Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sprints coach Mwaniki to steer Kenya


Sprints coach Stephen Mwaniki has been named Kenya’s head coach for the championship.

David Okeyo, the Athletics Kenya secretary-general, confirmed Mwaniki to lead a team of 13 coaches who will manage the 142-strong squad named on Saturday.

“This is a big team and three coaches will handle sprints, hurdles and relays, two middle distance, two long distance, two walk race, two combined, and two field events,” Okeyo stated.

The athletes and their coaches report on July 5 for a three-week training camp at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, where AK are making their accommodation arrangements.

At the same time, Okeyo disclosed that some changes in the team, particularly in men’s pole vault and women’s walk race would be announced on Thursday.

“Some mistakes were made during selection and coaches during the trials since this is a large team and coaches are coming up with recommendations,” Okeyo added.

Kenya Team bench

Coaches: Stephen Mwaniki (head coach), Andrew Chepkwony, Martin Oitangor (sprints, hurdles and relays), Kitoo Kororia, James Mutisya (middle distance), Joseph Chelimo, Peter Kigunda (long distance), George Kariuki, Paddy Okello (race walking), Caroline Kola, Joseph Musonik (combined events), Elizabeth Olaba, Benjamin Kemboi (field events).

Medical - David Langat, Audi Sanga (team doctors), Japheth Kariakim, Peter Nduhiu, Mary Karanja, George Amayo (physiotherapists) and Florence Omundi (chaperone)