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Kiplagat through to 2000m steeplechase final

Kiplagat through to 2000m steeplechase final”

The IAAF World U18 Championships is going on at the iconic Safaricom Stadium in Kasarani, Nairobi.

Leonard Kipkemoi easily won the boy's 2000m steeplechase semi-final two as Cleophas Kandie stormed the finals in the second semi-final won by Ethiopia's Alemu Kittesa. His time was fifth fastest overall in the semifinals.

Jamaica's Antonio Watson (46.59s) crossed the line in pole position while Colby Jennings of the Turks and Caicos completed the podium in 46.77s.

At the 9th edition of the championship in Cali, Colombia, 2015, Vincent Kipyegon showed top class to win gold for Kenya in 5:27.58.

Jamaica will go hunting for more medals today with sprint hurdler Dejour Russell throwing down the gauntlet with a championship record 13.08 seconds (0.5m/s) in the first round yesterday. Lima Leticia Maria Lima (24.74) of Brazil was second while Gal Kadmon (24.83) of Israel finished third.

Shaqueena Foote just managed to squeeze into the girls' final after she finished fourth in her semi-final in 55.21 seconds after a fast start, but was caught and passed inside the last 120 metres from the tape. Ukraine's Vasyl Makukh was second in 21.62.

Russell lowered his own championships record in the 110m hurdles, dominating the field to win in 13.04 seconds ahead of Chinese Taipei's Hao-hua Lu, 13.41 and France's Thomas Wanaverbecq, 13.55.

Meanwhile, Gloria Mulei did Kenya proud by booking a berth into the girl's triple jump final scheduled for this evening. "I have seen how they run and they are still a potential threat", warned Manangoi, the brother of World 1,500m silver medallist Elijah Manangoi.



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