Kenya’s Kumari Taki demonstrated the true meaning of never giving up till the end as he practically threw himself over the line to win the GOLD medal in the men’s 1500m at the World Junior under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Taki who is the World Youth 1500m champion, won the title in Colombia by as much as 5s, but it was with the slightest of margin that he was able to get the Junior title on Thursday, in fact he won by 0.14s.

Having approached the last 150m, Taki was in the lead and looked very comfortable in the home straight, somehow in the last 20m the pressure from Ethiopia’s Taresa Tolosa got to him and his leg seemed heavy as he tripped and fell, but luckily for him his hand crossed the line first clocking 3:48.63.

It was so close that Taresa who won Silver finished in 3:48.77 and could have even won the race if not that he was trying to avoid Taki who fell on the track. Kenya’s Anthony Kiptoo got the Bronze running a time of 3:49.00.

Meanwhile in the women’s 800m, it was an American 1-2 with Samantha Watson flawlessly executing a good race to win GOLD in 2:04.52. Her compatriot Aaliyah Miller got the Silver in 2:05.06 and Ethiopia’s Tigist Ketema taking the Bronze in 2:05.13

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Athletics coverage was a discovery, having to move away from regularly writing about Football. Although it was initially daunting, but now being an authority in it makes the past effort worthwhile. From travelling on the same international flight with Nigerian athletes, to knowing you could easily interview: World Record holder Tobi Amusan, then Ese Brume, I have cut my teeth in this beat earning the trust of Athletics sources. Formerly the Content Manager-Sports at Ringier media Nigeria, Chris is a Senior Sports writer, Photographer & Community manager at Making of Champions.


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