Mutai eyes World Relays, Commonwealth title defense

By elvince joshua
Jan 20, 2022
  • Commonwealth Games Champion Mark Mutai.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

Commonwealth champion 400m champion Mark Mutai is counting on a return to form this season to challenge for a medal at the World Relays in Bahamas in May and retain his medal in Glasgow at the Club Games in July. Mutai, a 400m and 4x400m was on his back foot for most of the past season missing qualification for the 2012 London Olympic games.

Mutai who was part of the Kenyan relay team that won the 4x400m relay Gold during the 2010 Africa Championship in Nairobi is set to start his training in March in preparation to defend his Commonwealth title later this year in Scotland.

"Sometimes you train so hard but the body just refuses to respond," Mutai told in Nairobi.

"In such cases, its only good to relax as you strategize for new season and that is what I did. I am back now," he offered as he looks ahead to exceptional sprints before he calls it quit. "I want to run one or two races this year. I still have about three years before I retire and move on.”

Set up sprint club

"I want to do something that will change the lives of many Kenyan youth," he continued expounding on whether he would scale up to the middle or distance racing. “

Kenyan athletes prefer long distance races because it has more money, they do so because it is easier to find managers who can organize for you races outside the country, unlike in the sprints," said Mutai.

"So when I retire from active race, I would like to set up a sprinters' club- a club that will focus exclusively for short races and field event which has been neglected in the country.” Mutai, 34 also think that Kenyan sprint can go a long way and possibly catch up with west African sprint giants if they opt for team training instead of the common individual training preferred in Kenya.