His picture is arguably the most well-liked on the World Athletics Below-20 Championships secretariat that was opened formally by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday on the Moi Worldwide Sports activities Centre, Kasarani.
The portrait of Benson Kombe, the 2019 main colleges 100 and 200m champion, stands tall within the properly lite corridors of Kasarani.
What makes it so distinctive is that Kombe is operating barefoot on the pink tartan monitor of Nyayo Nationwide Stadium.
However this time round, Kombe was donning operating spikes through the Athletics Kenya Coast Area pre-trials for the World Athletics Below-20 Championships at Kijiwetanga Main Faculty floor in Malindi, Kilifi on Saturday.
Kombe gained his 100m race in 11.02second to grab the ticket in Coast Area’s lean squad of 14 athletes for the trials due July 1 to three on the Nyayo Nationwide Stadium.
The World Athletics Below-20 Championships are due August 17 to 22 at Kasarani.
Kombe edged out Francis Diwani to second place in 11.05 as Frehan Muktar settled third in 11.12 to make the 100m crew.
“It is such a pleasure to compete on the nationals trials. I hope to succeed in the ultimate utilizing some operating spikes this time round, “stated Kombe, who’s now a type one pupil in Migori.
Coast crew is made up of athletes in 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m solely. The area has no illustration in lengthy distance monitor and area occasions.
“We did the trials in occasions the place we have now sturdy athletes and we hope to carry out properly. We intend to succeed in the finals in all of the occasions, hopefully,” stated Athletics Kenya Coast Area chairman, Dimmy Kisalu.
Coast was the final area to pick their crew within the pre-trials that traversed all of the 13 areas.
Christine Kalume clocked 11.87 to win ladies’s 100m, beating Simba Quintor in 11.89 with Leila Mohamed timing 11.92 for third place. Esther Ndalu claimed a double in 400m and 800m.
Ndalu downed 58.02 to win as Purity Riziki eased dwelling second in 58.21, whereas Isaiah Wanje reigned supreme in males’s one lap race in 48.12 and was adopted by Pascal Wilson and Dismus Mwalimu in 48.20 and 48.27 respectively.
Wanje additionally snatched a double, successful males’s 800m in 2:10.05, beating Wilson to second place in 2:13.20.
Athletics Kenya (AK) director of technical and competitons, Paul Mutwii, and Chief Administrative Officer, Susan Kamau have been impressed with requirements and expertise displayed through the pre-trials.
“We’re actually impressed therefore we should concentrate on this area if we’re to develop our sprinters,” stated Mutwii.
Mutwii famous that apart from seconding a sprints coach to the Coastal area, AK has plans to place a excessive altitude coaching centre in Wundanyi and a low altitude coaching camp in Malindi.
Kamau acknowledged that Coast and different areas like Nyanza South, Nyanza North and Jap which can be able to producing good sprinters and area occasion athletes and want particular consideration.
100m:- Christine Kalume, Quintor Simba, Leila Mohamed, Hellen Mwaruwa
200m:- Leila Mohamed, Hellen Mwaruwa
400m:- Esther Ndalu, Purity Riziki,
800m:- Esther Ndalu, Purity Riziki
100m:- Benson Kombe, Francis Diwani, Ferhan Muktar
200m:- Dismus Mwalimu, Francis Baya, Francis Diwali, Benson Kombe
400m:- Isaiah Wanje, Pascal Wilson, Francis Baya,
800m:- Isaiah Wanje, Pascal Wilson