By Iminza Keboge
Published July 12, 2017
The 10th and final IAAF World U18 Championships for athletes aged 17 or younger brings some three thousand competitors and officials from 159 countries to Kenya’s Moi International Sports Centre in the Kasarani neighbourhood of Nairobi for a five-day track and field contest that has been boycotted by United States of America, Britain, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Switzerland for what USA described as risks for all types of crime ranging from theft to violence and terrorism.
The boycott came as a blow to Kenya that had spent an estimated US$25 million in refurbishing the 60,000-seat stadium at Kasarani on the Thika Super Highway for the International Association of Athletics Federations-organised event that is expected to discover and nurture the sports talent of teenagers.
Kenyatta University, partly due to its proximity to the venue of the games, shall benefit immensely as it has not only been earmarked for Regional High Performance Centre by IAAF but is also hosting the athletes and officials in six of its student hostels that have been upgraded to three-star hotels.
Representing Kenya is a team of 64 track and field athletes, one of Kenya’s largest ever contingents at an IAAF U18 athletics meet.
The team that represents Kenya at the event that runs July 12-16, 2017 comprises:
100m: Beatrice Anyango, Hyvin Chepkoech
200m: Beatrice Anyango, Mary Moraa
400m: Sharon Jebet, Mary Moraa
800m: Lydia Jeruto, Jackline Wambui
1500m: Edina Jebitok, Rachel Nzangi
3000m: Beatrice Chebet, Emmaculate Chepkirui
2000m steeplechase: Caren Chebet, Pamela Jeptoo
100m hurdles: Philian Kerubo, Nusra Rukia
400m hurdles: Irene Akinyi, Leah Jeruto
High jump: Faith Kipsang
Long jump: Janeth Chemutai, Gloria Mulei
Triple jump: Janeth Chemutai, Mary Wangeci
Shot put: Peninah Akoth, Sharon Mukite
Discus: Harriet Chiluyi, Vivian Jeptoo
Javelin: Cynthia Chebet, Dorothy Chepngetich
5000m race walk: Regina Joshua, Lenah Nanyala
100m: Elijah Matayo, Kelvin Nyagodo
200m: Philemon Konari, Elijah Matayo
400m: David Sanayek, Kelvin Sawe
800m: Japheth Kibiwott, Noah Kiprono
1500m: Dominic Kipkemboi, George Manangoi
3000m: Stanley Mburu, Edward Zakayo
2000m steeplechase: Edward Bett, Kelvin Kipyegon
110m hurdles: James Nyambura, Peter Wambua
400m hurdles: Moitalel Mboke, David Saruni
High jump: Evans Kipchirchir, Micah Kipkirui
Long jump: Vincent Kilel
Triple jump: Vincent Kilel, Musyoka Mwema
Shot put: Reynold Kipkorir, Joseph Nyakundi
Discus: Nicholas Kiprotich, Joseph Nyaga
Hammer: Victor Kiplimo
Javelin: Nicholas Kiprotich, Ita Nao
10,000m race walk: Jimmy Oroni, Dominic Samson.