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IAAF World Junior Championships: Kenya wins first gold , Nigeria hopeful

By Ben Efe
Kenyan’s Mercy Cherono won the first medal of the IAAF World Junior Championships, which began Monday in Moncton, Canada with Nigeria presenting 16 athletes.

Cherono won the women 3000m title with a world leading time of 8.55.07 seconds, Ethiopian Emebet Anteneh finished second with 8:55.24, while  Layes Abdullayeva of Azerbaijan was third with 8:55.33. It was a back to-back gold for the Kenya who won the last edition.

Nigeria’s Bukola Abogunloko and Magaret Etim were in the startlist of the women 400m heats yesterday. While Ayobami was the only Nigerian  in the men’s 100m. They were yet to compete at the time of this report.

Meanwhile the 100m men defending champion, Dexter Lee of Jamaica said during a press confefence yesterday that he was more interested in winning the gold than running fantastic times.

“This will not be easy. I looked at the start list and see other people running close times to me but I am here to do my best and take back the gold medal (to Jamaica).”

Lee, who will also be taking part in the 200m which he won at the Jamaican National Junior Trials in early June, says he hopes to add significantly to the four IAAF medals he has so far but was cautious saying “one medal will be good for me.”

A training partner of double Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell Brown, the 19 year-old Lee said he draws inspiration from her on the training track, “she is always pushing us to work harder and yes she is an inspiration.”


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