World youth 1,500m champ leads Kenya 1-2 at Samoa Club Games World youth 1,500m champion Kumari Taki won Kenya their first gold medal as the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games started on Monday in Samoa .
Taki, who won the world youth title in Cali, Colombia in July led a Kenyan 1-2 finish with Lawi Kosgei, the world youth bronze medallist following him across the finish line.
Taki clocked 3:39.80 to take the gold as Kosgei bagged the silver in 3:40.77. Australian Brodie Modini took the bronze medal with a time of 3:55.38.
The English duo of Archie Davis (3:55.42) and Markhim Lonsdale (3:55.50) completed the top five slots. It was, however, not a good outing for world youth bronze medallist Joyline Cherotich in the corresponding girls race as she placed fourth in 4:20.33.
The race was won by Australian Amy Harding-Delooze in 4:18.02, followed by Ugandans Peruth Chemutai (4:18.22 ) and Janet Chemusto (4:19.48). India’s Durga Pramod Deore completed the top five runners timing 4:33.36.
The Kenyan quartet of World 800m youth champion Willy Tarbei, Taki, Kipyegon Bett, the world youth silver medallist and Kosgei thought they had clinched the 4x400m relay gold medal after a brilliant run, but found themselves disqualified under the IAAF Rule 170.19 for passing the baton outside the takeover zone.
The rule says: “For the final takeover in the medley relay and in the 4x400m, 4x800m and 4x1500m races, athletes are not permitted to begin running outside their takeover zones, and shall start within this zone. If an athlete does not follow this rule, his team shall be disqualified.
Tarbei and his local rival, Bett, will seek to put this disappointment behind as they begin their hunt for the 800m title when they take to the track in the heats this morning.
Also seeking progression in the 800m heats are Betty Sigei and Mary Malika who failed to get past the semi finals during the world youth championships in Cali.
Kenya are currently seventh in the medal standings after day 1 with two medals (gold and silver). South Africa sit on top of the 45 countries’ log with seven medals (four gold and three bronze) followed by Australia (3,4,4) and England (2,1,3).