ROAD TO GLORY

Mokamba says relay team has shifted focus to Europe

The men’s 4x100m team did not finish the race due to a mix-up in the baton change-over.

In Summary

• “I’m proud of the performance we posted here. I feel good because I am injury-free and in good shape. At least, we shall have more races in Europe to work on our shortcomings,” —Mokamba

• Mokamba said the team needs to compete in more races in order to polish up on their weak areas ahead of other competitions.

Mike Mokamba competes in the 4x400m relay race at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham
Mike Mokamba competes in the 4x400m relay race at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham
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African 4x100 metres champion Mike Mokamba wants the relay teams to keep the fire burning as they shift their focus on next year's World Championships in Budapest.  

Mokamba said the team needs to compete in more races in order to polish up on their weak areas ahead of other competitions.

“I’m proud of the performance we posted here. I feel good because I am injury-free and in good shape. At least, we shall have more races in Europe to work on our shortcomings,” Mokamba said.

He revealed that the presence of 100m African record holder Ferdinand Omanyala in their 4x100m team is a morale booster and he hopes the team will post good results in upcoming championships.

“The team is now balanced with the presence of Omanyala. I believe with proper preparations, we will be unstoppable,” Mokamba said.

Meanwhile, Hesborn Ochieng has attested that reaching the 4x100m relay final was not a walk in the park, especially for a debutant like himself.

The men’s 4x100m team did not finish the race due to a mix-up in the baton change-over.

He said they will need to work on their change-over seriously if they are to perform well in future races.

“This was my first time in a competition of this magnitude and I must admit it wasn't easy getting to the final. I have learned a lot of things from the competition and as a country, we need to go back to the drawing board," he said. 

The men’s 4x400m team managed a bronze in the final as the women’s team placed fifth.  On his part, Dan Kiviasi expressed his gratitude to Athletics Kenya for supporting sprints and urged them to continue with the same spirit.

"The experience has been good but a bit challenging. I thank the federation because we have been getting a lot of support...this is a great inspiration," Kiviasi said. 

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