In Summary
  • It is inevitable that after topping the standings with seven gold medals in Beijing two years ago, Kenya will have to relinquish the overall title that will now go to Donald Trump’s runners and throwers when the action draws to a close on Sunday.

On Saturday night, Kenya stood second on the IAAF World Championships medals table behind runaway leaders USA.

It is inevitable that after topping the standings with seven gold medals in Beijing two years ago, Kenya will have to relinquish the overall title that will now go to Donald Trump’s runners and throwers when the action draws to a close on Sunday.

But this does not deny the fact that Team Kenya has had a brilliant championship here with outstanding performances that should make us all proud.

With all it’s massive resources and facilities, hosts Great Britain, for instance, were battling for only their second gold medal with Kenya boasting three already in the bag before last night’s finals.

The dearth of medal ability in British athletics is already causing jitters at UK Athletics (UKA) that largely relies on medal-based funding from UK Sport. UK Sport pegs its financing of associations on how they perform on the global stage, with UKA setting a target of six to eight medals from Team GB athletes here.

Before Saturday night’s session (which had finals in both short relays, men’s javelin, women’s high jump, decathlon and men’s 5,000 metres), Team GB had just one medal from Mo Farah’s opening day win in the 10,000m.

Remember Team GB is a collection of England, Wales and Scotland. And while they had just one medal, Kenya had seven! UK Sport has voted £27.1 million (Sh3.6 billion) towards UKA’s build-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Athletics Kenya doesn’t even have government allocation for next month’s activities!

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