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- Kipkemoi said he is looking forward to take his reign to the World Under-20 Championships next year.
Kenya’s Leonard Kipkemoi and Cleophas Kandie upheld Kenya’s dominance in boys 2,000m steeplechase to the last edition of the World Under-18 Championships when they swept to a 1-2 finish on Sunday at Kasarani.
The Kenyans hit the front much early to control the race with Kandie going through the 1,000m in 2:49.90 before Kipkemoi took control just before the last water jump.
Kandie’s efforts to dig in failed as Kipkemoi stepped on the gas to win in 5 minutes and 32.52 seconds for Kenya’s seventh title over the distance.
Kipkemboi now joins Vincent Kipyegon (2015), Conseslus Kipruto (2011), Hillary Yego (2009), Abel Mutai (2005), Ronald Kipchumba (2003) and Cheruiyot Cherono (1999) in the list of Kenyans to have win the steeplechase race.
“We knew Ethiopia posed a big threat hence we had to plan well for the race,” said Kipkemoi. “The fast pace was the key to victory and it worked well for us.”
Kipkemoi said he is looking forward to take his reign to the World Under-20 Championships next year.
“The silver medal is better than nothing even though I had planned to win,” said Kandie.