Ethiopia is in 5th place having acquired 12 medals at the IAAF World U18 Championship 2017 taking place in Nairobi. Below is the event-by-event report on the competition.
BOYS’ 800M – IAAF WORLD U18 CHAMPIONSHIPS NAIROBI 2017
Ethiopia came out on top on Saturday in a thrilling four-way battle in the boys’ 800m final, closing out a superb evening session of competition at the IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017.
Ethiopia’s Melese Nberet delivered a late kick to take gold in a world U18 lead of 1:47.12.
“The race was fine. I knew I had to kick in the last meters so I preserved my energy on the first lap,” Nberet said afterward.
His compatriot Tolesa Bodena also finished well, crossing the line in 1:47.16 to grab second place and secure a one-two for Ethiopia, with Toroitich holding on for third in 1:47.82, as both athletes clocked personal bests.
BOYS’ 1500M – IAAF WORLD U18 CHAMPIONSHIPS NAIROBI 2017
After setting off at a relatively slow pace, the Ethiopian duo of Belete Mekonen and Abebe Dessassa took control of the pack in the early stages, but they seemed in no hurry and Mekonen led them through 800 meters in 2:07.58.
They eventually switched gears at the bell, launching a lengthy drive for the line in an effort to shake off a bunched field, but they were made to pay for their tactical approach.
Dessassa was elevated to the second position, taking the silver medal in a personal best of 3:48.65.
Mekonen, who had entered the race with the fastest career best in the line-up (3:39.86), held on to take the bronze medal in 3:50.64.
BOYS’ 2000M STEEPLECHASE – IAAF WORLD U18
After missing out to Ethiopia in most of the distance races at the IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017, Kenya won the one gold medal they would have wanted more than any other, with Leonard Bett charging to victory. Cleophas Meyan took the silver medal in 5:33.07, chopping nearly three seconds off his personal best, and Ethiopia’s Alemu Kitessa came through for bronze in 5:42.10.
BOYS’ 3000M – IAAF WORLD U18 CHAMPIONSHIPS NAIROBI 2017
Ethiopia stunned the hosts with a superb middle-distance performance on Sunday with Selemon Barega producing a smart tactical race to win the boys’ 3000m final at a packed Kasarani Stadium.
“My strategy was to kick in the last 200m, which went according to plan,” said Barega, who earlier this month clocked 12:55.58 for 5000m.
“I intend to compete in more races around the world at any given opportunity to better my time.”
GIRLS’ 800M – IAAF WORLD U18 CHAMPIONSHIPS NAIROBI 2017
It was a dominant performance by the two Kenyan girls in the 800m final, with Jackline Wambui taking the gold in 2:01.46, equalling the world U18 lead, and her teammate Lydia Jeruto Lagat second in a PB of 2:02.06.
The two home nation athletes left their rivals a long way behind in the two-lap race, with the bronze medallist, Hirut Meshesha of Ethiopia, clocking 2:06.32.
Meshesha was the one who took it out on the first lap, with Wambui right on her shoulder throughout. The first lap took 1:01.53 for the leader, but it got even faster in the second half. The two home-nation athletes made the decisive move at the 500-metre mark, moving past the Ethiopian with ease. Within 100 meters, they were already several meters ahead and kept pulling farther away from their rivals.
Girls’ 1500M- IAAF WORLD U18 CHAMPIONSHIPS NAIROBI 2017
Winding up the pace in a stunning final lap, Lemlem Hailu crossed the finish line in 4:20.80 after covering the last 300m in 45.00 to take the gold medal.
“I was sure of winning coming into this race so I just kept my focus,” Hailu said.
“I’m very happy to have won Ethiopia a second gold medal.”
Her teammate Sindu Girma delivered a superb finish to complete the race in 4:22.14.
GIRLS’ 2000M STEEPLECHASE – IAAF WORLD U18 CHAMPIONSHIPS NAIROBI 2017
Taking advantage of her compatriot’s error, Kenya’s Caren Chebet charged to victory at the IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017 on Friday (14), winning the gold medal in a dramatic girls’ 2000m steeplechase final.
Ethiopia’s Etalemahu Sintayehu grabbed the bronze medal in 6:35.79.
GIRLS’ 3000M – IAAF WORLD U18 CHAMPIONSHIPS NAIROBI 2017
Maritu Ketema has a best of 9:20.05, but her 3000m steeplechase best of 9:39.55 and the silver medal she won over the barriers at the African U20 Championships suggest she has the potential to go much faster. Her teammate Abersh Minsewo is the next fastest among the entrants with 9:21.75.