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Wambui, Jeruto bring down the roof at Kasarani

Kenya’s Jackline Wambui cruises the finish line to win the girls’ 800m final during the World Under 18 Championships on July 16, 2017 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Wambui, Jeruto bring down the roof at Kasarani

ackline Wambui lived up to her billing to end Kenya’s eight-year draught with victory in girls’ 800m in the final day of the World Under-18 Championships on Sunday at Kasarani.

Wambui stayed shoulder-to-shoulder with Ethiopian Hirut Meshesha at the bell before bursting with 300m to go pulling along compatriot Lydia Jeruto for a 1-2 victory.

Kenya's Jackline Wambui cruises the finish line to win the girls' 800m final during the World Under 18 Championships on July 16, 2017 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Kenya’s Jackline Wambui cruises the finish line to win the girls’ 800m final during the World Under 18 Championships on July 16, 2017 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Kenya's Lydia Jeruto celebrates with the flag after winning silver in the girls' 800m final during the World Under 18 Championships on July 16, 2017 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Kenya’s Lydia Jeruto celebrates with the flag after winning silver in the girls’ 800m final during the World Under 18 Championships on July 16, 2017 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Kenya's Jackline Wambui (right) leads compatriot Lydia Jeruto in celebrating at the end of the girls 800m during the World Under 18 Championships on July 16, 2017 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Kenya’s Jackline Wambui (right) leads compatriot Lydia Jeruto in celebrating at the end of the girls 800m during the World Under 18 Championships on July 16, 2017 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

It was a matter of who gets the gold between the Kenyans in the last 200m but its Wambui, the form three student at Riruta Central Secondary School in Nairobi, who claimed victory in 2 minutes and 01.46 seconds powered by a cheering over 55,000 crowd. It was also a world lead in World under-18.

Jeruto settled for silver in a Personal Best of 2:02.06 as Meshesha went for bronze in 2:06.32.

Kenya's Jackline Wambui (right) crosses the finish line to win the girls' 800m final during the World Under 18 Championships on July 16, 2017 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |

Kenya’s Jackline Wambui (right) crosses the finish line to win the girls’ 800m final during the World Under 18 Championships on July 16, 2017 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |

Kenya's Jackline Wambui (right) crosses the finish line to win the girls' 800m final ahead of Lydia Jeruto (left) during the World Under 18 Championships on July 16, 2017 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |

Kenya’s Jackline Wambui (right) crosses the finish line to win the girls’ 800m final ahead of Lydia Jeruto (left) during the World Under 18 Championships on July 16, 2017 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |

Kenya's Jackline Wambui (right) leads compatriot Lydia Jeruto in celebrating at the end of the girls 800m during the World Under 18 Championships on July 16, 2017 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Kenya’s Jackline Wambui (right) leads compatriot Lydia Jeruto in celebrating at the end of the girls 800m during the World Under 18 Championships on July 16, 2017 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

It was the first time a Kenyan girl won the two-lap race since Cherono Koech’s victory at the 2009 event in Brixen, Italy in a Championship Record time of 2 minutes and 01.67 seconds.

No Kenyan girl had finished on the podium in the last three editions in 2015 Cali, Colombia, 2013 Donetsk, Ukraine and 2011 Lille.

“The last 200m is where the race was won,” said Wambui. “We took off with ease, having watched the mistakes our 800m boys did.”

“The cheers from the crowd was a huge motivation,” said Jeruto. “I am disappointed I didn’t win gold but happy that my friend Wambui won.”

Source: Daily Nation

 

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Kenya’s Jackline Wambui cruises the finish line to win the girls’ 800m final during the World Under 18 Championships on July 16, 2017 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP Wambui, Jeruto bring down the roof at Kasarani ackline Wambui lived up to her billing to end

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