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Kiplagat through to 2000m steeplechase final

Kiplagat through to 2000m steeplechase final

The also Cubans Yaritza Martinez and Amanda Almendariz advanced to the final in the women's hammer throw event.

In heat two, Lorraine Martins (23.90) of Brazil won the race while German's Talea Prepens (23.93) won heat three. "I will talk to my friend Kipkemboi on the need to remain focused and run as a team until the end", said Manangoi.

Germany lead with three medals, two gold and a bronze, taking over from South Africa (one gold, two silver and a bronze) who led after the first day with China in third with a gold, a silver and two bronze. His time was fifth fastest overall in the semifinals.

Leonard Kipkemoi easily won the boy's 2000m steeplechase semi-final two as Cleophas Kandie stormed the finals in the second semi-final won by Ethiopia's Alemu Kittesa.

Gayane Chiloyan of Armenia was the race winner dipping in 24.64 seconds her season best time.

Already, Kenya is interested in hosting the IAAF World U20 and World championships based on the success of the current event in the country.

In the 400m, Anthony Cox, who lowered his personal best to 46.86 seconds in winning his semi-final heat and Antonio Watson who equalled his personal best 47.05 seconds for second in his semi-final will be in the final today.

The Trinity Track Club runner moved into the finals but finished 8th in 14.62 seconds.

Walker ran 58.74 seconds to qualify with the fastest time, while Williams ran a new personal best 51.94 seconds beating his previous 52.26 seconds, the second fastest behind South Africa's Zazini Sokwakhana's 49.63 seconds.