealth region,” added Balala.

The 28-year-old Ochieng, who finished 38th at the Duathlon World Championships last month in Spain, said he is hoping for the best at the Club Games that will be his first major Triathlon event.

“I know we shall brush shoulders with Olympic medallists but I am up for experience, this being my top event in the sport,” said Ochieng.

Meanwhile De Boer, who only took up triathlon in February before going on to win two national trials events, is optimistic of a good performance in Glasgow.

“I am excited since I have learnt so many things in camp and I hope to do my best and for my brother who has been a major inspiration,” said De Boer.

“My brother (Allan De Boer), who is a sports psychologist, has taught me a lot about nutrition.”

Head coach Salonik Ole Koyiet said he expects a medal from Balala owing to his consistency and his hunger for success.

“Balala has been consistent while Ochieng's performance at the World Duathlon should spur up something,” Koyiet said.

“I am looking at the girls finish strong too.”

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