Kenya tops medal standings at IAAF U18 Championships



By Kennedy Langat

Kenya is sitting proudly at the top of the medal standings after day three of the World Under 18 athletics Championships at the Kasarani Stadium.

Team Kenya secured two gold medals and two silver medals to add the total to five medals.
George Manangoi Caren Chebet, Mercy Chepkirui and Mary Moraa ensured the Kenyan national anthem was played twice much to the jubilation of home fans.

It was a golden Friday for team Kenya at the Kasarani stadium on day three of the World Under-18 championships.

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George Manangoi delivered a much awaited gold medal in the 1500 metres clocking 3 minutes 47.53 seconds.

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Abebe Dessassa of Ethiopia settled for silver in 3 minutes 48.65 seconds and compatriot Belete Mekonen took the bronze.

Minutes later the stadium would once again erupt in euphoria as a gold and silver medal were clinched in dramatic fashion in the girls 2000M Steeple Chase.

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From the start the battle for gold was going to be between home girls Mercy Chepkirui the world leader and Caren Chebet.

It was Chebet who carried the day clocking 6 minutes 24.80 seconds and Chepkirui settled for silver medal after falling in the last water jump in the home straight.

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Ethiopia’s Etalemahu Sintayehu finished third.

The highlight of the evening was an unexpected silver medal from Mary Moraa in the 400m.

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Moraa tore apart the field in the final 50 metres to finish in 53.31 seconds behind Barbora Malíkova of the Czech Republic who grabbed the gold in a time of 52.74 seconds.

Giovana Rosalia dos Santos from Brazil won the bronze.

Kenya now tops the medal standings with 5 medals, 2 Gold and 3 Silver medals while Cuba is second with three medals and Germany third with 5 medals .

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