We are delighted to welcome legendary athlete Janeth Jepkosgei to our webinar series. She will offer unique insights to her time as one of the most dominant 800m runners of the noughties. Since retiring she has successfully transitioned to coaching a promising group of junior athletes with guidance from her former coach, Claudio Berardelli.
She is also involved in a number of philanthropic projects including working with refugees on behalf of the IAAF and supporting the work of the Shoe4Africa charity who built a school in her name.
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About our guest:
Showing great promise as a junior athlete in winning the 800m at the World Junior Championships in 2002, Janeth had to wait until 2006 to make an impact in the senior ranks. She won the women’s 800 m event at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and then notched up another a victory at the 800m in the World Championships in Osaka the following year in a, then, national record of 1:56.04. She was denied Olympic glory by Caster Semenya in taking silver at the 2008 Olympic Games.
Now passing on all her knowledge and experience, she coaches a number of promising up and coming middle distance athletes. At the recent World Athletics U20 Championships in Nairobi her athletes Emmanuel Wanyonyi won gold in the men’s 800m, Sylvia Chelangat claimed bronze in the women’s 400m and Levy Kibet achieved another bronze in the men’s 5000m.
Her motivation for getting into coaching is “…to be able to give out the same help I received and change lives as well.”
“I believe that we need more female coaches in Kenya who can understand and handle young girls well. There are some issues that the girls may feel more comfortable sharing with a female coach than with a male coach.”
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