World U20 3000m bronze medallist Levy Kibet ran away with the 5000m race title at the 17th edition of Meeting Iberoamericano de Atletismo which is a World Athletics Continental Tour Bronze meeting held on Wednesday (25) in Huelva, Spain.
The 18 year-old who came to this race with the second fastest time on paper of 13:16.57 that he got early this month at the Kip Keino Classic where he finished in fourth, fought for the honors with Eritrea’s Merhawi Mebrahtu who pushed him to the wall but the Kenyan managed to hold him off to cross the line with the third fastest time this season (Jakob Ingebrigtsen 13:02.03 and Addis Yihune 13:02.10) and a new personal best of 13:03.09.
Mebrahtu was forced to settle in second but he managed to set a new Eritrean National U20 record and a new personal best of 13:04.09 with the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics silver medallist Thierry Ndikumwenayo from Burundi closing the podium three finishes in a time of 13:06.46.
Spain’s Oussim Ouamaiz and Hamish Carson from New Zealand came home in fourth and fifth place in a 13:06.74 and 13:17.27 (pb) respectively.
The 2019 European U23 bronze medallist, Elzan Bibic finished sixth with a new Serbian National record of 13:24.42
- Levy Kibet (KEN) 13:03.09
- Merhawi Mebrahtu (ERT) 13:04.09
- Thierry Ndikumwenayo (BUR) 13:06.46
- Oussim Ouamaiz (SPN) 13:06.74
- Hamish Carson (NZL) 13:17.27