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Moraa targets double at World Under-20 meet

ATHLETICS By Dennis Okeyo | March 7th 2020
Mary Moraa in 200mts Women race during Nairobi County 2nd Athletics Kenya, Track and Field events at Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

World Under-18 400m silver Mary Moraa’s plans of competing in 400 and 800 metres at the World Under-20 Championships set for July 7 to 12 in Nairobi are in progress.

This is after she easily won the 800m finals at Athletics Kenya Track and Field Championships that ended yesterday at Kasarani Stadium. 

Moraa, 19, who is best remembered for shaking off men’s challenge in the 4x400m mixed relay during the World U-18 Championships in 2017 won the race in 2:03.0. Naomi Korir settled for the second slot in 2:03.8. 

Experienced Sylvia Chesebe of Kenya Prisons Service closed the podium places in 2:05.1. 

“I have had the idea of moving to 800m for some time and now think I’m ready because I have been training for it,” Moraa said. She will be running her last junior ranks competition this year. 

She added: “My plan is to double at the world Under-20 Championships and also represent the country in 800m in Tokyo Olympics.” 

Former World Under-18 silver medalist Sandra Felis clocked 33:29.3 to beat World Under-20 Cross Country champion Beatrice Chebet in the women’s 10,000m finals. 

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