‘It was Cool to Compete against Bolt,’ Says Nkanata
Julius Yego, was the only Kenyan winner at the Ostrava Golden Spike meet on Tuesday evening, the ‘You Tube Man’ obliterating his javelin national record and personal best with an 86.88m throw.
Kenya was represented by 18 athletes in both the male and women fields. David Rudisha failed to finish in the 600m after pulling up a muscle while Asbel Kiprop was beaten by Polish Marcin Lewandowski in the 1000m.
There was a special moment though for Carvin Nkanata, Kenya’s fast-rising sprinter. The US-born Kenyan lined up next to six-time Olympic Gold medalist Usain Bolt in the 200m.
He pulled off a reaction time of 0.197, 0.046 seconds faster than the Jamaican’s 0.243. However, Bolt dashed to the finish line stopping the clock in his seasonal best 20.13 while Nkanata was 5th in 20.97, 0.83 seconds outside his personal best.
Despite the lowly finish, the 24-year-old Africa Championships bronze medalist had much to celebrate.
“Today wasn’t my greatest race,” admitted Nkanata after the race.
“But it was cool to compete against one of the best to ever do it (Usain Bolt),” he added.
Nkanata holds the Kenyan record over the 200m distance.