19-year-old Elkanah Chemelil chasing Olympic debut after training camp in France

ATHLETICS 19-year-old Elkanah Chemelil chasing Olympic debut after training camp in France

Abigael Wafula 16:03 - 28.10.2023

Elkanah Chemelil, 19, is not resting on his laurels as he sets eyes on making his debut at the Olympic Games.

Youngster Elkanah Chemelil is a man on a mission as he eyes a memorable debut at next year’s Olympic Games in Paris, France.

The 19-year-old has been one of the beneficiaries of the Miramas Training Camp in France and he is bullish about making Team Kenya to the Olympic Games despite his tender age. He competes in the 400m and he believes he stands a chance of doing well on the global stage.

Speaking to Pulse Sports Kenya exclusively, Chemelil said: “I am currently preparing for the Olympic Games.

"I have been spending most of my time in France and training there has helped me a lot in terms of building up for the outdoor events.

"I have had a great season starting off with my indoor tour which was a great build-up for me ahead of the outdoor season. I performed well and I thank God.”

Chemelil was in action at the African Under-20 Championships where he finished sixth in the final of the 400m race.

He also competed at the National Championships but unfortunately failed to make it to the final of the 400m. He competed in a couple of 400m races in France and posted great times.

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The youngster added that he was invited for the World Championships national trials but he could not avail himself since he was in France, sharpening his talons.

“I have learned a lot in France and I’m sure it will help me a lot as I gear up for the Olympic Games. I have gained more skills in the techniques…they take techniques very seriously.

"I have also learned how to run the 400m better and I have great starts. I have been performing very well in my starts this season.

"I have also been competing with the seniors and I have gained more experience from them,” he said.