Kenya will be seeking to reclaim the World under 18 titles as the championships roll off in Nairobi on July 12-16 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.
Team Kenya would be seeking to reclaim the overall title they won at the previous championship in Bressanone, Italy, in 2009, where they won the bragging rights with 14 medals — six gold, seven silver and one bronze.
Kenya captained by James Saruni will have the opportunity of gunning for the third overall title in the contests, having won its inaugural championship in Bydgoszcz, Poland, in 1999.
Defending champions, the United States of America (USA) Kenya’s fiercest rivals will not be participating to retain their title after withdrawing to hand Kenya an upper hand of bagging the bragging rights on home soil.
Team USA beat Kenya (four gold, five silver and seven bronze) to the overall title in Cali, Colombia in 2015, with a record haul of 19 medals including 11 gold, five silver and five bronze.
The 2015 edition of the event in Cali, Colombia saw Team USA take home a record haul of 19 medals, including gold medals earned by the likes of Sydney McLaughlin and Candace Hill.
Initially, Athletics Kenya had made their intentions known of beating six-time winners USA – Debreen, Hungary (2001), Sherbrook, Canada (2003) and Ostrava, Czech Republic (2005) and (2007) Marakech, Morocco and (2011) in Lille, France and Cali (Colombia) in 2015.
USA withdrew from the games citing “critical” security concerns in Kenya. The USA Track and Field (USTAF) announced that they won’t send their team to the contest joined New Zealand, Britain, Australia, Canada and Switzerland in the growing list of withdrawals.
The team of 64 is Kenya’s largest ever squad for the World U18 Championships. Along with several medal hopes in the endurance events, there is a near full complement of field event athletes.
Kenyan team for IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017
100m: Elijah Matayo, Kelvin Nyagodo
200m: Philemon Konari, Elijah Matayo
400m: David Sanayek, Kelvin Sawe
800m: Japheth Kibiwott, Noah Kiprono
1500m: Dominic Kipkemboi, George Manangoi
3000m: Stanley Mburu, Edward Zakayo
2000m steeplechase: Edward Bett, Kelvin Kipyegon
110m hurdles: James Nyambura, Peter Wambua
400m hurdles: Moitalel Mboke, David Saruni
High jump: Evans Kipchirchir, Micah Kipkirui
Long jump: Vincent Kilel
Triple jump: Vincent Kilel, Musyoka Mwema
Shot put: Reynold Kipkorir, Joseph Nyakundi
Discus: Nicholas Kiprotich, Joseph Nyaga
Hammer: Victor Kiplimo
Javelin: Nicholas Kiprotich, Ita Nao
10,000m race walk: Jimmy Oroni, Dominic Samson
100m: Beatrice Anyango, Hyvin Chepkoech
200m: Beatrice Anyango, Mary Moraa
400m: Sharon Jebet, Mary Moraa
800m: Lydia Jeruto, Jackline Wambui
1500m: Edina Jebitok, Rachel Nzangi
3000m: Beatrice Chebet, Emmaculate Chepkirui
2000m steeplechase: Caren Chebet, Pamela Jeptoo
100m hurdles: Philian Kerubo, Nusra Rukia
400m hurdles: Irene Akinyi, Leah Jeruto
High jump: Faith Kipsang
Long jump: Janeth Chemutai, Gloria Mulei
Triple jump: Janeth Chemutai, Mary Wangeci
Shot put: Peninah Akoth, Sharon Mukite
Discus: Harriet Chiluyi, Vivian Jeptoo
Javelin: Cynthia Chebet, Dorothy Chepngetich
5000m race walk: Regina Joshua, Lenah Nanyala