Jepkosgei takes charge, Kenya youths athletes ready to shine

Thursday, July 20th, 2023 08:00 | By
Janeth Jepkosgei
Janeth Jepkosgei. PHOTO/Print

Thirty-eight 38 athletes have gathered at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani in Nairobi, ready to represent Kenya at the seventh edition of the Youth Commonwealth Games.

The event is scheduled to take place from August 4 to 11in Trinidad and Tobago. Janeth Jepkosgei, former world champion in the 800m race, will serve as the General Team Manager (GTM) and expressed her excitement for the role.

“I am happy for this new role and now my job is to work together with different coaches and make sure that our athletes are ready for these games.

We have to finish top and bring glory back to Kenya,” said Jepkosgei (pictured), the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth games gold medallist adding that her experience during the global games will surely be passed down to the athletes during the training camp.

Kenya will be participating in various disciplines, with a focus on track and field. The Javelin throw will be represented solely by women, while both sexes will compete in the 400m races, 4x400m mixed relay, 800m, 1,500m, and 3,000m races.

Additionally, Kenya will strive for medals in road race cycling, triathlon (men and women), 100m and 50m freestyle men’s swimming, Para-athletics, women’s beach volleyball, and women’s rugby sevens.

In the previous global event held in 2017 in the Bahamas, Kenya secured four gold medals. Notably, Immaculate Chepkirui won gold in the 3000m and silver in the 1500m. John Mwangi and Edwin Kiplagat also earned gold medals in the men’s 1,500m race, respectively.

Janet Jepkosgei, an ambassador for education and sports, will collaborate with Winnine Kamau, an Executive member of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) appointed as the team’s Chef de Mission.

Together, they aim to ensure a smooth training camp with minimal issues, as Kenya strives to surpass their previous achievements in the Bahamas.

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