Kipkemboi to light North Rift World under 20 pre-trials

Alfred Kipkemboi is yearning to represent Kenya at the World under 20 athletics championships to be held between August 17 to 22 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

But the 19 year old has focused to make the North Rift team during the pre-trials in 5,000m as he plans to win the world title last won by Edward Zakayo during the junior championship that was held in Tampere, Finland in 2018.

Sapping off 20km a day as part of his endurance training ahead of the national under 20 trials to be staged at the Kasarani stadium next month, the Kaptagat based runner will be the highlight at the North Rift Athletics Kenya under 20 pre-trials on Saturday 12th 2021 at the historical Tambach Teachers Training College in Elgeyo Marakwet County.

The region that boasts of top notch junior runners from hosting county of Elgeyo Marakwet, Trans Nzoia, Turkana, Samburu and West Pokot, Kipkemoi will be battling for a slot into the team Kenya for the postponed biannual championships.

“I have been training well under coach Julius Maiyo in Kaptagat ahead of the pre-trials with the main aim of making a cut into the Kenya team. Once I make the team, my focus will be winning and retaining the 5,000m title last won by Zakayo,” said Kipkemboi.

Born in October 2001, the former Kimwogo High school alumnus added that he always trains three times a day to sharpen the skills for the championships that will be staged in his home county.

“I always train in the morning, mid-morning and evening so that when the championships come, I have that energy to finish the race in a strong way,” he added.

Apart from winning the gold in 5,000m, he also wants his teammates to retain the overall title Kenya won in Tampere now that the championships are being held back home.

“This is our home ground and running well will be a plus for us as athletes and pride as a nation. I know many athletes are preparing for the championships and the selected team will be stronger for better results,” added Kipkemboi.

The runner sat for his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) in 2019 at the Kimwogo High school in Elgeyo Marakwet County.

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