NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya must work extra hard in training or
risks losing its dominance in long distance races to
neighbors Uganda at the Commonwealth Games in Gold
Coast, Australia from April 4-15.
Under-18 champion in 3,000m Edward Zakayo has warned
that the Ugandans have improved in recent championships
and must be taken seriously as they head to Gold Coast
for the games.
of Uganda athletes especially in 5,000m and 10,000m is
real. You can’t wish it away,” he said on Wednesday from
Eldoret. “We must train harder as a team and plan how we
will stop them.”
At the World
Championships in London in August, Uganda’s Joshua
Cheptegei stunned Kenyans when he crushed the party on
the medal podium claiming the silver medal behind winner
Mo Farah of Britain.
Farah out of the Commonwealth Games, Zakayo who will
team up with former World Junior 5,000m champion David
Bett and Nicholas Kipkorir says Cheptegei stands out as
their common enemy.
named a team of 24 athletes for the Commonwealth Games
in Gold Coast. The team is led by Cheptegei, who has
been named for both the 5000m and 10,000m and world U20
cross country champion Jacob Kiplimo.
bronze medalist Solomon Mutai is part of a strong
marathon team while top names on the women’s side
include Dorcus Ajok and Halima Nakaayi (800m), Winnie
Nanyondo (1500m) and Mercyline Chelangat (10,000m).
Junior star Rogers Kwemoi will join hands with Jonathan
Muia and Josphat Bett in the 10,000m race.
has won the last three editions of the Commonwealth
Games. But we have a strong team and it’s possible to
end the drought. We shall need to tighten on our speed
in the last lap,” said Bett.
are undefeated in 10,000m, having conquered since Scots
Yvonne Murray’s victory at the 1994 Victoria, Canada
Games. They have gone to win the next five editions.