Relay team's record-breaking success in Bahamas
26 May 2014, 12:33
Nairobi - The country’s relay team lived up to expectations with an impressive performance at the World Relay Championships in Nassau, Bahamas.
The team broke the world record in the men's 4x1500 meters relay, clocking 14 minutes 22,22 seconds at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) event.
Sunday's emphatic victory saw Team Kenya eclipse the previous world record of 14:36,23 the country in 2009 while the United States finished second in 14:40,80 with African close rivals Ethiopia coming third in 14:41,22.
The Kenyan quartet of Mercy Cherono, Faith Kipyegon, Irene Jelagat and Hellen Obiri set a world record for the 4x1500m relay at the event a day earlier.
Kenya also won the men’s 4x800m and the women’s 4x1500m before shattering the world record by 32 seconds in the races.
Before leaving for the World Relay championships in Nassau, Bahamas, both Athletics Kenya (AK) and head coach Sammy Rono had predicted victory for the East African nation.
There was a sense of hope when Rono finally announced his men's relay team of Asbel Kiprop, Silas Kiplagat, Collins Cheboi and Joseph Magut.
The country's leading mobile network operator, Safaricom, had promised huge winning incentives to the team winning gold medalists, silver and bronze thereby pledging Sh1 million, Sh 600 000 and Sh 400 000 respectively.
– CAJ News
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