Red carpet welcome planned for Bydgoszcz heroes


Mostafa Smaili from Morocco , Willy Kiplimo Tarbei from Kenya and Kipyegon Bett from Kenya celebrate ...
Mostafa Smaili from Morocco , Willy Kiplimo Tarbei from Kenya and Kipyegon Bett from Kenya celebrate after men's 800 metres during the IAAF World U20 Championships at the Zawisza Stadium on July 24, 2016 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. (Photo by Adam Nurkiewicz/Getty Images for IAAF) Copyright Notice - 2016 Getty Images

A red carpet welcome is planned for the national team from the just concluded IAAF World Under 20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland that is expected back home Tuesday morning.

Kenya finished second after USA with 9 medals with 5 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze medals with Athletics Kenya (AK) saying in a statement on Monday that nothing will be spared to give the squad led by Team Manager Joseph Illovi a hero’s reception.

Officials from the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts as well as from AK led President Retired Lieutenant General, Jackson Tuwei and acting CEO; Susan Kamau will be on hand to receive the team.

Rodgers Kwemoi (10,000m), Kumari Taki (1500m), Celliphine Chepteek (3000m s/c),Amos Kirui (3000m s/c) and Kipyegon Bett (800m) won the top medal in the six-day biennial global track and field age competition.

Emmaculate Chepkirui (5000m) and Willy Kiplimo (800m) settled for silver while Anthony Kiptoo (1500m) and Wesley Ledama (5000m) closed the podium in their races.

The squad will arrive at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 10:24am local time (+3GMT) via and Ethiopian Airline flight ET302.

USA dominated the medal charts when they took 11 gold medals, more than twice that of their closest competitor, Kenya, who took five.

Their overall medal tally of 21 was also more than double their nearest rivals, Ethiopia.

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