In Summary

  • Faith Chepng'etich was also interesting in the 1,500m, winning gold despite the stiff competition.

IN LONDON

So far, so good here at the London 2017 world Championships.

Three gold medals, a silver and three bronze and still counting is not bad result at all. However, there seem to be no guarantee that Kenya will top the world this year as it was the case in Beijing two years ago.

Even so, I take solace in the fact that we still won the 3,000 metres steeplechase—our traditional sport—through Conseslus Kipruto.

It was going to be embarrassing to lose the event despite the odds being against us. Kipruto, who won the race had complained about an injury and we were banking on Ezekiel Kemboi and Jairus Birech to give the necessary backing, but alas!

It wasn’t their day as they finished outside the top 10. Kudos to Kipruto who defied all odds to ensure that Kenya still maintained their grip on their traditional race.

Kenya has won the title through Moses Kiptanui (1991 to 1995), Wilson Boit Kipketer (1997), Christopher Kosgei (1999), Reuben Kosgei (2001), Brimin Kipruto (2007) and Ezekiel Kemboi (2009-2015). Their reign was interrupted in 2003 and 2005 by Saif Saaeed Shaheen, but even he was a Kenyan-born Qatari national.

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