The battle for the forthcoming World Youth Championship ended in Nairobi on Wednesday afternoon with Athletics Kenya naming the National team to the biannual event.
As expected, past experience and the ambition to wear the national jersey added flavor to the two-day competitions that culminated in the selection of 16 boys and 10 girls for the July 15th to 19th global showbiz in Cali, Columbia.
Emily Chebet and Richard Kimuyan Yator were no match for the less experienced as they dominated the 3,000 metres during the first day of the championships.
The duo, who are the reigning Africa queen and king, maintained their class in the longest distant of the championship to move their competition to the higher level. Chebet , a form 3 students at Saramek High school in Kericho, timed 9:08.9 to outclass Sheila Chelangat who managed 9:11.5 for second. Roslida Jepketer and Mary Wambui’s dreams remained folded after coming third and fourth but missed the selection.
In other girls’events, Sandrafelis Chebet remained steadfast in the 2,000m steeplechase, beating Celphine Chepteek Chespol in her specialty. She chalked 6:16.2 for the victory while her rival clocked 6:24.3 to catch the selector’s eyes.
Janeth Jepnge’tich, the national primary schools 1,500metres champion, was no match for Joyline Cherotich when the opponents met in the final of the dream mile. She won the event in 4:20.2. Cherotich, a cross-country specialist, finished second in 4:20.9.
Purity Chepkoech of Kenya Primary Schools was the winner of the 400metres after covering the lap in 56.23 ahead of Jane Theuri of Kagondo High School who arrived second in 56.63. In 800 metres, Betty Chepkemoi and Mary Kalakye, all from South Rift, overrun rivals to snatch the two flight tickets for the championship. They were timed 2:06.8 and 2:07.5 respectively.
In boys, Africa champions Kimuyan Yator of Kirobon High School in Nakuru and Kumari Taki from South Rift exhibited supremacy in the middle distant races. Yator overpowered Richard Kiplangat from South Rift to take the 3,000metres.
The Africa star qualified to compete at the global championships after completing the seven-and-half laps in 7:53.3. Runners up Kiplangat finished a distant second in 7:53.9 while and Edward Rono and Peter Kipserem missed the flight train after powering third and fourth in 7:54.0 and 7:59.2.
Taki, the 1,500metres prodigy, won the event in impressive 3:37.6 while Lawi Koskei managed 3:41.2. Brimin Kiprotich, the African silver medalist, was edged out after coming third in 3:41.9. In 800metres, Willy Tarbei and Kipyego Bett will be wearing the national colours when the event gets underway. Tarbei won the two laps in 1:44.51 while Bett followed at 1:44.55.
In the sprints, Edwin Ngeeti and Josphat Ng’eno will be lining up in the boy’s 400metres while Aaron Kimutai and Mackson Sirere will be competing in the 200metres. Ngeeti and Ng’eno finished first and second timing 47.25 and 47.29 while Kimutai and Sirere dashed in 21.33 and 21.77 against the qualifying mark of 49.45 and 22.00.
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