World U18 1500m Champion George Manangoi finished in a distant fifth position in a race won by South American metric mile bronze medallist, Santiango Catrofe at the BoXX United Manchester World Athletics Continental Tour held on Friday (03) in Manchester Regional Arena, United Kingdom.
Manangoi clocked 3:41.75 to finish in fifth place behind fourth placed former kayaker, István Dániel Szögi from Hungary and in a time of 3:41.45.
The 23 year-old Catrofe who holds five Uruguay National records battled for honors with Kenya’s Kamar Etiang who is fresh from taking the USTAF Bermuda Continental title.
Catrofe came from behind with a powerful run taking their fights to the finish line with their fate being decided by the camera., with Catrofe carrying the day but both given the same finish time of 3:40.58.
Portugal’s two times National Indoor champion in 1500 and 3000, Isaaac Nader closed the podium three finishes in a time of 3:41.30.
Thursday will be the day when Kenyan athletics lovers will experience one of the epic battles in the 1,500m when top runners battle for the title at the Athletics Kenya National Championships cum Senior Africa Athletics championships that will be staged in Mauritius.
The Kasarani champions that comes to an end tomorrow has attracted top notch athletes led Manangoi siblings with former world 1,500m champion Elijah competing alongside his young brother, the former world under 20 1,500m champion George Managoi will be facing the reigning Olympic Games 1,500m silver medalist Timothy Cheruiyot, Olympic Games finalist Abel Kipsang and Olympic Games 1,500m semifinalists Charles Simotwo.
The epic battle of titles began today when all the four contenders qualified to compete in tomorrow’s finals.
World indoor 1,500m bronze medalist Kipsang, who set the Olympic 1,500m record last year, won today’s semifinal round.
Representing National Police Service, Kipsang won heat one in 3:37.14 beating Kenya Defence Forces’ Daniel Mungut to second in 3:37.30 and Emedy Kiplimo settling for third timing 3:37.57.
Kumara Taki 4th and George Manangoi in 5th position, Daniel Kimaiyo 6th, Justine Kemboi in 7th and Elijah Manangoi coming in 8th position in one of the fastest heat.
Heat was won by North Rift’s Amos Bett followed by Kenya Prisons Boaz Kipkurgut and World Champion Cheruiyot completing the podium to qualify.
The federation has lined up 12 athletes for the battle of honours.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.