Reigning world U20m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi beat the World Indoor 1500m bronze medallist, Abel Kipsang in the 2Km Senior Mens’ at the Iten Cross Country Meeting held on held on Saturday (13) at Iten Grounds, Elgeyo Marakwet County.
The 17 year-old edged out the newly crowned Africa 1500m champion at the tape to take the title in a time of 5:47.5 with Kipsang crossing the line in second three seconds later.
Daniel Kosen from IkaIka Club closed the podium three finishes in 5:49.6.
Mathew Kipsang of Kenya Defense Foerces and Geoffrey Rono from, Torongofinished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 5:52.1 and 5:57.6 respectively.
This race will be used to select the mixed relay team. Athletics Kenya will select the first 3 athletes to cross the finish line for both women and men will be automatically selected to represent the country at the World Cross Chmapionships that will be held in Australia in February 2023.
The 4th and 5th athletes will be selected as reserves.
Siblings Norah Tanui Jeruto, the former Commonwealth Youth Games 2,000m bronze medalist and Daisy Jepkemei, the former world junior 3,000m steeplechase champion are some of the huge athletes’ talents exported to other nations.
The duo will simply be Kenyans versus former Kenyans affair at this year’s World Athletics championships that will be held in Eugene, Oregon, in the United States of America.
With most exports lining up on track and road running where over 1900 athletes from 192 World Athletics (WA) member federations will be battling out for 43 gold medals at the Eugene Hayward Field between July 15th to July 24th.
According to the list released by WA, Jeruto. Who won the World Youth 2,000m steeplechase in 2011 and succeeded by Jepkemei who won the title in 2013 as the race became a family affair will be representing Kazakhstan.
They will fly the Kazakhstan at the world championships and are expected to give a competitive race against fellow Kenyans running for Kenya.
Jeruto is also the 2016 Africa Senior Athletics 3,000m steeplechase champion while Jepkemei is the former Africa Youth 2,000m steeplechase champion.
Another Kenyan born Winfred Mutile Yavi will be running for Bahrain in the same race against Kenyans led by world 3,000m record holder Beatrice Chepkoech, Jackline Chepkoech, Celliphine Chespol Chepteek and Purity Kirui.
In the recent past, Kenyan athletes’ have switched their allegiance has seen their new nations claim a big share of Kenyan glory as they are spread across the world.
Just like in 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Ruth Jebet won gold in the 3,000m steeplechase and Eunice Kirwa won silver in the marathon behind Jemimah Sumgong.
Despite Kenyans switching nationalities, their love is not lost since they can communicate in Swahili and still train in their country of origin.
Eunice Chebichii Chumba will be representing her new found lover Bahrain where she will be competing in a marathon. Just Chebichii, Lonah Chemtai Salpeter will be representing Israel in the marathon.
The two former Kenyans will be chasing the marathon title against reigning champion Ruth Chepngetich, Olympic marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir, Paris marathon champion Judith Jeptum Korir and Vienna City marathon champion Angela Tanui.
In men, Jonah Koech will be representing the hosts in the 800m competing against Kenyans led by reigning world under 20 800m bronze medalist Noah Kibet, reigning Commonwealth Games 800m champion Wycliffe Kinyamal, Olympic 800m champion Emmanuel Korir and world under 20 800m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi.
In a crowded 10,000m, Belgium’s Isaac Kimeli will be up in arms for his new nation, competing against Commonwealth Games 10,000m bronze medalist Rodgers Kwemoi Chumo, Daniel Mateiko and Stanley Waithaka Mburu.
Two former Kenyan athletes will be flying the American flag in the 3,000m steeplechase. Hillary Bor and Bernard Keter will face former country mates Leonard Bett, Abraham Kibiwot, Benjamin Kigen and reigning champion Conseslas Kipruto.
