Refugee athlete, Nadai eyes slot at World Championships

ATHLETICS Refugee athlete, Nadai eyes slot at World Championships

Abigael Wafula • 07:39 - 16.02.2023

Nadai and compatriot Josephine Tain will be under the charge of Coach Janeth Jepkosgei and Team manager Japheth Kimutai.

Anjelina Nadai has big plans in the 2023 season as she eyes a slot at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary come August.

In the 2022 edition of the World Championships, Nadai could only manage a 42nd-place finish by clocking 4:23.84 in the 1500m and could not make it to the semi-final.

She, however, plans to go and make amends and hopefully return to improve on her previous dismal show.

Nadai said: “I wish to qualify for the World Championships this year. I want to run 4:20.00 in the 1500m…this will be a good performance for me. I am also aiming for the 5000m race because it has helped me a lot. I’m also looking forward to make the team for the 2024 Paris Olympics.”

Nadai and Josephine Tain were on Wednesday, February 15, flagged off by the National Olympic Committee of Kenya to compete at the World Cross-country championships in Bathurst, Australia.

The duo is a beneficiary of the Refugee Scholarship and they received an invite by World Athletics to join the team based on their remarkable results.

Nadai, for instance, became the first runner from both the World Athletics and Refugee Olympic team to win an international competition at the European Champion Clubs Cross-country.

“I have always been hoping to win races and this was a dream come true. Being a refugee is not easy but I believe everything is possible,” Nadai said.

She added: “Winning the competition is motivation enough for me to compete in the cross-country. I believe it is also a morale booster for my fellow refugee.”

She will be competing in the mixed relay at the global show and will be eyeing a podium finish. “I want to run well and hopefully win,” she said.

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