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Girls 1500m Final

In a career best performance, Kenyan Sammary Cherotich crowned herself 1500m World Youth Champion on Friday's third day of the 5th IAAF World Championships.

In a competitive first lap, Cherotich held off a determine group, which included American Jordan Hasay, Keneyan Sheila Chepkirui Kiprotich and Australian Melissa Duncan, to run the first lap in 1: 06.32.

She, however, found herself trailing Hasay, who was the first at the 800m mark in 2: 16.08, though only two were fighting for the top position at this point.

In the end, Cherotich, who took over the lead in the last 350m and reached 1200m in 3:25.11 before opening up the gap in the final 200m, won the event in a personal best 4:15.47.

Hasay, who lost her lead after the bell lap, was in no danger for second and took the silver in 4: 17.24.

However, Duncan and Kiprotich, who were among the leaders for the first 400m, found to the end for the bronze, which went to Kiprotich in 4: 19.26.

Duncan, who lost out in the final 50m, did 4:20.24 for fourth.

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