Published On: Mon, Jul 17th, 2017

Curtain Comes Down on Nairobi 2017

Team Kenya with an outstanding final-day performance boosted by a rapturous crowd support (writes topil yambila) that was reminiscent of the 1987 All Africa games and only equaled by the 1997 Harambee Stars vs Nigeria’s Super Eagles clash, finished in 4th place in the 35 team Nairobi 2017 championship.

South Africa hung on tight to romp home with 11 medals pushing China who had the same number but an inferior Silver count to second place. Cuba landed third place with an 8-medal tally with hosts Kenya following edging their nemesis Ethiopia into 5th position.

The race of the day must be the 800m Girls where the Kenyan pair of Jackline Wambui and Lydia Jeruto Lagat destroyed an Ethiopian dual attack to take the Gold and silver.

Ethiopia’s Selemon Barega broke many a Kenyan heart when he out-sprinted the Kenyan duo of Edward Zakayo and Stanley Mburu, to win the 3000m Boys Flat final. However this setback was cancelled when Leonard Bett and Cleopas Meyan outclassed the Ethiopians, in the Boys 2000m Steeplechase Final, bagging the Gold and silver respectfully.

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta was on hand to close the World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017, with an unprecedented handshake to all the Athletics Legends who have been hosted by the Local Organizing Committee led by Mwangi Muthee. The Legends were booked for the whole week at the Safari Park and Windsor Hotels and ferried to the Stadium daily where they are also fed by the 5-star Sarova Hotel Outside catering Unit.

This is a historical landmark that may open up new avenues for Kenyan Sports legends.

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