The 2nd Confederation of African Athletics Youth Championships ended in Mauritius on Sunday with Team Kenya exhibiting Brilliant Performance by finishing as the runners-up to South Africa Republic with improved medal tally.
The team, comprising of eight girls and fifteen boys, jet back into the country tomorrow with bag-load of medals after winning a total of 19 medals (8 Gold, 9 Silver and 2 Bronze) , an up-ward improvement from the previous 11 (5 Gold,4 Silver and 2 Bronze) harvested during the inaugural of the championships two years ago.
As predicted, the boys and girls, aged between 16 and 17 years, swept the leading medals in the Kenya’s traditional steeplechase event where Vincent Kipyego and Nickson Kiplagat completed 1-2 in the shorter 2,000metres timing 5:37.05 and 5:41.28 in the water and barrier event after their fellow pair of Sandrafelis Chebet and Ann Gathoni opened the medal chart with similar feat.
The Kenyan went on the medal harvest spree again in the 3,000 metres flat with Sheila Chelangat and Emily Chebet bagging a gold and silver. The script was the same in the boys where Davies Kiplagat marshaled Richard Kimuyan into a 1-2 finish for Kenya. The winners clocked 7:56.29 and 7:56.33 for first medals.
Similarly, Kimaru Taki team up well with Brimin Kiprono in 1500metres bringing in the gold and silver while in 800 metres, Kipyego Bett and Sila Kimeli combined superbly to get the two precious silverwares.
In an interesting turn, the youth disapproved the perceived conclusion that the country is only capable of rocking the world in only distant event when lone ranger Vincent Talel won the only gold medal in the field. He won the Triple jump event with an impressive jinx.
Another gold medal were realized in the boys’ 400metres hurdles where Geoffrey Kipng’etich beat South Africa’s Morne Van As. He completed in 52.28 while his rival timed 52.43 for silver.
Other silver medals were won by Damaris Akoth and Josphat Ngeno in 100metres and 400metres respectively, each timing 12.53 and 48.18. Emmanuel Langat and Sandrafelis Chebet are coming back home with Bronze medals they won in 400metres hurdles and 1,500metres.
Kenya stood in position with a tally of 19 medal s overall behind South Africa who had 29 medals and ahead of Nigeria who managed a total 6 of medals. This was superlative to the previous outing where a total of 11 medals were brought to the country.
Geoffrey Kipngetich – 400m Hurdles
Kipyego Bett – 800m
1500m – 1,500m
Vincent Kipyegon– 2000ms/chase
Davies Kiplangat – 3000metres
Vincent Talel – Triple Jump
Sandrafelis Chebet – 2,000metres s/chase
Emily Chebet – 3,000metre
Richard Kimuyan -3,000metres
Nickson Kiplagat – 2,000ms/chase
Josphat Ngeno – 400metres
Brimin Kiprono – 1,500metres
Sila Kimeli – 800metres
Damaris Akoth- 100metres
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