NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – KENYA has maintained its leadership of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships as East Africa makes an early impact.
The country has hauled medals mostly in the long distance races.
It currently leads the table at the ongoing championships in Beijing, China with four gold, three silver and two bronze medals.
Fellow East Africa nation, Ethiopia, is fifth with a gold and two silver medals while Eritrea are ninth with a silver medal to date.
Among the major performers, in the men’s 800 metres, Kenya’s David Rudisha romped home in a time of 1 minute and 45,84 seconds, while Ethiopia female iconic runner Genzebe Dibaba grabbed the women’s 1 500m gold in 4:08:09.
Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon, reacted by grabbing the female’s silver medal in a move that sent more that 50 000 crowd at the Beijing Bird’s Nest cheering.
Earlier on Monday, Kenya’s Nicholas Bett had grabbed the country’s first gold medal in the men’s hurdles while compatriot and four-time world steeplechase champion, Ezekiel Kemboi, set a new record.
The action continues on Wednesday with Kenya pinning its hopes on long distance runners, among them Margaret Nyairera, Virginia Nyambura, 2011 Africa Games champion, Hyvin Jepkemoi, and former world junior, Rosefline Chepng’etich.
– CAJ News