Saruni's hopes of a gold medal in 400m hurdles jolted

By emmanuel sabuni
Jul 13, 2017
  • Leah Jeruto competes in the girl's 400m on a day when Kenya had mixed results after David Saruni was disqualified in the boy's 400m hurdles. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • David Saruni will not compete in the boy's 400m hurdles after being disqualified for lane infringement. (Photo Courtesy IAAF)

Kenya's hopes of winning a medal in the boy's 400m hurdles suffered a severe blow when team captain David Saruni was disqualified during the IAAF world championships at Kasarani stadium, Nairobi.

His disqualification means that Kenyans will rally behind Moitalel Mpoke Naadokila to deliver a medal.

The celebrated Saruni was disqualified for stepping in the inner lane three times in each corner. During the race Saruni seemingly struggled as he fumbled over his hurdles, a clear lack of technique.

Saruni had been buoyant that he would deliver Kenya's second gold at the worlds after Nicholas Kibet but the dream went up in smoke minutes after Thursday's race.

Kenyan duo Japheth Kibiwott and Noah Kiprono qualified to compete in the final race in the 800m set for Saturday.

Nervy wait 

But it was a nervy wait for Kiprono who had to wait for the second heats' results to determine his fate but luckily, he managed to qualify by virtue of posting a fast time in their competitive heat.

Kiprono finished fourth in heat one in 1:51.72 behind Ethiopian Melese Nberet (1:51.50), Mauritania’s Charaf Zahir (1:51.66) and Juan Diego Castro in 1:51.68.

The second heat saved Kiprono that was won Ethiopian Tolesa Bodena in 1:47.37, Japheth Kibiwott Toroitich of Kenya (1:50.03) second and Mauritania’s Abdellah Mouzlib (1:50.56).

Coming into the semi final, Tolesa had the best time of 1:47.20 while Kiprono was second best with 1:47.81 and Toroitich third with 1:47.98.

Mogonga student Mary Moraa is the only Kenyan girl who qualified to run at the final race on Friday afternoon.

Moraa finished second in heat two behind Czech Republic’s Barbora Malikova. She crossed the finish line in 53:88 behind Malikova’s 53:77 all setting personal bests.

But her Kenyan compatriot Sharon Jebet, despite setting her personal best of 55:34, failed to qualify for final when she finished fifth. The the slower pace in her heat did not benefit her.

Bahrain international Doneisha Anderson won in 54.37 followed by Niddy Mingilishi (54:58) of Zambia.

Mikel Vidal gave Cuba the first gold at the championships in the Long Jump. Vidal jumped 7.88m to win the first title ahead of his countryman Lester Lescay (7.79) who settled for silver and Romanian Andreas Samuel Bucsa took bronze after 7.47 leap.

German international Timo Northoff won the 5Kg shot put. He threw 20.27m for a world 18 lead. Bulgaria’s Mikhail Samuseu took silver and South African Jonathan De Lacey Lacey took bronze.

Medal winners

Long jump

Boys 1. Mikel Vidal (Cuba)-Gold, 2. Lester Lescay (Cuba) -silver 3. Andreas Samuel Busca (Romania)-bronze.

Shot Putt

Boys 1. Timo Northoff (Germany)-gold, 2. Mikhaeil Samuse (Bulgaria)- Silver 3. Jonatahn Lacey (South Africa)-Bronze.

Javelin throw (700g)

Boys 1. Tomas Sabasinskas (LTU)-gold 2. Olegs Kozjakovs (LAT)-silver 3. Qihao Sun (China)-bronze.

100m

Girls 1. Mizgin AY (Turkey)-gold 2. Magdalena Stefanowicz (Poland)-silver 3. Kevona Davis (Jamaica)-bronze.