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Team Kenya named, Olivier Gers, IAAF CEO visit

IAAF Chief Executive Officer Olivier Gers (second from left facing camera) at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani with (left) Athletics Kenya Chairman Gen Jackson Tuwei, IAAF WU18 Championships Local Organising Committee CEO Mwangi Muthee (second from right) and Arch. Mariamu Ali elMaawy (right) Principal Secretary in the Public Works Department. Photo: MOHAMMED AMIN/sports-pot.com/LOC wu18nairobi2017

 Friday 16th June 2017

IAAF Chief Executive Officer Olivier Gers in Nairobi on Wednesday thanked the Local Organising Committee of the World Under 18 Championships and said he hoped that fans will give athletes the loudest cheers at the Moi International Sports Centre, in the northern city suburbs during the event between July 12 and 16.

After Olivier’s two-day site visit of  MISC, Kasarani and the Athletes’ Village in nearby Kenyatta University, the International Association of Athletics Federations [IAAF] issued a statement saying:

“A huge amount of work has gone into the preparation of these championships and I want to thank the organising committee and everyone in Nairobi and across Kenya for the work they have put in.

 “The athletes will love competing in this beautiful stadium and I hope the fans will give them the loudest of cheers.”

After a slight delay to the installation of the new synthetic track at the competition stadium while the material was stuck in customs, work is now well under way and the LOC is confident the tracks will be ready in time for the championships.

Gers said Kenya should be proud to have a facility like Kasarani adding : “To have a vibrant, modern equipped stadium that can be re-used in future championships is quite critical,” reacting to a plea by the LOC that the IAAF should in future award hosting rights of even bigger championships to new destination such as Kenya.


Cynthia Chebet of Riruta Central School in Nairobi County throws the javelin to a distance of 49.91m for a win at the trials on Tuesday and earn a ‘Team Kenya’ place at the IAAF World U18 Championships. Photo: MOHAMMED AMIN/sports-pot.com/LOC wu18nairobi2017

Gers was accompanied by LOC Chairman Gen Jackson Tuwei and the LOC CEO Mwangi Muthee. The IAAF CEO had many engagements throughout Kasarani and KU with LOC heads of directorates, consultants and contractors amidst a beehive activity in both venues. The IAAF chief also had a meeting with Kenya Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts Dr Hassan Wario,  the Principal Secretary in the ministry Ambassador Kirimi Kaberia and the Principal Secretary in the State Department for Public Works Arch. Mariamu Ali elMaawy.

He said: “A lot of work is done; a lot still has to be done. We have the final push in the weeks ahead, finishing off, tidying up and making sure all the final elements are in place. It's like a house; it almost takes longer to put the finishing touches on the house and to make everything right than to actually build it.”

Gers also said the IAAF was following Kenya’s preparation of their team in the championships, noting the intensity of competition for places. He tipped Kenya to have a competitive squad. “What we want first to be remembered [of these championships] is the quality of competition,” he said.


Dominic Ndigiti of Kiendege High School, Nyamira County in the boys’ 10,000m walk during the ‘Team Kenya’ trials at the Nyayo National Stadium on Tuesday. He was selected after victory. Photo: MOHAMMED AMIN/sports-pot.com/LOC wu18nairobi2017


Mwangi Muthee confirmed that the LOC is now approaching the final stages of the preparations. “It has been like a fairy tale; we have seen it all,” he said. “But the most wonderful thing is that we are now heading to the final phase and that we can see the fruits of our labour and I am very proud of the team.

“I’d like the IAAF and the government of Kenya to make sure that the work and the legacy of the investment hasn’t been done in vain. We should look beyond 2017 and make Nairobi a sports centre.”

The IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017 will be the first global track and field championships to be held in Kenya. It will also be the final edition of the World U18 Championships as the IAAF’s focus will shift towards driving regional and continental competitions.


Athletics Kenya were at the same time holding the final ‘Team Kenya” selection at the Nyayo National Stadium in the Nairobi’s Central Business district. Several youngsters who had already shone at the pre-trials at Kipchoge Keino Stadium, Eldoret County on May 25-6 and at last week’s Kenya high schools and primary schools national championships were contenders for places.

