World Juniors: Kenya bags two more golds to finish second

Kenya finished second overall in the medal table when they won two more gold medals on the last day of the IAAF world Junior athletics championships.

Alfred Kipketer blows the field away

Alfred Kipketer went into this race as the hot favourite given his personal best. He lived up to that billing when he blew away the field and in the process almost set a new championship record.

He led the field through 400m in a phenomenally fast 49.42, then showed everyone else a clean pair of heels over the second lap. His new record of win in a world junior leading 1:43.95, was just 0.16 away from the championship best of 1:43.79 set by Botswana’s Nijel Amos in Barcelona two years ago.

Alfred Kipketer at 17 is showing signs of following in the footsteps of the legendary Wilson Kipketer who also excelled at the world junior championships.

Joshua Masikonde, also of Kenya, was second in 1:45.14 and the first seven men home all registered personal best times.

3000m steeplechase : Another Kenya 1-2

Kenya maintained its dominance in the water jump event when Barnabas Kipyego and Titus Kibiego went 1-2. Barnabas Kipyego turned the tables on his more highly rated sprinted past the more highly rated compatriot Titus Kibiego to win in 8:25.57 with Kibiego second in 8:26.15.

Final Medal Table

 

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