“It was a great challenge but I managed to overcome it through focus and resilience.”
These are the opening words of Kenyan Dominic Samson Ndigiti who won the first medal for Kenya in 10,000m race walk on day four of world under 18 championships at Kasarani stadium on Saturday morning as Kenyan team won the fastest heat one of the 4x400m relay mixed.
Ndigit won the first bronze medal for Kenya in the race following his fighting spirit, with his medal tallying Kenya to six-2 gold, three silver and a bronze.
With track judges making attempts of training athletes for 30 seconds before returning into competition, confused Ndigit after Sunjay Kumar was called off the track that also Ndigit was affected,stood for about 10 seconds before resuming to compete and finished third in 41:25.78 behind Chinese Yao Zhang who walked to a world lead of 41:12.01 and Salavat Kozhevnikov (41:24.17) to settle for silver.
“It was so bad for me since I wasted time that I could have done something good with that,” said Ndigit.
“It was hard walking since I was alone. If I had someone to share we could have done better compared to a lone ranger but I did my best to have bronze,” said Ndingiti.
Moi girls’ Kamusinga student Lenah Wanjala finished in 15th position in girls’ 5,000m race walk.
Nanjala who was in the leading park was taken off the track for 30 seconds which she failed to recover but maintained the race to finish position 15th timing 25:23.97.
Ecuador international Glenda Morejon won the second gold for her country in the walk. She clocked 22:32.30 ahead of Turkish international Meryem Bekmez with a silver timing 22:32.79 before Elvira Khasanova settled for bronze in 22:35.72.
10,000m walk race boys
- Yao Zhang (CHN)-gold
- Salavat Kozhevkov (ANA)-silver
- Dominic Samson Ndingit (KEN)-bronze
5,000m walk race girls
- Glenda Morejon (ECU)-gold
- Meryen Bekmez (TUR)-silver
- Elvira Khasanova (ANA)-bronze