Josphat Bett, on the extreme left, on his way to winning the World Jnr Trials 10,000m in Nairobi (Peter Njenga) © Copyright
General News Nairobi, Kenya

Kenyan Trials lead to squad of 23 selections for Bydgoszcz

Matthew Kisorio will lead a strong Kenyan squad to this year's 12th IAAF World Junior Championships, Bydgoszcz, Poland, 8 to 13 July after emerging supreme during the one day trials at the Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi today (18).

A total of 23 athletes were selected for the team to Poland.

Kisorio, the 2007 World Junior Cross Country Championships bronze medallist who broke the national secondary schools championships record a week ago in Kisumu easily won the 5000 metres in 13:38.6.

Kisorio would have easily again lowered the schools mark of 13:32.9 had he been pushed especially in the latter part of the race. He was at his best in the 6th lap when he ran a majestic 61 seconds before dropping to 63sec in the next three, and without any challenge he steadily got slower running 67 in the final lap.

"I believe we can win the 5000m (in Bydgoszcz) which we lost two years ago (to Ethiopia’s Tariku Bekele)," said Kisorio.

Kisorio was followed home by Vincent Yator (13:44.1) and Lucas Rotich (13:48.4).

Josphat Bett of South Rift won the longest event on the programme the 10,000m in 28:18.0, just edging Titus Mbishei of the Police (28:18.03).

World Youth 800m champion Geoffrey Kibet signalled his intention of being the man to beat in Poland after easily winning the two laps event in 1:48.7. He was closely pursued by Felix Konchellah, a son of the 1994 Commonwealth Games champion Patrick Konchellah, who clocked 1:49.0.

Job Kinyor, a son of a previous national 400m Hurdles champion Barnabas Kinyor, finished third in 1:49.3.

The biggest loser of the day was World Junior 3000m champion Veronicah Nyarui Wanjiru who finished a distant fourth in a race won by Mercy Cherono in 9:00.2. Jackline Chebii (9:04.4) and Gladys Kimani (9:19.7) were the others ahead of her.

Peter Njenga for the IAAF



Sylvester Kirwa, Police, 47.36
2: Harun Langat, Secondary Schools, 48.08
3: David Mutinda, Secondary, 48.09

1: Geoffrey Kibet, Police, 1:48.7
2: Felix Konchellah, Secondary, 1:49.0
3: Job Kinyor, Individual, 1:49.3

1: Fredrick Musyoki, Southern, 3:42.0
2: James Magut, Secondary, 3:42.3
3: William Biwott, North Rift, 3:42.5

1: Mathew Kisorio, Secondary Schools, 13:38.6
2 Vincent Yator, Central 13:44.1
3: Lucas Rotich, Police, 13:48.4

1: Josphat Bett, South Rift, 28:18.0
2: Titus Mbishei, Police, 28:18.3
3: Alex Oleitiptip, Secondary Schools, 28:26.0

3000m Steeplechase
1: Patrick Tarer, Secondary Schools, 8:29.1
2: Jonathan Muia, Secondary Schools, 8:29.8
3: Stephen Kiprotich, Secondary Schools, 8:32.2

400m Hurdles
1: John Kituu, Police, 51.52
2: Julius Rotich, Armed Forces, 51.71
3: Boniface Mucheru, Central, 52.79

1: Winny Chebet, South Rift, 2:04.8
2: Grace Kimanzi, Southern, 2:05.8
3: Sylvia Chemutai, North Rift, 2:08.9

1: Sheila Chepkurui, Secondary Schools, 4:24.6
2: Stacy Ndiwa, Secondary Schools, 4:25.3
3: Sammry Cherotich, Secondary Schools, 4:27.0

1: Mercy Cherono, Secondary Schools, 9:00.2
2: Jackline Chebii, Secondary Schools, 9:04.4
3: Gladys Kimani, Central, 9:19.7

1: Nelly Chebet, Secondary Schools, 16:06.1
2: Lucia Muia, Secondary Schools, 16:09.0
3: Caroline Chepkemoi, Individual, 16:10.3

3000m Steeplechase
1: Kambua Muyanga, Souhthern, 9:57.0
2: Elizabeth Mueni, Secondary Schools, 9:59.3
3: Caroline Chepkurui, Secondary Schools, 10:01.3

Team for 12th IAAF World Junior Championships, Bydgoszcz, Poland


Sylvester Kirwa,

Geoffrey Kibet
Felix Konchellah

Fredrick Musyoki
James Magut

Mathew Kisorio
Vincent Yator

Josphat Bett
Titus Mbishei

3000m Steeplechase
Patrick Tarer
Jonathan Muia

400m Hurdles
John Kituu
Julius Rotich


Winny Chebet
Grace Kimanzi

Sheila Chepkurui
Stacy Ndiwa

Mercy Cherono
Jackline Chebii

Nelly Chebet
Lucia Muia

3000m Steeplechase
Kambua Muyanga
Elizabeth Mueni