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Junior team jets back from France

Kenyan Junior athletes jetted back in the country last night (Tuesday) from Miramas, France where they had gone on specialized training.

Athletics Kenya officials received the team of 11 sprinters and field athletes has been undergoing a specialized training at the Miramas Athletics Club to sharpen their skills ahead of this summer’s World Junior Championships to be staged in Cali, Colombia.

The team was accompanied by sprints coaches Andrew Maritim and Perpetual Mbutu who were impressed with the progress of the juniors.

“Our aim was to expose these youngsters to facilities that we don’t have in our stadiums. We achieved our target where we also had some competitions with the locals and our athletes posted good times. We are encouraged that we will have a very strong team for the Worlds.” Maritim said.

Ahletes led by team captain Sylvia Chelangat exuded confidence of making the cut at the national trials to be held later in July.

Chelangat, the World Under-20 400m bronze medallist said the lessons drawn from the program will propel her to more success this summer.

“We went there to learn more skills and personally I gained much from our coaches together with their counterparts from Miramas. We were guided on how to use the starting blocks. Although I didn’t achieve a new personal best I have seen alot of improvement on my speed and I hope I can achieve something great in Colombia.” Chelangat said.

Kenya still rules the World in Athletics

Kenya asserted her supremacy in the World of Athletics by harvesting three gold medals on the last day of the World U20 Athletics Championships that has been happening at the Moi International Centre Kasarani.

On the last day (Sunday) of the five day event, Kenya clinched three gold medals to close up the championship with 16 medals (8 gold, 2 silver and 6 bronze to top the medal standings, defending the overall title won three years ago in Tampere, Finland.

Purity Chepkirui started the gold rush by winning the women’s 1,500m title as compatriot Winnie Jemutai won bronze as Ethiopian Diribe Welteji who managed squeeze in between for a silver medal.

The youngster crossed the line in 4:16.07 with Jemutai taking bronze after clocking 4:18.89 while Welteji won silver after clocking 4:16.39.

Eyeing 2024 Olympic Games, Chepkirui said that she had planned to win a gold medal because it was her first championship after facing competition from Ethiopians.

“The Ethiopian gave me a hard time and the few spectators gave me more energy. I will be eyeing Olympic Games in 2024 in Paris. I have always been inspired by Faith Chepngetich whom we come from the same area,” Chepkirui said.

Seventeen year old Jemutai said that she is still young and has the opportunity to compete at the world under 20 championships in Cali, Colombia next year.

“I really wanted to win gold but it was not possible, therefore I have set my focus for the 2022 under 20 championships next year,” said Jemutai.

Emmanuel Wanyonyi gave Kenya gold in the 800m with Noah Kibet settling for bronze in one of the fastest time which lead to setting a new championships record of 1:43.76 ahead of Algeria’s Mohamed Ali Gouaned who timed 1:44.45 and Kibet for bronze in 1:44.88.

“I had too much pressure since everybody wanted to win. God helped me to win. I was also prepared to win gold for this country. When I was pushed, I thought that I should not give up and it worked for me but I did not think of losing the race but that determination was good for,” added Wanyonyi.

Compatriot Kibet who is 17 years old said that he will be aiming to run at the U20 championships next year in Cali, Colombia.

“I really wanted to win but the push and pull forced me to finish third but I have another chance for other championships in Colombia next year,” said Kibet.

Amos Serem ensured that Kenya dominance in 3,000m steeplechase was still intact when will remain in Kenya when he won the title in 8:30.72 ahead of Ethiopia’s Tadese Takele who settled for silver in 8:33.15 as Simon Koech took bronze in 8:34.79.

The overwhelmed Serem said that started to celebrate after jumping the last barrier.

“We had good plans with my compatriot (Koech) and I had to win the title after we were beaten during the Olympic Games and I wanted to bring glory back,” said Serem.

Kenya wrapped the championships with a bronze in men’s 4x400m relays.


Benson Kiplangat –              5,000m men

Teresiah Muthoni Gateri-    3,000m women

Jackline Chepkoech-            3,000m steeplechase women

Heristone Wanyonyi-         10,000m race walk

Vincent Kiprop Kibet-          1,500m men

Purity Chepkirui-                   1,500m women

Emmanuel Wanyonyi-              800m men

Amos Serem-                          3,000m steeplechase men


Zenah Jemutai Yego-              3,000m women


Levy Kbet-                               5,000m men

Faith Cherotich-                    3,000m steeplechase women

Sylvia Chelangat-                     400m- women

Noah Kibet-                               800m men

Winnie Jemutai-                     1,500m women

Simon Kibet Koech-               3,000m steeplechase men

4x400m relay men

Kennedy Kimeu and Sylvia Chelangat sail through to the finals in 400m race

Kenya’s hope in the 400m race at the World U20 Championships were kept high as the young sensation Kennedy Kimeu qualified to the finals at the ongoing championships at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani.

The 18 year-old qualified to the final after posting 47.05 behind South African Lythe Pillay who carried a personal best of 45.53 that he got in February in South Africa.

In the women’s race Sylvia Chelangat posted a personal best of 53.49 to finish second behind Imaobong Nse UKO fromNigeria who pulled 52.33 to claim the first position in heat three.