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.