Kenya top the table at IAAF U20 Championships

Kenyan runners were in scintillating form at the 2018 IAAF U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland. Kenya finished atop the meda; standings with six gold medals.

Men’s 800m: Lekuta and Kipngetich go 1-2

Kenyan men have been dominating the 800m metres in the 2018 Diamond League. The Junior men followed suit at the IAAF U20 championships, thoroughly devastating the rest of the field and underlining Kenya’s dominance in this event.

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK
1 457 Solomon Lekuta  KEN 1:46.35
2 454 Ngeno Kipngetich  KEN 1:46.45
3 153 Eliott Crestan  BEL 1:47.27
4 262 Adisu Girma  ETH 1:47.58
5 393 Simone Barontini  ITA 1:51.08
6 293 Alex Botterill  GBR 1:51.64
7 307 Markhim Lonsdale  GBR 1:57.39
102 Oussama Cherrad  ALG DQ

Men’s 1500m: Manangoi wins with a strong finish

George Manangoi, the younger brother to world championship silver medalist, Elijah Manangoi won the men’s 1500m with a strong finish. Ethiopian Samuel Tefera, who is world indoor champion and who also won the world U18 championships in Nairobi last year, was the hot favourite. With 300m to go, it looked like Tefera was going to run away with it. That was before Justus Soget of Kenya made his move with 250m to go. Soget has a superb personal best of 3:32.X and was Kenya’s main hope. However he too started to fade down the stretch. At the same time Manangoi who had looked out of sorts in the back straight, made his move and won with a strong finish. The highly touted Norwegian, Jakob Ingebrigtsen finished second, thus living up to his billing

Results

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK
1 458 George Meitamei Manangoi  KEN 3:41.71
2 503 Jakob Ingebrigtsen  NOR 3:41.89
3 462 Justus Soget  KEN 3:42.14
4 305 Jake Heyward  GBR 3:43.76
5 265 Samuel Tefera  ETH 3:43.91
6 563 Elzan Bibic  SRB 3:44.65
7 102 Oussama Cherrad  ALG 3:45.17
8 504 Sondre Juven  NOR 3:45.40
9 264 Birhanu Sorsa  ETH 3:45.47
10 658 Cooper Teare  USA 3:46.18
11 128 Callum Davies  AUS 3:46.35
12 498 Robin van Riel  NED 3:48.65

 

Chebet ends Ethiopian dominance.

Ethiopian women have dominated this event, winning it the last 5 times, often going 1-2 with Kenya typically settling for the bronze medal. However Beatrice Chebet seemed determined to break this mold. The leading pack of two Kenyans, two Ethiopians and a Ugandan stayed together until 300 metres were left when the pack was broken leaving Chebet and Ejgayehu Taye of Ethiopia to battle for gold. Taye led until 150m were left when Chebet made her move. But Taye would not easily give up the gold battling Chebet all the way to the end. All three medalists ran personal bests.

It was a coming out party for Chebet whose performance in international competitions had not been impressive this far. She finished 4th in the IAAF World U18 championships held in Nairobi and 10th in the African cross country championships.

Results

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK
1 1800 Beatrice Chebet  KEN 15:30.77 P
2 1655 Ejgayehu Taye  ETH 15:30.87
3 1650 Girmawit Gebrzihair  ETH 15:34.01
4 1929 Sarah Chelangat  UGA 15:43.01
5 1807 Hellen Ekarare Lobun  KEN 15:45.07
6 1625 Dolshi Tesfu  ERI 15:52.84
7 1795 Tomomi Musembi Takamatsu  JPN 15:55.74
8 1959 Cailie Logue  USA 15:56.00
9 1972 Emily Venters  USA 15:59.05
10 1592 Yanli Zhao  CHN 16:17.64
11 1574 Marie-Lyssa LaFontaine  CAN 16:36.43
12 1938 Bohdana Semyonova  UKR 16:45.45
13 1532 Clio Ozanne-Jaques  AUS 16:46.75
14 1792 Miku Moribayashi  JPN 17:08.55

 

3000m Steeplechase: Redemption for Chespol

Earlier this year, Cellphine Chespol was the hot favourite to win the gold medal at the Commonwealth games. However she and her team-mates must have under-rated the Jamaican Aisha Praught. The Jamaican ended up shocking the Kenyans by winning gold.

This time Chespol made no such mistakes. She was under no illusions because it was a strong field that included other Diamond League regulars like Kenyan born Bahraini Winfried Mutile Yavi and Ugandan Peruth Chemutai.

It was the Ugandan who led for most of the race with Chespol following close by to cover all her moves. Chespol finally made her move surging to the front with three laps to run and cranking the pace up further as she clicked through 2000m in 6:15.04.

Result

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK
1 1803 Celliphine Chepteek Chespol  KEN 9:12.78 CR
2 1931 Peruth Chemutai  UGA 9:18.87
3 1557 Winfred Mutile Yavi  BRN 9:23.47
4 1801 Mercy Chepkurui  KEN 9:43.65
5 1642 Agrie Belachew  ETH 9:44.79 SB
6 1654 Ethlemahu Sintayehu  ETH 9:50.96 PB
7 1952 Alice Hill  USA 9:57.04 PB
8 1709 Lisa Oed  GER 9:57.45 PB
9 1793 Manami Nishiyama  JPN 10:00.49
10 1948 Kristlin Gear  USA 10:00.99
11 1573 Grace Fetherstonhaugh  CAN 10:02.28
12 1926 Derya Kunur  TUR 10:03.46
13 1529 Montanna McAvoy  AUS 10:06.37
14 1715 Lisa Vogelgesang  GER 10:07.67
15 1525 Brielle Erbacher  AUS 10:16.84

5000m: A measure of revenge for Zakayo Pingua

Coming into this race, Solomon Barega was the firm favourite, He had beaten the Kenyan duo if Zakayo and Waithaka at the IAAF U18 championships in Nairobi. Also in the race was highly rated Norwegian Jakob Ingebrigtsen who had already won a silver medal in the 1500m. Then there was the Ugandan Jacob Kiplimo who won the bronze medal in this same event in 2016 and won the junior race at the 2017 world cross country championships.

