Kenyan Youth make strides at the Pentathlon World Championships

Kenyan Youth make strides at the Pentathlon World Championships

Kenyan Youth make strides at the Pentathlon World Championships

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Athletes Coral Hays and Ledama Masidza qualified to represent Kenya in the 2015 UIPM Biathle/Triathle World Championships taking place in Georgia. The sixteen year olds participated in a triathle team relay placing 7th out of 9 competing teams with the competitions taking place on the 18th to 20th of September.

“I am very proud of both our athletes who shared good team spirit and were excellent ambassadors of Kenya, showing great promise for the future as we seek to grow the multifaceted sport in the country,” said the Team Coach and Kenya Modern Pentathlon Federation member Sharon Hays.

The triathle competition involved a four sequence ­replication of the following activities: laser target shooting, swimming 50metres in the sea, and running 600metres. Masidza and Hays each completed the circuit twice for the relay competition. Each team is expected to complete a set of 20 target hits for laser shooting, 200metres for the swimming, and 2400metres of running.

The Year 12 students expressed their excitement having been able to participate in the challenging competition, representing Kenya as Modern Pentathletes. “Being a part of the modern pentathlon was no easy task,” said Masidza “I’m looking forward to challenging myself further next year, added Hays.

As individual participants, Coral Hays placed 8th out of 16 in the Triathle and 7th out of 20 in the Biathle competitions respectively. Masidza had an impressive start, leading the initial 200metres swim and placing 2nd. He unfortunately suffered a shoulder injury thereafter coming 16th out of 23 in his heat.

The three day competition hosted over 800 internationals with 32 participating countries. Competitors from the African continent hailed from Mauritius, Egypt, Madagascar, South Africa, Kenya and Burkina Faso. The next world championships are set to take place in Florida, USA 2016.

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