Sitonik Smashes 3000m Youth Championship Record

He opened the race with a 59-second 400m.

William Sitonik celebrates his new championship record. Photo: IAAF

He opened the race with a 59-second 400m.

The seventh edition of the World Youth Athletics Championships went out with a bang when William Malel Sitonik of Kenya won the 3000m final. His time, 7:40.10, took a full 11 seconds off the mark that had been set by Isiah Koech two years ago in Bressanone.

Sitonik’s victory made him the fifth gold medal winner from Kenya in the 3,000m.

Despite his incredible time, Stitonk’s race was hardly a cakewalk. It was not decided until the final 200m. Sitonik had been leading up to that point but Abrar Osman Adem made a late-race bid to try and take the title.

Sitonik would have none of it, however, and quickly countered. Patrick Mutunga Mwikya of Kenya came in second in 7:40.47 with Adem only .42 of a second behind.

Sitonik had led wire to wire. He opened the race with an incredible 59-second 400m and a 1:58 800m. The first kilometer was reached in 2:28.54. However, the race slowed after that point and Sitonik began to run slower than he needed to break the world age-group record (7:32.37), which is held by Abreham Cherkos of Ethiopia.

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