July 27th 2017

Sports / Updates

IAAF Under 18 Championship ends in Nairobi, as Kenya emerges 4th

The IAAF president, Sebastian Coe, himself a former Olympic 800 metre champion, was in attendance and had dinner with the first lady. Deputy president William Ruto and NASA presidential flag bearer, Raila Odinga also attended the event.

By Njuguna Kirunkiru@kenyafreepress.comMonday, 17 Jul 2017 13:51 EAT

Cleophas Meyan and Leonard Bett speak to journalists after winning bronze and silver respectively in boys 2000m steeplechase at the IAAF World Under 18 Championships at Kasarani stadium yesterday.

Kenya ended up in 4th position as the IAAF Under 18 championship came to a close on Sunday. Fans filled to the brim the 50,000-capacity Kasarani Stadium while many others were turned away. The huge turn up has been associated with the waiver that President Uhuru made at the opening ceremony which saw a handful turn out. South Africa emerged top with 5 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals. The Peoples Republic of China came second with 5 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze medals with Cuba third after obtaining 5 golds, 2 silvers and 1 bronze. Kenya scooped 4 golds, 7 silvers and 4 bronze.

“It was excellent, you just can’t have sports without fans, and you can’t have sports with the participants alone. The fans are an integral part of sports” said Mwangi Muthee, CEO Local Organizing Committee.

The IAAF president, Sebastian Coe, himself a former Olympic 800 metre champion, was in attendance and had dinner with the first lady. Deputy president William Ruto and NASA presidential flag bearer, Raila Odinga also attended the event.

“There are no words that can equal what the Kenyan citizens have done for the world. I think we’ve witnessed why Kenya isn’t just a great producer of athletes but can also be the greatest host of the athletes of the world” remarked Amb. Peter Kaberia, PS Sports.

The event which took place from 12th to 16th July saw Kenya hold the competition the second time in Africa after Morocco in 2005.

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