In Summary
  • It’s that time of the year when we have to look back and take stock of our achievements and failures. As the year comes to a close, I must say there is a lot to be proud of as Kenyans in as far as athletics is concerned.
  • But first things first, I want to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone, who had contributed towards making this year a success in athletics.
  • Who will forget how we raided Kololo Grounds in Kampala and took off with a number of titles in World Cross Country Championships?

It’s that time of the year when we have to look back and take stock of our achievements and failures. As the year comes to a close, I must say there is a lot to be proud of as Kenyans in as far as athletics is concerned.

But first things first, I want to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone, who had contributed towards making this year a success in athletics.

Who will forget how we raided Kololo Grounds in Kampala and took off with a number of titles in World Cross Country Championships? We may not have done well on the team front but at least we took the two most important titles - senior men and women’s.

Of course we played second fiddle to Ethiopia in both junior events and senior women but scored a perfect 10 in the senior men’s race. Kudos too to the relay team, led by Asbel Kiprop, for proving to the world that we are kings and queens of the middle distance races.

Coincidentally Africa cross country in Algeria will be one of our immediate events next year and we need to make amends and pick from where we left.

This means the junior runners should use the current series to prepare for the continental competition. After the World Cross Country Championships, the World Under-18 Championships were held at our backyard in Nairobi.

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