Why the US, Great Britain & Jamaicans are far ahead of Kenyans in sprinting

ATHLETICS Why the US, Great Britain & Jamaicans are far ahead of Kenyans in sprinting

Abigael Wafula 14:30 - 26.03.2024

Boniface Mweresa has disclosed where the US, Great Britain, and Jamaican sprinters beat us and given a roadmap on how Kenya can also rise through the ranks.

Kenyan sprinter Boniface Mweresa has opened up on why Kenya needs to work harder when it comes to nurturing sprinting talent in the country.

He explained that sprinters in the US and Great Britain are well taken care of from a young age and they can grow in the craft and that’s why they are able to do well in sprinting events.

The former African Games silver medallist lamented that Kenyans tend to identify what they are good at very late and it takes time to build a great career.

He explained that young kids in schools tend to jump from one event to another and at the end of the day, fail to know what they are really good at.

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“That’s the only thing that can make us nurture talents from a young age because when you look at countries like the USA and Great Britain, they are on another level.

“However, if you look at Jamaicans now, they usually start developing their talents in primary and high school. They have facilities that enable them to train hard and compete at the highest levels.

“In the USA, once you get into school, you start developing your talent maybe from eight years until you turn professional. But in Kenya, you have to wait and finish school first.

“When in school, there is no guidance on the events to compete in and you find many people changing events from rugby, to football to running and this means your talent is not identified in good time,” Mweresa said.

He added that Athletics Kenya and other federations should be keen to ensure that they have experts to guide young sports talents on the decisions to make.

“If we had gotten people to nurture talents from the grassroots when in primary, in the next four or five years, when you organise an event, young people will come and they will be aware of the events that work for them,” he said.