Thu 03 Sep 2015, 09:28
The 2015 African Games are set to commence in Brazzaville as Kenya looks to win more medals.
A few days after Kenya topped the world at the World Athletics Championships, the team to Brazzaville will be looking to do better than in Mozambique four years ago where they finished sixth with 50 medals including 14 golds.
The country has sent 17 disciplines including athletics, badminton, boxing (men), cycling, handball, judo, karate, lawn tennis, rugby sevens (men), swimming, table tennis, tae-kwon-do, volleyball (women), beach volleyball, weight lifting, wrestling and Paralympics sports (men and women).
Athletics will once again be the medal basket with the team expected to do much better than in 2011 when they won only five gold medals on the track.
The biggest ask will be to reclaim the steeplechase gold medal surrendered to Ethiopia. Olympic bronze medallist Abel Mutai will lead Hillary Kemboi and Clement Kemboi in the battle to reclaim that medal.
Thomas Longosiwa, Isaiah Koech and Joseph Kiplimo will line up in the men’s 5 000m while in the walk, Grace Wanjiru will look to add onto her glowing list accolades in the women’s 20km race.
Alex Kiprotich and Nelson Yego will look to succeed outgoing champion Julius Yego in the men’s javelin.
Former World Cross Country Junior silver medallist Leonard Barsoton will lead a strong team in the 10 000m race while Joyce Chepkirui will be the one to watch in the women’s race.
The Paralympic sports team delivered five gold medals last time and will again be sure bet for success.
Swimming gave Kenya three gold medals in 2011 but the absence of the Dunford brothers means it will be much to gather for the squad in Brazzaville.