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Benson Kiplagat gifts Kenya her first gold medal

Benson Kiplagat gave Kenya her first medal when he set up a sweet revenge against Ethiopians by winning the first gold medal for the country on the second day of world U20 chmapionships that are being held at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani in Nairobi.

Kplagat, fought off his fierce opponent Tadese Worku from Ethiopia, who took gold in 3000m on Wednesday to deny him another gold by putting on a fine kick to the much anticipated party winning gold in a personal best of 13.20.37.

Worku was forced to settle in second position coming home in 13:20.65. Levy Kibet took off with the bronze medal in 13:26.01.

The win ensured that Kenya retains the 5,000m title last won by Edward Zakayo Pingua during the 2018 championships in Tampere, Finland.

The champion said that he was exited with the win that he never expected.

“I didn’t know that I will win the race but it has just come as a surprise. I told my compatriot to pray before competing and God has really worked for us,” said Kiplagat.

Third placed Kibet said that he was satisfied with the bronze.

“Winning bronze medal was not and this is a good start for my career. I wanted to be in the podium and we had planned to push the pace in turns and it worked. We saw yesterday what they did in the 3,000m race and we couldn’t allow that today. It’s great to bag a gold medal,” Kibet.

Robert Ngisirei optimistic of medals in Day two of the World U20 Championships

World U20 team Kenya head coach Robert Ngisirei has hopes that the team will bounce back and harvest medals on the second day of the athletics championships at the Moi International Centre Kasarani.

The Kenyan team suffered a lot on day one with many sprinters loosing by the wayside along with a huge loose of the 3000m flat race.

Ngisirei is optimistic that the second day will be the reaping day for the team.

“we have a very good team in with us and with such; we will deliver good results for the Nation. We have athletes who have good times and that will guide them to earn maximum tiles,” said Ngisirei.

Team Kenya will be battle for the 5,000m and 3,000m finals in men and women respectively in today’s afternoon session at Kasarani.

Benson Kiplagat and Levy Kibet will be up on track in the men’s 5,000m,at 16:30 as they battle for honors. Kiplagatcomes to this race with a personal best of 13:40.11 while Kibet has a pb of 13:26.11.

They will be up against Adisu Yihune and Mebrahtu of Ethiopia, Ugandans Magegp Kiprotich and Rodgers Kibet, Ajana Jacob from Sotuh Africa, Habton Samuel among others on the course.

The 3,000m women final, Ngisirei pointed out that the girls have had good time and are in high spirit raring to go for the medals.

Africa U18 3,000m champion Zena Chemutai will be partner with Teresiah Muthoni Gateri for the title on home ground.

Chemutai  who hails from Elgeyo Marakwet and Japan based Muthoni will be chasing to win the elusive 9-year old 3,000m title that was last won by Mercy Chebwogen way back in 2012 at the Barcelona event.

In the 400m hurdles Kenya will be led by Agnes Mutindi Ngumbi, Alocius Kipngetich and Peter Githome.

Noah Kibet will lead the 800m race in the qualifying round while Sheila Chepkosgei will handle the women race.

Kamar Etyang and Vincent Kibet will carry the Kenyan flag in the 1500m race where there are many hopes for gold medal.

Winnie Chepngetich will lead in the women triple jump.

Thursday timetable

Morning session

  1. 9:00- 400m hurdles (W)- round one
  2. 9:12 long jump women
  3. 9:25 400m hurdles men
  4. 10:39 800m men
  5. 10:50 800m women

Afternoon session

  1. 14:40 Javelin throw final (W)
  2. 15:00 Pole Vault final men
  3. 15:20 Shot Put (6kg) men final
  4. 15:40 Men 1,500m round one
  5. 16:00 Triple jump women qualification
  6. 16:05 Women 800m heptathlon
  7. 16:25 Discus throw women- final
  8. 16:30 Men 5,000m final
  9. 17:00 Women 3,000m final
  10. 17:30 Women 100m final
  11. 17:50 Men 100m final