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Kenya International Liberation Team captain Aaron Koech is hoping for a better performance at the upcoming World Athletics Championships in Silesia, Poland on May 1-2.

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Koech, who formed part of the team that combined the 4 × 400m bronze medal in the final edition of the event in Yokohama in 2019, said the Tokyo Olympic qualification was their main goal.

“There are a few challenges but we hope for good performance. In Japan two years ago we managed copper and we will continue to build on it even more prosperous. Our goal is to reach Japan for the upcoming international sports event” he noted.

Kenya will send a team of 36 athletes to Poland on Tuesday night for a race that will serve as a qualifying competition for the running teams aiming to compete in the 2021 World Athletics Championships.

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Young Mary Moraa will also be part of the women’s 4 × 400m women’s team

Hellen Syombua while speeding Mike Mokamba and 100m national record holder Mark Otieno will lead the men’s 4 × 200m men’s team.

For years, runners in the country have missed out on high-level competitions leading to a drop in standards among current Kenyan runners, and participating in international events will see runners gain valuable experience.

Head coach William Murgor hopes the national team at the World Relay Tournament in Selesia, Poland has improved their starting tactics.

Murgor said they have been working hard to rectify major technical errors witnessed during the AK Relay rally that began in January this year.

The latest addition to the World Athletics Race, the World Race was held in the Bahamas capital Nassau for the first three editions, while the 2019 event was held in the Japanese city of Yokohama.

Poland has a proven track record of organizing major athletic events by Bydgoszcz having organized the U18 World Launch Competition in 1999 and two editions of the U20 World Championships and the World Cross World Championships.

While Kenya won only a bronze medal at the 2019 tournament held in Japan,

team manager Kennedy Tanui is confident that the runners are ready to take the bag medals at the two-year event, noting major improvements from the squad.

We have had solid training on key switching which has been our biggest deterrent. We have also improved our skills in the 4 * 200m technical race and the transport route we have completed, “said Tanui, secretary of Athletics Kenya (AK), Central Rift.

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