Their coach thinks all runners can medal.
A Kenyan juggernaut is descending on Istanbul, Turkey this weekend. The East African nation is sending more athletes than ever to the World Indoor Championships in Athletics with the goal of coming home with as many medals as possible.
Barnabas Korir, Kenya’s team manager, is fully confident that his nine athletes can all medal.
“The team of nine is the biggest that Kenya has ever entered in the World Indoor Championships which have grown in importance and many of the top athletes take them as seriously as the outdoor World Championships,” he said.
Headlining the squad is Pamila Jelimo who is making a comeback in the 800m event.
“When you are in a good shape, there is no point in not running at a major event like the world indoors,” she said. “As an athlete, the biggest motivation is to run in a race and win. Running 1:55 or 1:56 is what I’m looking forward to do.”
The men’s 800m team is an impressive duo made up of Boaz Lalang, a Commonwealth Games champion, and Timothy Kitum, a World Junior medalist. In the men’s 1500m, it will be Silas Kiplagat and Bethwel Birgen. Kiplagat is a world championship silver medalist.