Kenya has secured a third gold on the second day of the Ninth Africa Junior Championship in Port Louis, Mauritius.
James Magut (3:37.05) won the men’s 1,500m while John Cheruiyot, Nickson Chepseba, Newton Kipngeno and Winnie Chebet each got a silver in their respective disciplines .
Chebet, the 2006 Beijing World Junior Championship 800m gold medallist, was stung by South Africa’s new sensation Caster Semenya in 1:56.72, a championship record and the world’s season’s best time over the distance.
Chebet was however helped by the fast pace of the South African to set a 2:01.36 personal best for silver. But Semenya’s time of 1:56.72 will certainly raise eyebrows in the senior ranks as Pamela Jelimo and Janeth Jepkosgei were both unable to run faster.
Ethiopia’s Abebe Aregawi Gebretsadik was third in 2:02.17 while Kenya’s other runner, Sheila Chepkirui (2:12.61), finished last in eighth place.
Mercy Cherono (3,000m) and Jonathan Muia Ndiku (3,000m steeplechase) had picked the other two gold on the opening day on Thursday.
Magut beat compatriot Nickson Chepseba to second in 3:37.63 while Dawitv Wolde Arega of Ethiopia was third in 3:41.24, ahead of compatriot Girma Bekle Gebre (3:42.92). Sami Lafi of Algeria was fifth.
Kenya was humiliated in the men’s 400m hurdles as William Mbevi (54.61) and Shakameta Parmuma Tibape (56.33) finished last and second last in a race won by South Africa’s Cornel Fredericks in 50.05 to set a new course record.
Peter Kimeli (28:53.64) won 10,000m bronze and Newton Kipngeno triple jump silver with a personal best 15.62m.
ahead of Amadou N’diaye of Senegal (52.44) while Hardus Maritz of Namibia secured the bronze medal in 52.61.
Ethiopia however reigned supreme in the men 10,000m race as Lelisa Desisa Benti thwarted a late attempt by Kenyan pair of John Cheruiyot and Peter Kimeli to claim a sweep of the first two positions. Benti clocked 28:46.74 to win the gold edging out Cheruiyot to the silver in 28:47.89 while Peter Kimeli took the bronze after registering a time of 28:53.64.
Folahshade Abugan of Nigeria won the women 400m race in a new course record of 52.02 to beat Racheal Nathula of Zimbabwe to second spot in 53.34 while Cameroon’s Sylvie Zimbere won the bronze in 54.03. Kenya’s Betty Chelangat was last in position sixth in a time of 55.85.
Ali Bouguesba (Algeria) won the triple jump after clearing a distance of 16.16 metres ahead of Kenyan Newton Kipngeno who took silver with a jump of 15.62m, which was his personal best while Apelele Rasmeni of South Africa was the third finisher in 15.53m.