Lack of proper shoes, equipment and a javelin coach has not deterred national Under-18 javelin champion Ita Nao Leshan from pursuing his dream of challenging his mentor Julius Yego and breaking his national record. “If I get proper shoes, right training equipment and a javelin coach, I will do well. I’m determined and I will not look back as I seek to compete against Olympic silver medallist and former world champion Yego who is my mentor,” Leshan said. He said he is keenly following Yego who trained by watching videos on YouTube, which later earned him the tag ‘YouTube Man’.The Form Two student at Ololunga High in Narok County, who uses running spikes said the area Governor Samuel Tunai promised to buy for him a 700g javelin which is meant for juniors but he is yet to fulfill his promise. In his latest competition, Leshan finished third during the third Athletics Kenya track and field weekend meeting which concluded at Kisii University on Saturday with a best throw of 63.65m. Duncan Kinyanjui won with a throw of 64:69 while Michael Rono was second with 63:69m.Leshan aged 18 finished fourth in the first weekend meet in Kisumu. He has a personal best of 64.66m which he set during the world under 18 in Nairobi in July.Leshan is in the meantime training in Kericho under athletics coach Japheth Kemei with the IAAF World U-20 Championships to be held as from July 19 to 24 in Tampere, Finland in his mind.“My target is to meet the qualifying standards for World U- 20. Before the national trials, my aim is to have a throw of between 70m and 75m. I did well in Kisumu and Kisii competing against my seniors who have coaches, the right shoes and train with good facilities,” he said. The qualifying standard for javelin is 68.70m, according to the International Association of Athletics Federations. “I want to thank coach Kemei and the coaches who trained us during the World Under-18 Championships in Nairobi. That was an eye opener,” said Leshan.During theevent, Yego felt Leshan would have done better if he was given the right shoes and slammed AK for failing the youngster. Athletics Kenya (AK) youth chairman Barnabas Korir, however, defended the federation and blamed the Local Organizing Committee for late procurement of equipment.The Sports Personality of the Year Award (SOYA) awards received a boost of Sh2.5 million from Communications Authority of Kenya and the National Social Security Fund. Communications Authority forked out Sh1 million while NSSF donated Sh1.5m during presentation ceremony held at a city hotel.Speaking on behalf of CA, who have partnered with Soya for the last seven years, acting director for consumer and public affairs, Christopher Wambua, said the gala had grown in leaps and bounds and provides a great avenue to celebrate the gains made by our sports personalities.“We are always excited to be part of a fete that recognises each year, the great strides our sportsmen and women are make. As part of our CSR pillars, sports provide a great avenue we use to encourage our athletes from various field to nurture and grow their talent,” Wambua added.NSSF public relations and communication manager, Dr. Christopher Khisa said instilling and passing on good virtues that impact positively on social security, which is the organisation’s core value, is ties in with the theme of this event dubbed, ‘Passing the baton.’“At NSSF, we work toward ‘growing for your good’ as an individual, by planning for your future through social investment. We are glad to partner with the organization of this event but we are working towards reaching out to our sportsmen and women and encourage them to plan for their future when they will be out sporting limelight by investing during their glory days. We are pleased to be associated with sports icon like Paul Tergat and other athletes, who have established avenues to nurture and grow talent,” added Khisa. On behalf of Soya patron Paul Tergat, Simon Chebon thanked the sponsors who have continually believed in Soya. “It’s through your partnership that we are able to gather for acknowledgement and appreciate our champions,” he said. Soya panel chairperson, Watson Karuma encouraged upcoming sportsmen and women to keep pushing toward the path of sports glory. The 14th edition for the award will be held on January 17.A last ditch goal line clearance form Joakins Atudo spared Kenya’s Harambee Stars defeat against Libya as the two sides played to a goal less draw in the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup Group ‘A’ match played in Machakos. Goalkeeper Patrick Matasi, who had been exemplary throughout the match when called into action, dithered on the line, only coming out late before Saed Al Jabal lifted the ball over him, towards an empty net only for Atudo to bail out his Posta Rangers team-mates. Had Libya scored, it would have been great injustice for Stars who had dominated much of the encounter. In fact ten minutes into the game, Masoud Juma forced a save form Ahmed Akazza in the Libya goal.Wyvone Isuza and George Odhiambo were impressive in supporting Masoud up-front but despite their best efforts, their final passes were not good enough to create clear-cut chances for the Sharks’ strikers. Libya were struggling to contain Kenya by fair means and resorted to underhand tactics to keep the home team at bay.Libya’s best effort of the half fell to Khaled Al Maryami, who dragged his shot wide with Matasi beaten. Paul Put replaced Masoud at halftime with Kepha Aswani but chances from open play remained scanty.Atudo forced a save from Ahmed following a set piece just outside the box after Al Jabal had fouled Odhiambo. Miscommunication between Musa Mohammed and Matasi then nearly allowed Khaled to steal in but the Kenyan custodian redeemed himself. Chrispin Oduor, who was the only new face in the starting eleven, was taken off for Ovella Ochieng as Stars searched for winner .The Sharks’ winger first real contribution nearly resulted in a goal as his cross fell to Isuza who rattled the bar from just outside the box. Soon after, Duncan Otieno trademark long range strike just sailed over the bar with Ahmed beaten. Odhiambo, who had come into some rough treatment from the Libyans, was replaced by Vincent Ouma, who barley touched the ball with the few minutes he had on the field.
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