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Kenya's double world 800m champion, David Lekuta Rudisha, has announced he will miss the 2017 London world championship due to injury.



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With 10 sets of medals on the line on the final day of the IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017, there was plenty of excitement for the 60,000 capacity crowd in the Kasarani Stadium on Sunday.



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Kenya has a reputation for nurturing some of the best runners in the world. David Rudisha. Eliud Kipchoge. Dennis Kimetto. The list goes on and on, so it seems only appropriate that the African nation is finally reaping the economic rewards of its country's athletic prowess.

Enda, the first-ever running shoe assembled entirely in Kenya, made its official debut Stateside earlier this week. Demand is already high for the brand-new sneaker, which was inspired by and developed with professional Kenyan runners in mind.



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Ethiopia's middle-distance contingent spoiled the party for the host nation on Saturday, winning gold in the boys' 800m and girls' 1500m finals in front of a vibrant near-capacity crowd at Kasarani Stadium, on a spectacular evening session on day four of the IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017.

The penultimate session was attended by nearly 88,000 spectators – 37,600 in the morning and 50,300 in the evening – making it the best attended session of any age-group athletics event in history.

And while some finals didn’t go all Kenya’s way, the contests were thrilling nonetheless.  

The boys' 800m contest evolved into a thrilling four-way battle in the final track event of the night.

After charging through the bell in 51.53, led by Japheth Toroitich of Kenya, the small lead group stayed together throughout the second lap.

While it seemed Toroitich might be able to hold on after his brave effort, Ethiopia's Melese Nberet delivered a late kick to take gold in a new U18 world lead of 1:47.12.

"The race was fine. I knew I had to kick in the last metres so I preserved my energy in the first lap," Nberet said afterwards.

His compatriot Tolesa Bodena also finished well, crossing the line in 1:47.16 to grab second place and secure a one-two for Ethiopia, with Toroitich holding on for third in 1:47.82, as both athletes clocked personal bests.

While Juan Castro of Costa Rica settled for fourth position in 1:49.76, he dipped under 1:50.00 for the first time in his career.

Ethiopia Again!

In the girls' 1500m final, Ethiopia again upset the host nation to the disappointment of the local fans.

Winding up the pace in a stunning final lap, Lemlem Hailu crossed the finish line in 4:20.80 after covering the last 300m in 45.00 to take the gold medal.

"I was sure of winning coming into this race so I just kept my focus," Hailu said.

"I'm very happy too have won Ethiopia a second gold medal."

Her teammate Sindu Girma delivered a superb finish to complete the race in 4:22.14.

Offering some consolation to the thousands of spectators who turned up to watch, Kenya's Jebitok ended third in 4:23.16.

Meanwhile, pre-race favourite Sokwakhana Zazini hit it hard from the start, dominating the boys' 400m hurdles final with a spectacular performance.

Holding the world U18 best of 48.84, which he set back in March, Zazini went unchallenged and stormed across the line in 49.27.

"I feel great because I've really been looking forward to this moment, and now it has come. I'm really happy," Zazini said.

"It didn't go exactly as planned because I had to change (my lead leg) but I couldn't. I don't know what happened.

"I wanted to break the world record again, but it's fine. I'll take it."

He finished well clear of Kenya's Moitalel Naadokila who grabbed the silver medal in a personal best of 52.06 to the delight of the crowd.

Baptiste Christophe of France took bronze in 52.21, and he too set a career record to earn his place on the podium.

A few minutes earlier, Zeney van der Walt had ensured double gold for South Africa in the 400m hurdles, snatching victory in the dying metres from Jamaica's Sanique Walker in the girls' contest.

The pre-race favourite, Walker led comfortably at the final barrier, which she clobbered with her lead leg and knocked to the floor in a battle with fatigue.

The error drained all her momentum and Van der Walt was able to chase her down, winning by just 0.04 in 58.23.

"I just kept pushing until the end because I had energy," Van der Walt said.

"I didn't expect to win, so I'm very happy."

Back in third, Germany's Gisele Wender came through strongly to set a personal best of 59.17 and grab the last place on the podium.

In another thrilling battle in the boys' discus final, Claudio Romero of Chile took the world U18 title with a world U18 leading mark of 64.33m.

After going in as the favourite, he had to dig deep to beat Ukraine's Oleksiy Kyrylin, who led with a third-round heave of 63.98m before being overtaken by Romero in the fifth round.

It was a historic day for Chile, with Romero securing the first medal of any colour for his country in the history of the IAAF World U18 Championships.

"Everything is just perfect today - a personal best and a gold medal," Romero said.

