Kenya’s Leonard Kipkemoi Bett recorded the fastest time in the 2000m Steeplechase heats, qualifying for the finals of IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017.
Bett was ahead of Ethiopians Girma Diriba and Allemu Kitessa as the world under 18 athletics championship enter day three at the Kasarani stadium in Nairobi.
Bett clocked 5:46.66, with Diriba and Kitessa clocking 5:47.86 seconds and 5: 49.79 respectively.
Bett’s counterpart Cleophas Kandie Meyan qualified 4th in 5: 51.83 while Turkish Anil Kalayci finished 5th with a personal best time of 5:52.64
Kenyan Philemon Mopia recorded a personal best time of 21.79 seconds to qualify for the 200 metres boys semi finals.
Mopia finished 3rd in heat three of the boys 200 meters to book a semi final place behind Germany’s Luis Brandner who won the heat, with Ukraine’s Vasyl Makukh taking 2nd position.
In the 200 meters girls category, Mary Moraa failed to qualify for the semi finals after clocking 25.48 seconds to finish 6th in heat one.
Lorraine Martins of Brazil, Talea Prepens of Germany and Spaniard Jael Bestue qualified in the top three while Turkish Mizgin Ay, who won Gold in the women’s 100 meters race last night, qualified 4th.
Lydia Jeruto Lagat and Jackline Wambui will represent Kenya in the 800 meters semi final Friday evening.