Mary Moraa, the reigning world champion in the 800m, has set her sights on clinching a gold medal at the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris, France.
Following a interview seen by https://kenyaonline.xyz on Citizen TV, Moraa expressed her ambition to replicate her impressive performance from the world championships in Paris.
She aims to become the second Kenyan athlete to secure an Olympic gold in the women’s 800m, following in the footsteps of Pamela Jelimo’s victory in 2008.
“While there are many races scheduled for the coming year, my primary objective is to compete and secure a gold medal at the Olympics, just as I did at the world championships. I am putting in dedicated efforts to make this goal a reality.”
At the Budapest World Athletics Championships in August, Moraa secured one of Kenya’s three gold medals.
The 23-year-old athlete revealed that her mentor, Hellen Obiri, serves as a significant source of inspiration for her.
“Hellen Obiri has imparted valuable life lessons through her unwavering dedication and discipline. Her numerous victories are a testament to her hard work, and I aspire to achieve similar success in athletics.”
Moraa has already commenced her preparations for the upcoming season, aiming to maintain her competitive edge.
In light of Kenya’s inclusion on the red list of the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), Moraa, the Commonwealth Games champion, urged fellow Kenyan athletes to compete without the use of prohibited substances to safeguard the country’s reputation.
She expressed her satisfaction with the efforts of the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) and emphasized the importance of personal responsibility.
Moraa further, stressed the need for each athlete to exercise caution and adhere to clean and fair competition practices.