NAIROBI, June 18 – Double Africa junior champion Mathew Kisorio produced the stand out performance at the national junior athletics trials held on Wednesday at Nyayo national stadium.
The 19-year-old who won 5,000m and 10,000metres gold medals at the Africa junior championships in Ouagadougou last year, ran a brilliant race to dismantle a classy 5,000 metres field and book a place in the team which will represent the country at the World Junior championships in Bydgoszcz.
As is the norm at Kenyan trials at any level, there were spectacular upsets and brilliant running as athletes fought for places in the Poland bound team. Twenty three athletes were selected to represent the country at next month’s championships.
Hitting the front after five laps, Kisorio put in a several surges in the next four laps building a lead of 60 metres which increased to 80 at the finish clocking an impressive 13:38.6.
“I knew the field was very tough especially as two of the athletes had finished ahead of me in Edinburgh so I decided to push and break them early,” said Kisorio.
The lanky athlete who disappointed at the World Cross Country championships last march said he was looking to atone for that performance in Poland, “I will give it my best and if it’s God’s will I will beat the rest of the world and win gold.”
Vincent Yator edged out 2008 World Cross Country junior bronze medallist Lucas Rotich to second place in 13:44.1.
World Youth silver medallist and national junior cross country champion Christine Kambua Muyanga registered an impressive win in the girls’ 3,000 metres steeplechase ahead of the fancied Caroline Chepkirui Tuigong who is the reigning World Youth and World junior champion in the distance.
The 17 year old form two student at Kwanthanze secondary school was simply in a class of her own winning in 9:27.0. Elizabeth Mueni edged out Tuigong for the second slot in the team.
In the boys’ 800 metres World Youth champion Geoffrey Kibet made the team after winning in 1:48.7.
Felix Konchellah- son to 19994 Commonwealth Games 800 metres champion Patrick Konchellah, finished second in 1:49.0.
The 18 yaer old is a training partner and classmate to current World junior champion David Rudisha.
World Youth 3,000 metres champion Mercy Cherono easily won her speciality to qualify after clocking 9:00.2. The 17 year old is confident of repeating her heroics in Poland, “I am confident and ready to work hard to win at the world event.”
Jackline Chebii who was sixth in the junior girls’ race at the world Cross country championships in March edged out fancied Chebet Cheptai and reigning World junior champion Veronica Nyaruai to finish second and book a place in the squad.
“It was tough as all the top girls were there but I fought hard because I wanted to make it,” she said.
Nelly Chebet ran a tactful race to win the girls’ 5,000 metres. The 16 year old Riruta Central secondary school student stayed behind the leaders before unleashing a tremendous finishing kick to win in 16:06.1.
“I am so happy that I shall get a chance to board a plane and represent my country,” she said.
Sixteen year old Lucy Kamene Muia who was dropped from last year’s World Cross Country team because of being underage will get her chance to don the country’s colours after finishing second in 5,000metres race.
“The race was good because it was not hot. I am looking forward to running in Poland because I want to make up for missing out last year. I was so disappointed after being dropped last year but am now back,” she said.
Christine Kambua Muyanga