Sheila Chepng’etich: Former Kenya under-20 international athlete dies at 22

 Sheila Chepng’etich: Former Kenyan under-20 international athlete dies at 22
Kenya’s Sheila Chepng’etich dies after a brief illness at age 22.
Sheila Chepng’etich, a Kenyan professional athlete and former world under 20 1500 meters bronze medalist has been confirmed and reported dead by her coach Japheth Kemei. She was ill and taken to the hospital on Friday and on Sunday, died at Kericho County Referral Hospital.

According to Nation Sport, Sheila’s coach informed them that Sheila had been unwell for some time and on Wednesday, was picked taken by her mother from camp and taken to Kapkatet in Kericho County.

She was later taken to Nyabondo Mission Hospital in the course of the illness before she was referred back on Friday to the hospital where she passed on.

“I can confirm that Sheila died on Sunday at 5.30pm after being unwell for some time,” said Kemei.

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The 22-year-old Kenyan who finished eight at the World Cross Country Championships in Poland, 2013, represented her country in the race.

During the Africa Under-20 Championship in 2013, she won silver in the 3000m race and bronze in the 5000m race. In December 2014, she tested positive to a performance enhancing substance in Belgium during the Iris Lotto Cross Cup and has since been placed on a 4-year ban.

Some of her colleagues have expressed their grieve and have sympathized with her family over her shock and painful death. The president for Kenya Athletics, Jack Tuwei, did not fail to add that her death is a huge loss to Kenya as she was a promising star.

“I want to send my condolences to the family, friends and entire athletics family for loosing such a young promising person,” Tuwei said.

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The representative for Athletics Kenya athletes, milcah chemos equally expressed her pain and disbelieve in Chepng’etich’s death.

She said: “It’s sad that we have lost an athlete based in Kericho after a long illness. We send our condolences to the family at this sad moment for the loss.”

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