Kenya's hopes of winning medals in girls short distance races (sprints) could be in a limbo if drastic measures are not taken to arrest the injury 'Nyanza Express' Mary Moraa is suffering from.
Moraa, Kenya's IAAF World Under 18 Championship hopeful in 100m, 200m and 400m, pulled a hamstring injury on Thursday during the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) Term 2A games in Mombasa and at the time of compiling this report, she has not been attended to or examined to ascertain the magnitude of the injury.
"I pulled a hamstring injury in the school games and I was unable to defend my titles and despite pushing myself to the limit, the pain was unbearable," said the 17 year old Moraa.
After the setback in Mombasa, Moraa who is expected to make the squad for team Kenya to represent the country in the the three races (100m, 200m and 400m) in the IAAF World Under 18 Championship to be held in Nairobi from July 12-16 at Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani is lined up to battle it out for selection in the final trials at Nyayo National Stadium on Tuesday and Wednesday June 13th and 14th despite the stinging injury.
"We're already in Nairobi for the final trials. I have not received any treatment so far, so my only hope is to be fine by the trials day so that I can secure my slots in Team Kenya, because I really want to represent the country and win medals, though this injury is giving me sleepless nights," decried Moraa, a form three student at Mogonga PGA Secondary School in Kisii.
Moraa before the injury, was in a scintillating form, winning 100m, 200m and 400m besides helping her team in relays in the pre-trials held in Eldoret at Kipchoge Kieno Stadium and she is hopeful, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) will come to her aid and help her arrest the injury so that she can achieve her dream of representing the country in this year's championship.
"I'm still hopeful that before Tuesday or Wednesday, I will be fully fit to ran. My pray is that, people concern will help me get treated as earlier as possible so that I can compete favourably and get a ticket to make my country proud because I believe with this event at home, we have what it takes to make our country proud by winning medals even in areas that we hsve not been doing well in the past especially, sprints." Hopeful Moraa concluded.