Reigning All Africa games 20km Race Walk champion Emily Wamusyi Ngii has set her focus for this year’s World Race Walking Team Challenge set for Oman next month.
The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) athlete based in Laikipia said that going for the World Challenge will provide the athletes with requisite requirements for them to compete and qualify for major championships.
“Such an event in Oman, which the federation is taking us to compete in, is good for us as walkers. Being a world qualifier for both Commonwealth Games and world championships, we shall have a great time, with an aim of posting good results and earning that ticket for world events,” she said.
Ngii has dominated the 20km race walking in the country for the past five years and it was painful when she and Samuel Gathimba were ejected from Team Kenya heading for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
“we had met the required time but we were told that Kenya lacks a world judge to give us the right proceedings for the Olympics. This was the most hurting moment for us. We don’t want such a thing to happen again because that was not our problem but all the blame should go to Athletics Kenya and NOC-K. we cannot bring an international judge but the two bodies can. We were capable and ready to challenge the world but that dream was never materialized.
As the only Kenyan lady in the team, she will be accompanying Gathimba, Africa under 20 10,000m champion Samson Dominic Ndgiti and Simeon Wachira in the 20km race while World under 20 10,000m champion Heristone Wanyonyi who will compete in junior ranks (10,000m),
Former national champion Erick Shikuku will be representing masters’