Team Kenya World Cross Country head coach David Letting will focus on teamwork in his squad as the team hits camp in Embu, ahead of the 2019 championship set for Aarhus in Denmark on March 30.
After a grueling competition to make team Kenya in the weekend’s trials held at the Eldoret Sports Club, the coach believes unity against perennial competitors will help the team to prevail.
“Cross country is about team work, and that is our main target. Some athletes were in good shape during the trials, others were not. We want to make sure when we leave here, we are one team,” Letting told Radio Citizen on Tuesday.
A team of 32 athletes was selected to fly the Kenyan flag in the 43 rd edition of the World Cross, and the head coach believes Kenya will retain the team title.
“The team comprises of young and experienced athletes, my hope is for the young to learn from their counterparts, without considering much who finished where in the nationals. It’s a blended team, in Eldoret their aim was to make the team but that changes immediately you assemble the team in camp, target being bringing the title home,” underscored the veteran coach.
The coach is not worried of the gap in the women’s 10 kilometer race which saw World 5000m champion Hellen Obiri open a 50-metre gap towards the end and finished 10 seconds ahead of second placed Beatrice Mutai.
“We will make sure the gaps witnessed are reduced, we understand some athletes were in shape than others but change will be witnessed,” Letting, concluded.
The team will report to camp on Friday, March 1 for three weeks at the Kigari Teachers Training College in Embu and is expected to leave the country for Denmark on March 25.
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