Yego, Chepkoech lead All African Games squad
Olympic silver medalist Julius Yego and World 3,000m steeplechase record holder Beatrice Chepkoech are among the stars who made the cut for this year’s African Games following the national trials held in Kasarani.
Yego, the reigning African champion, threw a leading 78.02m with Alexander Kiprotich who managed 74.79m the only other javelin to hit the qualification mark for the continental games.
Although Yego was unfortunate to injure his ankle later on, he is optimistic to recover in time ahead of the continental championships.
“I have no worries it is just a minor issue I don’t think it will affect my preparations for the Games,” said Yego.
On her part, Chepkoech ran to a comfortable victory in the 3000m steeplechase clocking 9:26.64 ahead of Mercy Wanjiru (9:28.85) and Roselyn Chepngetich (9:32.10).
In the corresponding men’s race Benjamin Kigen ran the rule in 8:16.43 ahead of Joash Kiplimo who came in second in 8:21.94 as the duo earned direct tickets.
The 2008 Olympic Games 5000m bronze medalist Edwin Soi announced his comeback to track as he stunned the Olympic Games 10,000m silver medalist Paul Tanui to stroll to victory in 10000m.
Soi clocked 27:55.3 with Tanui finishing second in 27:58.06 as Charles Mneria clinched the third ticket to the Games.
“It feels good to once again represent my country it has been a while now and I can promise you to expect a medal in Morocco,” said Soi.
A powerful finish from Lilian Kasait ensured she reigned supreme in the women’s 5000m race clocking 15:23.7 ahead of the World Under-20 5000m champion Beatrice Chebet who finished second in 15:27.8.
Lydia Jeruto placed third in 15:28.1 to qualify for the Games as well.
On the men’s category Robert Kiprop from Elgeyo Marakwet County ran the show as he claimed victory in 13:37.31 followed by Richard Kimunyan (13:37.81) as the World Under 20 5000m champion Edward Zakayo settled for the third spot in 13:38.51.
Qualyne Kiprop (4:06.26), Mary Kuria (4:07.22) and Locked Chemining (4:08.67) were ranked first to third in the women’s 1500m.
In the men’s race, the World Under 20 1500m champion George Manangoi showed his class as he powered to victory in 3:36.20 ahead of Boaz Kiprugut (3:36.85) and Jonathan Sawe (3:38.46) who came in second and third respectively.
African High Jump champion Mathew Sawe managed a jump of 2.25m to be the sole representative of Kenya in the Games.
African 800m silver medalist Emmanuel Korir won the men’s 400m in 44.55 ahead of Joseph Phogishio who also hit the qualification time.
In the women’s race, the national record of 51.45 held by Ruth Waithera was shattered by Hellen Syombua who clocked 51.09.
“I can only attribute this to hard work in training,” said Syombua.
The three-day championships was being used to select Kenya team to the African Games to be held on August 23 to September 3 in Casablanca, Morroco.
3000m Steeplechase Men
3000m Steeplechase Women
400m Hurdles Men
400m Hurdles Women
110m Hurdles Men
100m Hurdles Women
20km Walk Men
20km Walk Women
Long Jump Men
Long Jump Women
Tripple Jump Men
Tripple Jump Women
High Jump Men
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