NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
World Youth champions Celliphine Chespol and George Manangoi of
Kenya will skip the Diamond League circuit to focus on the world
U-20 championships in Tampere, Finland next month.
However, the two
will have to prove their fitness and talent at the Kenya trials
for the U-20 championships, which will be held on June 12 in
“I have gained a lot
in tactics and experience after competing in the two Diamond
League races in Doha and Rome. There will be no show for me in
Oslo, Stockholm and Paris,” Manangoi said on Wednesday.
He revealed that he
picked up a strain muscle injury in Rome, but has been
successful to run it off and is looking forward to the national
“I got a slight
injury in Rome last week, but it is of no concern now. I will
run it off and face my rivals in Nairobi. My target is to get
gold at world under-20 event and add that to my under-18 title,”
said Manangoi, who is the younger brother to world 1,500m
champion Elijah Manangoi.
Kenya is expected to
pick a strong squad to the global meet, formerly known as the
world junior championships, eyeing to wrest the overall crown
from the grip of United States of America.
Two years ago in
Bydgoszcz, Poland, Kenya finished second with nine medals (five
gold, two silver and two bronze) behind United States, who
collected 11 gold, six silver, and four bronze medals.
Youth Committee chairman Barnaba Korir said preparations for the
trials are complete and assured the country will have the latest
talent on show, capable of sweeping the medals at the global
“They are the best
from our youth structures and school system. It is their chance
to stake claim to the national team ticket and show the world
their ability as they launch the professional careers in
athletics,” Korir said.
The world under-20
championships will be staged from July 10-15.
completion targeting specific age is important in the
development of athletics. Kenya has always had a strong grip in
this competition on track and field event and that is expected
to continue as we expose our youth development agenda. We will
ensure only the best runners are selected for the duty,” added
Athletics Kenya will
also engage the young runners in a symposium on anti-doping and
what they need to avoid.
“We will hold talks
on avoiding doping. They need to learn. We will also vet their
documents to ascertain their age,” he added.
Among the top names
expected to sail through include Manangoi and Chespol. Others
are Edward Zakayo in 5,000m, Africa junior cross country
champion Rhonex Kipruto in 10,000m, Jackline Wambui and Lydia
Jeruto in 800m, Stanley Waithaka (5,000m) and world U-18 walk
bronze medalist Dominic Ndigiti.