Kenya misses elusive Girls 1500m gold to Ethiopia again

Kenya misses elusive Girls 1500m gold to Ethiopia again

Jebitok in the Girls 1500m at IAAF World U18 Championships.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

(capitalfm) —NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 15 – Once again the elusive Girls 1500m gold slipped out of Kenyan hands after Edina Jebitok settled for bronze at the 2017 IAAF World U18 Championships as Ethiopia took a 1-2 sweep on the penultimate day to continue their dominance.

At a packed Moi International Sports Center Kasarani, Kenya had her hopes carried on the shoulders of Jebitok and Rachel Nzangi to reclaim the title it last won at the Lille, France 2013 edition, thanks to Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon Chepng’etich who clocked a Course Record of 4:09.4.

Kenyan fans cheering their team at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

However, despite being cheered on by a near-capacity home crowd, Jebitok found the going tough in the hands of Ethiopians; Lemlem Hailu who went on to claim gold in 4:20.80 and Sindu Girma who grabbed silver in 4:23.16.

The other Kenyan in the race Nzangi finished fourth after clocking 4:24.70 to see Kenya end the last edition of the IAAF World U18 Championships without a gold medal in the Girls 1500m.

“I was poised for a win but I felt pain in my left leg and I couldn’t gather enough energy to push me through. I am not impressed. I should have won gold at home,” Jebitok said after the race.

Kenya’s Edina Jebitok walking away after finishing third as Ethiopians celebrate. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

Few athletes will have faced such an intimidating atmosphere as young Ethiopian pair Lemlem and Sindu, who entered the Kasarani Stadium to the sound of crowd screaming for their Kenyan rivals.