After a disappointing outing at the Kenyan Cross Country Championships in Eldoret back in February, Edward Zakayo bounced back into reckoning by running a world-leading time of 13:13.06 to win the men’s 5000m, leading a Kenyan sweep of the medals.
Zakayo was among a host of junior athletes who shone at the African U20 and U18 Championships which came to a close on Saturday (20) following five days of intense competition at Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan.
It was a PB for the world U20 5000m champion who is also the reigning senior African champion. Jacob Kiprop took silver in 13:14.44 in what was his international debut for Kenya, while Reuben Pogisho followed with a time of 13:43.46.
Zakayo’s performance broke the oldest standing championship record, taking 18 seconds off the mark set by Daniel Komen back in 1994.