Junior triathletes set for Zimbabwe performance test

Monday, September 6th, 2021 00:00 |
Josette Njeri.

Five Kenyan junior triathletes will attend a one week high-performance camp in Zimbabwe to prepare them for a smooth transition into the senior level.

The five include Josette Njeri and Joseph Okal who are the top-ranked male and female triathletes in Kenya with 609 and 509 points respectively.

Others are Trevor Mwamisi, John Paul Makona and Joshua Okal.

The five will also have a chance to take part at the Africa Triathlon Junior Cup to be staged in Troutbeck, Zimbabwe, on September 25.

The Okal brothers (Joseph, Jesse and Joshua), are the grandchildren of legendary Kenyan runner Kipchoge Keino.

  “We were given four slots (two male and two female) but because this is a self-sponsored trip, just one female (Josette) registered. But we wrote Africa Triathlon to allow us to send three males and one female and they were so kind to give us even an extra slot.

Kenya actually has the biggest number of participants in Africa,” said Kenya Triathlon Federation secretary-general Salonik Ole Koyiet.

 Kenya coach Alfan Mwanyika will also have the chance to attend the camp with team manager Joyceline Nyambura.

 Kenya will also field two Under-23 players Soud Hassan Soud and Jesse Okal at the Africa Cup which will act as a point-earning event.

 Jesse and Soud Hassan Soud is the highest-ranked U23 Athlete with 631 points.

 The camp, that will run from September 26 to October 2, is fully funded by the World Triathlon (WT) though athletes will have to cater for their air travel expenses.

 Meanwhile, KTF will hold a one day national trial for the Africa Duathlon Championship on Saturday, September 11.

 The sprint distance (5km run, 20km bike and 2.5km run) event will be staged at the Tatu City with the top athletes earning an automatic ticket to the continental championship to be staged in Namibia, Windhoek, from October 15-17.

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