Kilifi will host the African Triathlon Championship next month. Over 25 Kenyan athletes are
expected to participate. “The African Triathlon will be my first after the commonwealth games, so I will be looking forward to doing well since the training is going on,” explained Joseph Okal in an interview.Athletes from other countries including Rwanda, Japan, Finland among others have confirmed participation.
In line with the federation’s plan to nurture the youth into the sport, the event will also have age-based group races. “The federation’s strategic vision is to build the sport from the grassroots level,” said Romel Lukila, the federation official said in an interview with Citizen TV.
November 26 will see participants in the elite race, male and female swim for 750 meters, cycle for 20 kilometers and run 5 kilometers. Athletes in the age groups of 12 and 14 years will swim for 200 metres, cycle 5 kilometres, and run 1.5 kilometers while the 8 years old and under will swim 50 metres, cycle 1.5 kilometres, and run 600 metres on November 27.
Triathlon demands strength, speed, and endurance for fast completion time to win points. Kenya has been actively participating in the global arena and is ranked second in Africa and twenty-fourth worldwide.
Working in partnership with the National Olympics of Kenya, the race will help Kenyan triathletes gain more exposure and fine-tune their skills in preparation for other international events.