Commonwealth Games 3,000m steeplechase champion Jackline Chepkoeh, world under 20 3,0000m champion Betty Chelangat, world under 20 3,000m steeplechase champion Faith Cherotich, basketball player Median Okot, boxer Jane Wangare and weightlifter Rachel Achieng are the nominees for the 2020 SOYA awards for most promising girl.
At 18 years, Chepkoech was the youngest athlete to win women’s 3,000m steeplechase at the Commonwealth Games after beating Briton Elizabeth Bird and Uganda’s Olympic champion Peruth Chemutai.
Chelang’at is a rising star after winning gold at the World Under-20 Championships in Cali Colombia in women’s 3000m.
Cherotich was named after winning gold at the world under 20 championships in Cali Colombia in 3,000m steeplechase before adding her name at the Brussels Diamond League Meet in 9:09.63 before setting a new personal best time of 9:06.14 in Zurich.
Okot played at the Basketball Without Borders (BWB) camp in Cairo Egypt she was also in Kenya’s 3×3 team at the Commonwealth Games.
She was the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the Africa Qualifiers as well as the international camp in Egypt.
Boxer Jane Wangare was the deputy captain for Team Kenya to the World Youth Boxing Championships in Alicante, Spain.
In weightlifting, Rachael Achieng is the player to watch in the nominations when she represented Kenya at the 2022 Commonwealth Games and ranked 11th after lifting a total of 155 kgs with 70ks in snatch and 85kgs in clean and jerk.
MOST PROMISING GIRL NOMINEES:
Medina Okot (Basketball)
Faith Cherotich (Athletics)
Betty Chelangat (Athletics)
Jane Wangare (Boxing)
Rachel Achieng (Weightlifting)
Jackline Chepkoech (Athletics)