Bernard Kibet Yegon after winning men’s 3000m finals. [Athletics Kenya]

Yegon, Kinyanjui pick 3000m team spots

Bernard Yegon and Daniel Kinyanjui have qualified for World Under 20 Championships set for Kasarani Stadium on August 17-22.

The two athletes, who train at Keringet Athletics Club in Nakuru, produced good shows to wow the sizeable crowd inside the stadium.

Yegon said: “I am happy to have won the race today and qualifying for the Under-20 is a big achievement.”

He is a Form Two student at Tulwet Secondary School in Nakuru County.

Kinyanjui said: “The race has been giving me sleepless.

Willy Kipngeno the coach from Keringet. I will be working hard with my teammate to go for the prize.”

Will Muthoni and Chemutai strike a double?

Teresia Muthoni and Zenah Chemutai have qualified in 3000m and 5000m at the world under 20 Championships on August 17-22.

This is after the two qualified at the national trials on Friday and Saturday.

They were simply in pure class as they shrug off opposition in their races.

Mercy Cherono, the 2014 Commonwealth Games 5000m champion, stands out as the only Kenyan to have won the World Under 20 3000m title twice.

Action at Kasarani Stadium ahead of the August showdown. [Athletics Kenya]

1500m: Race to equal Faith Chepngetich performance shapes up

Olympic 1500m champion Faith Chepngetich is perhaps the most accomplished Kenyan female 1500m athlete.

This is due to the fact that she has won every medal across all categories.

But on Saturday, Faith Chemutai and Purity Chepkirui picked their tickets to the global showpiece.

It now remains to be seen if they can match Chepngetich performances in the race.

Keter sets the bar too high

Vincent Keter, sixth at the Olympic national trials, showed no respect for his peers as he won the 1500m race easily.

On Saturday inside Kasarani Stadium, which has turned out as the temple of middle and long-distance running, Keter blew away his rivals.

Emmanuel Lemama came in second.

Keter said: “I have been competing in the Diamond League meetings and have enough experience. Be sure and I repeat, I will deliver a gold medal.”

Vincent Keter at Kasarani. [Athletics Kenya]

Battle for sprint medals starts off

Sylvia Chelangat and Elkanah Kiprotich will anchor the nation’s bid for sprint jewels when World Under 20 Championships gets underway inside Kenya’s biggest sporting cathedral – Kasarani Stadium on August 17-22.

Chelangat said: “I’m happy to have won and I really thank God. It was competitive and though I started with a lot of tension but I made it. I need to work on my speed and balancing training and school has been a tricky affair but I thank my mentor Janeth Jepkosgei for the support.”

She is a Form Four at Lelu High School in Kericho.

Kiprotich said: “For now, I will concentrate on 100m to make it. I train in Ngong. Let us hope for the best at the world under 20 Championships.”

Sylvia Chelangat (203). [Athletics Kenya]

Kibet stuns Africa champions 

Levi Kibet, a newcomer in the national athletics scene, emerged from obscurity to win men’s 5000m.

Kibet, a Form Three student at Kosirai High School in Nandi, outclassed Africa 3000m champion Emmanuel Kiplagat, Benson Kiplagat and Felix Korir to wear the 5000m title.

Benson Kiplagat and Felix Korir came second and third as Emmanuel Kiplagat faded to fifth.

Kibet said: “It was not a tough race though I am still new in top competitions. I can’t now predict the opposition.”

Benson Kiplagat is grateful to make his national team debut, having qualified to Africa country championships that were to be held in Lome, Togo, last March but were cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions in the West African nation.

Levi Kibet reacts after winning the 5000m Men Semi-Final Heat 2 during the Athletics Kenya Trials World U20 Championship at Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani in Nairobi, Kenya on July 01, 2021. [Stafford Ondego, The Standard]

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