• Manang’oi, Jebitok to lead team to Abidjan.
• Athletes to compete in U18 and U20 championships.
Athletics Kenya have named a team of 45 athletes to represent the country at the forthcoming Africa Under 18 and Under 20 Championships set for Abidjan, ivory Coast next month.
The team was selected after grueling two-day trials at the Moi Stadium, Kasarani and will do duty in Abidjan between April 16 and 20.
World U18 1500m champion George Manang’oi, Edna Jebitok and Emmaculate Chepkurui are some of the household names to feature on the lengthy list.
Manang’oi obliterated the competition as he clinched honours in his three-lap specialty after finishing in 3:47.96 while second-placed Lesiyia Nickson beat the qualification mark of 3:49.00 after returning home just a fraction of a second faster.
“ I really thank my coach and my brother (Elijah Manangoi) for the training and guidance that has given me this win.I’m looking forward to training with Lesiyia so that we can bring home the medals from Abidjan next month,” said Manangoi.
Jebitok also clinched her slot in the trip to West Africa after winning the women’s 1500m race in 4:15.9 while Meryline Cherono’s 4:17.0 was also enough to see her make the team qualifyas well.
Agnes Jebetand Dolphins Nyaboke clinched first two positions in the women’s 5,000m race to qualify in respective times of 15:56.4 and 15:57.4.
Emmaculate Anyango clocked 9:29.84 to beat the qualification time of 9:40.00, overcoming race favourite and experienced Chepkurui, who timed 9.32.94. Loice Mbithe managed 9:39.92 to also put herself in contention for a slot in Team Kenya.
Anyango said: “I’ve been participating in national competitions with no wins and I’m glad today I made it. It will be my first time to an international championship and I’ll train hard to make Kenya proud in Abidjan. I was not expecting the win because honestly Chepkurui is also good but my current training and having a good mentality has helped me.”
Edna Martha Musai will represent Kenya in javelin after sealing a 49:21m mark in the U18 final, beating the 44:50m entry mark. In long jump Kenya will bet on Faith Kipkemboi (5:97m) and Vincent Kilel (7:37m) to bring medals after the two won in the women and men’s finals respectively. South Rift’s Dennis Kiprotich will fly the Kenyan flag in high jump after sealing a 2m mark, beating Allan Anyona (1:85m) in the final.
3000m: Gideon Rono, Emmanuel Kiplagat; 2000m S/C: Hillary Kibet, Mosop; 1500m: Vincent Keter, Peter Wangari; 800m: Kenneth Kirui, Wilbon Yegon; 400m: Brian Onyenge, Emmanuel Mutua; 400m hurdles:Baraka Mesheck, Patrick Mwandi; high jump: Dennis Kiprotich; long jump: Collins Kipkorir,
3000m: Deborah Chemutai, Zenah Chemutai; 1500m: Janet Nyiva, Maureen Cherotich; 2000m S/C: Judy Kirui, Dorothy Chepkoech;400m: Linda Kageha, Nelly Chepchirchir; discus: Linda Kageha; javelin: Martha Musai
10,000m: Victor Korir, Samuel Chebole; 3000m: Brian Kipkosgei, Leonard Bett; 1500m: George Manang’oi, Nickson Leisiya; 800m: Ngeno Kipngetich, Joseph Rotiken; 400m: Allan Kipyego, David Sanayek; 400mh: James Mucheru;long jump:Vincent Kilel; triple jump: Dennis Kipchirchir, Vincent Kilel; javelin: Leshab Ita; 5000m walk: Dominic Ndigiti
5000m: Agnes Jebet, Beatrice Chebet; 3000m: Emmaculate Anyango, Emmaculate Chepkurui;3000m S/C: Mercy Cherono, Karen Chebet;1500m: Ednah Jebitok, Maryline Cherono; 800m: Jackline Wambui, Lydia Jeruto;400m: Mary Moraa;long jump: Faith Chepkemoi; javelin:Dorothy Riro.