Kenya youth stars for bigger world stage

Team Kenya were crowned winners of the Eastern Africa Youth Athletics Championship two-day meet at Namboole stadium on Saturday after recording a total of 32 medals.  Kenya, under the guise of their coach, George Ogeto Nyakundi mainly dominated the boys’ sprints and medley relays, hence winning 15 gold, 10 silver and seven bronze medals.

According to Ogeto, the camp his side “had at Nyayo stadium in Nairobi prior to the trip shaped the athletes and from the time we set for Kampala, we wanted medals. I am delighted for our triumph” But Ogeto said all the youngsters will be assigned coaches to monitor and groom them.

“I am confident that the 27 athletes we travelled with will compete at the big stages in five years to come” Ogeto added.  800m sensational, David Rudishe and marathon star, Edna Kiplagat all underwent the youth programmes, Ogeto said.

Hosts Uganda, settled for second after amassing five gold and 12 silver medals which gave team manager, George Palanda much more confidence in the young athletes.  “We fared well especially in the girls’ category but most of our athletes lacked speed endurance” said Palanda.

Moureen Banura (Uganda) 12.40
Scovia Ayikoru (Uganda) 12.44
Damarice Akoth (Kenya) 12.71

Moureen Banura (Uganda) 25.25
Scovia Ayikoru (Uganda) 25.72
Damarice Akoth (Kenya) 25.96

Mahlet Mulugeta (Ethiopia) 55.35
Jarinter Mawia (Kenya) 56.88
Moureen Banura (Uganda) 57.47

Sheila Chepngetich (Kenya) 2:07.14
Jarinter Mawia (Kenya) 2:08.67
Addislen Belay (Ethiopia) 2:09.22

Sheila Chepngetich (Kenya) 4:24.45
Eva Cherono (Kenya) 4:26.20
Shuko Wote Genemo (Ethiopia) 4:28.49

Mercy Chepwogen (Kenya) 9:34.64
Edna Chepkemoi (Kenya) 9:37.40
Roselyndah Domongole (Kenya) 9:38.39

Long jump

Everline Linda Acan (Uganda) 5.24m
Everline Adokorach (Uganda) 5.20m
Kanin Anastacia (Kenya) 4.99m

Sheila Chepngetin (Kenya) 40.39m
Jane Jepletting (Kenya) 38.77m
Josephine Lalam (Uganda) 37.47m

Triple Jump
Everline Linda Acan (Uganda) 11.19m
Everline Adokorach (Uganda) 10.79m
Betty Aloyo (Uganda) 10.21m

Shot put
Peace Mirembe (Uganda) 10.37m
Mercy Laker (Uganda) 10.04m
Chantal Uwizeyimana (Rwanda) 9.90 m

Duke Ogoti (Kenya) 10.97
Josophat Mutuku (Kenya) 11.29
Sam Kakaire (Uganda) 11.49

Josphat Ngeno (Kenya) 22.12
Josophat Mutuku (Kenya) 22.27
Geoffrey Kidega (Uganda) 22.38

Josphat Ngeno (Kenya) 47.84
Geoffrey Kipkoech (Kenya) 47.87
Twaha Zawadi (Uganda) 50.00

Solomon Teshome (Ethiopia) 1:48.49
Patrick Kiprotich (Kenya) 1:49.05
Abuu Mayanja (Uganda) 1:52.03

Ambrose Kiptoo (Kenya) 3:45.91
Phillip Kipyeko (Uganda) 3:48.07
Jonah Kinuthia (Kenya) 3:48.13

2000m SC
Justus Ngeno (Kenya) 5:42.19
T.Geoffrey Kipkoech (Kenya) 5:43.24
Anemut Ayalew Minula (Ethiopia) 5:49.41

Ambrose Kiptoo (Kenya) 8:06.83
Phillip Kipyeko (Uganda) 8:08.89
Joseph Kimathi (Kenya) 8:09.68

Long Jump
Vincent Tarus (Kenya) 7.11m
Francis Oketayot (Uganda) 6.82m
Emmanuel Nkuruziziza (Rwanda) 6.75m

Triple Jump
Vincent Tarus (Kenya) 14.98m
Felix Watmon (Uganda) 14.83m
Francis Oketayot (Uganda) 14.66m
High Jump
Collins Kibet (Kenya) 1.75m
Alex Okiror (Uganda) 1.71m
Geoffrey Kidega (Uganda) 1.71m

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