Kenya ends the World Athletics U-20 Championship in style

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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.

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