Others who have switched allegiance include, Bahraini Benson Kiplagat Seurei, the son of 1987 All Africa Games 1,500m champion James Seurei who competes in 1,500m, Mike Ozbilen Kigen in marathon representing Turkey, Abraham Rotich (800m) and Albert Rop (5,000m), Rose Chelimo, Isaac Korir and Abraham Cheroben (10,000m).
Lucy Kimani, Yasemin Can, Tarik Langat Akdag run in 3,000m steeplechase, Ali Kaya, Ilham Tanui, Ozbilen, Meryem Akda, Bernard Lagat, Paul Chelimo, Leonard Korir and Shadrack Kipchirchir, Evans Kiplagat.
Reigning world U20m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi continued with his great form as he beat a stellar deep field ever assembled this year at the Rabat Diamond League held on Sunday (5) in Rabat, Morocco.
The 17 year-old beat the three top high profiled 800m athletes that included the 2012 Olympic silver medallist Nijel Amos and the reigning Olympics champion and silver medallists Emmanuel Korir and Ferguson Rotich.
Wanyonyi has continued with his superb performance after beating Rotich in Nairobi at the Kip Keino Classic and Amos in Vitovice Stadium, made a second confirmation to them as he them when he crossed the finish line in a time of 1:45.47 with the latter coming home in second place in 1:45.66.
The 2020 Summer Olympics 800m finalist, Gabriel Tual closed the podium three finishes in 1:45.71.
Korir came home in a disappointing eighth place in 1:46.93 with Michael Saruni and Rotich finishing ninth and tenth place in 1:47.60 and 1:47.72 respectively.
Tokyo Olympic 800m champion, Emmanuel Korir will lead a stellar deep field ever assembled this year at the Rabat Diamond League that will be held on Sunday (5) in Rabat, Morocco.
The 26 year-old who is ranked the sixth fastest athlete over 800m of all time, with a personal best of 1:42.05 that he got at the 2018 Muller Anniversary Games where he took the honors will battle his compatriot the Olympic silver medallist, Ferguson Rotich who has not been in great shape in recent times as he has been beaten in the last four meetings he has taken part in.
Korir will have a test of his time as he will also face the World U20 800m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi who has been in great shape in recent times and he is also the world’s second-fastest man this year.
The 17 year-old last night beat the 2012 Olympic silver medallist Nijel Amos at the Ostrava Golden Spike Meeting with a time of 1:44.15. Amos, who finished a disappointing fifth place in 1:44.92, will also be on start line to battle for honors after his dismal performance in Ostrava.
Wanyonyi has continued with his superb performance after beating Rotich in Nairobi at the Kip Keino Classic and Amos in Vitovice Stadium.
The AIC Kosirai high school student who is coached by former World 800m Champion Janeth Jepkosgei, will be the star to watch as he will battle three high profiled and experienced athletes.
World U20 800m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi, continued with his superb performance when he beat the 2012 Olympic silver medallist Nijel Amos at the Ostrava Golden Spike Meeting, which is a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold level –series held on Tuesday (31) at Vitovice Stadium in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
The 17 year-old who is the fourth fastest runner this year beat a strong field that included Olympic bronze medallist Patryk Dobek from Poland and the Amos from Botswana who came to this race with the sixth fastest time in the world.
Wanyonyi gave a brilliant fight to cross the finish line with his second fastest of 1:44.15.
The reigning Kipkeino classic champion was followed by Algeria’s Slimane Moula who crossed the line with a personal best of 1:44.19 with the defending champion Max Burguin from Great Britain coming home in third in a time 1:44.54.
World U20 silver medallist Noah Kibet and the 2014 commonwealth Games champion Amos both finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 1:44.89 and 1:44.92 respectively.
Watch the live show that includes, Barnabas Kipyego, Emmanuel Wanyonyi, Collins Kipruto, at the Ostrava Golden Spike which is a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold level meeting that will be held on Tuesday (31) in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
The pre-meeting starts at 14.00 Central European Time (GMT) while the main international program starts at 17:00 CEST.
Ostrava Golden Spike 2022 will be streamed live in a number of countries around the World on the World Athletics YouTube channel and different TV stations.
