Brazil clinch mixed relays gold, Kenya fourth

Sunday July 16 2017

Kenya's Mary Moraa competes in the 4by400m mixed relay final during the World Under 18 Championships on July 16, 2017 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |

Kenya's Mary Moraa competes in the 4by400m mixed relay final during the World Under 18 Championships on July 16, 2017 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

By AYUMBA AYODI
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Efforts by Kenya’s 4x400m mixed relays team to wrap up the World Under-18 Championships in style fell a cropper after they finished fourth behind winners Brazil as the competition ended Sunday at Kasarani.

A slow start by Kelvin Sawe seemed to have been the difference as Gloria Mulei’s attempt to bridge the gap failed with Brazil and Jamaica cruising.

Kenya sunk to fourth when Mulei was overtaken by South Africa’s Retshidisitswe with 50m to handover.

There was a slight change when World Under-18 400m silver medallist Mary Moraa was handed the baton but her efforts yielded nothing with South Africa widening the gap towards the end. Anchor David Sanayek had little to do as Kenya came in fourth in 3:24.92.

Brazil saved the best for last to win their only gold medal in the championship in 3:21.71 followed by Jamaica 3:22.23 and South Africa 3:24.45.