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.
French international Sasha Zhoya set a new world under 20 championships 110m hurdles record during the World U20 championships in at the Kasarani stadium in Nairobi, Kenya.
The multi-nation athlete, who ran with the world lead in July this year during the French Junior Championships in Bondoufle France, ran away with the world record in the hurdles timing 12:19 bringing down fellow Frenchman’s Wilhem Belocian world record set in 2014 standing at 12.99 seconds.
The 19 year-old, who has roots in both Australian-Zimbabwean humid to storm to the finish line of the 110m hurdle race with fastest time ever, setting a new World U20 Record of 12.93.
“I have been waitin the championships for so long, so it is fantastic to get going. The subsequent race will be very crucial for my build up to the finals. I am not very much concerned with the time because my target is to win gold in the finals. Also as a European champion, the weight of expectations will not weigh me down.” Zhoya said.
He was followed by John Paredes from Colombia who also ran a personal best of 13.46 with Hong Kongs Siu Hang Cheung running away with their National Record in 13.57.
Japanese based Kenyan Teresiah Muthoni Gateri led a 1-2 podium finish at the ongoing world U20 Championships at theMoi International Sports Centre Kasarani, Nairobi.
Gateri led Zena Jemutai Yego for a 1-2 podium in the women 3000m flat race to end the day with two gold, one silver and a bronze for team Kenya in the second day of the championships.
Gateri said that being her first time in a championship, she was glad for gold on home soil to give Kenyans a happy evening back home since they cannot see each other on one on one.
“Winning gold and leading a 1-2 podium was not a walk in the park but determination. With this great and precious gold, it means a lot for me,” said gateri.
She added that she knew the race would be tough but she had to give the best she could.
“I know it was a toughest race by we had to combine our forces with my compatriot Zena Jemutai to deliver such great results in the greatest championships at our backyard and am happy that she bagged silver,” added Gateri.
Jemutai, the Africa under 18 3,000m champion was in her on class for the medal after missing the 2018 Tampere championships.
“My training had given me the best endurance and I’m happy because it was a good revenge towards the Ethiopian athletes,” said Jemutai.
Benson Kiplagat gave Kenya her first medal when he set up a sweet revenge against Ethiopians by winning the first gold medal for the country on the second day of world U20 chmapionships that are being held at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani in Nairobi.
Kplagat, fought off his fierce opponent Tadese Worku from Ethiopia, who took gold in 3000m on Wednesday to deny him another gold by putting on a fine kick to the much anticipated party winning gold in a personal best of 13.20.37.
Worku was forced to settle in second position coming home in 13:20.65. Levy Kibet took off with the bronze medal in 13:26.01.
The win ensured that Kenya retains the 5,000m title last won by Edward Zakayo Pingua during the 2018 championships in Tampere, Finland.
The champion said that he was exited with the win that he never expected.
“I didn’t know that I will win the race but it has just come as a surprise. I told my compatriot to pray before competing and God has really worked for us,” said Kiplagat.
Third placed Kibet said that he was satisfied with the bronze.
“Winning bronze medal was not and this is a good start for my career. I wanted to be in the podium and we had planned to push the pace in turns and it worked. We saw yesterday what they did in the 3,000m race and we couldn’t allow that today. It’s great to bag a gold medal,” Kibet.
In this athletics Masters races that begun today where there were various categories taking place and the categories were their ages.
This Masters Athletics started four years ago here in Kenya. Thursday 28th June is when the Masters Athletics has been successful having all retired athletics from the 47 counties participating.
Having talked to a former and retired athletic Samuel Ruto who was a region athletic who participated in 800m in 1982 which was in Kingston Jamaica and scooped for a gold medal. Ruto who is an official of the Master Athletics Kenya in the marketing department is one of the most popular person in the history of Kenya in terms of athletics.
He has participated in various athletics in Kenya like in 1984 he was picked to go and participate in Kisumu for the junior athletics which the winners were to go in Los Angeles but became position four. Even not going to Los Angeles he went to represent Kenya in Morocco for the Africa games and managed to scoop a silver medal and a head of him or was Kosgei who proceeded for the Diamond League.
This masters athletics is for the groups which are from 35 years and above. They have come to help people who have the passion of running. The world board athletics in Kenya has come to consider Kenya in this masters athletics grouping it with other countries in the likes of Algeria which was the first country to start the masters athletics in Africa others been Morocco, Togo, Nigeria, South African, Botswana and Namibia.
In the last four years Kenya have been doing this but it has never been serious like today.
The official are very confident about the athletes who are going to represent Kenya in the world masters athletics which are going to be held in Spain starting 4th September to 16th September.
Ruth Waithera is one of the participants who participated today she is one of the renowned athlete who participated in the 400m and 200m. In today’s battlefield she was running the 100m and 200m where she was in the 60 to 64 category. She said that she had not done enough practice to the 400m.
Waithera has represented Kenya in Australia, Canada and Finland saying that it is a good idea that Kenya has brought about the Master Athletics and also saying Kenyans should come out in large number for the Africa Masters Athletics that are going to be held next year in Kenya at the Kasarani Sport Stadium.
The 2018 National Athletics Championship is taking place at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani from 21st to 23rd of June 2018 for the Africa Senior Athletics Championship.
The championship consist of The Kenya defence force(KDF), National police service, Kenya prison and public universities which are competing against each other for various medals which are the gold, silver, bronze.
The championship is an annual challenge sponsored by the Athletics Kenya to test new talent after performance from their respective institution. Also they want to bring more potential athletes on board so as to encourage them to be positive and active.
Being the second day of the competition the spirit is high and motivating even though there are some of the renowned stars were not present and they were set to compete.
The likes of Elijah Manangoi did not participate in today’s athletics but the head and junior Barnabas Korir set to give him assured wild card because he is a performing athlete and they wouldn’t have him out because he had a family issue which he had to attend to.
Korir says that the wild card is given to exceptional athletics and it is the interest of the athletics verses interest of the nation.
Today’s athletics was a very good day for the Kenya Defence Force having the lead in the medals which they 30 in total and the Nairobi Police Services becoming the second in a total of 13 medals.