NAIROBI, Kenya, August 22 – The exciting five days of top-class World Athletics Championships at the U20 World Athletics Championships will come to an end on Sunday.
There will be five finals in which Team Kenya athletes will be heavily involved.
First up will be the 800m final, where Noah Kibet and Emmanuel Wanyonyi vow to break up the field and claim victory with a double, just as they did three years ago in Tampere, Finland.
At 3:50 p.m., the duo of Winny Jemutai and Purity Chepkirui will contest the 1500m final and since Vincent Keter won the men’s race on Saturday, they will also try to stick out of the same script and give Kenya gold too to lend.
Chepkirui won her run in 4: 22.10 minutes ahead of the Ethiopian Hiwott Mehari, who has the fastest time of the finalists this season. The Ethiopian will be Kenya’s biggest rival in the race alongside his compatriot Diribe Welteji.
At 4:05 pm, Simon Koech and Amos Serem will try to defend Kenya’s kings in the men’s obstacle race, and the two have vowed to make sure the win comes home after easily winning their heats.
They admit that it hurt them to have the Olympic gold medal wrested from their Kenyan watch and will be careful to ensure that respect is upheld.
âSteeplechase is a Kenyan race and we won’t see it anywhere else. We know that we slipped at the Olympics as a country, but we are the generation that will make sure that Kenya is not beaten again, âsaid Serem confidently and proceeded to the finals.
At 5:10 p.m. it will be Maureen Cherotich and Zenah Cheptoo’s turn to start the women’s 5,000m in hopes of scoring another gold for Kenya after the men’s performance.
However, they will come under enormous pressure from the Ethiopian Mizan Alem, who with a best time of 2:46:20 p.m. is the only one this season to run under 15 minutes.
Melknat Wudu with a season best of 15: 20.41 is also a must, as is Uganda’s Priscah Chesang, who ran 15: 05.39 this season.
Cherotich has a season best of 3:44 p.m., while Zena has a best time of 3:46:20 p.m. this year.
The men’s 4x400m relay marks the end of the competition with the final at 6.10 p.m. Will you make it to a golden finish for Team Kenya?