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Peninah Akoth begins Kenya's gold rush as WU18 event starts

Peninah Akoth

 Wednesday 12th July 2017

NAIROBI (July 12) – Kenya’s sensational female shot putter, Peninah Akoth, will parade tonight to prove that her dominance in the event in schools championships was not by accident.

The event is set for 6.15pm.

The Form Two student of Osingo Secondary School in Migori has dominated the event in schools, both at the regional and national levels, even extending her string victories to the National Under 18 Trials at Nyayo National Stadium.

“I have trained well and hard enough. I leave the rest to God,” the shy 17-year-old Akoth said on Tuesday.

Akoth hails from a village in Migori with no history of athletics excellence and terms her performance so far as “God given”.

She started her climb in 2014 while a Class Seven pupil. But she only managed to reach the regional level. However, hard work saw her through to what she is now.

And her performance in these championships is what is standing on her way with global acclaim.

She will face a crowded field that includes Ewa Rozanska of Poland, Karyna Yehinian of Belarus, Selina Dantzler of Germany, Czech Republic’s Denisa Preckova, Ioana Diana Tiganasu of Romania, Tetyana Kravchenko of Ukraine and Yue Sun of China.

Others are Meike Strydom of South Africa, Amanda Ngandu-Ntumba of France, Tianxiao Yu of China, Jule Steuer of Germany, Urte Bacianskaite of Lithuania, Ashley Bologna of France and Gleice Stefanie de Castro of Brazil.

Apart from Akoth, Kenyans will also Elijah Onkware Mathew qualifies for the 100m final, set for7.20pm tonight. Mathew will be running in the fifth and final heat at 10.23am. Other boys in the heat are Danelson Mahautiere (DMA), Francesco Sansovini (SMR), Erik Felipe Cardoso (BRA), Joshua Han Wei Chua (SGP), Tyreke Wilson (JAM) and Gurindervir Singh (IND).

The day’s last event will be the 3,000m girls final at 7.40pm.