Kenyans tops in world U20 championships

Reigning Commonwealth 3,000m steeplechase silver medallist Celliphine Chespol Chepteek will have an opportunity to defend her world under 20 title in the ongoing world under 20 championships in Tampere, Finland.

As World under 18 1,500m champion George Manangoi Mercy Chepkirui and Justus Soget booked their tickets for finals in their respective races.

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Chesipol sailed to the finals to defend her title in water and barriers race as the championships kicked off in the Finish City.

Favvourite Chespol proved that she is the queen of steeplechase winning in heat one.

The all round runner ran 9:45.60 defeating Australian Montanna Mcavoy frwho clocked 9:59.67 while Manami Nishiyama from Japan was third in 10:02.89.

the second heat was reduced to East Africa countries’ affair between Kenya and Uganda. But good luck went to Ugandan Peruth Chemutai who beat Kenyan Mercy Chepkurui to second and Etalemahu Sintayehu from Ethiopia.

Chepkurui clocked 9:50.5 behind Uganda’s Chemutai who ran in 9:34.34 while Ethiopia’s Sintayehu was in third place clocking 9:52.9.

Manangoi, the young brother of world 1,500m champion Elijah Manangoi, finished second timing 3:41.40behind Norwegian Jakob Ingebrigtsen (3:51.34) in heat one as Algeria’s Oussama Cherrad completed the podium in 3:52.33 ahead of Thursday final.

Soget, a student at Kirobon High school in Nakuru won in his heat to make a cut

In the second heat, Soget ran a tactical race before leading in the final lap to time 3:44.70 ahead of Bihranu Sorsa from Ethiopia (3:44.92) while Cooper Teare from USA was in third place in 3:45.06.

in 800m, World under 18 champion Jackline Wambui booked for 800m semifinal run after finishing second behind Japanese Ayano Shiomi in heat one.

Wambui clocked 2:05.25 as Ayano won in 2:05.13 before American Samantha Watson completed the podium in 2:06.34.

Lydia Jeruto, a world under 18 800m silver medalist joined Wambui after coming second in 2:05.63 behind Japanese Ayaka Kawata who won in 2:05.08.

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