15 July 2017

Kenya: Poor Tactics Cost Kenya Again As Ethiopia Sweep Medals

Photo: Chris Omollo/The Nation
Ethiopia's Nberet Melesa (left) and Bodena Tolesa (right) crosses the finishing line ahead of Kenya's Japheth Toroitich in the 800m final during the IAAF World Under 18 Championships at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on July 15, 2017.

Kenya's efforts to retain the boys' 800m proved a cropper when Japheth Kibiwott won bronze, losing out to Ethiopian athletes who staged a 1-2 sweep at the World Under-18 Championships at Kasarani on Saturday.

Perhaps poor tactics were Kenyan athletes' main undoing when Kibiwott and Noah Kiprono took off at super speed, crossing the 400m mark at 51.53 seconds.

Melese Nberet and Tolesa Bodena caught up with the Kenyans just after the last bend to glide to victory in World Under-18 lead of 1:47.12 and 1:47.16 respectively.

It was a heartbreak for the close to 50,000 fans who turned up at the 60,000 seater stadium as Kibiwott settled for bronze in a personal best of 1:47.82 as Kiprono came in fifth in 1:50.31.

"We had planned to stay ahead of the pack but it seems the Ethiopians were stronger than us," said Kibiwott.

Kenya failed to secure any victory on the penultimate day of the championships on Saturday, winning one silver and three bronze medals.

Dominic Samson started the day with the historic bronze medal in the boys' 10,000m race walk as Mpoke Moitalel went for boys' 400m hurdles silver.

Then some awful tactics too might have cost Kenya victory in girls' 1,500m where favourite Edina Jebitok took off early with 600m to go to settle for bronze as Ethiopians Lemlem Hailu and Sindu Girma went for a 1-2 sweep.


On Africa Day - Who Has Taken Up the Mantle of Pan-Africanism?

Pan-Africanism – the liberation of Africans through regional cohesion and solidarity – has played a crucial… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2017 The Nation. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.