It was a sweet revenge as Commonwealth 5,000m bronze medalist Edward Zakayo won the 5,000m in Ratina stadium, Tampere in Finland today ousting world Under 3,000m champion Selemon Barega of Ethiopia.
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Barega beat both Zakayo and Stanley Waithaka Mburu during the world under 18 championships that were staged in Nairobi’s Kasarani stadium, but today, Kenyan duo of Zakayo and Waithaka won gold and silver in a 1-2 podium finish in the penultimate of World Under 20 championships.
Zakayo won the 5,000m feet after crossing the finish line in 13:20.16 ahead of Waithaka’s 13:20.57 to hand Kenya back the title last won by David Bett in 2010.
Barega who was the favourite, on the start line finished 4th in 13:21.16, failing to defend his title he won two years ago in Bydgoszcz, Poland as Norwegian international Ingebrigtsen Jakob ran away with bronze timing 13:20.78.
With five gold medals, one silver and one bronze, Kenya now has seven medals ahead of the final day on Sunday.
Gold medallist are George Manangoi (1,500m), Beatrice Chebet (5,000m), Rhonex Kipruto (10,000m), Cellphine Chespol (3,000m steeplechase) and Edward Zakayo 5,000m.
Silver medal- Stanley Waithaka (5,000m) and bronze medal-Justus Soget (1,500m).
Kenyan athletes are expected to reap more gold medals after Solomon Lekuta and Ngeno Kipngetich qualified for 800m finals as well as Leonard Bett who will carry the Kenyan population alone in 3,000m steeplechase to be held tomorrow.
In other races, 2016 Africa Cross Country champion Miriam Cherop and World Under-18 bronze medallist Edna Jebitok will be battling it out in the 1,500m race.
World Under-18 bronze medallist Samson Ndigiti failed to clinch any medal after finishing seventh in 41:30.52 as well as triple jumper Gloria Mulei after finished 11th in her heat with a jump of 12:29m.