Team Kenya to the World Youth Championship started its strategizing schemes in Nairobi from Monday in an effort to surpass the country’s previous performance in Donestk, Ukraine in 2013.
The 31-member team that include six officials checked in at Milele Conference Centre in Nairobi’s South where they would be staying as they domesticate the final-tuning before leaving the country for Cali, Columbia on 10th July.
Head coach Robert Ng’isirei and his assistant Sammy Bii are quite optimistic the team will have enough time for fine-tuning with emphasis being to inculcate team spirit and exploring strategies to win medals in all events.
“The team is by far the best ever. We have medalists who posted remarkable results in both Africa Junior championships and Africa Youth in Ethiopia and Mauritius. It is an experienced team to relay on,” said Ng’isirei, who has been with the youth and juniors for a long time.
The squad, comprising 15 boys and 10 girls aged 16 and 17 years, was selected after a two-day national trial held at Nyayo National Stadium and after thorough scrutiny to ascertain age of individual athlete.
Africa Youth 3,000metres queen Emily Chebet sent bright signal of carrying her winning streak to the global bi-annual championship after reigning supreme in the specialty and would be leading event mate nSheila Chelangat for medal hunt for the country.
“It feels great to be in the team after a very competitive trial. It will be nice to repeat my Africa Youth Championships achievement on the world stage with a first podium position,” said the Africa Junior silver medalist after winning the selection.
Experienced Richard Kimuyang Yator and Davis Kiplagat are the flag bearers in the same event for the boys while Sandrafelis Chebet( Emily’s twin sister), Celphine Chepteek Chepsol, Vincent Rutto and Geoffrey Rotich are the hunters in 2,000metres steeplechase.
The quartet of Janeth Jepng’etich, Joyline Cherotich, Kumari Taki and Lawi Kosgei would be gunning for the podium victories in 1,500metres for both girls and boys while Betty Chepkemoi, Mary Kalakye, Willy Tarbei and Kipyego Bett will stretch their fast legs in the 800metres when the championship commences from July 15th.
Kenya will also try to wrestle medals from the dominative United States of America and Jamaica in the sprints where Purity Chepkoech and Jane Theuri will parade in girls’ 400metres with Edwin Ngeeti and Josphat Ng’eno filling the boy’s lines. Aaron Kimutai and Mackson Sirere will compete in 200m.
Edward Kiplimo will be the solo field representative. He will take part in boys long jump after leaping 7.33metres surpassing the mandatory 7.25metres set for qualifiers. In 400m hurdle, Emmanuel Kipyego and Nicholas Chirchir have the honour to unfurl the national flag.
In Donetsk in 2013, Kenya collected a total of 11 medals- 4 Gold, 3 Silver and 4 Bronze and finished second overall behind Jamaica who took the title.
Purity Chepkoech, Jane Theuri. Boys: Edwin ngeeti, Josphat Ng’eno.
Betty Chepkemoi, Mary Kalakye. Boys- Willy Tarbei, Kipyego Bett.
Janeth Jepng’etich, Joyline Cherotich.
Boys- Kumari Taki, Lawi Kosgei.
Sandrafekis Chebet, Celphine Chepsol. Boys-
Vincent Rutto, GeoffreynRotich.
Emily Chebet, Sheila Chelangat (Girls).
Richard Kimuyang, Davis Kiplagat (Boys).
Emmanuel Kipyego and Nicholas Chirchir (Only Boys).
200m- Aaron Kimutai and Mackson Sirere (only boys qualified).
Long-Jump- Edward Kiplimo.
Edward Mutahi Kahiga (Team Manager), HOMER Mugalitsi (Assistant Team Manager), Robert Ng’isirei (Head Coach), Sammy Bii (Assistant Coach), Dorcas Yator (Chaperone), Joyce Awawandu (Physio).
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