Kenya announces Team for World Athletics Championship in Oregon

Kandie and Obiri To Headline Kenya Defence Forces X-Country

Helene Obiri, the Olympic 5,000m silver medalist, will be looking to defend her title for the fifth time, while Kibiwott Kandie, the world half marathon silver medalist, will be looking to win for the fourth time. Kandie and Obiri to headline Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) x-country championship.

In January of last year, Obiri, the global 5,000m champion, reclaimed the championship by beating incumbent champion Joyce Chepkemoi to second place in 33 minutes 25.1 seconds.

Kandie Kibiwott is a male competitor. Kandie easily retained his title, leading from start to finish and crossing the finish line in 29:24.5 seconds, ahead of Collins Koros in second and Erick Kiptanui in third.

Alfred Olenawangas, the first vice chairman of the Kenya Defence Forces Athletics, said the cast will be nearly identical to last year’s, with Obiri and Kandie leading the races.

“We expect a full house with most of our athletes having resumed training ahead of the busy 2022 season,” said Olenawangas.

“The race is expected to commence at exactly 10:30 am”, he added.

“I am more than ready to defend my title even though my right knee is yet to heal completely,” said Kandie.

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Sekyere Richard has had a 10-year involvement in the sport of athletics. He holds a Diploma in Physical Fitness. Sekyere has experienced the sport as a middle/distance athlete, coach, and now journalist and blogger. Sekyere has published several articles on athletics from Ghanaian Athletics to World Athletics. He currently owns and manages the content and marketing development of Athletics Hour. "I am passionate about sports, love writing and interviewing, traveling, and meeting new athletes and coaches. I like to expose the hidden talents in the youth and I am always in search of talents across Ghana". I have volunteered in one of the biggest ultra-marathons in the world "The Elton Ultra Marathon in Russia. Covered many races in Ghana including ECOWAS CAA Region II Championship and multiple roads and track races in Ghana. In 2021, he launched the "Better Ghana Athletics Agenda", which will help support organisers, athletes and coaches in all directions.

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