NAIROBI, Kenya – A pre-race pep talk from World 1500m silver medallist, Elijah Manangoi was all younger brother George needed to blast to Kenya’s first gold at Nairobi 2017 IAAF World Under 18 (WU18) Championships on Friday.
The junior Manangoi stayed in the middle of the pack before surging forward in the last 150m to be crowned the boys’ U18 1500m champion on Day 3 of action at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.
“It was Elijah’s talk that helped me approach the race courageously,” George admitted.
“He emphasized on the need to be bold and run my race bearing in mind the need to preserve energy for the final kick,” the WU18 gold medallist added.
The younger Manangoi sympathized with the other Kenyan finalist Dominic Kipkemboi, who did not start in the final due to an injury he picked at the semis.
Manangoi clocked 3:47.53 for a top podium finish with Abebe Dessassa (3:48.65) and Belete Mekonen (3:50.64) sealing the Ethiopian 2-3 for silver and bronze.
Manangoi threw down the challenge to his elder brother who will represent Kenya at the London Worlds next month.
“I hope he will win gold as well,” he said.