Published On: Sun, Jul 16th, 2017

Explosive Saturday Leaves Kenya Wanting

The potential was obvious, the spirit willing, but the stamina was lacking (topi lyambila writes) as Kenya lost the chance to go top of the table in the medal standings on Day 4 of the IAAF World U18 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya.

With 300 metres to go, in the 800m boys final, Kibiwott Toroitich and Noah Kiprono gave away the lead as they ‘stepped aside’ for the Ethiopian duo of Melese Mberet and Tolesa Bodena to take the Gold and Silver respectively.

Earlier on Edina Jebitok and Rachel Nzangi threw away another golden opportunity after failing to hang on to the lead they had staked for the final two laps of the 1500m girls final, at the bend and give the Ethiopian pair of Lemiem Hailu and Sindu Girma; the Gold and the Silver.

The saving grace of the day for the host country was one Moitalel Mpoke Naadokila who came from oblivion to grab the silver in a race that was wrapped up for South Africa’s run-away winner Zazini Sokwakhana. Zazini timed at 1:4927 powered away on the bell leaving everyone in his wake. Second placed Moitalel of Kenya was almost three seconds off at 1:52.06 but still recording a personal best.

South Africa are ahead of the pack 8 medals, followed by yesterday’s leaders Cuba, China in third, Ethiopia fourth, Germany 5th while host Nation Kenya lie 6th.

Kenya hopes to revive its chances on the final day in the 800m girls final, the 3000m boys final, the 2000mSC men’s final and the 4x400m relay mixed race which will also bring the curtain down on the Games.

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