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World U20 800m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi, who is the fourth fastest athlete this year will be the star to watch at the Ostrava Golden Spike Meeting which is a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold level –series that will be held on Tuesday (31) at Vitovice Stadium in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
Wanyonyi, a form four student at the AIC Kosirai High School in Nandi County, will be making his debut internationally after beating the Olympic silver medallist Ferguson Rotich early this month at the Kip Keino Classic that was held at the Kasarani stadium in Nairobi.
The 17 year-old who holds a championship record of 1:43.76 that he set last year will battle for honors with Olympic bronze medallist Patryk Dobek from Poland who comes to this race with a life time best of 1:43.73, that he got last year at the ORLEN Janusz Kusocinski Memorial,where he took the honors.
Wanyonyi will also face the 2012 Olympic silver medallist Nijel Amos from Botswana who comes to this race with the sixth fastest time in the world of 1:43.73 that he got when he finished behind David Rudisha at the 2012 London Olympic Games where the latter set the world 800m record of 1:40.91. The two-time world medallist Amel Tuka from Bosnia and Herzegovina will also be fighting for the top honors.
European U20 record holder Max Burgin from Britain will be making his return to Ostrava Golden Spike after suffering an injury that has kept him away from active racing. The 20 year-old set his record of 1:44.14 at this meeting last year.
One silver lining of the postponed World U20 Championships in Nairobi last year is that there is just a one-year wait between that edition and the next one.
It means it’s slightly more likely that the medallists in 2021 will be able to compete for podium places again at the World Athletics U20 Championships Cali 22 on 1-6 August.
Of the 40 individual winners in Nairobi, 16 will be eligible to compete in Cali. Here’s a closer look at those talented teenagers.
Purity Chepkirui – Kenya, 1500m
Chepkirui was one of Kenya’s eight gold medallists in Nairobi. She beat Ethiopia’s Diribe Welteji, the 2018 world U20 800m champion and sub-four-minute 1500m runner, to take gold over 1500m in 4:16.07.
Jackline Chepkoech – Kenya, steeplechase
The 18-year-old narrowly missed out on making Kenya’s Olympic team, but then turned her focus to the World U20 Championships. She went on to strike gold in a PB of 9:27.40, beating Ethiopian Olympian Zerfe Wondemagegn by eight seconds. Chepkoech’s teammate Faith Cherotich, who took bronze in Nairobi, will also be young enough to compete in Cali.
Tina Clayton – Jamaica, 100m
One of the youngest winners in Nairobi, Clayton claimed 100m gold in 11.09 and then formed part of Jamaica’s triumphant 4x100m team, setting a world U20 record of 42.94. Her twin sister Tia was also part of the relay quartet and, of course, will be able to compete in Cali later this year.
Mine de Klerk – South Africa, shot put
Another double medallist in Nairobi, De Klerk won the shot put title with 17.40m, having also taken silver in the discus with a PB of 53.50m. In the Colombian capital later this year, she’ll have the opportunity to retain her shot put title and upgrade her discus silver to gold.
Benson Kiplangat – Kenya, 5000m
A relative newcomer, Kiplangat defied the altitude of Nairobi to win 5000m gold in a PB of 13:20.37. In doing so, he held off a strong challenge from Ethiopia’s Tadese Worku, who had won 3000m gold earlier in the championships.
Erwan Konate – France, long jump
Having taken bronze at the European U20 Championships in Tallinn in mid-July, Konate uncorked the performance of his life to win long jump gold in Nairobi. The 18-year-old, who started the year with a PB of 7.30m, produced jumps of 7.98m, 8.00m and 8.12m in the final three rounds of the competition to secure the title.
Christine Mboma – Namibia, 200m
One of the revelations of 2021, Mboma took Olympic silver in Tokyo before landing the world U20 title in Nairobi in a championship record of 21.84 – one of five sub-22-second performances she achieved in 2021. Her time in Tokyo, 21.81, was recently ratified as a world U20 record and she will have the opportunity to improve on that in 2022, her final year as an U20 athlete.
