By Fredrick Muoki
The Chinese Athletics Association has selected 51 athletes to compete at the IAAF World U18 Championships slated for Nairobi this month.
The championships will be held at Kasarani stadium from 12th to 16th this month.
This will be an historical moment for Kenya being the first Country in Sub-Saharan Africa to host such an event that will attract over 2000 participants from 159 countries.
Chinese Athletics Association is the latest country to name a squad that will represent the nation in the championship.
Some of their best hopes for medals in the Kenyan capital this month include long jumper Gong Luying, javelin thrower Liu Zhekai, and race walkers Zhang Yao and Zhang Xiaole. Kenya will be represented by Nicholas Kiprotich and Ita Nao in the Javelin competitions.
Faith Kipsang will feature in the women’s High Jump.
During the 2015 edition that was held in Cali Colombia, Kenya finished in the second position in the medal standings table with 5 gold, 4 silver and 4 bronze medals behind USA that bagged 8 gold, 5 silver and 6 bronze medals.
Kenya topped the medals table in 1999 and 2009 and will be aiming to do so once again as the country hosts its first global track and field event.
The IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017 will be the final edition of the event as IAAF’s focus will shift towards driving regional and continental competitions.
All race competitions for this year’s edition will be broadcast live by KBC Channel one