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Team Kenya celebrates after winning the 4x800m race in the World Relays Championships in Nassau, Bahamas on Saturday. Photo/AP
Team Kenya celebrates after winning the 4x800m race in the World Relays Championships in Nassau, Bahamas on Saturday. Photo/AP

Kinyor comes of age in Bahamas Relays

By EMMANUEL SABUNI @sabunisop

For many, Job Koech Kinyor was an unknown name until last weekend when he anchored the Kenya 4x800m relay team to victory in the just-concluded inaugural World Relays Championships in Nassau, Bahamas. That was a big statement for the budding athlete, son of Barnabas Agui Kinyor a former Kenyan sprinter who represented the country in the 400m hurdles. He led Ferguson Rotich, Sammy Kirongo and Alfred Kipketer to Kenya’s first victory in the event after clocking 7:08.40.

His coach David Letting says young Kinyor was discovered in 2010 while competing in the 800m and 400m during the Kenya Secondary School Sports Association (KSSSA) in Kakamega. “He is a strong athlete that everybody admires. When he was in school, he did not know how to run well and lacked confidence. However, when he came to camp, he proved what he can do on the track,” said Letting, one of the long serving athletics coaches in Kenya.

With his intensive training, Letting has high hopes that the father of two will do even better in other upcoming global events. “We are expecting him to work better than he is now because he is still young and strong. I know him personally and that makes it easy to handle him in and out of camp,” added Letting.

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