The Chebet Sisters will be the athletes to beat when the National Athletics Youth trial takes centre stage at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi next week.
Satiating in the glory of their exploits from the 2nd Africa Athletics Confederation Youth championships in April this year, the twin sisters from Kericho in the South Rift, are expected to dominate the distant events as they set their sights higher to the July 15th to 19th World Youth championships.
“We have a good line that is supposed to be competing during the Youth national trial next Tuesday at Nyayo Stadium. We shall also be keen on those with experience from past championships,” said Barnabas Kitilit, a member of Athletics Kenya Youth Committee.
Kitilit, formerly the Chairman of Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association and Principal of Kirobon High School in Nakuru, added that vetting of the Youth to ascertain their actual age has been done from the grass roots to avoid cheating.
During Africa Youth Championships held in Mauritius in April, Sandrafelis Chebet and her twin sister Emily Chebet produced brilliant results to steer Kenya into medal bracket.
If their shape depicted during the Safaricom Athletics Kenya build-up series is anything to bank on, the duo will be the youth to watch when the championship take root at Nyayo. Sandra run 34.54.6 in 10,000metres on the newly refurbished Kipchoge Stadium in Eldoret as Emily trailed in second place timing 35:02.5 after another impressive victory in Kisii.
Sandra won a gold medal in 2,000emtres steeplechase in Mauritius while Emily brought silver in 3,000metres. Sheila Chepng’etich won Gold ahead of Emily while Ann Gathoni bagged Silver in the steeplechase.
In boys, Davis Kiplagat and Richard Kimuyan with lead the onslaught in the 3,000metres after winning gold and silver medals in the event in Mauritius while Kimaru Taki, who displayed great shape in Eldoret, will battle it out with rival Brimin Kiprono in 1,500metres. Both ascended to the podium in that order.
Kipyego Bett and Sila Kimeli will take charge of the 800metres while lone ranger, Vincent Talel, buoyed by victory in the African Youth, will be seeking qualification in the triple jump.
Kenya finished second to South Africa with a total haul of 19 medals – 8 Gold, 9 Silver and 2 Bronze, an upward achievement from the previous 11 medals (5 Gold, 4 Silvers and 2 Bronze) realized during the inaugural of the event in 2013.
The World Youth Championships, for Boys and Girls aged 16 and 17 years, will take place in California, Columbia, from July 15th to 19th.
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