Kenya started its U20 World Athletics Championship defense on the wrong foot after one of its representatives took a distant 7th day of the global showpiece at Kasarani Stadium on Wednesday.
Tadese Worku led Ethiopia to a 1-2 finish with a course record of 7 minutes 42.09 seconds, followed by compatriot Ali Abdilmana, who went for silver, while Samuel Habtom of Eritrea took bronze.
Records were broken today and it’s only day 1😱‼ ️
I can’t wait to see what the rest of the week has in store 😁
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Daniel Kinyanjui from Kenya finished 7th while Bernard Kibet Yegon finished 9th.
“Things didn’t go as we planned. We didn’t want to speed up, we wanted to stay behind the top group and then start the last two laps, ”said Kinyanjui, who was quick to say that they will get back on their feet in the future.
Yegon, who attributed his poor performance to the weather conditions, wished his teammates the best of luck in the remaining races.
“My legs just couldn’t move … my body didn’t respond,” said Yegon.
On Wednesday in the early afternoon Nigeria won gold in the mixed 4x400m relay after a course record of 3 minutes 19.70 seconds, while Poland and India made do with silver and bronze respectively.
In the other result of the day, Elkanah Chemilil from Kenya failed to qualify for the men’s 400m final after finishing third in the second run with a personal best of 53.49 seconds behind Imaobong Uko from Nigeria.
The championship goes into day 2 on Thursday and Kenya is hoping for medals in the men’s 5000m final and the women’s 3000m final in the evening.