News04 Apr 2017

Rotich and Bett lead Kenyan squad for IAAF/BTC World Relays Bahamas 2017


(L-R) Sammy Kibet, Job Koech Kinyor, Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich and Kirongo Alfred Kipketer of Kenya celebrate after winning the Mens 4x800 metres relay (© Getty Images)

World U20 800m champion Kipyegon Bett and Ferguson Rotich, the 2016 Diamond Race winner in the 800m, lead Kenya's 30-member squad to the IAAF/BTC World Relays Bahamas 2017 in Nassau on 22-23 April.

Bett earned his spot after out-kicking Rotich in the 800m at the Athletics Kenya Relay National Trials in Nairobi last weekend, clocking 1:44.7.

Rotich will bring valuable experience to the competition after appearances in each of the two previous editions of the IAAF World Relays. In 2014 he ran the lead-off leg on the victorious 4x800m squad. In 2015 he ran the third leg on the silver medal-winning distance medley quartet.

Meanwhile, the women's 4x800m quartet includes Mary Wangari Kuria, the 2012 African 1500m silver medallist, and Silvia Chesebe, a member of the silver medal-winning quartet at the World Relays in 2014 that clocked an African record.

The team also includes African 400m silver medallist Boniface Mweresa and Geoffrey Kiprotich, the fourth-place finisher over 400m at the IAAF World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz 2016, who were named to the mixed 4x400m relay.

Athletics Kenya for the IAAF

Kenyan team for IAAF/BTC World Relays Bahamas 2017

4x200m: Mike Mokamba, Peter Mwai, Collins Omae, Ferdinand Omanya, Mark Otieno
4x800m: Kipyegon Bett, Alfred Kipketer, Timothy Kitu, Ferguson Rotich, Cornelius Tuwei

4x200m: Damaris Akoth, Peris Chege, Maximila Emali, Patricia Isichi, Mary Tanui
4x400m: Grace Kidake, Everline Makena, Veronica Mutua, Catherine Nandi, Jacinta Shikanda
4x800m: Josephine Chelagat, Emily Cherotich, Silvia Chesebe, Mary Kuria, Eglay Nalianya

Mixed 4x400m: Betty Chelagat, Geoffrey Kiprotich, Alfas Kishoyian, Daisy Komen, Boniface Mweresa