Kenya’s Vincent Kibet Keter won the 1500m race gold at the World U20 Athletics championships that is being held at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani, Nairobi.
The reigning Africa under 18 1,500m champion focused to claim the 1,500m title to cement Kenya’s top position ahead of Sunday final with the country on the way to retain the overall title last won in Tampere, Finland in 2018.
The Rongai Athletics Club (RAC) based athlete defended their title in 3.34.27. The RAC defended their medal that was last won by George Manangoi in Tampere as Ethiopian Wegene Addisu took second place in 3:37.86 ahead of compatriot Melkeneh Azize who closed the first three podium finishes in 3:40.22 after benefiting from the Kamra Etiang who was disqualified after stepping out of the lane.
Kibet said that they had a discussion with Etyang on how to conquer the world in the three and half laps, which worked well for them until the last lap when Kibet took the lead to win the title, bringing back the glory.
“We had a discussion with Kamar (Etyang) and agreed that we should do our best to win the god medal. I knew he was having a small injury so I had an extra duty to protect him,” said Kibet,who is coached by Bernard Ouma.