- Kenyan race walkers Gathimba, Wachira hope to shrug off illness and win.
Kenyan race walkers Samuel ‘Speedy’ Gathimba and Simon Wachira hope to fully recover from a bout of strong fever that almost ruined their maiden show at the World Championships here.
They are looking to bounce back with a good showing in men’s 20-kilometre final on Sunday.
The chilly and rainy London weather seemed to have taken its toll on the Kenyan duo, who fell sick upon arrival here on August 1.
Gathimba and Wachira said that a misdirection on the route might have cost them a good performance after they failed to finish their race at last year’s Rio Olympics are confident they will not allow the fever to distract their focus in London.
“All is well now. We are determined and the experience from 2016 Rio Olympics will help spur us to good performances against the world’s finest in London,” said Gathimba, the Africa race walk champion.
“We may have not finished the event in Rio de Janeiro but we learnt a lot from the championships,” said Gathimba, who won the Africa title last year in a championship and national record time of one hour and 19.24 minutes.
It’s the same championship where Wachira finished fifth in 1:23:26.