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Kenya submits bid to host 2025 World Championships

Kenya has submitted her bid to host the 2025 World Championships. Athletics Kenya president Gen (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei said that they have submitted the bid and he is very confident of a positive response.

Kenya has hosted both the World U18 and World U20 championships in the last four years, but faces a string of high-profile rivals — including Tokyo, which staged the Summer Olympics in July.

“We formally confirmed our bid to host the global championships on Friday, Oct. 1, which was the deadline, set by World Athletics,” AK president Tuwei said.

“We organized two very successful world junior championships at the Kasarani stadium in 2017 and in August 2021, where a number of world records and personal bests were realized. We learnt a lot of lessons in staging both events, and realistically it is our time to bring the biggest event.”

Africa has never hosted World Athletics’ premier showpiece, which was first contested in Helsinki in 1983.

Kenyan sports minister Amina Mohammed first announced the country’s bid for the 2025 world championships in Doha in September 2019, after WA said the global event would be held on a rotational basis across continents.

Africa athletics chief, Hamad Kalkaba Malboum, said in 2017 that he wished the continent could host the 2025 World Championships, mentioning Kenya as a possible host.

New generation of rising stars hoping to emerge at IAAF World Under-20 Championships

Athletics will continue its hunt for a fresh megastar when the World Under-20 Championships begin tomorrow in the Finnish city of Tampere.

A total of 1,466 athletes – 782 men and 684 women – are entered spanning 158 federations plus an Athlete Refugee Team and an Authorized Neutral Athletes team of eligible Russians.

This means it is the third largest edition of the showpiece International Association of Athletics Federations-organised junior event.

Only the 2012 edition in Barcelona and the 2016 event in Bydgoszcz have involved more athletes.

Competition is due to take place over six days at the Ratina Stadium.

Major contenders include Ethiopian distance runner Selemon Barega, who finished second over 5,000 metres at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne on Thursday (July 5) despite his fellow countryman Yomif Kejelcha grabbing him by his shorts and attempting to pull him into lane three with a lap to go.

He will start as 5,000m favourite after winning the 3,000m at last year’s World Under-18 Championships in Nairobi.

Other reigning world youth champions including Jamaica’s 400m rising star Christopher Taylor and South Africa’s 400m hurdles hope Sokwakhana Zazini are being billed as other big hopes to make the step up.

Swedish pole vaulter Armand Duplantis, who has already cleared 5.93 metres, and Cuban triple jumper Jordan Diaz are other headline entries.

Samantha Watson is among top US contenders in the 800m while Kenya’s Celliphine Chepteek Chespol will be the favourite in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase.

Sweden will target more pole vault success courtesy of Lisa Gunnarsson while Moldova’s discus star Alexandra Emilianov is a big throwing hope.

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Tefera Vs Manangoi – IAAF World U20 Men’s 1500m Championships Tampere 2018

Anytime you get an athlete competing at an U20 Championship who is good enough to win gold at senior level, victory is typically a foregone conclusion, but despite the outstanding ability of Ethiopia’s Samuel Tefera that’s not strictly the case here in Tampere.

Earlier this year, Tefera set a world U20 indoor 1500m record when clocking 3:36.05 in Val-de-Reuil, but far from being a time trialler, the 18-year-old showed a vast range of gears at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham where he scorched through the final lap to take gold.

However, he’ll need to be on his A-game to get the same outcome here with the presence of Kenyan duo Justus Soget, a 3:32.97 performer, and George Manangoi, who has run 3:35.53. Soget ran his best to finish fourth at the Kenyan World Championships trials last year in Nairobi, while Manangoi, a younger brother to world 1500m champion George, won the IAAF World U18 Championships last summer.

It will come as little surprise if the African challenge comes up short, however, give the presence of Norwegian wunderkind Jakob Ingebrigtsen. He was European U20 champion last year and has had a stellar season to date, clocking a 3:52.28 mile in Eugene and a 3:36.06 1500m in Oslo.

The above four look likely to duke it out for the medals, though Ethiopia’s Birhanu Sorsa and Britain’s Jake Heyward, who have both dipped below 3:40, may also get in the mix.

Others that warrant respect include USA’s Yared Nuguse, Netherlands’ Robin van Riel, Spain’s Mario Garcia and Algeria’s Oussama Cherrad, who have all run under 3:43 this season.

Women’s 3000m Steeplechase – IAAF World U20 Championships Tampere 2018

In an event as unpredictable as the 3000m steeplechase, it may be unwise to assume anything ahead of time, but we can say this ahead of Friday evening’s final: Celliphine Chepteek Chespol looks almost unbeatable.

The Kenyan 19-year-old brings the ability of a world-beating senior to the ranks of U20 competition and, with a personal best of 8:58.78, the second fastest in history, she should take gold with ease if producing anything near her best.

Chespol first made her mark internationally by taking gold at the IAAF World U18 Championships in Cali three years ago and since then her star has only ascended, winning the world U20 title two years ago in Bydgoszcz before clocking her first sub-nine-minute time last year in Eugene.

In recent days she proved she is close to her brilliant best by finishing second at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Paris in 9:01.82, a time that will leave her rivals thinking gold may be out of the equation.

Bahrain’s Winfred Mutile Yavi will be hoping for an upset, however. She finished eighth at the IAAF World Championships in London last year – just two places behind Chespol – and in Paris recently she finished a fine fifth in an Asian U20 record of 9:12.74.

Uganda used to once dominate the women’s steeplechase through Dorcus Inzikuru, who took the inaugural world title in the event in Helsinki in 2005, and they may have unearthed a new star in Peruth Chemutai. The 18-year-old had a breakthrough performance in Ostrava last month where she clocked a big PB of 9:16.89, enough to give Yavi and Chespol plenty to think about ahead of their clash.

Kenya’s Mercy Chepkurui is the only other U20 athlete below 9:30 this year, and will be hoping to continue her nation’s tradition by getting among the medals. The non-African challenge will be led by USA’s Kristlin Gear, who has run 9:52.71 this season, while Canada’s Grace Fetherstonhaugh, Germany’s Lisa Vogelgesang and Netherlands’ Jasmijn Bakker have all threatened the 10-minute barrier this season so should make the final.

 

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.”