Masikonde ready to return with a bang

Former world 800m silver medalist Joshua Tiampati Masikonde is confident that he will be back with bang when the sporting world returns to normalcy especially track and field.

The lanky runner, who represented the country at various championships while in his junior ranks has been battling sickness as well as the injury that kept him off the track for over four years.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (CID) officer said that he is healed and ready to rumble again in the two lap race for the country ahead of the Olympic Games set for Tokyo, Japan later this year.

“I have been out of competition for long but I promise that I will be back in a different way and run my best. I went into the force but I will be back in full swing. I have been out for illness and injury but now am fully healed for serious action once the sporting world returns to normalcy,” said Masikonde.

Born on 6th August 1996, raised in his Olpusimoru village in Narok County, Masikonde began his running career at a tender age, representing his Ole Polos primary school up to the national level.

“I have this running talent that started way back in primary school where I competed at the national level, winning silver while in class eight,” said Masikonde.

In 2011 during the Kenya primary school Sports Association (KPSSA), Masikonde, while in class eight played second fiddle to Alfred Kipketer in his last year at the primary level.

While in form one at the Simat secondary school in Uasin Gishu County, he finished 3rd at the Mau region behind winner Jonathan Kitilit and Johana Simatwa hence missing an opportunity for national championships in 2012.

But good tiding came in 2013 when he was in form two at the same school when he won the national title but missed an opportunity to represent the country at the world youth championships.

“But I was not lucky to compete for the country at world youth despite winning both national and Won East Africa school titles. I missed to compete at the world youth after finishing third at the national trials,” explained Masikonde.

His vision was fulfilled in 2014 while in form three after joining AGC Lilloch Primary in Kericho. After missing to run at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland when he finished 4th at the national trials while in form three, he managed to cut the ticket for world junior championships in Eugene, Oregon in the USA.

“It was a great opportunity to run in national colours at the World Junior championships winning silver. For the second time, I lost to Kipketer. This was a consolation after missing to compete at the Commonwealth Games,” said Masikonde.

The following year while in form four, Masikonde missed to compete at the IAAF World Championships when he finished 6th at the national trials before joining Kenya Police Training College in Kiganjo as a CID.

“From that time, I joined Kiganjo from 2016-2017 and now I serve the public in this capacity hoping to return into action soon. I have only competed for two races. After Kiganjo, I won the national championships but the coronavirus came and I was off but I want to come back in full swing. I want to improve my time from 1:45.4 to a better one,” concluded Masikonde.

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