Kenya’s Kamar Etyang lived to the expectations of Kenyans as he demolished the 1500m race field at the at the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting that was held Saturday (9) night at the Flora Duffy Stadium in Devonshire, Bermuda.
The twelfth fastest athlete over the distance was the sole Kenyan at the USATF Bermuda Games and he was taking part in his first race outside the country.
The 19 year-old took charge of the race when the pacer dropped and led all the way until the last 40m that he started to stagger and was almost beaten to the line by Amos Bartelsmeyer from Germany but Kenyan pulled himself together to cross the line first in a time of 3:45.28. Bartelsmeyer was forced to settle in second with a time of 3:45.35.
Home boy Dage Minors closed the first three podium finishes with a season best of 3:46.82.
United States Kasey Knevelbaard and Eric Holt came home in fourth and fifth in a time of 3:46.86 and 3:46.90 respectively.
- Kamar Etiang (KEN) 3:45.28
- Amos Bartelsmeyer (GER) 3:45.35
- Dage Minors (BER) 3:46.82
- Kasey Knevelbaard (USA) 3:46.86
- Eric Holt (USA) 3:46.90
The twelfth fastest athlete in 1500m , Kamar Etyang will be the sole Kenyan at the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting that will be held today (9) at the Flora Duffy Stadium in Devonshire, Bermuda.
The 19 year-old goes to this race with a personal best of 3:33.12 that he got at the Kenya Olympic Games Trials, where he beat a strong deep field of elite athletes that included reigning World Champion Timothy Cheruiyot, World U18 1500m Champion George Manangoi, the 2014 African bronze medallist, Ronald Kwemoi and the 2018 World Indoor bronze medallist in 3000m race, Bethwell Birgen.
Etyang will battle for honors with Olympian Brahim Kaazouzi from Morocco who comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 3:31.62 that he got in 2018 at the Monaco Herculis meeting and Hamza Driouch from Qatar who carries a personal best of 3:33.69 that he got at Doha Diamond League.
Pan American Games champion in 800m, Marco Arop from Canada, will also be on line up to fight for the honors as well as Germany’s Amos Bartelsmeyer who holds a pb of 3:38.16 that he got last year at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix.
Great Britain’s Kyle Langford of 3:3:41.08 and Erik Sowinski from United States of 3:44.82 will also fight for the podium position.