Sprinter Awuah chuffed by Kenyan cuisine
Nairobi, 3 October
British rising sprinter Kristal Awuah has landed in Nairobi ready to test her development by running at high altitude on Saturday (3 October).
Fresh from the World Athletics Wanda Diamond League meeting in Doha on 25 September where she placed fourth in 100m by timing 11.27 seconds, Awuah is already loving it in Nairobi ahead of the World Continental Tour on Saturday.
“I’m enjoying Kenyan food especially fish, chicken and rice. Best food. It is so fresh,” Awuah said Thursday after a walkabout at Nyayo National Stadium, the venue of the Nairobi World Continental Tour dubbed Kip Keino Classic.
“It will be interesting to run my last race this season at altitude,” Awuah said.
Awuah will compete in 200m, one of the five ‘core disciplines’ included in World Athletics’ second-tier competition after the Wanda Diamond League.
The 21-year-old sprinter moved to the top of the UK women’s 200m rankings for 2020 when she clocked 23.20seconds in winning at Gouden Spike meeting in Leiden, Holland on 19 September.
Nairobi, which is at an elevation of 1,795 metres could, however, present a different challenge for Awuah, who hopes to make the British team to the postponed Tokyo Olympic Games next year.
She will be up against African challenge presented by Nigeria’s Gabriel Joy Udo, Saka Souliatou of Benin, Shida Leni (Uganda), Bassant Hemida (Egypt), Murandafu Eunice Kadogo (Kenya) and Njobvu Rodah (Zambia) among others.
With the World Athletics Continental Tour also offering ranking points and a Wild Card for 2021 Oregon World Championships, Awuah will surely attack the field for honours as she stakes her claim for inclusion in the British team at 100m, 200m and the 4x100m relay at the Olympics.