Commonwealth champion Nigel Amos, Thebe for Kenyan relay trials

Tuesday March 21 2017

Botswana's Nijel Amos (left) wins ahead of Kenya's David Rushida in the Men's 800m event at the IAAF Diamond League Anniversary Games athletics meeting at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park stadium in Stratford, east London on July 25, 2015. PHOTO | GLYN KIRK |

Botswana's Nijel Amos (left) wins ahead of Kenya's David Rushida in the Men's 800m event at the IAAF Diamond League Anniversary Games athletics meeting at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park stadium in Stratford, east London on July 25, 2015. PHOTO | GLYN KIRK |  AFP

By AYUMBA AYODI
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Commonwealth Games 800m champion Nigel Amos and Africa 400m champion Baboloki Thebe from Botswana will grace the Athletics Kenya national Relays Trials planned for April 1 in Nairobi.

AK vice president in charge of competitions Paul Mutwii said that the duo will be part of Team Botswana that will compete in the event, where Kenya will be selecting their team for the World Relays due April 22-23 in Nassau, Bahamas.

Amos, who is also the 2012 London Olympics 800m silver medallist is trying to make a comeback after failing to reach the 800m final during the 2015 Beijing World Championships and 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Amos held his high altitude training in Iten in December last year.

The fast-rising Baboloki won bronze in 400m during the 2016 World Junior Championships in Poland and led compatriot Karabo Sibanda to a 1-2 in 400m during the Africa Championships in Durban last year.

Sibanda will also be traveling to Nairobi for the Kenyan trials.

Mutwii disclosed that Botswana will field six teams during the Kenyan trials in 4x100m, 4x400m and 4x800m both in men and women’s races.

It’s not the first time Botswana is gracing the Kenyan Relay trials, having been represented during the 2014.

Also invited for the Kenya trials, Mutwii said are South Africa, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Uganda. Kenya is looking to qualify teams in 4x100m and 4x400m at the World Relays.

“We shall have to qualify athletes in these two events if not in the county elsewhere,” said Mutwii.

Mutwii said Ethiopia have indicated that they will only send two teams in men and women’s 4x400m.

Meanwhile, Kenya will field a team of 11 athletes during the Djibouti Invitational Meet starting March 24 for two days.

Africa 5,000m bronze medallist Mangata Ndiwa and Commonwealth games 3,000m steeplechase champion Jonathan Muia will compete in men’s 5,000m while David Mutinda and Vincent Leting will field in 800m.

National 400m champion Alphas Kishoyian, Boaz Kiprugut, Justus Lagat and Alex Kibet are in 400m team while international Sylvia Chesebe and Eglay Nalianya make the women’s 800m team.
Mutwii said the team will leave the country on Thursday for the championships.