Experienced Chebet strikes gold in style


Published on 12/07/2009

By Mutwiri Mutuota and IAAF

The most experienced athlete in the squad, Nelly Chebet Ngeiywo, lived to her billing with a scintillating victory in the girls’ 1,500m final at ongoing World Youth Championships in Bressanone, Italy.

Chebet bagged the top medal in style yesterday, completely leaving Ethiopian challenger, Gete Dima chocking in her tracks for victory in a career best of 4:12.76. Dima (4:15.16) and Serbian Amela Terzic (4:16.71) settled for the lesser medals.

Chebet won 5,000m bronze at last year’s World Juniors in Bydgoszcz, Poland, before finishing fifth (junior women’s 6km race) at Amman’s World Cross in March. Teammate Stella Chebet was unable to keep up with the pace, slumping to 11th in 4:31.06.

Sprint Medal

Dima led through from the start, taking the field through 1,200m in 3:25.14 but then Chebet employed her pedigree to engage the afterburners and carry the day.

Earlier in the day, Jeremiah Mutai won a rare sprint medal after taking silver in the 400m Hurdles final. Mutai raced a personal best of 51.45 for the second medal where Cuban Norge Sotomayor won in a World Youth record mark of 51.30 after storming away from the rest of the field. Home athlete JosÈ Reynaldo Bencosme de Leon gave Italian fans some cheer by taking bronze in 51.74, well behind Mutai whose time is an area youth record.

The medal harvest was expected to continue last night in the boys’ 800m final where Nicholas Kiplagat and Peter Langat were fielding. On Friday evening, Lucia Kamene ran a personal best (6:11.90) for silver where Ethiopian Korahubsch Itaa triumphed in a World Youth record of 6:11.83.

Beatrice Kibor was fourth in 6:24.76 behind another Ethiopian Halima Hassen, who clinched bronze in 6:16.83.

Today’s action opens the prospects of more medals for Kenya in the 3,000m, 1,500m and 2,000m steeplechase boys’ finals that will follow the girls’ 800m decider this afternoon.

Chebet’s winning performance pushed the country’s tally to two gold, three silver to occupy second spot behind the US with nine (three gold, four silver and two bronze).

 

 

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