Kenya’s Amos Serem and Simon Kiprop Koech made sure that the world knows that the water barrier race belongs to the East Africa nation when they took the reins of the 3000m men’s title in both heats at the ongoing World U20 Championships bein held at the Moi International Sports Centre.
Serem who is under the stewardship of 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games and two-time world silver medalist, Patrick Sang, took the second heat of the race when he powered on in the last 30m kicking out Ethiopia’s Tadese Takele to claim vicytory in 8:29.99.
“I want to maintain the traditions of the 3000m steeplechase race because it has been always ours. I will work with Koech to make sure that the gold remains at home,|” said Koech.
Koech took control of his race winning it easily in 8:52.43 and was followed by Ethiopian Samuel Firewu who crossed the line in 8:52.87.
The 18-year-old Serem, a form four student at Chewoyet High School, will partner with Koech at the finals on Sunday.