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Kenya wins three medals,fails to contain Ethiopians

Kenyan won two bronze medalist behind Ethiopians on the penultimate of IAAF world championships at Moi Sports Centre, Kasarani stadium.

The host nation won bronze medals in 800m boys and 1,500m girls behind Ethiopians who won gold and silver in both races.

In the last race, Kenyans fell their perennial rivals Ethiopia in 800m who won gold and silver courtesy of Melese Nberet (1:47.12) and Tolesa Bodena (1:47.16) before Kenyan Japheth Kibiwott Toroitich took bronze timing 1:47.82.

Melese Nberet, Tolesa Bodena, Japheth Kibiwott Toroitich, Lemlem Hailu, Sindu Girma, Edna Jebitok, Zazini Sokwakhana, Moitalel Mpoke Naadokila, Baptiste Christophe, Zeney Van Der Walt, Sanique Walker, Gisele Wender, Amanda Almendariz, Yaritza De La Martinez, Katsiaryn Valadekevich, Claudio Romero, Olesksiy Kyrylin, Morne Brandon, Talea Prepens, Jael Bestue, Magdalena Stefanowicz, Mizgin AY, Lorraine Martins, Hima Das, Tshenolo Limao, Luis Brandner, Daniel Vejrazka, Retshidisitswe Mlenga, Paul Tritenne, Arielton Dos Santos

“I am a disappointed man after losing the race. I wished to do where together my brother but I did not manage,” said Toroitich.

This was not a match to 2015 team where Willy Kiplimo Tarbei won gold in 1:45.58 ahead of Kipyegon Bett (1:45.86) and Brazilian Luis Fernando Pires bronze in 1:48.61.

In Ethiopians were in positions 1-2 in the late evening race.

Kenyan Edna Jebitok won bronze behind Ethiopians duo Lelem Hailu and Sindu Girma timing 4:20.80 ahead of Girma (4:22.14) and Jebitok (4:23.16) respectively.

Bedatu Hirpa won gold in 4:12.92, followed by Dalila Abdulkadir Gosa of Bahrain and Kenyan Joyline Cherotich was satisfied with bronze in 4:13.35.

Jebitok said she picked an injury and let the gold slip out of her.

“I picked an injury on the last lap, felt too much pain that I almost gave up the race but I had to make sure I reach the finish line and I thank God I managed a medal that I never expected because of the pain,” said Jebitok.

Moitalel Mpkoe Naadokila delivered the an imaginable silver medal in boys 40m hurdles.

“I did not expect to win a medal in such race.  It was great and a wonderful thing to achieve,” said Naadokila who finished in 52.06 as his personal best behind South African Sokwakhana who won gold for his country in 49.27.

Saturday evening medals

800m boys

  1. Melese Nberet (ETH)-gold
  2. Tolesa Bodena (ETH)-silver
  3. Japheth Kibiwott Toroitich (KEN)-bronze.

1,500m girls

  1. Lemlem Hailu (Ethiopia)-gold
  2. Sindu Girma (Ethiopia)-silver
  3. Edna Jebitok (Kenya)-Bronze

400m hurdles boys

  1. Zazini Sokwakhana (RSA)-gold
  2. Moitalel Mpoke Naadokila (KEN)-silver
  3. Baptiste Christophe (FRA)-bronze

400m hurdles girls

  1. Zeney Van Der Walt (RSA)-gold
  2. Sanique Walker (JAM)-silver
  3. Gisele Wender (GER)-bronze

Hammer Throw (3kg) girls

  1. Amanda Almendariz (CUB)- gold
  2. Yaritza De La Martinez (CUB)-silver
  3. Katsiaryn Valadekevich (BLR)-bronze

Discus Throw (1.500KG)

  1. Claudio Romero (CHI)-gold
  2. Olesksiy Kyrylin (UKR)-silver
  3. Morne Brandon (RSA)-bronze

Selected results

200m girls’ semi final

Heat one

  1. Talea Prepens (GER)-23.64
  2. Jael Bestue (ESP)-23.81
  3. Magdalena Stefanowicz (POL)-24.45

Heat two

  1. Mizgin AY (TUR)-23.80
  2. Lorraine Martins (BRA)-23.96
  3. Hima Das (IND)-24.31

200m boys semi final

Heat one

  1. Tshenolo Limao (RSA)-21.30
  2. Luis Brandner (GER)-21.32
  3. Daniel Vejrazka (CZE)—31.44

Heat two

  1. Retshidisitswe Mlenga (RSA)-21.10
  2. Paul Tritenne (FRA)-21.26
  3. Arielton Dos Santos (ALG)-21.47

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