Rutto and Kiptoo grab gold as Kenya wraps up fifth at Africa juniors

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Mar 08, 2015
  • Patrick Rono(R)with Jonah Kipruto during the trials at the Nyayo National Stadium last month. Rono won gold and Kipruto silver in the Africa junior finals in Addis Ababa.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

World junior bronze medalist Stella Rutto and Patrick Ronoh picked two gold medals for Kenya on Sunday, the final day of the Africa Junior championships at the Addis Ababa Stadium in Ethiopia.

Africa Youth bronze medalist Ronoh who topped the 800m men qualifying the previous day paced the field through the opening lap before opening a comfortable lead in the last 100m with compatriot Jonah Kipruto again chasing him all the way to the line, as he did in Nairobi during the trials last month.

He crossed the finish line in 1:50.21 as Kipruto rounded off the 1-2 sweep for Kenya with a 1:50.88 finish as Temam Wayo of Ethiopia grabbed the bronze in 1:51.06.

In the 3000m steeplechase Rutto managed to hold off and sprint away from the determined Ethiopian duo early on the race as she crossed the line in 10:22.47 about seconds ahead of Zewdine Teklemariam.

Mihret Adhena denied Kenya a second medal in the water and barrier race as she settled for bronze in 10:37.26. Dorcas Kithome of Kenya was fourth in 10:45.67.

Ethiopians rounded up their dominance of the longest track event at the championships, the 5000m, as Etagegn Woldu(17:02.71) and Sintayehu Lewetegn(17:03.87) snatched gold and silver in the women’s race.

Ugandan Stella Chesang locked out the Kenyan pair of Emily Chebet fourth in 17:06.59 and Valentina Mateiko fifth(17:07.24)from the podium as she snatched the bronze in 17:04.91.

Kenyans Fredrick Kiptoo and Daniel Kipkemoi made amends with silver and bronze in the men’s 5000m won by Yomif Kejelcha of Ethiopia in 14:31.03.

Kiptoo timed 14:34.06, five seconds ahead of Kipkemoi. Kenya ended the championships fifth overall with four gold, five silver and three bronze medals as Nigeria retained the Africa junior title with 12 gold, eight silver and seven bronze. South Africa with nine gold ranked second ahead of the hosts with six and Egypt with five.