11 July 2018

Kenya: Jemutai Out of Pace at Worlds U-20 3,000m Race

Kenya's Zena Jemutai could only manage a fifth place finish despite registering a personal best time in the World Under-20 Championships women's 3,000m race that was won by Japan's Nozoni Tanaka on Wednesday in Tampere, Finland.

Sole representative of Kenya Jemutai clocked 9:00.50.

Tanaka won in a personal best of 8:54.01, ahead of Ethiopia's Meselu Berhe who clocked 8:56.39 for second spot while Ethiopia's Under-20 national champion Tsige Gebresalama settled for third place in 8:59.20.

Jemutai said it was a tight race and she did not expected the early surge in the race.

"They spoilt the game when they took the lead and when I tried to kick they were far ahead," said the Class Seven pupil of Keringet Boarding Primary School.

World Under-18 champion Jackline Wambui qualified for the 800m final in a competitive heat that was won by Firewyni Hailu from Ethiopia in 2:01.96 ahead of Switzerland's Delia Sclabas who clocked 2:02.12 for second spot.

Wambui told Nation Sport that she was happy to qualify for the finals and said she will work hard to redeem herself later today:

"Competition is stiff here and though I ran my seasons best, I want to be in the medal bracket. It's unfortunate my compatriot couldn't proceed to the finals and that means I have to struggle alone."

Kenya

Nation Journalists Feted at Merck Foundation Media Awards

NTV's Namukabo Werungah, Doreen Magak, Antony Wabwoba and former station head Pamela Asigi were among the big winners at… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2018 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.