Mary Moraa sets target ahead of 2024 season opener

ATHLETICS Mary Moraa sets target ahead of 2024 season opener

Abigael Wafula 07:33 - 26.01.2024

Mary 'Kisii Express' Moraa has opened up on her targets as she seeks to open her season at the third Athletics Kenya weekend meet.

Reigning world 800m champion Mary Moraa has disclosed that she will open her season at the third Athletics Kenya track and field weekend meet scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Moraa was excited to share that she would be competing in the 400m race where she intends to run under 50 seconds.

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In a post on her Facebook page, Moraa said: “Glad to announce that I will start my track season at the Third Athletics Kenya Track and Field Meeting starting tomorrow at the Nyayo National Stadium. I will be running 400m where I hope to run sub 50 seconds. See you then.”

The Commonwealth Games champion has been training effectively under the tutelage of coach Alex Sang and she will be ready to impress once she sets foot on the track.

Moraa enjoyed an amazing 2023 season that saw her become the third Kenyan woman to win a gold medal in the 800m at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Kisii Express as she is fondly known in athletics circles was beaten only once in the two-lap race, where she faded to finish a distant fourth at the Diamond League Meeting final held at Hayward Field in Eugene, the USA.

She will be seeking to also dominate this season, with her focus fully fixed on making the cut to the Olympic Games in Paris, France.

She has also spoken about attacking the 800m world record and this might just be the year that the Kenyan talent will shatter it.

The women’s world record over the 800m stands at 1:53.28 and was set by Jarmila Kratochvílová 40 years ago.

She clocked the time on July 26, 1983, at the Olympiapark Meeting in Munich’s Olympic Stadium and has remained the oldest outdoor world record in the book.