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Kosencha: Another Kenyan diamond

Happy is the Kenyan athletics! Capable of producing a world 800 m record man, only 22 years old, David Rudisha and to play its trump card, at the Junior world championship, a little prince, Leonard Kosencha Kirwa, able to run at 17, the double lap in 1’44 "08! The spectators of  Lille metropolis stadium will long remember this magic 800 m whose final was like a fireworks display with as architect, a teenager without complex. The young Kosencha verily made his first appearance on June 7th, during the competition held in Nairobi to identify Kenyan representatives at the World Cadet and Commonwealth youth Championships,  Kosencha remained lurking in the shadows of Timothy Kitum. But his time (1’46 "9) was already a good indicator of its intrinsic qualities. In northern France, the native of Kilgore decided to change strategy and to reveal himself. First, by quietly dominating his quart and his semi-final. A strong signal probably misunderstood by his opponents, since Kosencha will do it again in the final with a mastery worthy of "an old veteran. Sure of his strength, he took matters in hand from the first meters, without given up and imposing a crazy pace to the race: 24 "80 in the 200 m, 50" 85 in the 400 m, 1’17 "35 in the 600 m and 1’44 "08 at the finishing point. A startling regularity, an unusual strength and finish that is reminiscent of his elder brother David Rudisha.
Result of a historic race: a world title and a world record in the category (1’44 "08) grasped from the Burundian Mansoor Ali (1’44" 34 in 2005). This time is the sixth world best performance of the year all in categories. Kosencha now ranks just behind his compatriots Rudisha and Mutua, Russian Borzakowsky, and Sudanese Abubaker Kaki. And the young Masai is not considering stopping there. As soon as he crossed the finish line, he trumpeted his ambitious programme in front of journalists and photographers, "Now I want to become a star in my country!" Everyone knows what it means to win the title star in Kenya, one must have had a sacred reputation at world level. In a country where the requirements in athletics are incredibly high, one must have a wonderful career to hope to win the adulation of fans in Kenya. In fact, the next step for the new Cadets World Champion will be to pass the test of the Kenyan Trials and try to snatch one of the three qualifying tickets for Daegu World Championships (August 27th to September 4th, 2011). If David Rudisha seems above any bad surprise, other candidates who are David Muntinda Mutua (1’44’06),  Boae Kiplagat Lalang (1 ’44 "20), Asbel Kiprop (1’44" 74) and Alfred Kirwa Yego (1’45 "17) have the right to be worried.

Signature : Faisal CHEHAT

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