NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Ethiopia denied host Kenya’s hope for a gold on the
opening day of the World U18 Championships as Abersh Minsewo
clinched the girls’ 3,000m title on Wednesday night.
Minsewo finished in nine minutes 24.62 seconds to overcome Kenya’s
title hopeful Emmaculate Chepkurui who was just seven hundredths of
a second behind the winner.
“The race was fantastic and I was confident I would win with one lap
to go. However it was a tactical race because of the rains and I
think that is why I failed to lower my personal best,” Minsewo said.
Chepkirui, the U20 world 5,000m silver medalist admitted she was
“I really wanted to win gold for Kenya at home and had prepared
“I am disappointed my tactic failed. I hoped to use my last energy
to sprint but the winner was a better athlete,” she said.
Yitayish Mekonene took the bronze after finishing in a time of
9:28.46. Beatrice Chebet of Kenya finished a distant fourth.
South Africa closed the day on top of the medal standings with one
gold and one silver medals followed by Ethiopia and Germany
respectively with the host country in fifth spot.
Organizers cancelled qualifications for boys’ hammer throw due to
weather conditions and entered all 18 athletes automatically in the
final scheduled for Friday.