Kenyan middle-distance prospect Dominic Kipkemboi enjoyed an animated but dominant victory in his 1500m heat on Wednesday morning (12), as the world’s top teenage athletes got the IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017 under way at Kasarani Stadium.
Storming clear at the gun in the first heat of the boys’ metric mile, Kipkemboi was carried by a small yet vibrant home crowd, taking no prisoners as he wound up the pace from the start and left his opponents flailing in his wake.
Waving at the crowd down the home straight while holding a huge lead, he seemed to hit a wall and was almost reduced to a walk, but he managed to hold off the charging duo of Algeria’s Oussama Cherrad and Ethiopia’s Abebe Dessassa.
Kipkemboi won in 3:48.77, just 0.16 ahead of Cherrad, progressing to Friday’s final as the fastest qualifier.
- Credit IAAF.