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Africa Champions to represent Kenya at World Youth

National Olympics Committee has confirmed that twenty athletes will represent the country at the forthcoming Youth Olympic Games set for Buenos, Aires, Argentina.

The team was mainly picked from the Africa Youth Games that were staged in Algiers, Algeria. The Buenos Aires Games kicks off on 4th August to 16th in the South American country.

The youthful team includes athletics, swimming and hockey with Team Kenya Chef de Mission to the Games, Anthony Kariuki saying that the team was selected Africa Youth Games.

Kariuki noted that their efforts to lobby for athletes who attained qualifying marks from other championships besides the Africa Youth Games hit a snag after the organisers turned down their request.

That effectively locks out plans by Athletics Kenya to include athletes who have qualifying times from elsewhere away from the Africa Youth Games.

Kenya will now be represented by five boys and five girls in athletics.

They include javelin throwers Martha Nthanza Musai, who won gold in girls’ championship at the Africa Youth Games and Ita Nao, who claimed silver in boys’ event.

Fancy Cherono, who won gold in girls’ 2,000m steeplechase and Dennis Mutuku Matheka, who settled for silver in the boys’ competition, also make the team alongside the winning 1,500m duo of World Under-18 1,500m bronze medallist Edinah Jebitok and Nickson Pariken.

Francis Leshoo and Angela Ndungwa will battle in boys’ and girls’ 800m with Jackson Kavesa and Mercy Chepkorir making the 3,000m team.

Germany-based Maria Brunlehner, who struck two gold medals and a silver in swimming at the Africa Youth Games is Kenya’s sole representative in swimming.

Brunlehner, who will fly direct from her Germany base to Buenos Aires, will be accompanied by one official.

Men’s hockey team will comprise nine players and two officials to the Games that have been sponsored by the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (Nock).

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