Cleophas Kandie and Leonard Kipkemoi romped to the final of the 2000m after impressive performances in the heats as the World Under-18 Championships entered the Day 3 yesterday.
Kandie clocked 5:51.73 to finish second in the first heat, behind Ethiopia’s Alemu Kitessa (5.49.79) while Turkey’s Murat Yalcinkaya (5:54.33) placed third. Other qualifiers in the heat included— Uganda’s Joel Kiplagat (5:56.54), Oman’s Mohammed Al Suleiman (5:58.89) and Poland’s Aleksander Wiacek (6:00.34) who finished in that order.
Kipkemoi impressed in Heat 2, posting 5:46.66 with Ethiopia’s Girima Diriba (5:47.86) and Turkey’s Anil Kalayci (5:52.64) completing the podium.
Georgia’s Saba Khvichava (5:56.21), Morocco’s Hamza Sekhmani (5:56.50) and South Africa’s Robert De Villiers (5:59.82) followed in that order. The 2,000m steeplechase final is scheduled for tomorrow. “It will be tough final and we must run as a team and keep a close eye on the Ethiopians, who we must lock out of the medal bracket. With the support of the fans who have come to watch us, we will not disappoint,” added Kipkemoi .
Philemon Mopia brought back sprints’ hope in the boys 200m when he qualified third to advance top the semis. Mopia registered 21.79 seconds, behind winner Germany’s Luis Brandner (21.2) and Vasyl Makukh (21.62).Brazil’s Arielton dos Santos ruled Heat 1 by posting 21.29 secons and was closely followed by South Africa’s Retshidisistswe Mlenga (21.31) and Algeria’s Mohamed Mehdi (21.33).
World youth 100m champion Tshenolo Lemao, who is going for a sprint double started his quest for a second gold by winning Heat 2 in 21.27 with Czech Republic’s Daniel Vejrazaka of Czech Republic placed second in 21.57. Poland’s Szymon Kreft third in 21.65. Paul Tritenne of France won Heat 4 by posting 21.08 with Xavier Nairne of Jamaica second in 21.59 as Slovenia’s Mitija Kordez placed third in 21.85.
In the girls’ category Mary Moraa failed to qualify for the semis after finishing seventh in Heat 1 in 25.48 . Armenia’s Gayane Chiloyan (24.64) topped the heat with Brazil’s Maria Lima(24.74) second.