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Jackline Chepkoech bangs Kenya the third Gold in 3000m steeplechase

Jackline Chepkoech produced an outstanding performance to win the World U20 3000m steeplechase at the ongoing championships games being held at Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani, Nairobi.

Chepkoech wrapped the third day with the third gold when she crossed the line in a new personal best of 9:27.40 as Faith Cherotich settled for bronze as they send the record to the world that Kenya is still a powerhouse in the water and barriers.

The 18 year-old intends to compete at the Commonwealth Games said that it was one of the best races and it worked the way she had planned.

“Today’s race was well organized and winning was good as I plan to join senior team next year for Commonwealth Games,” Chepkoech said.

Cherotich settled for silver in 9:44.76 with Ethiopian Zerfe Wondermagegn banging silver with a time of 9:35.22.

The Sugutet Secondary School student said that she will have another opportunity to compete for juniors at the 2022 Cali Colombia.

Faith Cherotich tackles the water barrier as she heads to win the bronze medal for Kenya at the World U20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya. PHOTO: Steve Kuria

“Am still at 16 and God willing I be in the team that will represent Kenya at the World U20 next year. This bronze will be of great help to propel my career,” Cherotich said.


Ksh1.5Billion to Kickstart Nairobi 2020 Preparations

Hardly 24 hours after Kenya was awarded the 2020 World under 20 Athletics Championships, the Kenyan government allocated Ksh1.5 Billion to jumpstart preparations of the event.

Sports and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa said there’s not time to waste and that’s they are moving with speed and precision to ensure Kenya stages a world class event in Nairobi.

Addressing the press in his office in Nairobi, Echesa said the Steering Committee will be constituted next month to start preparations which will pave way for the formation of the Local Organising Committee.

The IAAF World U20 Championships Nairobi 2020 have been scheduled for July 7-12, 2020, after Nairobi’s candidacy was formally endorsed by the IAAF Council in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Thursday, July 26th 2018.

Last year, Kenya hosted the final edition of the IAAF World Under-18 Championships at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasaran in Nairobi. The event drew huge crowds with IAAF commending the country for the well-attended competition.

Echesa said the success of the 2020 World under 20 Athletics Championships will give Kenya the much needed impetus and confidence of bidding for the 2025 World Athletics Championships.

“We started with the World under 18 now the under 20 event from there we shall be ripe to host the senior’s championships. We have shown that we are capable to host smaller events, and it has now reached a time when we should host big competitions,” said Echesa.

The Cabinet Secretary said Kenya became the first African nation to win the world championship in Beijing in 2015, adding that it is only fitting that Kenya should be the first country to bring the World championships to Africa.

The Qatari capital of Doha is set to host the 2019 IAAF World Championships before Eugene, Oregon, in USA stages the 2021 edition as Budapest, Hungary  plays host in 2023.

The world governing athletics body IAAF is pushing to have Africa stage the 2025 World Athletics Championships.

Last year, Hamad Malboum Kalkaba, President of the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA), claimed in a statement, released following a meeting with IAAF President Sebastian Coe in Rabat, he believed that Algeria, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa all had the potential to stage the IAAF World Championships in 2025.

Barega Leads Loaded 5000m Field in Lausanne

Having notched up two IAAF Diamond League victories already this year, Ethiopia’s Selemon Barega will aim for a third at Athletissima in Lausanne on 5 July.

The world indoor 3000m silver medallist will contest the 5000m in Lausanne in what will be his final race before heading to Finland to defend his title over the same distance at the IAAF World U20 Championships Tampere 2018.

Barega, still just 18 years of age, won the two-mile event in Eugene last month and then triumphed over 5000m in Stockholm with a world-leading 13:04.05. He followed it with a world-leading clocking of 7:37.53 in the 3000m in Ostrava.

In Lausanne he will be up against a field that includes world champion and last year’s Lausanne winner Muktar Edris, Olympic silver medallist Paul Chelimo, and Birhanu Balew, the Bahraini who won in Shanghai and finished a close second to Barega in Stockholm.

Ethiopia’s Abadi Hadis, Eritrea’s Aron Kifle and Switzerland’s Julien Wanders are also in the field.

Tuwei and Kaberia Discuss Kenyan Bid For 2020 IAAf World U20 Championships

The president of Athletics Kenya, Lieutenant General Jackson Tuwei, and the Principal Secretary for Sports in Kenya, Ambassador Kirimi Kaberia, visited the IAAF headquarters in Monaco on Friday (22) to discuss Kenya’s bid to host the 2020 IAAF World U20 Championships.

After successfully hosting the World U18 Championships in Nairobi last year, with crowds of up to 60,000 in attendance, Kenya is keen to host the next level of global competition to add to its rich history in the sport.

“If we succeed with the world under 20 in 2020, we may even bid for the World Championships,” General Tuwei said.

Addressing the IAAF staff, General Tuwei said Athletics Kenya had embraced athletics at all levels, from youth and junior to senior and masters competition, but still faced challenges.

These included: talent identification and the nurturing of talent among Kenyan school children, diversifying the sport beyond Kenya’s famous distance running tradition and eliminating doping, which had emerged as an issue over the past 20 years.

General Tuwei and Ambassador Kaberia both said that Kenya was determined to eradicate doping in their country.

“Doping is cheating, it’s not right, it’s not fair,” General Tuwei said.

“We want our athletes to win clean and fair, as they did from the beginning.”

Ambassador Kaberia said the bid for the 2020 World U20 Championships was “very important” to Kenya and had strong government support.

He noted that 42 percent of Kenya’s population was under 15 (only 17 percent over 50) and sport was a vital component in the country’s development.

“I think we have a very strong team in Kenya,” he said. “Athletics is a very important part of our life. Everyone loves athletics in Kenya. You saw it during the world under 18 and you will see it again in 2020.”


South Africa Names Caster Semenya, Luvo Manyonga in 65-man Preliminary Squad

A full-strength preliminary team has been unveiled by Athletics South Africa (ASA) for the 2018 CAA African Senior Championships to be held in Asaba, Delta State between 1-5 August.

The squad includes the likes of 2017 World Championships medalists Luvo Manyonga, Caster Semenya and Ruswahl Samaai.

Also included in the strong squad are former Olympic medalists Khotso Mokoena and Sunette Viljoen, as well as veteran Hammer Throw athlete, Chris Harmse.

Officials of the Athletics Federation of South Africa explained that they are keen at utilising the biennial continental championships to be staged in Asaba to prepare their athletes for the 2019 IAAF World Senior Championships and other major global events over the next few seasons.

The national Preliminary Team consists of a healthy blend of youth and experience.

Among the talented young stars who are featured in the squad, are IAAF U18 world champions Sokwakhana Zazini, Breyton Poole and Zeney van der Walt, who are some of the nation’s top contenders for titles at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland next month.

Of the 65 athletes in the Preliminary Team, which consists of 39 men and 26 women, a total of 18 individuals are under the age of 21.

The final national team will be announced in July closer to the event.

South Africa won the last two editions of the African Championships in Marrakech and Durban and are now hoping to complete a hat-trick of wins in Asaba.

The Asaba 2018 Africa Senior Athletics Championship will be held at the newly-built Stephen Keshi Stadium from August 1-5, 2018 with over 52 countries expected to participate.