By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua)
-- Ethiopia may not have had
an edge over Kenya in the overall medal tally, but the
visitors won the battle of long distance races as the
World U18 Championships ended in Nairobi on Sunday.
Kenya has promised to return to the drawing board,
immerse itself in training hoping to emerge with a
perfect plan to beat their rivals at the senior athletes
World Championships in London in August.
hosting the championships, Ethiopia had to device a
better method to stay afloat of competition and it
In long and
middle distance races, Kenya is always expectant, so
when their arch rivals from Ethiopia wade into their
home stadium and defeat them at the disciplines they
love best, it left many fans hurt.
“It was a
battle of the mind. We know we have good athletes and
they showed as much. Now we have to build on that
because, Kenya will certainly not leave this war end
here in Nairobi,” said Lemlem Hailu, winner in 1,500m
Ethiopians are built tough, just like their Kenyan
rivals. The visitors took gold in the boys’ 3,000m,
boys’ 800m, girls’ 1,500m and girls’ 3,000m.
and Sindu Girma were the heroines of the girls’ 1500m
final, raining on the Kenyan parade by taking a 1-2 and
relegating the home nation’s leading hope, Edina Jebitok,
sprint races, World U18 record-holder Sokwakhana Zazini
won the men’s 400m hurdles final by nearly two seconds
in 49.27 to Kenya’s Moitalel Naadokila (52.06) while
Zeney van der Walt made it a South African double by
winning the women’s 400m hurdles in 58.23.
the track, South Africa’s Retshidistiswe Mlenga (21.10)
and Germany’s Talea Prepens (23.64) were the fastest
qualifiers for the 200m finals, China’s Yao Zhang won
the 10,000m walk in 41:12.01 while Ecuador’s Glenda
Morejon won the 5,000m walk in 22:32.30 from Turkey’s
Meryem Bekmez (22:32.79).
field, Cuba’s Amanda Almendariz won the hammer (3kg)
with 71.12m from teammate Yaritza Martinez 69.75m,
China’s Tan Qiujao won the triple jump with 13.64m from
Bulgaria’s Aleksandra Nacheva (13.54m), teammate Niu
Chunge won the pole vault with 4.20m and Chile’s Claudio
Romero won the discus (1.5kg) with 64.33m.
Africa’s Breyton Poole also cleared 2.24m to win the
high jump by 10 centimetres.