Highlights for Kenya this week at the Olympics


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2020 Summer Olympic Games 

Tokyo, Japan

July 23 - August 8, 2021 
 
Kenya rugby women's sevens team are set to kick off their 2020 Olympic Games campaign on July 29 in Tokyo, Japan.
 
The Lionesses, who are making their second appearance in the global tournament, will take on New Zealand and Russia in their first two Group A matches.
 
Their final Group A game will be against Great Britain and they are hoping to go all the way and secure an Olympic medal.
 
Kenya will be determined to continue their dominance in athletics at the Olympic Games when the track and field events start on July 30.

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Leonard Bett, Abraham Kibiwot and Benjamin Kigen are all set to take part in the men’s 3000 meters steeplechase preliminary round with the defending champion Conseslus Kipruto missing.
 
Reigning African champion Kigen won the 3000m steeplechase at the 2018 Prefontaine Classic, beating reigning world champion Kipruto and he is now eyeing an Olympic medal.
 
“We have really prepared well both individually and as a team," Kigen told Citizen TV Kenya ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games.
 
"We intend to correct some few mistakes we saw from the past competitions like running from behind and I know we will deliver medals for our country,” said Kigen.’
 
His compatriots Mary Moraa, Emily Cherotich Tuei and Eunice Sum, who is a former African, world, and commonwealth champion in 800 meters, will take part in the women's 800 meters preliminary round race on the same day.
 
The women’s 5000 meters preliminary round race will feature Lillian Rengeruk, Agnes Tirop and Hellen Obiri, who is the current 5000 meters champion after winning gold in the 2017 World Championships in London.
 
While Geoffrey Kamworor, Rodgers Kwemoi and Weldon Langat will compete in the men’s 10000 meters final.
 
Kamworor, who won the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships three times, finished 11th in this event at the 2016 Olympic Games and he will be Kenya's best hope of winning a medal in this race. 
 
On July 31, the men’s 800m preliminary round race will include and Michael Saruni and Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich, who finished fifth in the final of this event at the 2016 Olympic Games.
 
Lastly, Beatrice Chepkoech, Hyvin Kiyeng and Purity Kirui will be in action in the women’s 3000 meters steeplechase on August 1.
 
Chepkoech is the current world record holder in this event running 8:44.32 in 2018 and she will be confident of winning gold in Tokyo. 
 

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Published: 07/27/2021