Kenya: Cherono Sweating to Clock Olympics Qualification Time


Sprinter Joan Cherono is among athletes currently in residential training at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani preparing for the Tokyo Olympics Games as a way of protecting them from coronavirus which has adversely affected sports the world over.

Cherono, who specialises in 400m, 4x200m, 4x400m and 4x100m races, has a reason to smile after shifting her training base from Nakuru – where she had challenges in terms of facilities – to Nairobi.

She is working hard to attain the qualification mark in the 400m race and join Hellen Syombua who has already qualified for Olympics.

Cherono told Nation Sport that she will be participating in the two-day Athletics Kenya weekend meeting at Kasarani which will also serve as a mini-trial for athletes to be invited for AK trials for World Relays scheduled for March 26-27.

AK will use the March 26-27 trials to select athletes who will represent the country at the World Relays to be held in Silesia, Poland on May 1-2.

“My preparations have been going on well and I’m happy because we have been given an opportunity to train at Kasarani which is good for sprinters. I will be using the weekend meet to improve on my speed and part of my buildup for the World Relays trials.

“It feels nice to see athletics resume after a long period due to the coronavirus which stopped our lives,” Cherono told Nation Sport.

Like many other sprinters, she has had her fair share of challenges in terms of training where she is forced to juggle between Menengai Forest in Nakuru and Kabarak University for her speed sessions due to lack of a good track.

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