Youth Olympics 2,000m steeplechase champion Fancy Cherono and Emmanuel Korir Kiplagat added more gold medals to Kenya’s collection at the ongoing Africa Under-20 and Under-18 Championships at Félix Houphouët-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
Cherono took the third day of the championships on Thursday by storm, guiding leading Caren Chebet to a 1-2 finish in women’s 3,000m steeplechase final in the Under-20 category.
Cherono cruised home in 9 minutes and 48.57 seconds for gold to outsmart Chebet, the 2018 World Under-18 2,000m steeplechase champion, who settled second for silver in 9:51.41.
Kiplagat was untouchable in boys’ 3,000m final of the Under-18 category winning the race in 8:14.32 with Fantamun Gezamegn Yuhun from Ethiopia coming in second for the silver in 8:14.51.
Kiplagat’s compatriot Gideon Ronoh clocked 8:17.83 to settle for bronze.
Kenya later in the day celebrated a rare triple jump medal when Dennis Kangogo scaled 15.34m in his sixth and last jump to claim silver.