The Kenyan contingent from the International Association of Athletics Federation Under20 World Championships jets back into the country on Tuesday morning after finishing Second overall in Bydgoszcz, Poland last week.
The team arrives around 10.30Am after winning a total of nine (9) medals that includes five (5) Gold, two (2) Silver and two (2) Bronze during the now re-branded former World Junior Championships that begun on Tuesday July 19th.
Characteristic with Athletics Kenya Federation’s tradition, the victorious team will get a red-carpet reception with Athletics Kenya President General Rtd Jack Tuwei and Ministry of Sports, Culture and
Arts officials leading relatives and athletics enthusiasts in receiving the global heroes and heroines.
“We are very pleased with the persistent good performance by our teams in global and continental events. This is very encouraging and we are asking our fans and all athletics admirers to join us in welcoming our Under20 team back,” said Athletics Kenya acting CEO Susan Kamau.
During the outing in Poland, Rodgers Kwemoi opened Kenya’s gold medal column with a victory in 10,000metres, paving the way for Kumari Taki (1,500m), Amos Kirui (3,000m S/chase), Celliphine Chepteek (3,000m S/chase) and Kipyego Bett (800m) who all bagged the precious silverware with blitzing performance .
Emmaculate Chepkirui and Willy Tarbei emerged second in 5,000 and 800metres and won the two silver medals for Kenya while Anthony Kiptoo and Wesley Ledama enhanced the country’s running supremacy with a bronze medal each in 1,500 and 5,000metres to re-assert the nation’s running prowess.
Kenya finished second to the consolidated United States of America after edging out early starter Cuba and continental arch-rival Ethiopia who finished behind in third and fourth positions respectively.
The scintillating performance by the juniors will no doubt add impetus to the senior team that is on its final preparations ahead of the Olympic Games coming up next month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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