Athletics

Athletics Kenya President pays tribute to late runner

Athletics Kenya’s President, Jack Tuwei, has paid tribute to 22-year-old international competitor Sheila Chepng’etich after her sudden death.
Chepng’etich won bronze in the 1,500 metres at the 2014 World Under-20 Championships in Eugene, but was serving a four-year ban for doping at the time she passed away.
According to All Africa, she took ill on Sunday, May 6 and died at Kericho County Referral Hospital, Kenya.
She began serving her ban in 2014 after a positive test at the Iris Lotto Cross Cup in Belgium.
Tuwei said the death had “robbed the country of a promising athlete”.
“I want to send my condolences to the family, friends and entire athletics family for losing such a young promising person,” he said to All Africa.
Athletics Kenya’s athletes’ representative Milcah Chemos also paid tribute: “It’s sad that we have lost an athlete based in Kericho after a long illness,” said Chemos, an Olympic bronze medallist in the 3,000m steeplechase at London 2012, and a world and Commonwealth champion.
“We send our condolences to the family at this sad moment for the loss.”

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