African athletes aim to tear form book in Beijing
From MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – A NEW crop of African athletes has emerged ahead of the 2015 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Beijing, China where they harbor hopes of giving their more prominent colleagues a run for their money.
It had been expected athletes from the traditional powerhouses such as Ethiopia and Kenya would dominate the international event but the form of some up-and-coming athletes has pundits re-thinking.
One such athlete is South African sprinter, Wayde Van Niekerk, who specialises in the 200-metre race.
Van Niekerk is also good in the 400m.
Not to be outdone are Nigerian sprinters such as Ogho-Oghene Egwero, Jonathan Nmaju and Miles Ukaoma.
These are expected to excel in the short sprint races as well as the 400m fields.
In Uganda and Eritrea, athletes from the two East African nations are preparing for the long distances races with a view to dislodge the traditional rivals from Kenya and Ethiopia.
The athletes from the continent are aiming to give their traditional rivals from such countries as United States and Jamaica.
As such, the Beijing World Championships appear to be headed for major surprises as Africa aims to make huge impact in almost all fields. The championships start on August 22, ending on the 30th at the National Stadium.
– CAJ News
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