Kenya tops U20 standings in Africa as Cherono smashes 3000m record

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Kenya and South Africa reinforced their dominance on the continent at the African U20 and U18 Championships which came to a close on Saturday April 20,  following five days of intense competition at Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan.

Kenya topped the U20 medals table with 28 medals, 13 of which were gold, while South Africa led the way in the U18 category with 32 medals, 18 of them gold.

Kenya’s Youth Olympic champion Fancy Cherono raced to a championship record of 9:48.56 to win the women’s 3000m steeplechase ahead of teammate and world U18 champion Caren Chebet (9:51.41).

Edward Zakayo led  in the 5000m by running a world-leading time of 13:13.06 to win the men’s 5000m, leading a Kenyan sweep of the medals.

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