Vivian Cheptoo, Kenya’s only representative in girls’ discus in the ongoing IAAF World U18 Championships, is yet to come to terms with events that led her miss a participating chance at the global stage.
The 17-year-old Form Four student from Sotik was scheduled to feature in the field event on Wednesday at 10.40am alongside 16 other competitors but was disqualified due to lateness. “I cannot understand what went wrong. My coach told me to go warm up and after a while, he disappeared.
I found my way back to where Team Kenya was at the stands and by the time I was getting back, the event had already started and everyone was asking me why I am not on the field,” said a distraught Cheptoo, fighting back tears.
The youngster was introduced to the sport while in primary school but took a break when she joined high chool only to return last year. She made it to the global event during last month’s trials with her elder brother as coach.
“No one has talked to me about the incident from Athletics Kenya or Team Kenya but coach Nicholas Mureithi owned up to the mistake, saying he was wrong about our arrival time at the Call Room,” she added.
Her mother Sarah Terer, who had travelled from Sotik on Tuesday to cheer her up, is also disappointed but has encouraged Cheptoo to soldier on and work to get better in the sport.
“When the event started and I could not see her, phone calls from family and friends came in questioning her absence. I called to find out what was going on, only to receive the heart-breaking news,” said Terer.