Caren Chebet and teammate Mercy Chepkirui light up IAAF World Under-18 Championships with 1-2 finish in girls' 2,000m steeplechase finals

Caren Chebet and teammate Mercy Chepkirui light up IAAF World Under-18 Championships with 1-2 finish in girls' 2,000m steeplechase finals

Finally gold for Kenya

Raining medal at third day of the championship.

Manangoi produced ferocious last 100m to overhaul the Ethiopian's and Algerian to win kenyan's first gold.

Kenyan's Manangoi put on an exhibition race of the championship so far coming from behind the Ethiopian's duo of Abebe Dessassa and Belete Mekonen who had formed the running pack throughout the race to win gold medal – first for the host nation in this championship.

Manangoi's running prowess excited the home fans who went wild with his every move winning the race in 3:47.53.

Algeria's Oussama Cherrad in 3:48.51 won silver with bronze going to Ethiopia's Abebe Dassassa in 3:48.65.

Manangoi, following the footsteps of his elder brother Elijah Manangoi, the IAAF World silver medal holder upped the running tempo in the final two laps winning the precious silverware in a time of xxxx.

The victory takes Kenya medal tally two after Immaculate Chepkirui silver in girls 3,000m at the opening day of the championship.

The final predictably formed into Kenya vs Ethiopians with Algerian's Cherrad looking dangerous as the rest of the world followed at distance.

It was a setback after Dominic kipkemboi registered did not start. Kimpkemboi looked injured when he won his semi-final heat in the first day of the championship missed out of the final through injury.

What a race as duo of Caren Chebet and her teammate Mercy Chepkirui light up the Kasarani Stadium with 1-2 finish in girls' 2,000m steeplechase finals.

Chebet who contended with silver who the race after Chepkirui felled down at the water jump then recovered to take the from her team mate before finally letting Chebet beat her to gold medal as she settled for silver.

Chebet clocked 6:24.80 for victory was Chepkirui registering 6:26.10 finished for her silver.

Her Ethiopians' Etalemahu Sintayehu battle for bronze at distance with a time of 6:35.79.

Kenyan pair then did a well-deserved lap of honour around the stadium after sweet and fiercest race against the Ethiopians.

Chebet's victory time was the World Under-18 world lead while Chepkirui registered personal best.

Chebet, Kenya Certificate of Secondary School Candidate (KCSE) at Saramek Secondary School in Kericho County.

Earlier Lydia Jeruto and Jackline Wambui were in class of their own in the girls' 800m semi-finals as they booked slots in today's Sundays final as the hot favourite.

The front running Jeruto took the field through a 1.05.55 in the first lap to win the heat one in 2:10.47.

Milina Korbut of Ethiopia was second in 2:11.3. Luxembourg's Lena Kieffer registered 2:11.31 to make to the finals in third spot.

In the other semi-final Wambui controlled the pace from the gun to finih. She took the rest of the field through a pace of 1.08.00 at the 400m mark to win in 2:14.18.

Hirut Meshesha of Ethiopia finished second 2:14.45 while Chaimae Isamili of Ethiopia settle for the third position dipping a time of 2:14.80.

"It was just a matter of time making to the final, I will run even a better race. The fans are amazing here today, they making us run well. I mean, the cheering from crowd making us feel great" said Jeruto, a class seven pupil at Poror Primary School in Baringo County timed 2:10.37 in the first round prior to yesterday semis.

Kenya will hope to redeem its lost glory in this 800m after finishing out of the medal position the last two championships in Donetsk and Cali, Colombia.

USA's Samantha Watson was the Cali winner while Aníta Hinriksdottir was the winner in Donetsk.

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