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Jeruto shines at junior inter-camps trials

Joan Jeruto, a junior athlete competing in the 200m is optimistic that she will shine in future despite the event being not so lucrative in the country.

Speaking Kapsabet during the Athletics Kenya junior inter-camps championship at the Eliud Kipchoge Sports Complex, Jeruto said that she has been doing well in the camp and hopes that in the next days she will be a great runner.

“I want to be the best in the sprints and being in the camp has been a blessing for me to improve on my running because I do the 200m which is a more technical race than other races especially the long distance ones,” said Jeruto.

She added that she will be ready to represent the country in the 2028 Olympic Games through such programs.

“I have been well nurtured and heading into the major championships, I want to emulate what I have been trained on,” she said after winning the 200m race.

Former 800m world champion Janeth Jepkosgei said that having such camps will ensure Kenyan athletes are at par with the rest of the world by competing in all events.

“This is where talents are tapped and nurtured at a youthful stage because the future of Kenya’s Athletics prowess lies in such great athletes,” said Jepkosgei.

Nandi County chairman Hosea Sanga remained optimistic that such camps will ensure that the country revives the former glory in the 3,000m steeplechase.

“Races like the steeplechase has really gone down and it is time we go back to our lost glory. We are here in search of top athletes that will compete in the races to improve in the steeplechase,” said Sanga.

With 45 junior training camps for the under 20 ahead of World Under 20 championships in Lima, Peru, were set up across the country will be closed down this week ahead of school opening next week.

The federation’s Youth Development Director Barnaba Korir said the camps are a blessing to the country because they are giving a new dimension in athletics.

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