In Summary

  • Over 80 journalists both from within and outside the country covered the event which was in its final edition.

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta on Sunday presided over a colourful closing ceremony of the IAAF World Under 18 Athletics Championship at the Moi International Sports Centre Stadium, Kasarani.

Mrs Kenyatta, who was the Championships patron, handed medals to the 4x400 mixed relays teams, which was the last event of the competition. Brazil won gold ahead of Jamaica and South Africa with Kenya finishing fourth.

Over 50 veteran Kenyan athletes were introduced to the crowd – estimated to be over 55,000 - and they mingled freely with the more than 801 athletes from 103 countries that took part in the 10th and final edition of the youth event.

Sarakasi dancers and acrobats entertained the crowd as athletes reflected on the events of the past five days. All teams marched past across the stadium and danced to the various music on show.

While Saturday witnessed 50,000 people attending the competition, the 60,000 seater was almost full to capacity as early as 2pm on Sunday, an hour before the programme began.

A view of the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on Day 5 of the World Under 18 Championships on July 16, 2017 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

A view of the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on Day 5 of the World Under 18 Championships on July 16, 2017 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Fans wave flags during Day 5 of the World Under 18 Championships on July 16, 2017 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Fans wave flags during Day 5 of the World Under 18 Championships on July 16, 2017 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Fans cheer on their favourite athletes on Day 5 of the the World Under 18 Championships on July 16, 2017 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Fans cheer on their favourite athletes on Day 5 of the the World Under 18 Championships on July 16, 2017 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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