Tickets sealed, hard work now begins for Team Kenya
- surprises were sprung as many world junior champions athletes announced their arrival in the senior competition from the juniors upstaging the seasoned athletes to bag tickets to Australia.
- World Junior 3,000m champion Celilphine Chespol showed pure class as she dominated the event in her senior competition debut ahead of to be teammates Purity Kirui and Fancy Cherono.
- As much as new blood enters the team, World champions also made a good account of themselves as they made the trip.
The Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani on Saturday hosted the finest athletes in the nation who were united with one goal, making it to Team Kenya for the Commonwealth Games scheduled for April 4-15 in Gold Coast, Australia.
And as expected, surprises were sprung as many world junior champions athletes announced their arrival in the senior competition from the juniors upstaging the seasoned athletes to bag tickets to Australia.
World Junior 3,000m champion Celilphine Chespol showed pure class as she dominated the event in her senior competition debut ahead of to be teammates 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 it to the team, my main aim was to make the cut and now that I have realised that, it’s now upon us to train hard with my two colleagues when we join the 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 race 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 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 on 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 (3,000m SC) and Hellen Obiri (5,000m), former javelin World Champion Julius Yego who is also the defending champion in the competition will be defending the crown he won four years ago.
The 2015 400m world champion Nicholas Bett who led his brother Aron Koech to a top-two finish is another heavy-weight 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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