Published On: Fri, Jul 14th, 2017

Kenya strike gold on Day 3

George Meitamei Manangoi, struck Gold in the 1500m boys final (writes topi Lyambila) to launch Kenya’s upsurge that saw the homies move from position 8 on Day 2 to second place on Friday; with a 5 medal tally – 2 Gold and 3 Silver.

Kenya lies second behind Cuba who have 3 Gold and 1 Silver. Germany are in third place, Jamaica fourth, Ukraine 5th and South Africa sixth.

Team Kenya’s medal haul was full of drama, it was like nobody expected it. Manangoi ran a tactful race that heralded, the new kid on the block and assured the Kenyan fraternity that indeed we still have the middle distance legacy intact.

The girls steeplechase race provided yet another reminder of the Kenya-Ethiopia rivalry, before the water-jump made all the difference bringing out the Achilles heel in the Ethiopian duo whop could not match the Kenyan spirit.

The water-jump however was to become yet an undoing for Kenya’s front-runner Mercy Chepkirui who fell at the last water jump, and although picking up snd catching up with Caren Chebet, could not sustain the onslaught as her legs gave way to allow Chebet the Gold with Chepkirui settling for silver. After the race Chepkirui was quoted as saying she wasn’t happy; “I clipped the hurdle at the water-jump and I cant even explain why I did it – I am not happy at all”, she stated.

Team Kenya’s ladies are not known for the sprints since the 70s, 80s and the early 90s. Kenya’s presence starts with the 800m. This trend may be about to change if we go by Mary Moraa’s showing on Friday evening.   Coming round the final bend it appeared she had given up on the ghost, but hitting the stretch she seemed to realize there was still power in her kick flashing from almost sixth place to power down the final straight to achieve an inconceivable second place and her hands on the silver.

Moraa had qualified in 6th position and chances are she had silently ruled herself out of the medal bracket. With good coaching and mentoring Kenya may be having a star in the making.

The World U18 games enter the penultimate stage on Day 4 – Saturday; with eyes focused on the Girls 1500m and 800m Final, while the boys will brace for the 800m Final coming up at 19.38pm it should bring the partisan Kenyan crowd to their feet.

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