Kenya’s Cleophas Meyan and Leonard Bett have qualified for the finals of 2,000m steeplechase as the World under 18 Athletics Championships entered day 3 at Moi International Sports Center, Kasarani.
Meyan finished second in his heat which was won by Ethiopia’s Alemu Kitessa.
Bett easily won his race in 5:46.66 and was trailed in second place by Ethiopia’s Girima Dibaba in 5:47.86.
Alemu finished in 5:49.79 with Meyan – a student at Kirobon Boys secondary school, crossed the finishing line in 5:51.83 to advance to Sunday’s final.
Bett and Meyan promised to win a gold and silver.
Meyan who is coached by Barnabas Kitilit said: “I had difficulties in overcoming the barriers but will work on it ahead of the final.”
Bett said: “We shall approach the race with teamwork and hope for a 1-2 finish.”
“This race is our specialty and we want to continue our dominance,” the form three students at AGC Liloch said.
On Friday afternoon, eyes will be on Dominic Kipkemboi and George Manangoi who are expected to win Kenya the first gold medal in boys’ 1, 500m.
Caren Chebet and Mercy Chepkirui will carry Kenya’s medal hopes in the girls’ 2, 000m steeplechase in the last event of the day.
The five-day games will conclude on Sunday.