Kenyan Sprinters Seek to Perfect Change-Over

The pre-Olympics focus in track and field will be in the relays with the Polish city of Silesia hosting the World Athletics Relays Championship on May 1 and 2.

And Kenya will, once again, be well represented with veteran sprinter Mike Mokamba wary of the fact that baton change-over holds key to a successful outing.

The former national 100 and 200 metres champion on Thursday said that besides having several fast athletes in the team, unlike at the 2019 championships in Yokohama, the Kenyan team is working on the mistakes that saw them finish fourth in the Japanese city.

The quartet of Mokamba, national 100m record holder Mark Otieno, Samuel Chege and Alphas Kishoyian clocked one minute and 22.55 seconds to settle fourth behind winners United States (1:20.12), South Africa (1:20.42) and Germany (1:21.26).

Besides Mokamba, the only other surviving member from the Yokohama team is Otieno. Others in the team for Silesia are Dan Kiviasi, Elijah Matayo and Hesbon Ochieng.

Mokamba noted that the team’s change-over wasn’t as smooth as it should have been in Yokohama, a situation he attributed to lack of orientation at 200m staggers (changeover markings).

“There was some light hiccup at the second and third change-over, and, for sure, it cost us, but I’m glad the coaches are working on it,” Mokamba noted, explaining that they have started training at the actual staggers at Kasarani.

“This feels good and we are heading somewhere.”