Paul Kimtai leads UOE at universities Athletics championships

The University of Eldoret (UoE)’s Paul Kimtai will be hoping, for the first time to represent the country at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha Qatar in September.

The captain of UoE will be leading his team at the Athletics Kenya Universities Track and Field Championships to be staged On Kabarak University track and field in Nakuru County this weekend

Korir will be travelling with his team-mates Sharon Kemboi who will compete in 10,000m, Maximilla Jeptanui (200m), Vincent Kiptum (3,000m) and Kevin Kibet.

Former Bungoma DEB primary school student will be competing in 5,000m said his focus is to wear the national colours for the first time.

“My target is to run well, secure a slot for the national trials and cut into the Kenya team for the world championships. It has been my dream to run for this country and the right time has come though late but am optimistic to fly the Kenyan flag,” said Kimtai.

He added that as a captain, the University will also be well represented well at the championships.

“it will be good if many of my team mates make the cut for the nationals championships. We have had good training and that will give us good results in Kabarak. As a team we are ready for the show,” added Kapenguria Boys’ alumnus.

The year three student of Animal Science said he fears Karatina runner Athens Nzioka who has been giving him much challenge but he has put up spirited efforts to ensure he beats him.

“He has been hard on me but due to the training I have undergone lately, I have hope of cutting him off for the title. My focus is not even the University or nationals but what I will get at the world championships in Doha,” concluded Kimtai

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