ATHLETICS

Refugees set to shine in London world championships

Five refugee athletes are set to improve on their performance during the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, England unlike their dismal performance at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

The five track runners that consists of three men-Ahmed Bashir from Somalia, Dominic Lukinyom (South Sudan) and Kadar Omar of Ethiopia- and two women-Rose Nyatike and Angelina Nadai both from South Sudan will be taking head on the world in the world track and field events that kicks off on 4th August.   

Speaking to Sports News Arena in West Pokot, refugees’ coach Michael Biwott said the five athletes have been training well with team Kenya at Kasarani and intends to improve on their performance.

“We are expecting the team to do well following their extensive training that was conducted by former sprinter John Anzra in Kasarani. The team has been training with Kenyan athletes who have given them a big boost ahead of the championships,” said Biwott.

Nadai and Nyatike will represent the refugees for the second time at the world events. Last year, the duo were in the contingent of five other athletes at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games where they registered poor results but that did not deter their quest to conquer the world in London games.

Coming from Kakuma refugee camp in Turkana County, Nyatike will be competing in 800m that has Kenyan runners Eunice Sum, Margaret Nyairera and Emily Cherotich not forgetting South Africa’s Caster Semenya.

Representing Kakuma refugee camp Nadai will take on Olympic champion Faith Chepngetich, Winnie Chebet and Juddy Kiyeng in 1,500m.

Omar will have uphill task in London against homeboy Mo Farah in 5,000m race against Kenyans Cyrus Ruto, Kiprono Menjo and Davis Kiplagat.

Lukinyom will be facing defending Asbel Kiprop, Elijah Manangoi, Ronald Kwemoi and Timothy Cheruiyot before Bashir takes on EmmanueKorir, Kipyegon Bett and Ferguson Rotich after defending champion David Rudisha.

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