Jackline Wambui won the women's 800m gold in front of a capacity crowd ©Getty Images

Kenya secured two final titles as the World Under-18 Athletics Championships drew to a close in front of 60,000 spectators at the Moi International Sports Centre in Nairobi.

Jackline Wambui delighted the vast home crowd by triumphing in the women’s 800 metres event, achieving a world leading time for the age group by clocking 2min 1.46sec.

She was closely followed by her team-mate Lydia Jeruto Lagat, who claimed silver in 2:02.06, while Ethiopia’s Hirut Meshesha rounded off the top three by crossing in 2:06.32.

There would be a similar outlook to the men’s 2,000m steeplechase podium, with Kenya’s Leonard Kipkemoi Bett and Cleophas Kandie Meyan finishing in a one-two, ending in 5:32.52 and 5:33.07 respectively.

Ethiopia’s Alemu Kitessa trailed the pair home, finishing in a time of 5:42.10 to take bronze.

The Ethiopian team were able to celebrate success over Kenya in the men’s 3,000m, with Selemon Barega winning in 7:47.16.

Local favourites Edward Zakayo and Stanley Mburu Waithaka rounded off the medal positions with times of 7:49.17 and 7:50.64.

South Africa’s medal tally continued to increase at the Championships, with Retshidisitswe Mlenga the latest to add to their collection.

He clocked a season's best time of 21.03 to win the event in front of his compatriot Tshenolo Lemao, who was the silver medallist in 21.12.

Germany’s Luis Brandner claimed bronze in 21.23.

Bradner’s team-mate Talea Prepens won the women’s title, achieving a time of 23.51.

Retshidisitswe Mlenga won the men's 200m in a South African one-two ©Getty Images
Retshidisitswe Mlenga won the men's 200m in a South African one-two ©Getty Images

The top three sprinters achieved personal best times, with Spain’s Jael Bestué and Turkey’s Mizgin Ay ending in 23.61 and 23.76 respectively.

Sprint success also continued for Jamaica, with Britany Anderson winning the girls 100m hurdles in a time of 12.72.

France’s Cyrena Samba-Mayela prevented a Jamaican one-two by clocking 12.80, which pushed Daszay Freeman into third, having ended in 13.09.

Track action concluded with Brazil winning the mixed 4x400m relay in a time of 3:21.71, with Jamaica and South Africa finishing in 3:22.23 and 3:24.45.

In the field, France’s Matthias Orban emerged as the winner of the men’s pole vault by clearing five metres.

Cyprus’ Christos Tamanis was the runner-up with an effort of 4.85m, while Ukraine’s Illya Kravchenko cleared 4.70m for bronze.

Cuba’s Marisleisys Duarthe won the women’s javelin with a Championship record of 62.92m, with the Chinese duo of Qing Cai and Qianqian Dai rounding off the podium with 57.01m and 54.96m.

The girls' long jump crown was claimed by Luying Gong, who achieved a distance of 6.37m.

Lea-Sophie Klik of Germany leapt 6.30m for silver, while France’s Diane Mouillac jumped 6.28m for bronze.

South Africa finished top of the medals table with five gold, three silver and two bronze.

Six countries - the United States, Australia, Britain, Switzerland, New Zealand and Canada - all withdrew prior to the event due to security fears.