In Summary
  • Kemei is the 2016 SOYA Coach of the Year.
  • Athletics has been allocated 57 slots for competitors and nine for officials in Team Kenya for the Gold Coast Games.

Japheth Kemei was on Monday named head coach for Kenya’s athletics team for Gold Coast Commonwealth Games due on April 4 to 15 in Australia.

Kemei is the 2016 SOYA Coach of the Year.

At the same time, Athletics Kenya will name marathon teams for the Commonwealth Games and World Half Marathon Tuesday after a meeting with coaches at Riadha House.

Kenya will defend both the individual and team titles during the World Half Marathon on March 24 in Valencia, Spain.

AK senior vice president Paul Mutwii, who is in charge of competitions, also announced Joseph Ochieng, the AK Nyanza North chairman, as team manager for the Commonwealth Games.

Mutwii disclosed that the other officials to handle the team for the “Club” Games will be named on Tuesday alongside those who will handle the team for the World Half Marathon.

Athletics has been allocated 57 slots for competitors and nine for officials in Team Kenya for the Gold Coast Games.

Kenya won 23 medals at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games - 10 gold, 10 silver and three bronze to top the athletics medal standings.

Mutwii said they will pick a team of six marathoners, three men and similar number of women for the Commonwealth Games.

“Competition for places in both teams for Gold Coast and Valencia is stiff  but we want to settle for the best,” said Mutwii.

He added: “We want to retain both titles in Valencia as well as recapture men’s marathon title in Gold Coast.”

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