Central holds second U-20 team trials

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 00:00 |
Ten-year-old Govan Wainaina (in yellow right) from Tumaini, Nyandarua County, tries his best to avoid being overlapped by the leading pack in the 5,000m race during the Central Region U-20 selection at Ol Kalou stadium on Saturday. Photo/PD/DAVID MACHARIA

Athletics Kenya, Central Region, held another selection process for a team to feature in the World U-20 national championships trials after the squad selected late last year was scattered by Covid-19.

 Thirty-five athletes were selected at the weekend competition held at Ol Kalou stadium in Nyandarua County.

 The region had selected 50 athletes in November last year in a competition held in Ruringu stadium, Nyeri, but the team got depleted due to age following the postponement of the World Athletics U-20 Championships due to the coronavirus.

 Those not affected by age got also scattered after the government suspended sporting activities in March this year.

Central Region’s AK first vice-chairman Erastus Kabugi said: “We had to hold another selection because rescheduling of the Nairobi championships saw many members of the team selected earlier exit the team because they could have been overage by the time the event is held next year.”

  But the team selected at the weekend has no time for camping since it’s supposed to take part in the national U-20 trials set for Nairobi on November 21 and 22.

 The world event that was to take place in Nairobi last July was pushed to next year.

 The Ol Kalou competition saw the East Africa secondary schools high jump and javelin champion Wilson Lentunyei selected again for the throw.

The Kagaa Secondary student who has a personal best of 63 metres achieved a best throw of 62 metres.

The competition also unveiled another brother of Japan-based Bedan Karoki, Daniel Ndiritu, who finished third in the 3,000m flat in 9:17.2 behind winner Shadrack Kenduiywo (9:02.4) and Hazard Kibett, 9:09.6.

 Earlier, Ndiritu had finished in a similar position in the boys 1,500m. He clocked 4:16.3. Duncan Maina won the race in 4:12.6 and Jeremiah Wainaina was second in 4:13.3.

 Maina also went on to win the 5,000m race in 15:27.5 and Wainaina finished 6th in16:21.6.

Michael Manuela was second, James Kariuki third, Mueke Musyoka fourth and Stanley Mwangi fifth in 15:30.5, 16:07.2, 16:09.2 and 16:12.0 respectively.

 Loise Wangui won the 5,000m for girls in 16:58.2 ahead of Daisy Cherop 17:06.5 and Ruth Mwihaki 17:25.3.

 In the girls 1,500m, Mercy Chepsoya won in 5:16.8 beating Gladys Chebiwott 5:18.6 and Monica Njeri 5:29.0. 

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