Kenya paid for lack of experience

NAIROBI - Lack of experience cost Kenya medals in events they were tipped to dominate at the world championships, the country's Olympic 800m champion, Wilfred Bungei, said.

NAIROBI - Lack of experience cost Kenya medals in events they were tipped to dominate at the world championships, the country's Olympic 800m champion, Wilfred Bungei, said.

Kenya finished third on the table, behind the US and Jamaica, with a haul of four gold, five silver and two bronze medals, but Bungei said there could have been an even better return for the east African nation.

"The overall performance was good, but I think they should have done better," Bungei - who was not selected for the Berlin event that ended on Sunday after missing the Kenyan trials because of injury - said on Tuesday.

"Asbel Kiprop was a favourite in the 1500m, but the decision to also run in the 800m made him lose concentration. He lost both. It was experience which carried (South Africa's Mbulaeni) Mulaudzi to victory in the 800m, but which our team lacked," he said. - Reuters

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