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Bett lights up Kasarani as Kenya finishes 4th

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Kenya’s Leonard Kipkemoi Bett celebrating after winning the Boys 2000m Steeplechase gold.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 16 – Leonard Kipkemoi Bett lit up a packed Moi International Sports Center Kasarani when he led compatriot Cleophas Meyan to a 1-2 sweep in the 2000m Boys Steeplechase as Kenya finished fourth overall at the last IAAF World U18 Championships hosted in Nairobi.

Running a tactical race to beat closest challengers Ethiopia, Bett out-sprinted Meyan to cross the line first in 5:32.53.

Meyan bagged silver in a Personal Best of 5:33.07 to ensure the host nation collect a total of 15 medals; 4 gold, 7 silver and 4 bronze.

Leonard Bett celebrating after winning gold in Boys 2000m Steeplechase at 2017 IAAF World U18 Championships.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

Locked in a battle against Meyan all the way to the line, Bett won a sprint finish in 5:32.52, much to the delight of the large crowd which turned out on the last day of action at the five-day showpiece.

“The race went as planned and I’m happy our strategy for me to kick in the last 200m worked well,” Bett said.

“We were not worried about the Ethiopians at all.”

Kenya’s Leonard Bett and Stanley Waithaka celebrating after winning gold and silver respectively in the Boys 2000m Steeplechase at 2017 IAAF World U18 Championships.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

It was Kenya’s eighth victory in the boys’ steeplechase at 10 editions of these championships.

“The fans were awesome. They really motivated us,” added the gold medallist.

“We had to maintain the tradition of steeplechase as a race.”

Additional reporting from IAAF-

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