Kenyan juniors begin CAA Trials


George Manangoi in the 1500m at the IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017 (PHOTO/IAAF/Getty ...
(FILE)George Manangoi in the 1500m at the IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017 (PHOTO/IAAF/Getty Images)

In Summary

  • Team Kenya trials for Africa Youth Athletics Championships kicked off today morning at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani with youngsters from different parts of the country fighting for tickets to represent the country in the Under-18 and Under-20 championships to be held next month in Abidjan, Ivory Coast
  • The two-day event is set to enable the country select teams to represent Kenya in the two championships will be held concurrently from April 13-20

Team Kenya trials for Africa Youth Athletics Championships kicked off today morning at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani with youngsters from different parts of the country fighting for tickets to represent the country in the Under-18 and Under-20 championships to be held next month in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

The two-day event is set to enable the country select teams to represent Kenya in the two championships will be held concurrently from April 13-20.

According to Athletics Kenya (AK) Youth Sub-Committee secretary Branabas Kitilit the exercise ran smoothly in the opening day.

“We have started the championships well albeit of some small challenges here and there but in general we have proceeded well. The turnout is not bad enough although compared to the last editions it a bit low,” Kitilit told Citizen Digital.

In the opening competition, Victor Korir from South Rift took the top honours in the Juniors under-20 10,000m race clocking 29:28.0 ahead of Bravin Kipkogei of North Rift who clocked 29:39.3 while Charles Kamau of Central settled for the third place in 29:52.5.

Korir said he is now eyeing a gold medal in Abidjan where he will be wearing Kenyan colours for the first time.

“My target in Abidjan is to come home with a gold. I know that is possible through the help of my coaches who we will be working with,” said Korir who trains under veteran tactician John Kimetto.

According to AK standards, two athletes for the Youth Championships (U-18) will qualify automatically for the continental event while the Juniors (U-20) will be subject to qualifying standards.

“We will be taking top two athletes in each event for both categories (U-18 and U-20) but for the Juniors they will have to meet the standards set in the respective discipline. We are happy with the results so far because it shows that the standards are high going by what we have seen,” Kitilit said.

Kitilit who doubles up as the chairman of AK Baringo County disclosed that they have curtailed the age cheating menace owing to the introduction of NEMIS (National Education Management Information System) by the ministry of education which has gone along way in eradicating the vice.

“It is true we have had that problem (age cheating) for many years but this year we have been able to reduce it drastically if not eliminate it completely through the use of NEMIS because most of these athletes are still in school,” added Kitilit.

Elsewhere, in the 5,000m finals for girls Under-20, Agnes Jebet of North Rift won the race in 15:56.4 ahead of Dolphine Omari of Nyanza South who clocked 15:57.4 meaning the duo sailed through since the entry standards were set at 16:40.00.

Gedion Rono and Emmanuel Kiplagat will fly Kenya flag in the Under-18 3,000m after the duo finished first and second respectively in 8:00.2 and 8:00.5 respectively.

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