"I want to thank the wonderful people of Kenya. The atmosphere in the stadium is amazing."

South Africa's Morne Brandon was well behind the top two, snatching bronze with a last-round effort of 58.34m.

Continuing Cuba's fine run of form at these championships, Amanda Almendariaz stunned the favourites to win the girls' hammer title.

She unleashed a whopping 71.12m personal best, adding almost three metres to her personal best, as she set a world U18 lead and climbed to seventh place on the world U18 all-time list.

"I'm very happy to have won gold for my country and to help Cuba move up in the medal table," Almendariaz said.

Her closest rival was teammate Yaritza de la Martinez, who launched the sphere 69.79m in the second round for silver, and the bronze was taken by Belarus's Katsiaryna Valadkevich, who was unable to muster her best on the evening but managed to reach the podium with a 68.17m attempt in the fifth round.

Also producing a surprise, China's Tan Qiujiao recovered from an early foul, soaring to victory in the girls' triple jump final with a massive 13.64m effort in the second round. She added 46 centimetres to her personal best to achieve a world U18 lead.

Aleksandra Nacheva of Belarus, who went into the event as the favourite, tried her best to respond but even a career best of 13.54m in the fifth round was not enough as she took second place.

Cuba's Zulia Hernandez broke new ground to take the bronze medal, opening with a personal best of 13.29m.

Niu Chunge of China racked up a flawless series in the final to win the girls' pole vault gold medal.

Niu cleared six heights in succession with her first attempts, clinching the title with a personal best of 4.20m and adding five centimetres to her previous career record.

Lifting the bar to 4.30m, with the gold already in the bag, she was unable to make it over, but she had done enough.

Germany's Leni Wildgrube put up a fight for the top spot on the podium, successfully clearing 4.15m with her maiden attempt, but she was unable to match Niu's 4.20m effort and settled for the silver medal.

Anna Airault of France was unable to get over 4.15m or 4.20m, after carrying two of her attempts over, and she earned bronze with a 4.10m performance.

Six of the eight athletes in the line-up achieved personal bests, including all three medallists - BY IAAF


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Eliud Kipchoge and Wilson Kipsang will renew their rivalry at the BMW Berlin Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on 24 September.



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Two world leads, a world best and a meeting record in the women’s mile were the highlights of the track programme at the Müller Anniversary Games at the London Stadium this afternoon where some 35,000 fans, including IAAF President Sebastian Coe, were treated to some scintillating action just few weeks ahead of the IAAF World Championships here next month.

The ninth IAAF Diamond League meeting of the season featured 17 Olympic champions with many of the world’s best seeking much-needed points of the road to the final.

But it wasn’t just current Olympic medallists who grabbed the attention for the programme was briefly interrupted to allow Great Britain’s 2008 Olympic 4x400m relay squad to receive their much-delayed bronze medals following subsequent doping disqualifications.

That was all about correcting the past. As for the present, let’s start with the women’s mile in which Hellen Obiri upstaged Laura Muir’s attempt to break the British record by out-battling the Scot on home straight to break her own national best and set a meeting record of 4:16.56.

Only Genzebe Dibaba has run faster than that time this millennium while Obiri moves above Mary Slaney on the world all-time list having eclipsed Faith Kipyegon as the fastest Kenyan ever.

Jenny Meadows took the field through the first two laps a full one second ahead of schedule in 2:07.27 before Muir was left alone with Obiri on her tail. They went through the bell in 3:12.28 before a battle royal ensued between the pair over the final circuit.

As the Kenyan pulled clear to triumph, Muir was left to rue the speedy early pace as she slipped out of contention to clock 4:18.03, missing Zola Budd’s British best by just six tenths.

Winny Chebet was third while there was a Polish record of 4:19.55 for Angelika Cichoka in fourth. With the top five athletes finishing within 4:20 and best marks-for-place being set from fourth to 14th, it was the deepest women’s mile race in history.

There were no records in the men’s 800m but Nijel Amos leapt to the top of the world leaderboard as he brought back memories of the 2012 Olympic final where he chased world record-setting David Rudisha to the line for a world U20 record of 1:41.73.

He wasn’t quite that quick this afternoon, but Amos adopted Rudisha-like tactics as he followed pacemaker Bram Som through half way in 49.58 and held off the field into the home straight.

From there, it was all about Amos and his head-back, chest-out style, which saw him home in 1:43.18, his quickest time since 2015.

Behind him, there was a flurry of fast-finishers as US champion Donavan Brazier went sub-1:44 for the first time this year with 1:43.95. That was enough to hold off Kenya’s triple world 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop - BY IAAF


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