In Summary

  • Kenya to end medal hunt in the championships in men’s 1,500m.
  • What has been largely a successful competition concludes on Sunday night.

IN LONDON

After 10 days of riveting action, upsets and dominance, the curtain falls on the IAAF World Championships tonight with Kenya hoping to finish second overall behind the mighty USA on the medals log.

Kenya stunned the athletics world when they raked in seven gold medals to bag the overall title for the first time in Beijing two years ago with Julius Yego’s gold medal throw in the javelin and Nicholas Bett’s shock victory in the 400 metres hurdles the standout performances.

Organisers here will pat themselves on the back for a great championship with Kenya relinquishing the overall title to USA but with their heads held high.

Security has been water-tight with not a single incident reported over the last two weeks while ticket sales were high, the 55,000-seater stadium that is home to premiership club West Ham United, full to the brim for all morning and evening sessions.

This despite the fact that tickets were quite dear, the cheapest selling at 35 pounds (Sh4,725) and the most expensive at 155 pounds (Sh20,925). With income from ticket sales estimated at over Sh60 million, organisers will gleefully appreciate a job well done.

This weekend’s sessions were also sold out with England happy that the stadium constructed for the 2012 Olympic Games has indeed been a great legacy to this sports-loving nation.

Former Olympic champion and record holder Sebastian Coe was the head of the London 2012 Olympics Games’ Local Organising Committee and has been pretty much the central figure at these championships, this time as President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Coe has already said that he would like to see an African nation hosting the senior World Championships and with the success of organising the IAAF World Under-18 Championships last month, Nairobi is most certainly a top candidate.

Sunday night’s final session starts at 8.35pm Kenyan time with the medal ceremony for the men’s javelin with the final track event being the 4x400m men’s and women’s relays from 11.31pm.

Kenyans will be in action in the women’s 5,000m (9.35pm), 800m (10.10pm) and 1,500m (10.30pm) with the closing ceremony pencilled for 11.45pm.

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