Sprinting sensation Carvin Nkanata was both honored and humbled to run for his home country, Team Kenya in the IAAF World Championship held in the Bahamas this past weekend. The Panthers senior sprinter was selected to run the second leg of the men's 4x200 meter relay. Although it was a surprise to the track nation, Nkanata and his team advanced their way into the finals and then finished fifth overall with a Kenyan national record time of 1:22.35. Nkanata's dream to compete against in the best in the world and working toward his goal of the 2016 Olympics is finally starting to unfold.
"It was awesome experience to just get out there and be out on a national stage representing my country and my family, but it was also a very humbling moment for me" Nkanata said. "I met my new teammates who I will be competing with in the long run. Overall, it an amazing experience and a major accomplishment for myself."
"I was a little nervous at first, because when the gun went off I realized this was really happening for me," Carvin added. "However, I was able to do what I normally do and executed the race to the best of my ability. A lot of people did not expect us to make it back to the finals because Kenya is not known for their sprints, but when we made it back we were able to show that Kenya has potential to be a big threat in the future."
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