Kenyan won three gold medals on the last day of the World Athletics U-20 Championship at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, in Nairobi, to finish at the top of the medal standings.
Kenya’s Purity Chepkirui bagged a gold medal in the women’s 1500m in 4:16:07 ahead of Diribe Welteji of Ethiopia, who clocked 4:16:39. Chepkirui’s compatriot Winnie Jemutai won bronze in 4:18:89.
In the men’s 3000m race, Amos Serem won in 8:30: 72 beating Ethiopian Tadese Takele. His fellow Kenyan Simon Koech came third.
Elsewhere, Emmanuel Wanyonyi won the 800m title in a championship record of 1:43.76 ahead of Algeria’s Mohamed Ali Gouaned (1:44.45), while another homeboy Noah Kibet grabbed the bronze medal in 1:44.88.
Kenya won silver in the women’s 5000m after Zena Cheptoo emerged second after Ethiopian Mizan Alem.
It wrapped the tournament with a bronze in men’s 4X400m relays. Botswana and Jamaica emerged first and second, respectively.
Overall, Kenya won 16 medals-8 gold, silver, and seven bronze.
Ethiopia was second with 12 medals-3 gold, seven silver, and two bronze, and Jamaica closed the bracket of the best three with 11 medals-3 gold, six silver, and two bronze.
The next U-20 Championship is slated for next year in Cali, Colombia.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.