Martha Musai wins Kenya’s fourth gold with national record

Martha Musai won the fourth Gold for Kenya in javelin during the Africa Youth Games in Algers, Algeria today.

The 17-year-old student achieved the national record of 54:12m to win the girls’ javelin to tally Kenya’s gold to 12 with four gold, three silver and five bronze after erasing then national record held by Cecilia Kiplagat set in 2017.

A form three student at Ngoleni High school became the first Kenyan woman to win a major international field event after Kiplagat, who claimed bronze in javelin at the 2004 Africa Championships.

On Thursday, World Under-18 1,500m bronze medallist Edinah Jebitok gave Kenya another silver in girls’ 1,500m. Boys’ hockey team also settled for bronze after beating Nigeria 3-2 in the play-off.

Musai’s victory came a day after Kenya’s Nickson Lesiyia Pariken won the boys’ 1,500m gold.

Pariken ended the wait on day two of the track and field events with gold just after his comrades – Angela Ndungwa claimed silver in girls’ 800m with Vanice Kerubo going for bronze in girls’ 100m hurdles.

It came a day after Mercy Chepkorir had opened the championships with bronze in girls’ 3,000m on Tuesday.

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