Uhuru salutes Kenyan team for bagging 15 medals at IAAF U18 games

The Kenyan IAAF team has reminded the world of the country’s “defiant spirit of hard work, dedication and resilience”, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.

Kenya bagged four gold, seven silver and four bronze medals at the IAAF World U18 Championships that took place at Kasarani stadium in Nairobi.

Via Twitter on Monday, Uhuru said the team exemplified true patriotism by flying the country’s flag with great pride and representing the nation with real distinction.

“They shone a light on us as a preferred destination, pulling in investment and earning international confidence in our country’s security,” he said.

Uhuru added the tournament reminded Kenyans they are one irrespective of differences, affiliations and preferences.

“Let the unity of purpose that brought us together continue binding us during this electioneering period and beyond.”

Scenes from a stunning closing ceremony of the IAAF World U18 Championships at Kasarani stadium in Nairobi, July 17, 2017. /PSCU

Uhuru thanked volunteers, fans, visiting teams and those who followed the action on TV for making the competition the most memorable.

“Thank you for making Kenya proud. I thank the organisers for putting up a wonderful event that brought the entire world to Nairobi.”

The President also thanked First Lady Margaret Kenyattafor being a splendid patron of the championships; she graced the last day of the competition.

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Kenya finished fourth as the curtain came down on the championships on Sunday.

Kenyans take part in the IAAF World U18 Championships at Kasarani stadium in Nairobi, July 17, 2017. /PSCU

Gold medalists were George Manangoi (1,500m), Caren Chebet (2,000m), Jackline Wambui (800m) and Leonard Bett (2,000m steeplechase).

Silver medalists were Edward Zakayo (3,000m) Cleophas Kandie Meyan (2,000m Steeplechase) Moitalel Mpoke (400m hurdles), Mary Moraa (400m), Lydia Jeruto (800m), Emmaculate Chepkirui (3,000m) and Mercy Chepkurui (2,000m steeplechase).

Japhet Toroitich (800m), Stanley Mburu (3,000m), Dominic Ndigiti (10,000m race walk) and Edina Jebitok (1,500 Metres) cliched bronze medals.

South Africa won the overall title with five gold, three silver and three bronze medals followed in second place by China with five gold, two silver and four bronze medals.

Kenyans take part in the IAAF World U18 Championships at Kasarani stadium in Nairobi, July 17, 2017. /PSCU

The absence of the US and Britain appeared to have worked in favour of South Africa which won most sprints which are historically dominated by the two countries.

Cuba came third with five gold, two silver and one bronze medal.

A total of 131 countries participated in the five day event which recorded the highest turn out in a youth and junior championship.

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