World U20: Chebet, Chepkirui ease into 1500m final in Cali

World Athletics Under-20 Championships

Kenya's Brenda Chebet competes in the women's 1,500m semifinals at the World Athletics Under-20 Championships in Cali, Colombia on August 4, 2022.

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What you need to know:

  • Chepkirui a form two student at Tiloa Secondary School in Nakuru County, stayed behind the leading pack before crossing the line third in 4:19.94 in a race won by Ethiopia’s Mebriht Mekonen (4:18.07) while USA’s Addison Wiley timed 4:19.39 for second place.
  • Chepkirui will be seeking to defend her title although she acknowledged there is stiff competition.

World Under-20 1,500m champion Purity Chepkirui and Brenda Chebet qualified for the 1,500m final at the ongoing World Athletics Under-20 Championships in Cali, Colombia on Thursday evening.

Chepkirui a form two student at Tiloa Secondary School in Nakuru County, stayed behind the leading pack before crossing the line third in 4:19.94 in a race won by Ethiopia’s Mebriht Mekonen (4:18.07) while USA’s Addison Wiley timed 4:19.39 for second place.

Chepkirui will be seeking to defend her title although she acknowledged there is stiff competition.

“My target is to run a good race and getting into the final we have to run a brilliant race with my compatriot Chebet. Being the defending champion, the athletes will be watching every move that I make but I just have to do my best,” said Chepkirui.

In the third heat, Chebet took control of the race and led all the way to the tape crossing the line in 4:12.20 ahead of Turkey's Dilek Kocak who clocked 4:14.90 while Japan’s Yuya Sawada was third in 4:15.29.

The final race is scheduled for Sunday morning.

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