Cheruiyot, Kimaiyo grab 1500m gold and bronze at WU20 Championships in Cali

Cheruiyot, Kimaiyo grab 1500m gold and bronze at WU20 Championships in Cali

“The race was so fine for me today, I could have handled any challenge,” said Cheruiyot. “I'm feeling so proud.”

Reynold Cheruiyot

Kenya's Reynold Kipkorir Cheruiyot left his rivals trailing, clocking 3:35.83 to win the men's 1500m gold medal at the World U20 Championships in Cali, Colombia on Thursday morning, with Ethiopia’s Ermias Girma second in 3:37.24 and another Kenyan, Daniel Kimaiyo third in 3:37.43. 

Kimaiyo had thrown caution to the wind early in the race, ensuring it would be a fast one, passing 400m in 55.65, which is also known as sub-3:30 pace. They slowed on the second lap, passing 800m in 1:55.93, and Adihana Kasaye of Ethiopia swept to the front with a little over a lap to run. Cheruiyot attacked on the back straight and Kasaye held him off, but in the home straight Cheruiyot kicked it into overdrive and said a swift adios to his rivals, drawing a whopping 1.4 seconds clear  – demonstrating the kind of kick that could take him an awfully long way at senior level. 

“The race was so fine for me today, I could have handled any challenge,” said Cheruiyot. “I'm feeling so proud.”

 

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