Athletics Kenya finally announced a squad of 64, the largest ever to take part in the WU18 Championships, the biggest excitement being the record entry in the field throws and jumps the youngsters did not get an opportunity to compete in the past.


And at last on Wednesday, at Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi ‘Team Kenya’ for the IAAF WU18 Championships, Nairobi 2017

‘TEAM KENYA’ for IAAF World U189 Championships, Nairobi 2017:



1 Beatrice Anyango – (--, --)

2 Hyvin Chepkoech – (Ndanai Secondary School, Bomet County)


1 Mary Moraa – (Mogonga Mixed Secondary School, Kisii County)

2 Beatrice Anyango – (--, --)


1 Mary Moraa – (Mogonga Mixed Secondary School, Kisii County)

2 Sharon Jebet – (Moi Kapcherop High School, Elgeyo Marakwet County)


1 Jackline Wambui - (Riruta Central School, Nairobi County)

2 Lydia Jeruto


1 Edina Jebitok

2 Rachel Nzangi


1 Emmaculate Chepkirui - (Kibori Primary School Sotik, Bomet County)
2 Beatrice Chebet

100m hurdles:

1 Nusra Rukia

2 Philian Kerubo

400m hurdles:

1 Irene Akinyi - (Nyanza South)

2 Leah Jeruto – (North Rift)


 2,000m steeplechase:

1 Caren Chebet

2 Pamela Jeptoo

High Jump:

1 Faith Kipsang’

 Long jump:

1 Gloria Mulei – (Kwathanze Secondary School, Machakos County)

2 Janeth Chemutai – (North Rift)

Triple jump:

1 Janeth Chemutai – (North Rift)

2 Mary Wangeci

Shot put:

1 Peninah Akoth – (Osingo Secondary School, Migori County)

2 Sharon Mukite – (Kwanza Girls; High School, Trans Nzoia County)


1 Vivian Jeptoo

2 Harriet Chiluyi – (Moi Kapsowar High School, Elgeyo Marakwet County)



1 Cynthia Chebet – (Riruta Central School, Nairobi County)

2 Dorothy Chepngetich – (Singoronik Secondary School, Kericho County)

5,000m walk:

1 Lenah Nanyala -

2 Regina Joshua



1 Elijah Matayo - (Mogonga Mixed Secondary School, Kisii County)

2 Kelvin Nyagodo


1 Philemon Konari - (Riruta Central School, Nairobi County)

2 Elijah Matayo – (Mogonga Mixed Secondary School, Kisii County)


1 Kelvin Sawe

2 David Sanayek


1 Noah Zakayo Kiprono

2 Japheth Kibiwott


1 Dominic Kipkemboi

2 George Manang’oi



1 Edward Zakayo

2 Stanley Mburu

110m hurdles:

1 Peter Wambua -

2 James Mucheru Nyambura – (Kurungu Secondary School – Nyandarua County)

400m hurdles:

1 Moitalel Mboke – (Mogoiyuet Secondary School, Narok County)

2 David Saruni – (Nyanza South)

 2,000m steeplechase:

1 Edward Bett

2 Kelvin Kipyegon

High jump:

1 Micah Kipkirui

2 Evans Kipchirchir – (Uhuru High School Cabinet, Baringo County)

Long Jump:

1Vincent Kilel – (Lulloch High School, Kericho County)

Triple jump:

1 Musyoka Mwema

2 Vincent Kilel – (Lulloch High School, Kericho County)

Shot put:

1 Joseph Nyakundi

2 Reynold Kipkorir


1 Joseph Nyaga

2 Nicholas Kiprotich


1 Victor Kiplimo – (Kapsato Secondary School, Nandi County)


1 Ita Nao

2 Nicholas Kiprotich

10,000m walk race:

1 Dominic Samson – (Kiendege High School, Nyamira County)

2 Jimmy Oroni – (Bungoma High School, Bungoma County