NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
production line will be put to test ahead of the World
Junior Championships in Tampere, Finland.
Kenya (AK) President Jack Tuwei said the national team
will be under pressure to improve on their second
ranking from the last championships and cautioned
athletes to expect a fierce battle for the medals.
select the best athletes. Competition from China, USA,
Uganda, Ethiopia, Germany and Jamaica has intensified
and we must review our tactics,” said Tuwei on Saturday
Kenya is due
to name its final team to the World Junior
championships, which runs from July 10-15 in Finland.
World Under-20 Championships will be held on June 12 in
Nairobi, to select a team to represent the country in
Finland,” said Tuwei.
confirmed that a provisional entry of 1718 athletes from
171 teams has been received and Kenya hopes to have a
team of 30 athletes to the event.
2016 championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Kenya was
second overall to the United States winning nine medals
— five gold, two silver and two bronze.
USA had 21
(11 gold, seven silver and 3 bronze). Ethiopia, Cuba and
Jamaica filled the top five spots.
targets top names for the championships including George
Manangoi, the World Youth champion in 1,500m, Cellphine
Chespol, Edward Zakayo, Beatrice Chebet and Immaculate
18, who finished ninth at the junior level in the IAAF
Kampala World Cross Country championships in March last
year is confident she is in the right shape to get Kenya
a medal and has promised to run a perfect race in
wanted to get into this team and when I came in for the
race, my target is to do my best and not look at anybody
else. It will be tough but I feel am in very good
shape,” she said.
made his mark when he won the gold at the World Youth
Championships in Nairobi last year.
always wanted a chance to wear that Kenyan jersey in an
international competition. Now I want to go and work
harder, work on my speed and ensure that come next month
I will be in shape,” he said.