Mwaniki's dilemma: Team Kenya coach feels occasional breaks in camp have hindered consistency
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The IAAF Diamond League meetings are a welcome distraction for Team Kenya as they enter the home-straight in training ahead of the 2018 Africa Senior Champion ships in Asaba, Nigeria.
While taking the sprinters through the paces, head coach Stephen Mwaniki said the series has seen athletes leave camp thus affecting his training programme, even though they could have been good competitions for them to gauge themselves.
The team reported to camp on July 8 but they have had some of their senior athletes take part at the Rabat, Paris and London meetings. They include the 800m sextet of Emily Cherotich, Margaret Nyairera, Eunice Sum, Emmanuel Korir, Jonathan Kitilit and Ferguson Rotich; 1,500m quartet of Timothy Cheruiyot, Charles Simotwo, Elijah Manangoi and Winny Chebet and the 3,000m steeplechase quintet of Conseslus Kipruto, Amos Kirui, Kennedy Njiru, Beatrice Chepkoech and Celliphine Chespol.
Mwaniki observed that even though the athletes were permitted to travel, their absence has affected his consistency in training and strive for cohesiveness within the ranks.
âThe greatest challenge in camp has come from seni or athletes who have been breaking camp for the Diamond League meetings . This has inconvenienced our teamwork although I am happy most of them have returned as agreed.â
However, Mwaniki observed that going by the results the said athletes have been chalking up in their assignments abroad, he expected the team to be hard nut to crack come next week.
He said their main focus is to surpass their performances from Durban, South Africa, two year ago. Individually, athletes will be seeking chances to represent the country at the World Cup.
âWe want to surpass the medal tally we had in Durban two years ago. Our main focus is winning more many gold medals which will boost our chances of topping the medal table. We have prepared well for the past three weeks and we expect to perform better,â said Mwaniki.
He said he expects the challenge to come mainly come from South Africa and Nigeria and some a few West African countries who have performed well in the Diamond League meetings.
âGetting medals nowadays is a challenge but we have trained our athletes to counter such challenges. The athletes are aware that winning gold medals will guarantee them a place in the World Cup and that will help in achieving our target,â he added. The team is set to depart on July 30.Video Vault Poll of the day Most Popular 1 I'm not in NASA, political journey with Raila is over, says Wetang'ula 2 Uhuru set to tour Kisumu as handshake comes full circle 3 Corridors of Power 4 Ask Matiangâi about Ruaraka land purchase, Amina tells Senate 5 DP Ruto has monopolised macadamia sector â" farmer 6 Yes, railways land grabbed but I donât know who did it â" Atanas 7 Official in Sh600m wealth probe was interdicted in 2016 - KRA 8 Anne Ngugi amazed by daughterâs progress 9 Parents wail in court as 11 schoolgirls are sent to jail 10 Steer clear of money bills, MPs tell senators Must read Ask Matiangâi about Ruaraka land purchase, Amina tells Senate Matiang'i on the cross, Chumo's vetting questioned, Mobile loan traps: Your Breakfast Briefing Your sugar has mercury, lab results show Senate Ruaraka probe is waste of time and money How broke public universities can change fortunes Chumo has failed integrity test, won't get SRC job, says Duale Latest News I'm not in NASA, political journey with Raila is over, says Wetang'ula 70 families evicted, houses demolished on disputed Nakuru farm UN warns of voter intimidation, threats of violence in Zimbabwe First Lady discusses HIV/AIDS fight with Prince Harry, Elton John Worry as online platforms make it easy for students to buy alcohol Supreme Court blocks IEBC from holding Homa Bay by-election Popular in Latest news Ayacko gets 44 out 70 electoral college votes in Migori senator race Joho shrugs off Ruto's coast forays, says his 2022 bid 'doomed' Sh3bn Ruaraka land was acquired in haste, CS Amina tells MPs in probe [VIDEO]: Anguish as houses demolished to pave way for Kibera link road Popular in National news [VIDEO] Shame of stalled public projects that have gobbled billions of shillings Not all Kalenjins are corrupt - Keter EXPERT COMMENT: State projects need thorough audit Â© 2018 The Star, Kenya. All Rights ReservedSource: Google News Kenya | Netizen 24 Kenya