JANETH JEPKOSGEI

JANETH JEPKOSGEI

Janeth Jepkosgei was born on 13 December 1983 in Keiyo district.  She started athletics while at Kapsumbeiywo Primary School and took part in several events. She attended Sing’ore Girls High School near Iten from 1998. She won the national secondary school championship in heptathlon, while still at form one. Her record from that event still stood until 2012. She competed at the Kenyan trials for 1999 World Youth Championships finishing second and was selected for the Kenyan team. She failed to reach the final of 800 m competition in World Youth Championships held in Bydgoszcz, Poland. In 2000 Jepkosgei won two gold medals at national secondary school championships, the events were 400 m hurdles and 800 m. At the East Africa Youth Championships held in the same year she won 400 m hurdles, and finished second in 800 m. She joined IOC-sponsored High Performance Training Centre in Eldoret in 2001. The same year, she took 800 m silver medal at the African Junior Championships, and the next year she took 800 m gold medal at the World Junior Championships in Kingston, Jamaica. Her breakthrough year was 2006. On 24 March 2006 she won the women’s 800 m event at the 2006 Commonwealth Games with a time of 1: 57.88 seconds. Later same year she won African Championships in Athletics at the 800 m event. Jepkosgei is now coached by Claudio Berardelli. Her manager is Federico Rosa

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