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Mark Mutai to lead Kenyan World Masters gold rush

2010 Commonwealth 400m champion Mark Mutai will lead a team of other 31 athletes in the 2018 World Masters Athletics that kicks off next week in Malaga, Spain.

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The team received the national flag from Chief Administrative Secretary for Sports Hassan Noor who urged the veteran to emulate young talents that won the 2018 Africa Athleticxs championships held in Asaba, Nigeria last month.

“Kenya is sports powerhouse in the world and we do not have a doubt that you will go and do well. We are confident that you have prepared well and as a ministry we have done everything to see to it that you are comfortable,” Noor, representing CS Rashid Echesa said.

Among the highlight athletes in the team is four-time 3,000m steeplechase champion Ezekiel Kemboi.

The team will be skippered by 2010 Commonwealth Games 400m champion Mark Mutai.

Masters Athletics is a championship organized for athletes over 35 years of age. During the last Championship in Perth, Australia, Kenya scooped 10 medals having sent a team of 15 athletes. This year, they have promised to do more.

At the same time, Mutai has urged the ministry to ensure that the Masters Athletes are rewarded same as the elite group of athletes who are rewarded with up to Sh1mn for gold medal wins.

Malaga bound team

1. William Bett – 5,000m and Half marathon

2. Peter Bii -5,000m, 8km cross country.

3. 10km road race

4. Joshua Bondo -Shot Put, Discuss

5. Innes Chenonge -5,000m, 10km road race

6. Nelly Jeptanui -800m, 1,500m

7. Stephen Kamande -5,000m, half marathon

8. Ezekiel Kemboi -1,500m, 3,000m steeplechase

9. Rebecca Kerubo -shot Put, Discuss and hammer throw

10. Isaac Kiberenge -800m, 1,500m

11. Francis Kimeli -5,000m, half marathon

12. Robert Kimutai -5,000m, 3,000m steeplechase, 8km cross country

13. Joshua Kipchumba -5,000m, 10km road race

14. Dennis Kirui -800m and 1,500m

15. Eliud Kirui -5,000m, 3,000m steeplechase

16. Joyce Kirui -5,000m, 8km cross country, 10km road race

18. Carolyne Kola -long jump, triple jump

19. Francis Komu -5,000m, half marathon

20. David Langat -5,000m, 8km cross country

21. 10km road race

22. Mark Mutai -400m, 200m

23. Tom Musinde -100m, 200m

24. Elizabeth Muthuka -400m

25. Samuel Ndereba -5,000m, 10km road race

26. Susan Nyageringa -1,500m, 2,000m steeplechase

27. Isabella Ochichi -5,000m, 10km road race

28. Elizabeth Olaba -Shot Put, hammer throw, discuss throw

29. Stephen Oyaro -5,000m, half marathon

30. Silas Sang -5,000m, half marathon

31. Khadijah Shungi -5,000m race walk, 10km race walk

32. Erick Sikuku -5,000m race walk, 10km race walk

33. Irene Wamuyu -200m, 400m

34. Florence Wasike -200m, 400m

35. Paul Yego -5,000m, 8km cross country, 10km road race.

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