In less than thirty minutes, Kenya won four medals to remain on the summit of the world in the world under 18 championships in Nairobi’s Kasarani stadium.
Competing alone with two Ethiopians and Ugandans, George Meitamei Manangoi won the first gold for Kenya in 1,500m that was won by Kumari Taki in 2015.
The young brother of world 1,500m silver medalist Elijah manangoi won the race in 3:47.53 ahead of Ethiopians Abede Dessasaa and Belete Mekonen who took silver and bronze in 3:48.65 and 3:50.64respectively.
“Am very happy to have won Kenya the first very precious medal, gold,” said Manangoi.
Caren Chebet won another gold another gold in 2000m steeplechase leading her Kenyan compatriot Mercy Chepkurui for silver in a 1-2 podium finish.
Coming from Saramek secondary school, Chebet clocked 6:24.80 ahead of Chepkurui in 6:26.10 before Ethiopian Etalemahu Sintayehu settled for bronze in 6:35.79.
“This marks the beginning of my career and I want make it clear that I will do my best in future championships,: said Chebet.
There was a surprise as Mary Moraa won silver medal in 400m. the Mogonga Girls’ student clocked 53.31 behind Czech Republic’s Barbora Malikova in 52.74. with Kenyan not doing so well in short races, Moraa proved it was well.
Hammer Throw (5kg) boys
- Mykhalo Kokhan (UKR)-gold
- Damneet Sigh (IND)-silver
- Raphael Winkelvoss (GER)-bronze
- Jordan Diaz (CUB)-gold
- Frixon David Chila (ECU)-silver
- Arnovis Dalmero (COL)-bronze
High jump girls
- Yaroslava Mahuchikh (UKR)-gold
- Martyna Lewandoska (POL)-silver
- Lavinja Jurgens (GER)-Bronze
- George Manangoi (KEN)-gold
- Abebe Dessassa (ETH)-silver
- Belete Mekonen (ETH)-bronze
2000m steeplechase girls
- Caren Chebet (KEN)-gold
- Mercy Chepkurui (KEN)-silver
- Etamelahu Sintayehu-bronze
- Barbora Malikova (CZE)-gold
- Mary Moraa (KEN)-silver
- Giovana Rosalia Dos Santos (BRA)-bronze
- Antonio Watson (JAM)-gold
- Daniel Williams (GUY)-silver
- Colby Jennings (TKS)-bronze