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Matayo hoping for victorious start in sprints at Kasarani

Gibo Zachary @PoepleSports11

Kenya’s sprint hopeful Elijah Matayo is calm ahead of his bow this morning during the Nairobi 2017 IAAF World U18 Championship at Kasarani Stadium. Matayo will be among the 100m contingent that opens the global showpiece at 9:55am on a day Kenya will be in contention for six of the nine medals up for grabs.

If they make it past the heats and semi-finals, they will get a chance of gunning for medals in the final of an event Kenyans are not known to do well in. “I have been doing well in training and the moment is now.

I have seen my competitors’ times and it is a stiff competition. I need to do a lot. From my timings, I am ranked ninth in the world with a Jamaican leading with a 10.34 seconds while I recorded 10.62 seconds,” said Matayo.

He added: “Despite that I have great hopes of progressing to the finals so it is a step after the other.” Matayo’s main concern, however, is his start which has been slow and might cost him victory in the event.

This is what he has been working on, hoping to have tightened the loose ends by the time his race guns off. Kenya are hot favourites to win a gold medal in today’s final event—the girls’ 3,000m—where reigning World Junior Athletics Championships 5,000m winner Emmaculate Chepkirui and Beatrice Chebet will be in action at 19:40pm.

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