The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Coach Expects Juniors to Hold Their Own in Barcelona

Kariuki Gekonyo and Michael Ngisirei will coach the Kenya team to the world junior championships in Barcelona next month. They will be assisted by Japheth Kemei and Eliud Tanui. Ngisirei acknowledged Kenya face a daunting task in defending the title in Barcelona.

"We face a tough task but some of our athletes were at the last world youth championships in Lille, France, last year and have some experience," the coach added.

He singled out world youth 3,000m champion William Malel and world junior1,500 champion Faith Chepngetich as some of the athletes to look out for in the squad. They are alongside a new crop of athletes to look out for. "If you look at Malel and Chepngetich they are going to be our bright hopes. However, I expect the ones who qualified will also have something to prove," Ngisirei Ngisirei's threat analysis singlers out USA , Jamaica , Russia and perennial rivals Ethiopia as Kenya's strongest competition at the event.

The Kenyan coach also expects Kenya to be competitive in the sprints with Mike Mokamba, Duncan Nkanu, Alphas Kisyhoiyan and Boniface Mweresa running in the 100, 200 and 400m races respectively. "I expect to at least qualify for the finals and bring some medals," he said. Team: Mike Mokamba (100m/200m), Duncan Nkaru (200m), Alphas Kishoyian, Boniface Mweresa (400m), William Mbevi, Francis Mutunga (400m Hurdles), Edwin Kiplagat, Timothy Kitum (800m), Dominic Mutuku, Hillary Cheruiyot (1500m), Conseslus Kipruto, Gilbert Kirui (3000m steeplechase), William Malel, Justin Kiprop (5000m), Philemon Cheboi, Geoffrey Kipkorir Kirui (10000m)

WOMEN: Agatha Jeruto (800m), Faith Chepng'etich (1500m/3000m), Nancy Chepkwemoi (1500m), Mercy Chebwogen (3000m), Daisy Chepkemei, Stella Ruto (3000m steeplechase), Caroline Chepkoech, Agnes Chebet (5000m)

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