BAHAMAS TEAM SELECTION SET FOR THE 26TH APRIL

Nairobi, 17th April, 2014… Kenya’s countdown to the inaugural IAAF World Relay Championships will culminate on 26th April 2014 at the Nyayo National Stadium with the selection of the team that will represent the country in the first ever World Relay Championships in Nassau, Bahamas next month.

Kenya is hoping to take 60 athletes to compete in the IAAF World Relays, scheduled to take place on May 23rd and 24th 2014.

“We call on all Kenyans to come out in large numbers and support the athletes who will be competing for a chance to fly the country’s flag high. Safaricom is committed to nurturing of talent in the sports industry and it is a great honor for us to be involved in the maiden World Relay Championships,” said Safaricom Director of Marketing Rita Okuthe.

Earlier this month, World 800m champion Eunice Sum and 2012 world indoor 3000m champion Hellen Obiri formed half of a 4 x 1500m team that produced the fastest clocking in history for the distance.

The team that included Anne Karingi and Margaret Chelimo clocked 17:08.17, faster than the official world record of 17:08.34, set in 2009 by the University of Tennessee.

During the same meet, World champion Asbel Kiprop joined up with Olympic finalist Nixon Chepseba to win in the men’s 4x1500m in 14:48.6, beating a team that included world indoor 3000m champion Caleb Ndiku by 9.9 seconds.

“We are aware of the potential of world records falling at the Safaricom Relays final and we are stopping at nothing to ensure that all is in place for the record to be recognized officially by the IAAF.” said AK vice president David Okeyo.

Athletics Kenya also confirmed the April 26 Safaricom Relays will be strictly invitational and that AK will soon announce the list of athletes who will be invited to compete for places in Kenya’s team to the Bahamas.

Nairobi, 17th April, 2014… Kenya’s countdown to the inaugural IAAF World Relay Championships will culminate on 26th April 2014 at the Nyayo National Stadium with the selection of the team that will represent the country in the first ever World Relay Championships in Nassau, Bahamas next month.

Kenya is hoping to take 60 athletes to compete in the IAAF World Relays, scheduled to take place on May 23rd and 24th 2014.

“We call on all Kenyans to come out in large numbers and support the athletes who will be competing for a chance to fly the country’s flag high. Safaricom is committed to nurturing of talent in the sports industry and it is a great honor for us to be involved in the maiden World Relay Championships,” said Safaricom Director of Marketing Rita Okuthe.

Earlier this month, World 800m champion Eunice Sum and 2012 world indoor 3000m champion Hellen Obiri formed half of a 4 x 1500m team that produced the fastest clocking in history for the distance.

The team that included Anne Karingi and Margaret Chelimo clocked 17:08.17, faster than the official world record of 17:08.34, set in 2009 by the University of Tennessee.

During the same meet, World champion Asbel Kiprop joined up with Olympic finalist Nixon Chepseba to win in the men’s 4x1500m in 14:48.6, beating a team that included world indoor 3000m champion Caleb Ndiku by 9.9 seconds.

“We are aware of the potential of world records falling at the Safaricom Relays final and we are stopping at nothing to ensure that all is in place for the record to be recognized officially by the IAAF.” said AK vice president David Okeyo.

Athletics Kenya also confirmed the April 26 Safaricom Relays will be strictly invitational and that AK will soon announce the list of athletes who will be invited to compete for places in Kenya’s team to the Bahamas.

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