Kenya settle for silver and bronze in WU20 3000m final

Kenya settle for silver and bronze in WU20 3000m final

The Kenyan duo of Kenyan duo Felix Kiptarus Korir (7:47.86) and Edwin Kimosong Kisalsak (7:49.82) settled for silver and bronze in the men’s 3000m final at the World U20 Championships in Cali, Colombia on Friday 5 August 2022.

Felix Korir

The Kenyan duo of Kenyan duo Felix Kiptarus Korir (7:47.86) and Edwin Kimosong Kisalsak (7:49.82) settled for silver and bronze in the men’s 3000m final at the World U20 Championships in Cali, Colombia on Friday 5 August 2022.

Ethiopia’s Melkeneh Azize, who followed a relatively suicidal pace from the outset (57.72 at 400m, 2:00.67 at 800m) laid down by Uganda’s Dan Kibet, but Azize was strong enough to last, powering away to win the gold medal in 7:44.06.

Elsewhere, the men’s 800m semifinals played out during a heavy downpour and the races threw up their usual close contests. Ethiopia’s Ermias Girma showed impressive form – the kind that could see him better his runner-up finish in the 1500m earlier this week – to win the first semifinal in 1:47.96, with Britain’s Ethan Hussey second in 1:48.18.

Algeria’s Heithem Chenitee produced a fast finish to take the second semifinal in 1:48.55 ahead of Poland’s Kacper Lewalski (1:48.76), while the third semifinal – staged in the heaviest rain – was quickest of all, with Kenya’s Noah Kibet clocking 1:46.37 to beat Britain’s Samuel Reardon (1:46.80). Ethiopia’s Mersimoi Kasahun (1:46.95) and New Zealand’s James Harding (1:48.00) also advanced on time. 

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