They trained hard and had big dreams of flying the national colors in sprint races at the Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, but their hopes had collapsed minutes after the start.

The performance of Kenya at the relay world championships, which ended yesterday evening in Silesia, Poland, was slightly below average.

The team set out with big dreams: to win the Olympic qualifying marks on the 4x400m of the men and the 4x400m of the women. It never came about when they finished last in the first few rounds.

The women’s 4x400m split times came when Gladys Nthenya recorded 54.67 seconds, Veronica Mutua (54.61) as Sylvia Chesebe (55.11) and Mary Moraa (54.05) slower times in the duel. < The same results were achieved on the men's 4 x 400 m with Stanley Kieti (48.52), William (48.37), David Sanayek (47.01) and Kevin Tonui (46.89).

Hillary Wesonga, a sprint coach, says tacticians made the wrong choice by shuffling the athletes, which resulted in them wasting time handing over the baton.

“We have to save seconds while passing the baton to the next sprinter and not just waiting for it. It should be a quick step, ”said Wesonga. On the shuttle relay, Wesonga said, “If you looked carefully you could see that our athletes were careful not to make mistakes, but they were too slow off the blocks. That’s why they chose bronze. ”

Stephen Mwaniki, a renowned sprint trainer, said the shuttle squadrons are technically sound and need to be invested in.

“I cannot comment on what happened as I was not part of the traveling team. I left our training camp in Kasarani two weeks before our team left for Poland,” he said.

Meanwhile, host country Poland saw success when Joanna Jozwik and Patryk Dobek teamed up to win the 2x2x400m.

It was the first of two finals in the Silesian Stadium in Chorzow on Saturday. Germany won the shuttle hurdles relay and there were numerous competitive 4x100m and 4x400m prelims.

With two athletes running their two 400m stages in turns, the 2x2x400m is an event that favors the middle distance athletes rather than the sprinters, but in Dobek the host country had a bit of both.

The 27-year-old, who used to be better known as the 400-meter hurdler, has climbed to 800 meters this year in excellent style and won the European indoor title in just his fourth competition in the distance.

May 1, 2021 Poland’s Kornelia Lesiewicz, Ma? Gorzata Ho? Ub-Kowalik, Kinga Gacka and Natalia Kaczmarek [REUTERS]

In Silesia he was joined by his team-mate Jozwik from European Indoors, who won 800 m silver in Torun. Together they managed to win on home soil with a time of 3: 40.92.

After a conservative start, Kenya was just ahead after the first lap. Naomi Korir handed the baton to the 800-meter silver medalist Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich and Jozwik, who passed on to Dobek.

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