Kibiwott Kandie: Kenya out to reclaim lost glory at the World X-country

ATHLETICS Kibiwott Kandie: Kenya out to reclaim lost glory at the World X-country

Abigael Wafula • 13:26 - 14.02.2023

Geoffrey Kamworor, Daniel Simiu, Nicholas Kimeli, Emmanuel Kiprop, and Sebastian Kimaru will join Kandie in the men's senior race.

At the 2017 World Cross-country championships in Kampala, Uganda, Team Kenya emerged top with 95 points and world half marathon record holder Kibiwott Kandie believes with teamwork, the country can reclaim its glory.

Kenya bagged three gold, four silver and three bronze medals at the event ahead of serial rivals Ethiopia who managed to grab four gold medals and four silver medals. Hosts Uganda placed third (one gold and two bronze medals).

At the 2019 edition of the global show, Kenya were relegated to second position (eight medals) as Ethiopia led in the medal standings (11). Uganda settled for third place (six medals).

“We have stressed on teamwork because we want to reclaim our team title. I believe my fellow athletes and I will work together to bring the glory back,” Kandie said.

Kandie added that the coaches did their best to train them effectively and he promised that they will deliver.

The Valencia half marathon champion is also hoping that the weather conditions in Bathurst will not affect them.

“There will be a lot of heat but I do not expect that to give us a challenge considering we used to train during the day while in Embu,” he said.

This being his debut on the global stage in the cross-country, Kandie's prayer is to have good health and execute a good performance in the men's senior race. He added that he is confident athletes in the other categories will post impressive performances. 

Kandie described being selected Team Kenya’s captain to Bathurst as an honour and promised to make sure the athletes represent the country well.

Kandie did not have a smooth season last year as he was set back by a bout of injuries but the 27-year-old has high hopes going into the new season.

“There are many injuries athletes are bound to face and last year was one of the toughest for me. However, this season has started well and my training has been okay,” he said.

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