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COACH BERNARD OUMA: The future is bright for Vincent Keter

World U20 1,500m champion Vincent Kibet Keter has been described as a go-getter in his career, who doesn’t like comfort zones.

The newly crowned Kip Keino Classic has been described by his Rongai Athletics Club (RAC) coach Bernard Ouma as a career progression to fit in the shoes of great athletes in the country and abroad.

“I cannot say that he is a unique athlete but he is a hard-working athlete who wants to make change at any point in his career. Keter is a go-getter and never is his comfort zone, that is how I can describe his personality,” said Ouma.

He added that the reigning Africa under 18 1,500m champion just like any other athlete who wants to succeed in life, Keter will have a great succession plan while making it to the senior cadre after a successful career in his junior level.

“As a club, we want to make sure his succession plan is good while graduating into senior levels. Many athletes fail to go past under 20 where about 50% manage to pass the mark. But here, we try to do our best to secure his good plans,” added Ouma.

Vincent Kibet Keter steals the show in 1500m at World U20 championships. PHOTO: Ministry of Sports

He cited reigning Olympic Games 1,500m silver medalist Timothy Cheruiyot, former world under 20 1,500m champion

George Meitamei Manangoi who have had a good transition.

“We want athletes to climb the ladder slowly. In the future, you will see Cheruiyot running 5,000m in a marathon. We take care of our athletes’ future that is why we enter few races across the world. We have to ensure that the welfare of athletes is on top,” he said.

Keter won the 1,500m title by defending the national title last won by compatriot Manangoi in Tampere in 2018 when he clocked 3.34.27 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.

Back to the world under 20 championships, Ouma said that as a club and athletes, they always have a running plan depending on the championships style, describing it as a good progression.

“We always have running plans. We go to the race with a tactical target. We don’t just enter the race anyhow. But Keter, just like any athlete, has challenges in life,” said Ouma.

MEN’S 1500M – IAAF CONTINENTAL CUP OSTRAVA 2018

Once again it appears a major men’s 1500m race will boil down to a clash between two family dynasties: the Manangoi’s of Kenya and the Ingebrigtsens of Norway.

At the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere earlier this summer, Jakob Ingebrigtsen was denied 1500m gold through an inspired run from George Manangoi, the Kenyan teenager edging him 3:41.71 to 3:41.89. But since then Ingebrigtsen has gone on to double European gold at senior level, and as he prepares to represent Europe for the first time in Ostrava, his chief threat will be George Manangoi’s older brother, Elijah.

The latter is the world 1500m champion and arrives off the back of his African Championships victory in Asaba last month which he followed up with a runner-up finish over 1500m at the IAAF Diamond League final in Zurich.

The chief threat to both Manangoi and Ingebrigtsen may well be Poland’s Marcin Lewandowski, who finished with a flourish in the European 1500m final to come up just 0.04 shy of the gold medal. He will be looking to utilize his searing finish once again to good effect.

The Asia-Pacific team is led by Australia’s Ryan Gregson, who finished 10th at the IAAF Diamond League final in Zurich last week.

Charles Philibert-Thiboutot of Canada and USA’s Drew Hunter will represent the Americas, the latter enjoying a breakthrough summer in which the 20-year-old clocked a PB of 3:35.90 for 1500m in London.

A KING IS BORN- GEORGE MANANGOI 1500m

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

Manangoi thrashes the best ever assembled 1500m at the World U20 Championships

Kennya’s World U-18 1500m Champion George Manangoi, proved again of what he is made of when he thrashed the best field ever assembled at World U-20 Championships that was held at Tampere, Finland.

The Rongai Athletics Club based athlete marginally defeated another prodigiously talented middle distance runner, Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway who had beaten him to second during the heats.

The 17-year-old younger brother of the world 1,500m champion Elijah Manangoi, and Ingebrigtsen, just under a month younger, whose two elder brothers Henrik and Filip were respective 2012 and 2016 European 1,500m champions were always likely to produce a race worth watching.

The Norwegian last year became the youngest athlete to run the mile in under four minutes – being one of a group of runners going for broke around the final bend.

However, even the super-talented Ingebrigtsen could not resist the finishing burst of Manangoi, who added world under-20 gold to the under-18 version he won in Nairobi last year, clocking 3min 41.71.

Ingebrigtsen took silver in 3:41.89, with bronze going to Justus Soget also from Kenya in 3:42.14.

Ethiopia’s world indoor champion Samuel Tefara could only finish fifth to prove how the quality the start line up was.

Soget and Manangoi lights Kenyan hopes in 1500m at World U20 Championships

Kenya’s Justus Soget put the hopes of Kenya high as he qualified for the finals of the men’s 1500m at the ongoing World U20 Championships that is being held at the Tampere Stadium in Finland.

Kirobon Boys high School won his second heat race in 3:44.70, was placed third overall on the table that is led by Ethiopia’s Samuel Tefera of 3:44.48 and followed by Serbia’s Elzan Bibic of 3:44.68.

World U-18 1500m Champion George Manangoi was beaten to second place in his heat by Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigsten who won the heat in 3:51.34 with the Kenyan crossing the line in 3:51.40.

