09/04/2021   Dominic Ndigiti (KEN) pleads for more race walking events



Africa Under-20 walking race champion Dominic Ndigiti believes the performance levels of Kenyan race walkers can improve with more participation in international events. 

He hopes for a podium finish at the Senior African Championships in Algiers, Algeria in June this year and said local race walkers will familiarise themselves with international standards of the sport when they compete in such events, just like their counterparts in the middle and long distance races. 


"We need more opportunities to compete at such events, such as the IAAF Race Walking Challenge. They will enable us to gauge ourselves with other international athletes and improve ourselves to international standards. Our coaches can also share notes with their foreign counterparts on what has worked for other countries," Ndigiti said. 


He lamented the lack of international exposure for race walkers, noting that it affects their approach to training and preparations for upcoming competitions. 

"The international competitions for walk races are far apart from each other. Without knowing when next they will be competing, most race walkers become lax in their training, which eventually affects their fitness levels and performance in competitions," he said. 


Ndigiti also bemoaned the lack of proper training facilities for race walkers in the country, especially proper race walking shoes. 

"Shoes for race walking are pricey and not many athletes can afford them. Many access these shoes when they qualify for major competitions at which point they are provided with a pair to assist in training. However, it is usually long before you are able to replace the shoes at which point, they are worn out," he said. 


The former World U18 bronze medallist is part of a group of athletes training at a bubble camp at Moi Stadium, Kasarani. 

Ndigiti, who made his senior debut at last year's Kip Keino Classic World Athletics Continental Tour, hopes for a podium finish at the Senior African Championships in Algiers, Algeria in June this year. 


"We have been training together with Samuel Gathimba (2016 African champion) who has been an asset to me. We have been sharing tactics on how we can improve one another. My aim is to attain the qualifying time for Tokyo Olympics and the weather in Algiers is just perfect for that," he said. 



His personal best



Discipline Performance Venue Date Records
10,000m Race Walk 40:38.0h  Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi (KEN) 20 AUG 2019 AU20R
15Km Race Walk 1:07:56  Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, Nairobi (KEN) 13 MAR 2021  
20Km Race Walk 1:25:16  Nairobi (KEN) 22 JUN 2019 AU20B