NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Hosts Kenya started off their medal hunt
on a good note as Dominic Kipkemboi and George Manangoi
dominated the boys’ 1,500m to qualify for the final of
the World Under-18 Championships on Wednesday in
Kipkemboi led from the front to stamp their authority
and send a clear message to the host’s rivals that Kenya
was out to rule the roost at the final World Youth
opted to take his traditional gun-to-tape performance,
winning the first semi-final in 3:48.77 after cruising
through 800m in 1:55.79 and 1200m in 2:58.17.
beat Algeria’s Oussama Cherrad who came in second in
3:48.93 ahead of Abebe Dessassa from Ethiopia in third
taking 3:49.58 to all qualify.
younger brother of world 1,500m silver medalist Elijah
Manangoi, stayed in the middle of the pack before going
second behind Ethiopian Belete Mekonen at the bell.
clocked 3:16.41 past 1200, fell behind Manangoi, who
kicked with 300m to go to win in 3:55.00.
“I had a lot
of respect for my opponents though I did not want to
strain myself very much because I’m eyeing the top
podium finish on Friday. I lost to Kipkemboi during last
month’s trials but now I believe in myself. I have been
training well, I’m in good shape and I hope to lower my
personal best on Friday,” said Managoi.
race, Kenyans Mary Moraa and Sharon Jebet sparked to
form and claimed their spots in the girls’ 400m
staged a tactical race to triumph in a personal best of
54.07 having held on to the lead by the 300m mark to go.
A late surge
from Brazilian Rosalia Dos Santos Giovana at the last
bend could only trigger her sprint as she pulled out
stronger in the final straight to win in a personal best
of 54.29 ahead of Giovana while Serbia’s Sekulic Kataria
came in third also in her best time of 54.86 to qualify
for the semifinals from the second heat.
Uganda athletes are keen to return home with some
silverware. The team of six arrived in Nairobi on Monday
and went straight to training.
team has Daniel Kiprop and Hosea Kiplangat in 1500m,
Joshua Kibet and Bekele Apenyo in 800m, Sarah Chelengat
and Esther Chekwemoi 3000m and Daniel Kiprop in 1500m.
The team was
received by IAAF head Sebastian Coe who said, “This
event is so helpful as it prepares young athletes for
bigger games in future.”
Uganda and Kenya for hosting the two big events of the
IAAF this year and that is the World Cross Country in
Uganda on March 23 and the IAAF U18 Championships
starting today in Kenya.
China wins gold, bronze
in boys javelin at World U18 C’ ships in Kenya
NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
China won their first gold medal on the
second day of the World U18 Championship in Nairobi
through Liu Zhekai, who set a personal best throw of
It was the
third medal for China after having won two medals, a
silver and a bronze on the first day on Monday.
Chinese athlete Song Qingshu also won bronze in the
boys’ javelin to take the Asian giants medal tally to
four. South Africa’s Johannes Schlebusch won silver in a
personal best throw of 75.68 meters.
leads the medal table with two gold and one bronze
medals with South Africa second with four medals - One
gold, two silver and one bronze.
day’s highlight came in the final track event of the
day, the boys’ 110m hurdles heats.
the first heat, De’Jour Russell of Jamaica took his
personal best from 13.31 (already a world-U18-leading
time this year) all the way to 13.08.
made him the second fastest U18 athlete of all time,
behind his compatriot Jaheel Hyde’s world U18 best of
None of the
other hurdlers came close to Russell’s performance, but
there were other notable runs, including the remaining
heat winners: Enrique Llopis of Spain with 13.47 (a
personal best by 0.25), Lu Hao-hua of Chinese Taipei
with 13.57 and Saoud Al-Humaidi of Qatar with 13.72.
exit of Zayed Al Shamsi of the United Arab Emirates was
also notable. The third fastest U18 athlete this year
with 13.43 finished only sixth in his heat in 14.70 and
also some extravagant running in the heats of the boys’
3000m. Not content with merely qualifying for the final,
the African favourites achieved some extraordinary
times, especially considering Nairobi’s high altitude.
Barega of Ethiopia took the first heat in 7:55.73 after
running the final kilometer in just outside 2:34.
performance took him to third on this year’s U18 world
list. Stanley Mburu Waithaka of Kenya was the runner-up
in 7:59.54, with Oscar Chelimo of Uganda and Merom
Goitom of Eritrea both in the 8:08 range.
The pace of
the second heat was only slightly more sensible. Edward
Zakayo of Kenya took it in 8:04.85, evidently intent on
proving a point to his Ethiopian rival Milkesa Mengesha,
who finished second in 8:05.87.
kilometer took just 2:31 for the winner, much faster
than was necessary, considering the first non-automatic
qualifier in that race finished some 45 seconds behind.
no such displays in round one of the girls’ 800m,
although the races featured some impressive running. The
fastest of the qualifiers for the semifinals was the
Kenyan Jackline Wambui, winner of heat three in 2:08.24,
1.5 seconds ahead of Hirut Meshesha of Ethiopia.
favourite, Kenya’s Lydia Jeruto, took heat one in a
relatively pedestrian 2:10.37, but looked strong,
running the final 200 meters in about 31 seconds.
fastest among the entrants, Ethiopian Netsanet Desta
strolled to what looked like an easy victory in heat
two, but was subsequently disqualified for a lane
violation, leaving Vimbayi Maisvoreva of Zimbabwe the
winner in 2:11.09.
heat winner, in what was the closest of the four races,
was Pole Milena Korbut with 2:11.67.