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Third Batch of Athletes Leave for Glasgow
The third batch of team Kenya on Thursday left for Glasgow via Dubai to compete in the 20th Commonwealth Games. The Games will start on Wednesday 23rd July to 3rd August. Among the sprinters who left for Glasgow were Francisca Koki, Maureen Chelagat, Sabina Mukoswa, Gladys Musyoki, Millicent Ndoro, Linda Oseso, Gladys Musyoki, Elijah Kimitei, Collins Omae, Tony Chirchir, Solomon Buoga, Nicholas Bett, Stephen Barasa, Florence Wasike, -Maureen Thomas, Jecinta Shikanda and Tera Kiplangat. Also in the team was athletics captain Julius Yego.
Tony Chirchir said that this will be his first Commonwealth Games and second assignment after Bahamas and he was confident of performing well. He said that his main aim is to reach the podium and make the country proud. Tony added to say that he was confident that they will do well because they know what to expect as some of the competing athletes were also in Bahamas. He is the one who made the Kenyan team to set an African 4x200m record at the inaugural IAAF World Relay Championships in Nassau, Bahamas in May. Stephen Barasa said that this is his first time at the Games and he is looking forward to perform well. He said that he is focused on reaching the final.
Also confident are the women's 400m team of Ndoro, Chelagat and Shikanda.
The team will be competing in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay.
During the launch of Commonwealth Games team residential camp at Safaricom Stadium Kasarani,
the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (Nock) chairman Kipchoge Keino, said that the climate there is favorable as he had competed at the Commonwealth Games in 1970 there and he did his best. Sports Principal Secretary, Patrick Omutia requested the athletes to compete as if there is no tomorrow and produce the best results.
We wish the Kenyan team all the best.
Kenyan Athletes Target Medal in the U.S
A team of 27 athletes have been named by Athletics Kenya to participate in the 15th World Junior Championships scheduled to start on Tuesday 22nd July in Eugene, Oregon in the United States of America.
But the Kenyan athletes are expecting a stiff competition from African long distance rivals Ethiopia. 1,750 athletes from 179 countries across the globe are expected take part in the event according to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
World Youth 800m championAlfred Kipketer, who had participated in the Kenyan team which won the 800m relay in the World Relays Championships held in Bahamas about two months ago, was confident that the Kenyan team will surely triumph. He will be running together with Stephen Kipkoech and Geoffrey Kipkoech among other Kenyan athletes. 2,000m steeplechase champion and 3,000m champion Rosefline Chepng’etich and Africa junior silver medalist Elvis Cheboi will also be among the squad of 27 athletes who will participate in the race.
While Kenyans are confident and hoping for their triumph, the Ethiopians on the other side have selected a very strong squad. Among the participants in the selected squad is the world youth 3000m champion Yomif Kejelcha and national junior 1 5 00m record-holder Dawit Seyoum who pose serious competition to the Kenyan team.
This is an international event for junior athletes aged 19 years and below organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Dimi Kisalu, the Athletic Kenya (AK) Assistant Treasurer will lead the Kenya team to the US. The team will participate in all events.
The squad to Eugene
Elvis Cheboi, Alfred Kipketer, Geoffrey Kipkoech, Stephen Kipkoech, Joshua Masikonde (800m), Fredrick Kipkosgei (5,000m), Barnabas Kipyegon (3,000m steeplechase), Jonathan Sawe, Hillary Cheruiyot (1,500m), Titus Kipyeg, Nicholas Kosimbei (10,000m)and Moses Mukono
Maureen Thomas (200m), Maximilla Emali, Margaret Nyairera (800m), Eglay Nafula (400m), Sheila Chepnng'etich, Lilian Kasait, Maiteko Valintine (3,000m), Winfred Mbithe (1,500m), Rosefline Chepng'etich, Agnes Jebet, Loice Chemining (5,000m) and Daisy Chepkemei (3,000m steeplechase)
Dimmy Kisalu (team leader), Kimutai Ngetich (team manager), George Ogeto and Andrew Maritim (coaches), Jane Torotich (chaperone), Florence Jebungei and Eugene Akweyi (physios)
On behalf of our country, we wish the Kenyan team all the best.
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Uasin Gishu to host Kecoso Games.
Uasin Gishu County officials are in fear of losing the rights of hosting the Kenya Communications Sports Organization (Kecoso) Games scheduled to start on 9th August. There were rumors that another county was eager to host the event. Kecoso had raised their concern over the possibility of the venue being ready in time for the event. Their troubles started when Construction works at the Kipchoge Keino Stadium slowed down a sign that the stadium may not be completed in time for the event. Yesterday, the officials had a meeting all the day-long at Kipchoge Stadium in Eldoret to discuss the issue.
County secretary Peter Lelei who led the committee told the stakeholders not to panic and also assured them that they are ready to host the event andthe work will be completed before the start of the games
Moses Tanui, who has won Boston Marathon twice, was in the meeting representing athletes. Tanui said that if the contractor can commit himself to the work, it can be finished in three weeks time.
One of the officials from Kecoso who sought anonymity said that he did not have anything to comment as far as the issue is concerned. The tartan track has not been laid down since it arrived in April last year but the county officials said that they are expecting experts from Mondo in Italy for the tartan to start working on 24th July.
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