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Kericho Lemotit camp athletes confident of ruling the Ngong roost

By Philip Yegon
Saturday, February 13th, 2021
Beatrice Chebet races to the finish line during a past local cross country race. Photo/PD/WEBSTER NYANDIKA
In summary

Lemotit Athletics Training Camp in Kericho County has sent a star-studded team to the National Cross Country Championships slated for tomorrow at Ngong Race Course in Nairobi.

A strong team of 15 athletes from the camp are among participants in the championships which will be used to pick a team to the Africa Cross Country Championships scheduled for March 6 and 7 in Lome, Togo.

World beaters and upcoming athletes from the camp qualified for the national showpiece through their regional qualifiers and have vowed to light-up tomorrow’s championships.

Senior athletes from the camp include the reigning World Cross Country champion Beatrice Chebet who will feature in the 10km race and Sandrafelis Chebet who will also compete in the same race. Sandrafelis is the 2018 Valencia 10km road race winner.

Mercy Chepkorir Kirarei, the 3000m World Silver medallist during Youth Olympics Games held in Argentina will also run the 10km race in tomorrow’s national event. Emily Chebet is also set for 10km in tomorrow’s championships.

Trizah Cherotich, Dorcas Chepkemoi, Cynthia Chepkirui and Diana Chepkorir will fly the camp’s flag high during the national Cross-Country championships. They will compete in 6km Junior Women.

Those from the camp and are lining-up for 5km U18 Girls are, Isca Chelangat, Joyline Chepkemoi, Fancy Chepkorir, Daisy Chepkorir, Florence Chepkoech, Sharon Chepkemei and Miriam Chemutai.

The camp’s head coach Paul Kemei is upbeat of stellar performances among the athletes from his camp.

He says the athletes had trained well enough and were in good shape ahead of tomorrow’s competition in Nairobi.

“They are in good shape and well prepared for the task ahead. I have a lot of hopes from them for stellar performances among . They are ready and in fact raring to go,” Kemei said.

The youthful tactician is upbeat that the athletes from his side will win their races and subsequently make it to the national team to represent the country in coming championships.

Kemei said the athletes at the camp were serious about their sport careers and were well disciplined saying if they continue that way, they have a bright future.

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