First time unlucky, second time charm

By ronnie evans
Jun 14, 2017
  • Rhonex Kipruto leads 10 000m race during the trials at the Nyayo National Stadium. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

It was a case of first time unlucky but second time a charm for young Dominic Samson.

He won the boys’ walk race to qualify for the World under-18 Championships set for July 12-16 during the opening day of the national trials at Nyayo Stadium on Tuesday.

Samson, a class act of the 10,000m race blew away the competition to cross the line in 44:14.9.

The form two pupil at Kiandege Secondary School, who is also the national secondary school champion, put on an impressive show to leave his rivals in his wake.

It was redemption for Samson, who missed the chance to represent Kenya in the last edition held in Colombia two years​ ago but was locked out on the grounds of a glitch in his travelling documents. He wants to take the chance with both hands.

“This feeling of winning is great and I would not have made if I never worked hard and stayed focused on my style. Last time there was a bit of a problem but that is behind me now.I am happy for this opportunity,” he said.

Southern' s Joseph Sila, did not make the cut after clocking 49:25.4 which was short of the 49 minutes as while Elvis Kyalo finished third in 49:41.0.

Samson now adds this win to the one he pulled out last week during the national school games in Mombasa.

Gichana stunned Polaron

Brian Gichana representing Nyanza South stunned national secondary school games champion Nicholas Pelaron as they both secured tickets to the global youth championship.

Gichana had a smooth transition in the 400m hurdles to sail home in 53.18. Pelaron clocked 53.25 but said he will aim to be champion.

“He (Gichana) had a strong finish to win but am happy to qualify. I hope I can improve because competition is stiff. I hope to be the champion because I believe I can do it,” Pelaron said.

In the girls’ javelin, national schools champion Cynthia Chebet laid down her marker that was enough to ensure qualification to the world youth sporting event.

The 17 year old Riruta Central School pupil’s throw of 49.91metre in her third attempt was about a metre inside the qualification mark. She said that she draws inspiration from javelin star and Olympic silver medalist Julius Yego.

In was little success in terms of qualification pedigree in the other field events with the young guns falling short.

Geoffrey Kipkosgei had the best of throw 15.21 metres in the boys’ shot event but could not crack the required mark of 18.20 metres.

Akoth misses out

In the girls' category, Peninah Akoth’s 11.61m throw was not enough to see her through.

Apart from the trials, the event doubled up as a qualifier for the under-20 Africa Championship slated for June 27 - July 2 in Algeria.

Rhonex Kipruto won junior men’s 10,000m in 29:05.1 to book his ticket.

Brenda Mukwana also qualified after her stunning victory in the junior women’s 400m hurdles in a time of 1:01.16.

With competition set to conclude on Wednesday, the junior stars still have another opportunity to crack the qualification times that will see them qualify.

Athletics Kenya through its youth chairman Barnabas Korir insists​ that the body intends to select the strongest possible team to ensure that Kenya asserts her dominance once again on the global stage.