Barega was leading at the bell before Withaka made his move followed by Ingebrigtsen . Zakayo appeared out of the race at the back straight. But he turned on the jets with 50 metres to go and went from 4th place to 1st place.

Results

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK
1 464 Edward Zakayo Pingua KEN KEN 13:20.16
2 463 Stanley Waithaka Mburu KEN KEN 13:20.57
3 503 Jakob Ingebrigtsen NOR NOR 13:20.78 AU20R
4 257 Selemon Barega ETH ETH 13:21.16
5 259 Telahun Haile Bekele ETH ETH 13:23.24
6 626 Jacob Kiplimo UGA UGA 13:23.35
7 621 Oscar Chelimo UGA UGA 14:00.68
8 563 Elzan Bibic SRB SRB 14:15.37
9 225 Kokob Ghebru ERI ERI 14:23.49
10 658 Cooper Teare USA USA 14:24.30
11 502 Simen Halle Haugen NOR NOR 14:25.37
12 234 Aarón Las Heras ESP ESP 14:30.09
13 327 Mohamed Mohumed GER GER 14:30.81
14 545 Adrian Garcea ROU ROU 14:33.21 PB
15 218 Idleh Aden DJI DJI 14:33.35 PB

10,000m: Rhonex Kipruto in a class of his own

Rhonex Kiprono had no challengers in this race. He ran most of the second half of the race on his own. In the process he ended up finishing 19 seconds ahead of his closest competitor. He clocked 13:23.86 for the final 5000m which is an impressive time. In fact would have powered him to victory in all but four of the 16 previous 5000m title races contested at these championships. He also set a new personal best by 29 seconds and broke the previous championship record by almost 5 seconds.

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK
1 455 Rhonex Kipruto  KEN 27:21.08
2 626 Jacob Kiplimo  UGA 27:40.36
3 255 Berihu Aregawi  ETH 27:48.41
4 452 Solomon Kiplimo Boit  KEN 27:57.44
5 253 Olika Adugna  ETH 28:39.67
6 625 Victor Kiplangat  UGA 28:42.77
7 225 Kokob Ghebru  ERI 28:59.31
8 226 Robel Sibhatu  ERI 29:44.59
9 445 Takuro Miura  JPN 30:12.25
10 100 Saber Abed  ALG 30:14.82
11 390 Eshetu Worku  ISR 30:28.25
12 376 Kartik Kumar  IND 30:30.28
13 358 István Palkovits  HUN 30:35.87
14 202 Walter Alfonso Martín López  COL 30:46.37
15 239 Eduardo Menacho  ESP 30:52.26

 

Other Kenyan performances

In the women’s 400m, Mary Moraa won her opening heat in a personal best of 52.85. In the semi-finals, she finished second in 52.98 which enabled her to reach the finals. In the final, she clocked 52.98 to finish in  5th position. It was a creditable performance in an event that Kenyan women rarely participate in. Moraa has a bright future and a strong candidate to win gold at the next All Africa games.

Other Kenyan medalists were Miriam Cherop who won silver in the women’s 1500m. Leonard Bett won the silver medal in the men’s 3000m steeplechase.

Final Medal Table

Rank Country Total
1  KENYA 6 4 1 11
2  JAMAICA 4 5 3 12
3  UNITED STATES 3 8 7 18
4  ETHIOPIA 3 2 4 9
5  GREAT BRITAIN & N.I. 3 1 3 7
6  SOUTH AFRICA 3 0 1 4
7  AUSTRALIA 2 3 0 5
8  JAPAN 2 2 2 6
9  GERMANY 2 0 2 4
10  MEXICO 2 0 0 2
11  CUBA 1 1 3 5
12  UKRAINE 1 1 1 3
13  BELARUS 1 1 0 2
13  PR OF CHINA 1 1 0 2
13  SWEDEN 1 1 0 2
16  BELGIUM 1 0 1 2
16  GREECE 1 0 1 2
18  INDIA 1 0 0 1
18  CZECH REPUBLIC 1 0 0 1
18  CANADA 1 0 0 1
18  MOLDOVA 1 0 0 1
18  NEW ZEALAND 1 0 0 1
18  BULGARIA 1 0 0 1
18  ITALY 1 0 0 1
18  INDONESIA 1 0 0 1
26  IRELAND 0 2 0 2
26  UGANDA 0 2 0 2
28  FRANCE 0 1 2 3
29  NORWAY 0 1 1 2
29  ECUADOR 0 1 1 2
29  BRAZIL 0 1 1 2
32  FINLAND 0 1 0 1
32  TURKEY 0 1 0 1
32  ROMANIA 0 1 0 1
32  QATAR 0 1 0 1
32  AUSTRIA 0 1 0 1
37  SWITZERLAND 0 0 4 4
38  POLAND 0 0 2 2
39  COLOMBIA 0 0 1 1
39  GUATEMALA 0 0 1 1
39  BAHRAIN 0 0 1 1
39  NETHERLANDS 0 0 1 1
39  CHILE 0 0 1 1

 
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