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Cheptoo kicked out of girls’ discus for ‘coming late’

Gibo Zachary @PoepleSports11

Kenya was dealt a blow yesterday when the country’s only participant in girls’ discus Vivian Cheptoo was disqualified from the competition in the ongoing World U18 Championship at Kasarani Stadium.

Cheptoo, who was lined up for the field event that Kenya rarely has participants in, was set to feature at 10.40am but received the heart-breaking news due to what was termed as late coming.

Reached for comments, her coach, Nicholas Mureithi, who is in charge of field events in the championship, specifically throws, took blame for the incident, which he called a human error. “We arrived in good time.

We were in the field by 9am and the event was scheduled for 10:40am. But I erroneously thought we were supposed to report at the Call Room 30 minutes to time. Unfortunately, we were supposed to have reported an hour early,” he said.

He added: “We were seated there at 10am but when we went for the warmups, we were told the girl has been disqualified and could not participate because she did not report to the Call Room on time.

It was my mistake and I take blame.” Cheptoo was not available for comment with Mureithi saying she was emotionally and psychologically affected.

“She is distraught especially seeing all her efforts go up in smoke. I talked to her and explained the whole situation. Shem is disappointed but remains positive,” said Mureithi.

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