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Kenya won gold and silver in both the men’s and women’s 1,500-metre races at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday.

Nancy Cherop won the women’s race in 4:12.38 while teammate Janet Chepkoech took second in 4:14.24. Cherop and Chepkoech dropped their competitors during the final lap, earning Kenya the first pair of medals at the Games. Lyla Belshaw of Great Britain took third in 4:16.37. Canadians finished fifth and seventh as Alexa Dow and Emily Cescon clocked 4:25.38 and 4:30.55 respectively. Ugandan Charity Cherop took fourth in the time of 4:20.78. Belshaw and Dow are just 15 and 16 years old. Dow is Canada’s flag-bearer.

The men’s 1,500m race saw 17-year-old Josephat Sang Kipkirui win and break the Commonwealth Youth Games record in 3:37.66. Andrew Kiptoo took second in 3:38.12 to go 1-2, like the women. Uganda’s Jacob Sande took third in the time of 3:39.69.

Eight of the 11 finishers clocked under four minutes. Australia’s Daniel Williams finished fourth in 3:45.91, William Rabjohns of the UK ran 3:46.46, John Wele was next in 3:52.59, he is from Tanzania, while Canadian Travis Gaffney recorded a 3:54.18 finish for seventh earning himself a new personal best.

Action continues at “Trinbago2023” in Port-O-Spain until Friday the 11th of August.

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