Veteran racewalker Samuel Gathimba sets Olympics and All Africa Games targets

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ATHLETICS Veteran racewalker Samuel Gathimba sets Olympics and All Africa Games targets

Abigael Wafula 15:03 - 30.01.2024

Veteran racewalker Samuel Gathimba will be out to fly the Kenyan flag high as he eyes the Olympic Games and All Africa Games.

Three-time African race walk champion Samuel Gathimba is working round the clock to ensure he represents Team Kenya well.

Gathimba will be returning to the All Africa Games in Accra, Ghana where he will seek to bag another gold medal for Kenya.

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He has won the All Africa Games title once, during the 2019 edition held in Morocco, Rabat, and settled for silver in the 2015 edition of the event that was held in Brazzaville, Congo. The multiple national champion has already exuded confidence about winning another gold medal.

“I will automatically be going for another title…my hope is to go and represent my country well and win a gold medal,” Gathimba said.

The veteran race walker hit the qualifying time for the Olympic Games last year during the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

He posted a personal best time of 1:18:34 to finish among the top 10 and reveled at the remarkable achievement which leaves him longing to fly the Kenyan flag high in Paris.

He was in action at the third Athletics Kenya weekend meet held at the Nyayo National Stadium where he beat a strong field of young and talented walkers to claim top honours.

“Without a doubt, I already qualified and this is just training towards the global showpiece. My coach and I have been working together and I can confidently say that my body is responding well,” Gathimba said.