Udodi Onwuzurike – Nigeria, 200m
US-based Nigerian sprinter Onwuzurike enjoyed the competition of his life in Nairobi last year. He smashed his 200m PB in the heats with 20.47, ran a wind-assisted 20.13 to win his semifinal, then took gold in the final with a PB of 20.21. He also featured on the Nigerian 4x100m squad which failed to get the baton around, but he and his teammates can aim to make amends in Cali later this year.
Heidi Salminen – Finland, 400m hurdles
Salminen, aged 17 at the time, headed to Nairobi off the back of a disappointing performance at the European U20 Championships in Tallinn, where she finished last in her 400m hurdles semifinal in 60.30. Having never broken 59 seconds before, she set a PB of 58.12 to win her heat and then smashed that three days later to win gold in 56.94.
Letsile Tebogo – Botswana, 100m
One of three titles won by Botswana in Nairobi, the men’s 100m went to Letsile Tebogo. The 18-year-old set a PB of 10.22 in the heats, then broke the senior national record in the semifinals with 10.11. Running into a minor headwind, he secured gold in the final in 10.19. He took silver in the 200m two days later, so will be keen to win a sprint double in Cali.
Imaobong Nse Uko – Nigeria, 400m
The prodigious Uko, who ran 52.36 at age 14 back in 2018, won three gold medals in Nairobi. The 17-year-old set a lifetime best of 51.55 to win the one-lap sprint title. One day later, she contributed to Nigeria’s triumph in the women’s 4x400m, having also formed part of the winning mixed 4x400m team earlier in the championships. All three medallists in the women’s 400m in Nairobi will be young enough to clash again in Cali this year.
Saga Vanninen – Finland, heptathlon
Finnish heptathlete Vanninen was one of a small handful of athletes to win gold at the European U20 Championships and World U20 Championships. The 18-year-old set PBs in the 200m (24.83) and javelin (49.22) en route to her 5997 overall victory, winning by 251 points.
Adriana Vilagos – Serbia, javelin
Another 17-year-old winner, Vilagos warmed up for Nairobi by setting a world U18 best of 70.10m with the 500g implement. Competing with the standard senior implement in the Kenyan capital, her opening effort of 61.46m added more than a metre to her PB and stood as the best mark of the competition. One month later, she improved her best to 62.36m in Zagreb.
Matvey Volkov – Belarus, pole vault
The prodigious pole vaulter, who set a world U18 best during the indoor season, enjoyed a successful outdoor campaign. After taking silver at the European U20 Championships, he went one better in Nairobi and struck gold with 5.45m.
Emmanuel Wanyonyi – Kenya, 800m
Three weeks after turning 17, Wanyonyi scorched to victory over two laps of the track in 1:43.76. Not only did he break the championship record, he also set a Kenyan U18 best.
Heristone Wanyonyi – Kenya, 10,000m race walk
No relation to the 800m winner, Wanyonyi produced one of the biggest surprises of the championships to win Kenya’s first global race walking title. He took the 10,000m race walk crown in a PB of 42:10.84, and the fact he excels in altitude should stand him in good stead in Cali later this year.
World U20 800m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi has been nominated by World Athletics for Male Rising Stars Award.
The form two students at Kosirai High school won the 800m title during the world under 20 championships that was held at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani.
Wanyonyi was recognized as the world under 20 leading time and Kenyan national record holder in the junior category in 800m
He will be joining other four junior athletes led USA’s Sean Burrell, the world under 20 400m hurdles record holder, compatriot Erriyon Knighton, the Olympic Games runner, world under 20 200m record holder and world under 18 800m best.
Others include world under 20 3,000m champion Tadese Worku, who also won silver in 5,000m at the world under 20 and the Ethiopian Senior 10km record holder. Finally is Sasha Zhoya, the French international who holds the world under 20 110m hurdles title, European under 20 110m hurdles and world under 20 110m record.