With Kenya still without a medal after six days of competition at the 2016 Olympics here, the country is hoping to break the duck with the start of the athletics programme here Friday.
Following dismal performances by its participants in seven-a-side rugby, boxing and judo, the country, a middle-distance powerhouse, is hopeful of bagging some medals with the country hoping to clinch its first medals when world champion Vivien Cheruiyot, together with Betsy Saina and Alice Aprot, take to the field in the women’s 10,000 metres final.
The athletics programme at the Rio Olympics begins Friday with the first track event on the schedule being the heats for the men’s 800 metres in which David Rudisha is hoping to qualify for the final. Rudisha will be joined by compatriots Ferguson Rotich and Alfred Kipketer in the two-lap race.
Samwel Ireri Gathimba will take part in the 20-kilometres walk race final together with Simon Wachira while Nancy Chepkwemoi, Faith Kipyego and Viola Cheptoo will participate in the women’s 1,500 metres heats.
The women’s marathon race will be held this Sunday. The Kenyan women’s team will include world marathon silver medalist Helah Kiprop, London Marathon winner Jemima Sumgong and Paris Marathon champion Visiline Jepkesho.
Kenya bagged a total of eleven medals — two gold, four silver and five bronze — in the last Olympics held in London in 2012.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK