Kenya continued to rise in the sprinting ranks as the Kenya women’s 4 X 100m team secured a memorable bronze medal at the 2019 All Africa games in Rabat. The quartet of Maximilla Imali, Maureen Nyatichi Thomas, Maureen Ndoro and Eunice Kadogo clocked 45.44 to take the bronze medal behind Nigeria and South Africa.
Kenya also won a bronze medal in this event at the 2018 Africa athletics championships. On that occassion, the quartet of Joan Cherono, Frascha Wangari, Millicent Ndoro and Eunice Kadogo clocked 45.58. Prior to that, Kenya had gone through a long drought in this event. The last time Kenya won a medal at the All Africa games was in 1987 when the quartet of Geraldine Shitandayi, Esther Kavaya, Ruth Waithera and Jane Wanja set a new Kenya record of 45.24 and won bronze.
Back to Rabat, it was Maximilla Imali who ran a solid opening leg passing the baton to Millicent Ndoro who quickly made up the stagger on her outside opponent, putting Kenya in excellent position before passing to Maureen Thomas. By the time she passed to Kadogo, Kenya was in 3rd place. Kadogo held on for 3rd place despite a determined attempt by the Namibian runner to close the gap.The baton passing was flawless for which the coaches deserve credit.