- Mark Otieno, the sprinter has improved his sprinting ability at the Moi Stadium, Kasarani as he looks forward to making it to Olympics
The speedster, Mark Otieno is focused to make his debut in the Olympic Games in 100m dash despite the current qualification time being lowered to 10.05 secs for Tokyo Olympic Games. The previous qualification time in Rio was 10.20 secs.
Otieno who holds the record for national 100m is getting his cards well ahead of the national championships that will be used to select the Kenyan team to the Tokyo Olympics games this year.
Mark Otieno has upped his training hoping that he will hit the qualification time when the championship starts.
“It was a good experience taking part in the two competitions alongside world-class athletes. It was a good motivation. I hope to use that experience to qualify for the Olympics and compete at an event higher level,” said Otieno.
Otieno has once competed at three world relay in Bahama (2015, 2017) and USA (2019) made a suggestion that there should be specialized training for sprinters in Kenya. He believes that it is only through training that Kenya can increase its competitive edge in short races at the continental and world-level.
“I strongly believe if we had exchange programs with countries that are top in short races and specialized coaches, our sprinters would do well in international competitions because the raw talent is there and only needs to be nurtured,” he finished.
The lad is focused on reaching the finals of the Senior African Championships that is scheduled to be held in June. Thereafter, the sprinter plans to attempt to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games this year.
From the Sportika Team, we wish Mark Otieno will achieve his dreams and represent Kenya in the global sphere when it comes to short races events.