Jepkemei targets world record after making World Youth team

By elvince joshua
Jun 12, 2013
  • Runners compete in the 800m at the World Youth Trials at the Nyayo National Stadium.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

World Junior 3000m SC champion, Daisy Jepkemei will lead a strong team 20 runners that will compete at the World Youth Championship in Ukraine July.

Jepkemei, 16, the younger sister to former World Youth record holder Nora Jerutu want to run three seconds faster than her sister who ran the world record of 6:16. 41 in Lille, France, (2011) when she lines up in the girl’s 2000m SC in Dontesk.

The youth championship will run from July 10 -14. “My body was not in the best shape, I was down with a cold infection but I can promise Kenyans that when I go to Ukraine I’ll bring gold,” said Jepkemei who managed second in 6:27.7 at the trials in at Nyayo national stadium behind Roseline Chepng’etich(6:12.0).

Jepkemei who is also the Africa Junior champion has already set her target for Donestk. “I want to go back to training and beat my opponents but what I really want is to break the world record,” she added.

The top two athletes in 2000m SC, 800m,3000m SC,1500m(both girls and boys), 200m (boys) and 400m boys all qualified to compete in Ukraine. Kenya will be represented in all the contested races except the Girl’s 400m, 400m Hurdles for both boys and girls and 200m girls where the athletes failed to hit the qualifying marks.

Alfred Kipketer who beat the reigning national Secondary school champion, Joshua Masikonde will lead the boys 800m. Kipketer posted 1:46.2 and he was followed by Patrick Rono (1:46.6) who also booked his ticket to Ukraine. Vedic Kipkoech and Alexander Mutiso will carry the burden of ensuring that Kenya continues with the tradition of winning the Steeple Chase after winning the two tickets.

Coaches yet to be named

The lanky Masikonde whose dream is to break David Rudisha’s (800m) world record said the Tuesday’s event where some athletes were locked out due to alleged age cheating affected him ahead of the race.

“I came to the final with a low morale after what had happened yesterday (Tuesday). In the morning, I wasn’t even sure my name was in the list then you go to the race with a lot of question marks on your head. I was just running but I wasn’t sure whether I’ll be selected even if I were to finish ahead of everyone,” said Masikonde who surrendered the lead with 50m to go, only to finish fourth after faking a thigh muscle.

The team will report for residential training camp at the YMCA in South C from June 21 for two weeks before departing on July 5th for Ukraine. The coaches to be in-charge of the youth team are yet to be named by Athletics Kenya.

Youth team : 2000m girls SC:Roseline Chepngetic, Daisy Jepkemei 800 boys:Alfred Kipketer,Patrick Rono 150m boys: Robert Kiptoo, Titus Kipruto 3000m girls: Lilian Kasait, Mercy Chepwogen 1500m girls: Irene Chepkemoi, Lucia Eunice 800m girls: Agnes Mulei, Jarinta Maiwa 3000m boys: Vedic Kipkoech, Alexander mutiso 200m boys: Geoffrey Kiprotich, Stanley Keter 400m boys: Ian Mutuku, Alex Sampao 2000m SC boys: Kiptanui Bett, Justus Kipkori.