Nairobi, Kenya| THE INDEPENDENT REPORTER | There was no medal, but three Ugandans advanced into finals as half of the country’s team of 12 started action on the opening day of the IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017 on Wednesday.
Two of Uganda’s athletes advanced from the 1500m heats to the semis. Hosea Kiplangat (3:56.44) finished 4th in heat one, while Daniel Kiprop (3:58.68) came third in heat 2 to advance.
Joshua Kibet advanced in the opening round of the 800m after finishing 4th in his heat, but Bekele Apenyo was knocked out after finishing 5th. Melese Nberet of Ethiopia (1:52.53) was the fastest of the qualifiers for the semifinals on Thursday.
In the 400m, Uganda’s pair of Eric Layeng and Emmanuel Goni were disqualified in the heats.
Expected in action Thursday, together with Kibet (800m), are Titus Given Kwemoi and Oscar Chelimo in the 3ooom.
Three titles were decided on day one of the IAAF U-18 event at Kasarani Stadium on Wednesday.
Sarah Chelangat (9:40.18) and Esther Yeko Chekwemoi (9:40.21) finished 5th and 6th respectively in the girls 3000m, one of the three final events Wednesday. The girls’ 3000m final was won by Ethiopia’s Abersh Minsewo.
Germany’s Selina Dantzler won the shot put with a 17.64m heave while sprinter Tshenolo Lemao delivered a historic performance in the boys’ 100m final ( 10.61), becoming the first South African athlete to earn a medal over the distance at a world championship in any age division.
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