Eight Kenyans qualified for the next round at the end of the first day of the World under 18 Athletics Championships at Moi Sports Centre Kasarani in Nairobi on Wednesday (July 12, 2017).
George Manangoi, a younger brother to world 1500m silver medalist Elijah Manangoi led Kenyans in qualifying for the metric mile finals.
Meitemei won the second heat by clocking 3:55.00 as compatriot Dominic Kipkemboi was the victor in the first heat by timing 3:48.77.
Kipkemboi posted the fastest time in the heats whereas Meitemei recorded the fourth best time as they get set to battle for the medals on Saturday (July 15th) at 18:35hrs.
Kenyans Mary Moraa and Sharon Chebet stayed in contention by reaching the semifinals in the women’s 400m.
Moraa returned 54.07 to finish first in heat two as Chebet was placed second by clocking 55.91 in heat four.
Moraa’s time was the fastest in the one lap race while Chebet posted the 12th best time.
Kelvin Sawe Tauta and David Sayanek followed in the footsteps of their sisters in the one lap by qualifying for the next round.
Tauta won the third heat in a time of 47.36 as Sanayek was second in the fourth heat by returning 47.29 to guaranteed qualification slots.
Japheth Toroitich and Noah Kiprono made it to the next round in the boy’s 800m. Toroitich was first in heat 1:53.91 as Kiprono was third 1:54 in the second heat.
Kenyan sprinters Elijah Onkware Matayo and Beatrice Onyango were Kenya’s first casualty of the World Under 18 Athletics Championships by being eliminated.