After finishing outside the medal bracket in the Africa Junior Championship in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, last month in 3,000m steeplechase, Emily Chebet and Vincent Kipyegon will be seeking to atone their dismal performances during the Africa Youth Championships in Mauritius.
The two are among the team of 22 athletes selected to represent Kenya during the continental championships scheduled for April 23-26 in Mauritius.
The team comprising eight girls and 14 boys between the age of 16-17, will report to residential camp on April 7 before jetting out of the country on April 21.
“I finished fourth in 3,000m steeplechase men in Ethiopia, I’m now determined and aiming for gold medal. I learnt my mistakes and upped my training,” said Kipyegon who will be competing in 2,000m steeplechase.
Speaking during team selection at Nyayo Stadium, yesterday, AK Vice-President in charge of youth development Jack Tuweii defended the panel of selectors’ decision to pick fewer girls compared to boys saying: “We selected the best athletes in every discipline. The girls’ performance in many categories was below average, we managed to get an outfit that will be able to deliver medals.”
At the same time, AK President Isaiah Kiplagat praised the Government for their support.
“We have had a good working relationship with the Government who supported the cross-country team that participated in the World Championships in Guiyang, China, last Saturday. We also got a 100 per cent government support during the Africa Junior Championships in Ethiopia,” said Kiplagat.
During the inaugural edition of the African Youth Championships in Nigeria in 2013, Kenya finished fourth with a total of 10 medals (five gold, four silver and one bronze).
In Mauritius the team to be coached by Paul Kipkemboi and Esther Kavaya, will face stiff opposition from Ethiopia. Paul Kariako is their Team Manager.
Courtesy of standardmedia.co.ke