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[PHOTOS] Kenyans shine on second day of U20 championships

The event was officially opened by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta on Tuesday.

In Summary

•The event has over 110 countries participating, and Team Kenya is represented by 46 athletes, among them 24 men and 22 women.

•The event was officially opened by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta on Tuesday.

Levy kibet wins the 5000m men's race at the world Athletics U20 championships being held at the Moi International Stadium Kasarani on August 19, 2021. Photo/ Fredrick Omondi
Levy kibet wins the 5000m men's race at the world Athletics U20 championships being held at the Moi International Stadium Kasarani on August 19, 2021. Photo/ Fredrick Omondi

Thursday marked the second day of the 2021 World Athletics Under 20 championships at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani in Nairobi Kenya.

The event has over 110 countries participating, and Team Kenya is represented by 46 athletes, among them 24 men and 22 women.

Kenya's Levy Kibet won in the 5000m men's race while Zenah Yego and Teresiah Gateri led in the women's race.

Benson Kiplangat and Levy kibet celebrate their win in the 5000m men's race at the world Athletics U20 championships being held at the Moi International Stadium Kasarani on August 19, 2021.
Benson Kiplangat and Levy kibet celebrate their win in the 5000m men's race at the world Athletics U20 championships being held at the Moi International Stadium Kasarani on August 19, 2021.
Image: FREDERICK OMONDI

The event was officially opened by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta on Tuesday.

Speaking during the ceremony the First Lady expressed hope that this year’s U20 championship will lay foundation for more young athletes to grow their talents and achieve their sporting aspirations.

Zenah Yego and Teresiah Gateri celebrate their win during the world Athletics U20 championships being held at the Moi International Stadium Kasarani on August 19, 2021. Photo/ Fredrick Omondi
Zenah Yego and Teresiah Gateri celebrate their win during the world Athletics U20 championships being held at the Moi International Stadium Kasarani on August 19, 2021. Photo/ Fredrick Omondi

"Your dedicated training, practice and participation in these championships present you with an opportunity to pursue your dreams," she said.

Margaret Kenyatta is the Patron of the championship which will feature over 1,000 track  and field athletes.

"As patron of this championship, I am impressed by the diligence and determination of the young men and women who are here in Nairobi to participate in this event that has drawn sporting talent from over 100 countries,” she said.

Teresiah Gateri celebrates with her Gold medal after winning in the 3000m at the world Athletics U20 championships being held at the Moi International Stadium Kasarani on August 19, 2021. Photo/ Fredrick Omondi
Teresiah Gateri celebrates with her Gold medal after winning in the 3000m at the world Athletics U20 championships being held at the Moi International Stadium Kasarani on August 19, 2021. Photo/ Fredrick Omondi

At the same time, the First Lady said the games are not only about competition but also a platform for the youth to interact and make new friends as well as share special moments that will help them defeat global challenges such as racism.

She extended her appreciation to the World Athletics for hosting the U20 championship in Kenya, saying it is an honour to be selected as the first African country to hold the major event.