In Summary
  • With Uganda and Ethiopia both having struck gold, Team Kenya find themselves in an unfamiliar position of having to dig deep to scale higher the medal table after panning just one silver and two bronze medals in the opening two days.
  • The Ethiopian pair of Alemitu Haroye and Alemitu Hawi pounded the track in synchronised running, akin to two professional cyclists of a tandem bike, to take gold and silver, leaving the minor medal to Kenya.

EUGENE, Oregon

The next two days will bear great significance to Kenya's medal hopes at the 15th IAAF World Junior Athletics Championships in TrackTown USA.

With Uganda and Ethiopia both having struck gold, Team Kenya find themselves in an unfamiliar position of having to dig deep to scale higher the medal table after panning just one silver and two bronze medals in the opening two days.

Thursday evening in Eugene (Friday morning in Kenya) will see Kenyans go hunting in four finals inside one hour from 7:45pm (5:45am, Kenyan time) in the men's 400 metres (Alexander Sampao), women's 800 metres (Maximila Imali, Margaret Wambui), women's 3,000m (Lilian Kasait Rengeruk, Valentine Chepkwemoi Matieko) and men's 1,500m (Hilary Cheruiyot Ngetich, Jonathan Kiplimo Sawe).

Then on Friday, Kenyans will line up in the men's 5,000m final (Frederick Kipruto, Moses Mukono) besides competing in qualifying races in the men's steeplechase, women's 1,500m and men's 800m final.

ETHIOPIA'S SHOCKER

Meanwhile, when many thought they had seen the backs of Ethiopia's world-beating women stars with the fading away of multiple world and Olympic champions and record holders Meseret Defar and Tirunesh Dibaba, there was a surprise in store in the 5,000 metres at Hayward Field on Wednesday night.

The Ethiopian pair of Alemitu Haroye and Alemitu Hawi pounded the track in synchronised running, akin to two professional cyclists of a tandem bike, to take gold and silver, leaving the minor medal to Kenya.

Haroye won in 15:10.08 seconds while Hawi posted 15:10.46, her Personal Best, for silver, leaving Kenya's Agnes Tirop a distant third in 15:43.12, but this despite a nagging thigh injury.

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