Kenya wins first medal at IAAF U18 championship

Kenya wins first medal at IAAF U18 championship

 Team Kenya opened their IAAF World U18 Championships campaign with silver courtesy of Emmaculate Chepkirui in the Girls 3000 metres on Day One at the Moi International Sports Center in Kasarani yesterday.

The rivalry between Kenya and Ethiopia was witnessed in the last race of the day that saw Abersh Minsewo kick out Chepkirui on the home stretch to take gold with a time of 9:24.62.

Chepkirui settled for silver in 9:24.69 ahead of another Ethiopian Yitayish Mekonene who grabbed bronze in 9:28.46.

The only other Kenyan in the race, Beatrice Chebet, was fourth in 9:33.26.

“I feel very good for winning this silver medal and I am very happy though I wanted to break Mercy Cherono’s record but it wasn’t possible. The rain did not affect me though the fault start was not good. I ran from behind in the opening three rounds because I wanted to save the finishing kick since I knew Ethiopians are good at that,” Chepkirui noted.

Today’s fixture will see Stanley Waithaka and Edward Zakayo carry the Kenya flag in the Boys 3000m Heats, Leah Jeruto and Irene Akinyi battle it out in the Girls 400m Hurdles Heats while Lydia Jeruto and Jackline Wambui compete in Girls 800m Heats.

Musyoka Mwema will be looking to make history as the first Kenyan in the Championships to ever win a medal outside athletics when he competes in the Boys Long Jump final.

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