13 JUL 2013 Report Donetsk, Ukraine

Kipketer holds on to win gold in 800m

Alfred Kipketer of Kenya wins 800m gold at the 2013 World Youth Championships (Getty Images)Alfred Kipketer of Kenya wins 800m gold at the 2013 World Youth Championships (Getty Images) © Copyright

Kenya’s Alfred Kipketer was lucky to hang on to the lead in the closing stages of a fascinating 800m final, as the 16-year-old held on for victory after a suicidal first 400m which was quicker than World record pace.

Flying off from the gun to clock an astonishing 48.63 split – which is notably faster than the 49.28 that David Rudisha ran en route to his 1:40.91 World record at the London 2012 Olympics – Kipketer was eventually reeled in with 200m remaining but surprisingly, had enough energy in reserve to hold the lead in the dying yards.

Kipketer won in 1:48.01 to capture Kenya’s fifth title in the 14-year history of this event.

Charging through for the silver medal at the end of an impressive fight for gold down the home-straight, Russia’s Konstantin Tolokonnikov clocked a 1:48.29 personal best, with the 17-year-old taking his nation’s first ever medal in this event at the World Youths.

Also in the thick of the last-gasp battle for silverware at the end of a bizarre race, Great Britain’s Kyle Langford finished third with a 1:48.32 lifetime best to take the nation’s first ever medal in this event during the eight editions of this championship.

Further back in fourth, Ethiopia’s Mamush Lencha clocked 1:49.85 as Germany’s Marc Reuther ran a 1:50.05 personal best for fifth.