Heristone Wanyonyi has won Gold for Kenya in the 10,000m walk race at the ongoing World athlete under-20 championship at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani, Nairobi.
Wanyonyi, the ex-ortum Boys alumnus clocked in at 42:10:84 in the star studded race. Amit Khatui of India took silver as Paul McGrath of Spain settled for bronze in 42:31:11.
Speaking afterwards, Wanyonyi expressed his delight after being the first Kenya to win abgold medal in the 10,000m walk race at any World championship.
“I am really pleased to win this medal today because i have shown people that Kenya can also produce good race walkers. Its a motivation for me and others who want to take up the sport. I am really delighted because it was not easy,” He said after bagging the award at the Moi Sports Center Kasarani.
“I just decided to stick to the leading pack and when i felt i still had energy i just went on with few laps to go, i know i was going to win Gold. I just kept a steady pace when the time came, i went up,” explained Wanyonyi.
Wanyonyi has also impressed in the Kenya Secondary School Sports Association 10,000m walk race some years back.
On Friday, Benson Kiplagat and Teresiah Muthoni won gold for team Kenya following a dry spelling on opening day of the competition.
Kiplagat timed a personal best of 13:20:37 ahead of Worku who clocked 13:20:65 as another Kenyan, Levy Kibet, came third in 13:26:01.
With the medal haul, Kenya sit atop the medal table with four gold, one silver and bronze.