Kenya to send 5 teams to athletics world relay championships
21 January 2014, 15:11
Nairobi - Kenya intends to field teams in all five events at the inaugural IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas in May.
The relay disciplines being contested in the capital of Bahamas on
May 24 to 25 are the 4x100m, 4x200m, 4x400m, 4x800m and 4x1500m.
"We are very determined to do well in the categories we have entered
for," Athletics Kenya vice president David Okeyo said in Nairobi on
"We hope to constitute a strong team that will make the rest of the
world feel our presence in the short distance competitions this time
A series of qualification meetings will be held around Kenya between
March and April with an official trial event being held in Nairobi on
"We want to show the world that Kenyans are not only a force in the
middle and long distance but also relays competitions," said Athletics
Kenya president Isaiah Kiplagat.
Kenya holds the world record for the men's 4x800m at 7:02.43, set in
Brussels in 2006, and the 4x1500m at 14:36.23, set in 2009 also in
Meanwhile, athletes are spoilt for choice on which events to compete
in during a year that does not have the World Championships or the
With Only the continental Cup in Athletics and the Commonwealth Games
lined up, elite runners can choose either of the two events to compete
Okeyo said Kenya will name two teams to the Commonwealth Games in
Glasgow, Scotland in July and the Africa senior Athletics Championships
in Rabat, Morocco also at the same time.
"The two events follow each other closely. But for you to qualify for
the IAAF Continental Cup, one must compete in the Africa Athletics
championships. The city of Marrakech, which has replaced Rabat and will
be hosting the continental event where the top two athletes qualify for
the IAAF Continental Cup," said Okeyo.
Whereas, there are no monetary gains in running at the Commonwealth
Games, elite runners might be swayed to head to Marrakech for the IAAF
The IAAF Continental Cup will be marking its fifth edition after its
inaugural event in Johannesburg in 1998, Madrid (2002), Athens (2006)
and Split City Croatia (2010).
Meanwhile, Okeyo confirmed that the deadline for the teams to put in
their entry lists for the Africa Cross Country Championships will expire
on Jan. 31.
Okeyo said all the 53 countries and regions are expected to send at
least two athletes with the bigwigs -- Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Eritrea,
Algeria, Morocco and South Africa expected to field a full team of 16
Kampala in Uganda will host the third edition of the event after the
two inaugural editions in Cape Town, South Africa where Kenya ruled the
roost on both occasions.