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Kenya in the running

LEGEND: Kip Keino

KENYA ARE determined to make a mark at the athletics World Championships, according to double Olympic champion Kipchoge Keino.

Keino, the head of Kenya's National Olympic Committee, said in an interview with Reuters that the team would be pushing hard to improve on the four golds they won two years ago in Berlin, when they finished behind the United States (10) and Jamaica (seven).

The championships begin in Daegu, South Korea on August 27 and the legendary Keino is confident that his country will continue their impressive middle and long distance record.

"We can win more medals this time," said Keino during a visit to Sri Lanka earlier this month. "We hope for gold medals in the men's 800 metres, both men's and women's 3,000m, 5,000m and 10,000m, as well as from the marathon."

Keino, who coaches the team's 3,000 and 5,000 runners and broke world records in both events, said Kenya were sending a 52-member team to Korea for the event.

"(The team) are young and energetic. They are working hard with intensive training in the past two weeks and they can challenge anybody in the world."

"We can't underestimate anybody. And for me, more than everything, the most important thing is taking part in the games."

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