Africa relay bronze medalist Joan Cherono is relishing the challenge from the Caribbean teams ahead of this year’s World Relay Championships, held in Japan from May 11 to 12.

The championship will bring together more than 500 athletes from around the world to compete across several relay disciplines, and Cherono is keen to stake her claim as she seeks to win a medal at the global arena.

“I am working hard towards that goal. I want to make the Kenya team at the World Relay Championships. I have gained experience having run at the top level at the Africa Championships and the Commonwealth Games,” she said on Tuesday in Nairobi.

Dozens of countries will be fielding their best possible teams for the 4x100m and 4x400m events, as they seek to gain qualification for the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, later in the year.

Cherono was to take part in the 100m at the Africa Championships but was unable to arrive at the event on time owing to logistical difficulties.

But Cherono did not let that demoralize her. She was later joined by Eunice Kadogo, Millicent Ndoro, and Fresha Mwangi to run in the 4x100m relays, and the quartet clocked 45.58 to claim bronze behind Cote d’Ivoire and hosts Nigeria.

After the relays in Yokohama, Cherono hopes to push a gear up and compete at the longer 800m distance.

“It is true I have plans to switch to the 800m which is my main target heading to the 2020 Olympic Games,” said Cherono. Enditem

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