Kenya regained the Boys’ 1500m title, after losing it to Bahrain last year. The first three World Youth titles had gone to Kenyan athletes and Fredrick Musyocki became the latest to win the metric mile.
The pack were bunched together for the first half of the race and they passed through 800m in 2:02.73. Musyocki and his team-mate Josphat Mitunga were at the front, along with Ethiopia’s Dawit Wolde.
Musyocki and Mitunga were still at the front when the bell sounded for the last lap and the pace soon wound up. Musyocki finally broke clear coming off the final bend to win in 3:44.27, half a second ahead of Mitunga.
Wolde held on for bronze ahead of a fast-finishing David Bustos of Spain. Australia’s Ryan Gregson made up the top five with 3:48.61.
It was the third time that Kenya had won gold and silver in the Boys’ 1500m.