World U20 1500m champion, Reynold Kipkorir has been nominated for the Most Promising Award at the 19th edition of SOYA Gala Award that will be held on January 20, 2023 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).
The 18 year-old who took the World Junior Championships title in Cali when he lead from start to finish and winning the title in a time of 3:35.83, has been nominated alongside the reigning World U20 3000m silver medallist, Felix Kiptarus Korir. The 19 year-old who had finished in third place at the Kenya National trials also holds a personal best of 13:07.99 in 5000m race.
The two will square it out with the 16-year old Andrew Wahome of Nyali Golf and Country Club, Karamveer Singh from Motorsports and David Katana of Judo.
Other award contenders included Joshua Amunga from weightlifting and the Kenyan Captain to the World Boxing Youth Championships, Joshua Clive.
Newly recruited police officer, Daniel Ebenyo Simiu ran a tactical race in the 5000m finals at the Athletics Kenya National Championships that was held on Wednesday (26) at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.
The 27 year-old who raced behind his compatriot the reigning 5km de Lille champion, Michael Kibet, the winner of the first AK Weekend Meeting, Felix Korir from North Rift and Ismael Kirui for the better part of the 25 lap race. With two laps to go Simiu decided to pull away from the three as he increased his pace crossing the line in a time of 13:23.17.
“I am very happy for the win today and very ready to represent my country in Mauritius. I pray that we work as a team to be able to handle our neighbors Ethiopia who have a strong team. If we work together then medals will come our way,” said Simiu.
Kirui followed him closely as he crossed the line in second place in a time of 13:26.98 with Korir closing the podium three finishes in 13:29.26.
Simiu and Kirui were selected by Athletics Kenya to represent the country in the 5000m race at the Africa Senior Championships that will be held from June 8-12 in Mauritius