In Summary

  • The win ended Kenya's eight years wait for the 800m title at the youth event since Cherono Koech claimed victory at the 2009 event in Brixen, Italy.

Jackline Wambui lived up to her billing to end Kenya’s eight-year draught with victory in girls’ 800m in the final day of the World Under-18 Championships on Sunday at Kasarani.

Wambui stayed shoulder-to-shoulder with Ethiopian Hirut Meshesha at the bell before bursting with 300m to go pulling along compatriot Lydia Jeruto for a 1-2 victory.

Kenya's Jackline Wambui cruises the finish line to win the girls' 800m final during the World Under 18 Championships on July 16, 2017 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Kenya's Jackline Wambui cruises the finish line to win the girls' 800m final during the World Under 18 Championships on July 16, 2017 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Kenya's Lydia Jeruto celebrates with the flag after winning silver in the girls' 800m final during the World Under 18 Championships on July 16, 2017 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Kenya's Lydia Jeruto celebrates with the flag after winning silver in the girls' 800m final during the World Under 18 Championships on July 16, 2017 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Kenya's Jackline Wambui (right) leads compatriot Lydia Jeruto in celebrating at the end of the girls 800m during the World Under 18 Championships on July 16, 2017 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Kenya's Jackline Wambui (right) leads compatriot Lydia Jeruto in celebrating at the end of the girls 800m during the World Under 18 Championships on July 16, 2017 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

It was a matter of who gets the gold between the Kenyans in the last 200m but its Wambui, the form three student at Riruta Central Secondary School in Nairobi, who claimed victory in 2 minutes and 01.46 seconds powered by a cheering over 55,000 crowd. It was also a world lead in World under-18.

Jeruto settled for silver in a Personal Best of 2:02.06 as Meshesha went for bronze in 2:06.32.

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