When the Shujaa sevens proclaimed that the hunt was on at Rio, seems like track and field athletes took the cue and ran with it. History was written again yesterday as a Kenyan, Henry Mucheru Tumuti scooped the country’s first ever silver in the 400m hurdle heat. A very swift Mucheru was a second shy from the gold. He explained his blunder was in the seventh hurdle on miscalculation hence the wasted precious second. He crossed the line in 47.78 while the American gold medalist cleared in 47:63. Mucheru not only set his personal best record in the sprint event but also broke the national record of 47:79 set in Beijing by Nicholas Bett in 2015.
Business first on the 400m front between Kenya and USA Reuters Photo
Mucheru’s silver was medal number eight for team Kenya. He wrote his history as the 3rd Kenyan to win a medal in a sprint race. He had to work on his speeds in the African championships. Coming from 5th in 2015 and winning bronze in 2016, Olympic stage is his grand crowning. Mucheru thinks that if the local sporting Authorities supported athletes who expressed interest in sprint races, medals are available for the taking. Sprint races are not team Kenya’s forte.The race had a false start which saw Javier Culson of Puerto Rico disqualified. Former Olympic bronze holder had to walk off leaving two Kenyans adjacent to each other. But from the start gun, the American Kerron Clement meant business and did not give anyone a chance to lead or set pace. He sprinted through the hurdles to his seasons best time of 47:63. 24 year old Mucheru was hot on his heels second, Yasmani Copello of Turkey finishing third. The other Kenyan on the race finished last in 49:09.
Kenya sits at top 20 on the overall medal tally and the only African country in that zone. Earned four gold and four silver, more medals are set to come in this weekend from the likes of Julius Yego, Asbel Kiprop, and Margaret Wambui.
Keep your eyes on Kenyan vibe as we keep you up to speed with Team Kenya’s performance in Rio.