Nelly Jepchirchir and Brenda Chebet won their respective semi final rounds to advance to the finals of the women’s 800m race at the ongoing World Under 20 national athletics trials at Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi.
Athletes who finish in top two positions will clinch slots in the team that will be picked Saturday to represent the country at the forthcoming World under 20 athletics championship due in Cali Colombia from 1st-6th August 2022.
Brenda Chebet clocked 2 minutes 08.28 seconds to win her semi final heat ahead of Janeth Wafula who finished second in 2 minutes 14.50 seconds as Florence Chepkoech wound up third.
‘’The race was good, I wanted to make it to the final now am targeting to attain the qualification time and I have run 2.08 I am happy and also look forward to winning the final’’, Brenda said.
Nelly Jepchirchir clocked 2 minutes 05.71 seconds to win her semi final qualifying round relegating Eveline Chepkoech and Judith Kemunto who wound up in second and third places respectively.
‘’Tomorrow I am targeting to improve on the time, my target is to represent Kenya in Cali Colombia. I am targeting to win the final’’, said Nelly.
A total of 8 runners made it through to the finals scheduled Saturday .In the corresponding men’s race Brian Mwange topped his semi final heat in 1 minute 51.22 seconds while Collins Kibiwott and Edwin Some wound up in second and third positions respectively……
A total of 17 finals are scheduled with top two athletes earning places in the Kenyan team that will head to Cali Colombia to defend the overall title that Kenya won as hosts in 2021.