It’s 3pm in Bydgoszcz, a sunny Wednesday afternoon, and one of the world’s most exciting middle distance prospects is fast asleep.
Eight medallists – including four champions – from last year’s IAAF World Youth Championships are on Kenya’s team for the IAAF World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz 2016.
Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi cruised to a world-leading time of 14:46.61 when winning the 5000m at the Adidas Boost Meeting in Herzogenaurach, Germany, on Saturday (14).
Dominant 400m hurdles victories by USA’s Norman Grimes and Sydney McLaughlin capped the penultimate day of the IAAF World Youth Championships, Cali 2015 at Pascual Guerrero Stadium on Saturday (18), which once again played host to one of the largest crowds to ever witness these championships.
Willy Tarbei and Kipyegon Bett were a long way ahead of their nearest rivals on form coming into the IAAF World Youth Championships, Cali 2015 and the pair lived up to expectations by securing Kenya’s first 1-2 in this event for 10 years.
Kenya looks well equipped to take this title for the sixth occasion in the history of the championships and a 1-2 would also look to be a strong possibility based on the world lists.