Gibo Zachary @PeopleSports11
Kenya’s Shot Put king Joseph Nyakundi has shifted his attention to today’s Discus Throw after failing to make it past the qualifying round as the World U18 Championships continues at Kasarani Stadium.
Nyakundi could not match the strength of his peers despite posting a personal best of 13.02m, finishing second last in the qualifying round yesterday. “It was tough, my competitors were better but I take positives from the exposure this championship has offered me to,” said the national champion, adding: “My attention now shifts to Discus where I hope to perform better.”
Kenya’s poor show in the field events was also witnessed in the girls’ Hammer Throw where Christabel Abuti showed a lack of technical ability as she struggled to make an impact. Speaking to People Sport afterwards, a disappointed Abuti said she had not trained in such facilities as the one used at Kasarani, hence her struggles.
“I didn’t know how to use the cage and that is why I had a hard time throwing the hammer and ended up hitting the cage which was against the rules. I am heartbroken and I do not want to do hammer any more.
I am better of concentrating on hockey which I have been doing well in,” said Abuti. Meanwhile, Kenya’s Triple Jump champion Vincent Kipkoech Kilel is carrying the nation’s hopes for a medal in field events after sailing through to today’s boys’ final, Kilel recorded 14.68m, a slight drop from his qualifying mark of 15.95m, to sail through on Wednesday with team-mate Musyoka Mwema missing the cut. In boys’ (5kg) Hammer Throw, Victor Kiplimo is Kenya’s hope after qualifying for today’s final without breaking sweat after the event was cancelled by IAAF due to a heavy downpour that made Kasarani Stadium unsuitable.
All 18 athletes got an automatic entry into the finals, making it difficult for the local lad. In Shot Put, Kenya’s slim hopes of pulling a surprise in the competition went up in smoke after the country’s representative Peninah Akoth finished last.