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Chepng’etich edges closer to YCG glory


CHEPNGETICH-NANJINGNAIROBI, Kenya, August 21 – World Junior silver medallist Rosefline Chepng’etich, is in line for a tilt at the Youth Olympic Games title after cruising to Monday’s 2000m women steeplechase final in Nanjing, China on Thursday.

Chepng’etich, the World Youth Champion ran her life time best of 6:20.10 to finish first in the semi-finals ahead of Ethiopian Teklemaream Zewdinesh (6:37.65) while Hungarian Toth Anna was third after running her personal best of 6:40.00.

Amos Kirui also booked an automatic slot in the men’s event after crossing the line third in 5:41.70 behind Moroccan Chemlal Hicham (5:39.60) while Ethiopian Sidamo Wogene won the race in his personal best of 5:34.24.

Gilbert Kwemoi dominated the men’s 1,500m to storm the finals in his personal best of 3:45.21, ahead of Djibouti’s Isamail Ibrahim and Rwandese James Sugira who also automatically qualified.

Friday’s programme will see Anthony Kiptoo seek to qualify to the men’s 800m final while Winfred Mbithe will be up in the women’s 1,500m semi-final.

Geoffrey Kipng’etich will compete in the men’s 400m hurdles while Maureen Nyatichi will be looking to become the first Kenyan to win a medal in women’s 200m.

Kenya is yet to medal at the event.