Kenya surrenders 800m Boys gold to Ethiopia- CAPITALFM

Kenya surrenders 800m Boys gold to Ethiopia

Ethiopia Melese Nberet and Tolesa Bodena leading in the Boys 800m final. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 15 – NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 15 – Kenya surrendered the Boys 800m title to rivals Ethiopia after losing the gold medal for the first time since 2009 with Japheth Kibiwott settling for bronze in a race won by Melese Nberet in a World Lead time of 1:47.12 on Saturday night.

(Capitalfm) —–Cheered by a massive over 45,000 lively fans that thronged the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani, Kibiwott could not handle the pressure despite picking up well with 400m left to settle for bronze in a Personal Best of 1:27.16 behind Ethiopian Tolesa Bodena, who timed a Personal Best of 1:47.16 to ensure his country complete a 1-2 podium sweep.

The last time Kenya missed out gold in the event was way back at the Bressanone, Italy edition in 2009, when Swedish Johan Rogestedt condemned Kenyans Peter Langat and Nicholas Kiplangat to silver and bronze respectively.

The result saw Kenya drop to sixth in the medal standings with a total of nine medals; 2 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze while rivals Ethiopia climbed to fourth with nine medals, 3 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze.

Kenya’s Japhet Kibiwott Toroitich after bagging bronze at the 2017 IAAF World U18 Championships.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

After charging through the bell in 51.53, led by Kibiwott, the small lead group stayed together throughout the second lap.