 

Tefera Vs Manangoi – IAAF World U20 Men’s 1500m Championships Tampere 2018

Anytime you get an athlete competing at an U20 Championship who is good enough to win gold at senior level, victory is typically a foregone conclusion, but despite the outstanding ability of Ethiopia’s Samuel Tefera that’s not strictly the case here in Tampere.

Earlier this year, Tefera set a world U20 indoor 1500m record when clocking 3:36.05 in Val-de-Reuil, but far from being a time trialler, the 18-year-old showed a vast range of gears at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham where he scorched through the final lap to take gold.

However, he’ll need to be on his A-game to get the same outcome here with the presence of Kenyan duo Justus Soget, a 3:32.97 performer, and George Manangoi, who has run 3:35.53. Soget ran his best to finish fourth at the Kenyan World Championships trials last year in Nairobi, while Manangoi, a younger brother to world 1500m champion George, won the IAAF World U18 Championships last summer.

It will come as little surprise if the African challenge comes up short, however, give the presence of Norwegian wunderkind Jakob Ingebrigtsen. He was European U20 champion last year and has had a stellar season to date, clocking a 3:52.28 mile in Eugene and a 3:36.06 1500m in Oslo.

The above four look likely to duke it out for the medals, though Ethiopia’s Birhanu Sorsa and Britain’s Jake Heyward, who have both dipped below 3:40, may also get in the mix.

Others that warrant respect include USA’s Yared Nuguse, Netherlands’ Robin van Riel, Spain’s Mario Garcia and Algeria’s Oussama Cherrad, who have all run under 3:43 this season.

Manangoi to excel despite the grief

Reigning world U18 1,500m champion George Manangoi will overcome the grieve he suffered and win the title at the World Under 20 championships set for July in Tampere, Finland.

According to Kenya Junior coach Robert Ngisirei, George, who competes alongside his elder brother Elijah Manangoi, the youngster will be fit for the world showpiece that kicks off in less than two weeks.

Manangoi was second during the Kenya trials but had to leave the camp after he lost his sister during the trials and his brother Elijah was given a wild card by Athletics Kenya after he missed the finals following his win in the 1,500m semifinals during the national trials ahead of Africa senior Athletics championships to be staged in Assaba, Nigeria.

The siblings lost their elder sister Bena.

“Manangoi will overcome the grieve. I want him to look at it as inspiration and win [at the] IAAF World U20 Championships for his sister. He is a strong athlete and we want him to be at his best form mentally and physically for the championships,” said Ngisirei.

Kenya’s George Meitamei Manangoi celebrates his win in the 1500m finals during the World Under 18 Championship at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, July 14, 2017. Picture: LOC/Noor Khamis (Kenya)

Speaking on Thursday, the coach was optimistic that all shall be well in Tampere and the boy will come home with gold, the same way he did during the world U18 championships where he gave Kenya team the first gold at Kasarani.

Athletics Kenya named a squad of 27 member team for the championships but the coach was forced to give the 1500m youth champion time off to travel home.

Ngiserei said the country must be wary of the danger posed by the USA, Germany, Ethiopia, Uganda, Jamaica and China. China has selected four Under-18 world champions from the team that took part in the World U18 Championships in Nairobi last year.

 

World U18 winners exude confidence ahead of National World U20 trials a Kasarani Stadium

Kenyan junior internationals have intensified their preparations ahead of the World U20 trials set for Moi Stadium, Kasarani on June 11 and 12.

World U18 1,500m gold medalist George Manangoi remains confident of making Team Kenya for the youth championships to be held in Tampere, Finland from July 19-24 following a 3:41.75 performance at the Rome Diamond League last Thursday.

Manang’oi’s coach Bernard Ouma revealed that the youngster suffered a slight knock in Rome but should be up and running in a week.

“He suffered a slight knock on the knee during the Diamond League in Rome but it’s being fixed. I am confident that he will make to the Kenyan team. He was supposed to run in Turk, Finland on June 7 but it’s not possible because Athletics Kenya changed the dates for the trials,” said Ouma.

In Rome, Manangoi finished 14th in a race won by his training mate, Timothy Cheruiyot, in 3:31.22 while George’s brother Elijah came second in 3:33.79.

World junior race walking bronze medalist Dominic Ndigiti said he is ready for the trials and is confident of making the team to Finland.

“My preparations have been very smooth. I have won three AK weekend meets in Mumias, Mombasa and Kisii against senior runners. The bronze medal I won in Nairobi inspired me to continue working hard,” said Ndigiti, student at Kiendege Secondary in Nyamira.

Mary Moraa, who won a silver medal in 400m during the world U18 championships in Nairobi last year is also upbeat on her chances of bagging a ticket to Finland.

The national secondary schools 200m and 400m champion said: “We have been training for the trials and I want to board a plane to Finland. It will be a nice experience for me.”

Moraa is a student at Mogonga Secondary, whose coach, Haron Onchong’a, revealed that they will send at least 15 athletes to the trials.

“My athletes have not participated in many events since we finished the national secondary school games in Embu. We decided to focus on training for the world U20 trials,” said Onchong’a.

Africa Cross Country junior champion Rhonex Kipruto and silver medalist Stanley Waithaka, alongside Commonwealth 5000m bronze medalist Edward Zakayo are expected to renew rivalry during the two day trials.