A paltry 10 athletes returned home after the London Olympic Games as the rested remained behind in Europe to compete in various Diamond League meetings.
Family members, relatives and friends braved the 5am morning chill at the Jomo Kenyatta International Sports Centre (MISC), Kasarani to witness the arrival of the athletes.
Even with the poor showing in London, the athletes were treated to a low key song and dance as they snaked out of the immigration area at the JKIA. Among those who arrived yesterday were-Olympic women's marathon silver medallist Priscah Cheptoo, Olympic men's marathon silver medallist Abel Kirui and bronze medallist Wilson Kipsang.
Others included - World marathon champion Edna Kiplagat, Pamela Jelimo, Janeth Jepkosgei, Alpahs Kishoyian, Boniface Mucheru, Boniface Mweresa and Julius Yego, the first African to compete in the men's Javelin finals at the Olympics stage. Vice President and Home Affairs minister Kalonzo Musyoka praised the team's effort after winning 11 medals at the games.
"I want to thank the team for the doing the country proud. Winning 11 medals is no mean feat as there are countries that did not even win a medal at this games. I want to congratulate all the athletes who represented us in London," added Musyoka. Musyoka, however, noted that Pamela Jelimo may have miscalculated in the 800m final. " I was watching the final cheering her but she kicked too early in the race," added the Vice President. Musyoka said the country needs to diversify to strengthen the field events to compete favourably.
"I'm very impressed with Julius Yego. He did the country proud by the being the only African in the Olympics javelin final. However, we need to cast our net wide and increase our medal haul," he said . Spots Minister Paul Otuoma said the report into the games will be comprehensive and will review all aspects of the Team Kenya performance at the games.
"We will publish the report for everyone to see. Kenyans had high expectations and we intend detail what went wrong in the games," added Otuoma. National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) chairman Kipchoge Keino said preparation for the next games should start immediately. We need to work hard and prepare for the next Games as competition is tough. We have learned our lessons from London and we shall ensure they are all taken seriously," he added.