Kenya: Mary Moraa Scales to 800m, Eyes Olympics


National 400m champion Mary Moraa has set her sights beyond the forthcoming World Relay Championships after she ploughed the fastest time in the 800m at Athletics Kenya Relay Series on Saturday.

Moraa promised a thriller in the women’s 800m this year as she trains her eyes firmly on qualifying for the Tokyo Olympic Games later this year.

Also announcing his return from a nagging hamstring and back problem is the Commonwealth 800m champion, Wycliffe Kinyamal, who set the second fastest time in the men’s 800m.

“The truth is that I have a bright future in 800m than the one lap race, but that is not to say I won’t be running in 400m, I will use the race for speed work, “said Moraa, who clocked 2 minutes and 04.92 seconds as Josephine Chelangat and Emily Cherotich finished second and third in 2:05.11 and 2:05.95 in the ranking.

The 20-year-old Moraa, who represented Kenya in the 400m at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, said she looks forward to getting a ticket either in the 4x400m or 2x2x 400 for the World Relays due May 1 and 2 in Silesia, Poland.

The third and final Athletics Kenya Relay Series event is due February 6 before the national trials to select the team for the World Relays on March 26 to 27 at the Nyayo National Stadium.

“My desire is to train well for the 800m and what I can tell Kenyans is…just watch me! I will dig in for that qualifying time and for sure I will do wonders at Tokyo Olympics, God willing,” vowed Moraa, the 2017 World Under-18 400m silver medallist.