Ndiku shines in Moncton

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MONCTON, Canada, July 23- Caleb Ndiku added a second global title to his name this year when dominating the 1500 final from gun-to-tape and winning in a personal best 3:37.30.

The eighth Kenyan title winner and World Junior Cross Country champion did it in a confident style leading through 400 in 55.89, passing 800 in 1:55.33 and completing the third split in 2:56.46 before going into overdrive.

Ndiku showed no signs of strain after having been at the point throughout, and after his speedy break, Abderrahmane Anou, and pre-race favourite Mohammed Al-Garni the silver and bronze medallists had their own private battle.

The Algerian in a very tense finish clocked 3:38.86 to beat the Qatari by a narrow 0.05.

Japan-based Ndiku who covered the final circuit in 55.23, said: "I know I have lots of endurance and I know the other guys are very good in speed, more than me, so that’s why I started to run from the front all the way.

"My coaches told me I must have hope to win. That’s also why I started to run in front so that at the end of it, if somebody caught me, then I would get silver, but they were not able to.

Ndiku looking to the future added:  "I am now thinking about European grand prix races next month. I go back and train a bit, and then I’ll be running the 1500 metres and the 3000 metres.

Moroccan-born Al Garni, admitted: "I was looking for something better than third place but the Kenyan runner was very strong and has more experience at this level than me.  

"I still have a long way to go if I want to become the best in the world but I will continue to train and get better."

Purity Kirui sealed the fourth successive Kenyan victory in the 3000 steeplechase keeping the gold medal in her country’s possession since it was introduced to the Championships programme.
 
Kirui with a speedy final lap won in 9:36.34, with a plucky Birtukan Adamu after being overtaken by the second Kenyan representative Lucia Muangi with 250m remaining, fighting back to win silver for Ethiopia.

The pair as did the winner ran the fastest time of their careers finishing in 9:43.23 and 9:43.71 in a race which featured five national records and one other personal best.

Kirui throughout kept herself out of trouble as several of her rivals in the wet conditions suffered falls at the water jump, three of the field falling foul of the obstacle on the first lap.

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