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Refugees fail to impress at U18 championships

Three refuges Sunday Kamisa Peter, Lydia Mamun Philip and Mohamed Ahmed Abubakar were part of the contingent of athletes competing at the IAAF world under 18 championships going on at the Moi sports Centre Kasarani in Kenyan Capital, Nairobi. 

Coming from different countries, the trio are competing under the umbrella of Refugees who left their motherland to seek refuge in the country.

Lydia Mamun Philip, Sunday Kamisa Peter, Mohammed Ahmed Abubakar, Refugee athletes, Kakuma Refugee camp, Michael Biwott,
Sunday kamisa Peter after competing in 800m

They live in Kakuma and Daadab camps but train under Tegla Lorupe Foundation in Nairobi’s Ngong.

Competing in 800m, Mamun finished last in her heat two crossing the finish line in 2:32.76.

“This was my first time to compete in 800m but am not disspaointed at all finishing last. I used to compete in 1,500m but I recently changed to 800m and I want to specialize in that,” said Peter.

Mamun competed in 400m and wants to perfect the art to ensure that she shines in future. The shy looking lady finished the race in 1:07.55 in heat three on Wednesday.

A class seven pupil at Oloolua primary school comes from Daadab refugee camp.

“Am happy with what I achieved. Am here because I won during refuge trials and that will propel my career in future,” said Philip.

Ever smiling Abubakar is well versed in 1500m looking forward to become a great athlete in future.

Coming from Ethiopia, a country well known for producing world leading athletes lives in Kakuma refugee camp.

As part of his loyalty tokenyans, he does not support Ethiopian runners while competing against Kenyans at the global level.

“Yes I support Ethiopians while competing with the rest but not Kenyans. I support Kenyans athletes a lot because majority of them are my friends and we train together at Ngong,” said Abubakar.

He came to Kenya in 2009 as a young boy, staying with both parents at the camp.

Their coach Michael Biwott was optimistic that come next year, the athletes will be on top form after they joined camp in January.

“we are preparing them for next championships and they are sharpening their skills very well. They are young people who needs more guidance and that is what am exactly doing,” said Biwott.


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