Chespol out to make Commonwealth chance count
- The Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani Saturday the country's top athletes, all with one goal- to earn Team Kenya tickets for the Commonwealth Games
- As expected, there were loads of surprises as junior athletes made their graduations to the senior ranks memorable by upstaging seasoned athletes
The Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani Saturday the country’s top athletes, all with one goal- to earn Team Kenya tickets for the Commonwealth Games scheduled for 4-15 April in Gold Coast, Australia.
As expected, loads of surprises were sprung as many world junior champions athletes announced their arrival in the senior competition from the juniors thus upstaging the seasoned athletes to bag tickets to Australia.
World Junior 3000m Celilphine Chespol showed her class as she dominated the event in her senior competition debut ahead of Purity Kirui and Fancy Cherono.
The 18 year old said she is thrilled by the prospect of representing her country in Commonwealth Games.
“I am happy to have made to the team, my main aim was to make the cut and now that I have realised that It is now upon us to train hard with my two colleagues when we join camp,” Chespol disclosed.
In the corresponding men race, two slots were available owing to the wild card awarded to Olympic Champion Conselsus Kipruto with Abraham Kibiwott and Amos Kirui finishing first and second respectively to join the World Champion in the team.
Emily Cherotich, Olympic bronze medalist Margaret Nyairera and Eglay Nalianya will lead Kenya’s assault in the 800m women as a new look men team is made by the trio of Jonathan Kitilit, Wycliffe Kinyamal and Cornelius Tuwei.
World under 20 10,000m champion Rodgers Kwemoi will be spearheading the 10,000m team comprising of Jonathan Muia and Kipkoech Bett as they attempt to end Kenya’s jinx in the event.
Kwemoi said he hopes to make it to the podium even though it will be his first senior appearance.
“It feels good to make the cut, now I am focused in winning a medal”, said Kwemoi.
As much as new blood enters the team, World Champions also made a good account of themselves as they made the trip.
Apart from Conselsus Kipruto (3000m SC) and Hellen Obiri (5000m) Commonwealth champion in javelin Julius Yego will also be defending his crown he won four years ago.
The 2015 400m hurdles world champion Nicholas Bett who led his brother Aron Koech to a top-two finish is another heavyweight that bagged the ticket.
After the rigorous activity carried across two days a total of 65 athletes were chosen and will be under the stewardship of seven officials.
Women 20km Walk
Men 20km Walk
Women 400m Hurdles
Men 3000m steeplechase
Women 3000m steeplechase
Celliphine Chepteek Chespol
Men 400m Hurdles
Men 110m hurdles
Women Long Jump
Men Long Jump
Men Triple Jump
Joseph Ochieng (Team manager)
Philip Ngovi (Assistant Team manager)
Mary Chege (Chaperone)
Japheth Kemei (head coach)
Julius Kirwa, Joseph Kirwa, William Murgor (Assistant coaches)
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