In Summary

  • A star-studded Manangoi’s team of Diamond League Series 800m winner Ferguson Rotich, 2016 World Junior 800m champion Kipyegon Bett, 2014 World Junior upon champion Alfred Kipketer came from behind to clock 3 minutes and 12.8 seconds.
  • The team comprising 2016 World Junior 400m finalist Geoffrey Kiprotich, Joseph Senate, Kelvin Kiprotich and Robert Rop settled for second spot in 3:13.0.

World 1,500m silver medallist Elijah Manangoi anchored his team to victory in the men’s 4x400m victory in the fourth leg of the Athletics Kenya (AK) Relay Series at Prisons grounds, Nairobi West on Saturday.

A star-studded Manangoi’s team of Diamond League Series 800m winner Ferguson Rotich, 2016 World Junior 800m champion Kipyegon Bett, 2014 World Junior upon champion Alfred Kipketer came from behind to clock 3 minutes and 12.8 seconds.

The team comprising 2016 World Junior 400m finalist Geoffrey Kiprotich, Joseph Senate, Kelvin Kiprotich and Robert Rop settled for second spot in 3:13.0 as Michael Makan’s team of Newton Rono, William Rayian and Christopher Anene came in third in 3:13.9.

It was thrills as Rotich took off the blocks first, giving Senare his moments of grace to lead in the first lap. Second in line, Kipyegon closed the gap on Kelvin, who handed the baton to teammate Geoffrey with Kipketer taking over from Kipyegon.

Manangoi, who was almost seven metres behind Rop, accelerated to take the lead with 50m to go and never looked back.

“The body is opening up well and I should be in my best form before the World Relays,” said Manangoi, who had earlier posted the third fastest time of 1:48.6 when winning his 800m race.

Manangoi hopes to make the 4x800m team on his debut at the World Relays Championships due on May 22-23 in Nassau, Bahamas.

Manangoi is also sharpening for his second appearance at the World Championships in London in August 4-13.

“My target is not only to go one better in London but improve on my personal best perhaps with a World record time. I want to run below 3 minutes and 26 seconds,” said Manangoi, who has personal best 3:29.61 in 1,500m.

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