A king is born in the 1500m race in the name of George Meitamei Manangoi.
The World U20 was yesterday lit with the explosive performance of Manangoi the younger brother to World 1500m Champion, Elijah as he won convincingly in the 1500m finals at the championship with a time of 3:41.71.
This race was a plethora of the best the world has to offer in talent but at the end his tactical brilliance in the final 100m proved too much for the ‘best’.
At only 17, this is his biggest win yet and it came much like the stuff of legend. The race boasted great talent in the likes of Justus Suget, his senior and the more experienced competitor, the super-talented Jacob Ingebrigtsen and Ethiopia’s world indoor champion Samuel Tefara but in the end experience bows down at the feet of sheer talent, determination and tactical brilliance that George displayed.
Watching George Manangoi today, it was hard not to think of his older brother’s run in Beijing as the same late burst of speed was on display. Manangoi was actually boxed in on the final turn, but rather than panic, he stayed patient and unleashed his kick to devastating effect over the final 100 meters. A 52.87 final lap is terrific running, especially when you consider the change of gears Manangoi deployed over the final 100.
Now the athletics world is mentioning his names alongside greats with his personal best at 3:35.53 so close to the world record of 3:31. At 17 years he can surpass this mark easily if consistency and discipline remain steadfast in his training manual.
Additional: Robert Rutto