Kenya’s Gold Medal Winners At The  IAAF Championships London 2017

The IAAF World Championships London 2017 just came to a wrap recently and as usual, Team Kenya did not disappoint in the bi-annual global event. 


The IAAF World Championships London 2017 just came to a wrap recently and as usual, Team Kenya did not disappoint in the bi-annual global event. 

The ten-day event brought together a record 2038 athletes from 205 teams to the British capital and produced some eye catching moments; from Usain Bolt running his last race to Mo Farah clinching his usual 10,000 meters gold medal before finally being felled in the 5,000 meters category by an Ethiopian to settle for second place.

Back to Kenyans, the selected team did not disappoint, finishing second overall in the medal table standings with a total of eleven medals. Only USA displayed a better show than Kenya, emerging overall winners with a total of 30 medals.

Of the eleven medals that Kenya won, five were gold medals from different categories. Here is a list of gold winners from Kenya:

Elijah Motonei Manangoi   (Men’s 1500 Meters)

Elijah Manangoi proved once again why he is this year’s fastest man in the world in the 1500 meters race by clinching gold  in 3 minutes 33.61 seconds, just ahead of his young training partner Timothy Cheruiyot who came in second in 3 minutes 33.99 seconds.

The 24-year old covered for a dismal performance by `former’ 1500 meters powerhouse Asbel Kiprop who finished outside the medal positions. Kiprop, who had briefly threatened to make it a Kenyan clean sweep, found the pace too hot on the last lap, fading into ninth place in 3:37.24.

Geoffrey Kipkorir Kirui (Marathon)

In the men’s marathon, Geoffrey Kipkorir Kirui, victor at the Boston Marathon in April, finally broke Tola, the fastest man in the field, with five miles (8.05 km) of the 26.2-mile course left after they had gone head-to-head over the second half of the race.

Kenya’s fifth men’s world champion at the distance eventually crossed the line at Tower Bridge in 2 hours 8 minutes 27 seconds, finishing one minute and 22 seconds ahead of Tola (2:09:49).

Conseslus Kipruto  (Men’s 3000 Metres Steeplechase)

It may have been the first IAAF World Championships men’s 3000m steeplechase since 2003 when three countries have been represented on the podium, but Kenya’s Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto ensured it was another victory in this event for Kenya.

Kipruto and his Kenyan teammate – two-time Diamond Trophy winner Jairus Birech – led the field out, with US champion Jager tracking every move in third. Kipruto eventually took victory in 8:14.12 ahead of Morocco’s Soufiane Elbakkali (8:14.49) and USA’s Olympic silver medallist Evan Jager (8:15.53).

The win ensured Kenya has won 11 of the 15 past editions in the men’s steeplechase at  the IAAF World Championships, including a clean sweep of the medals in 2015.

The 22-year-old also made sure he enjoyed his first IAAF World Championships triumph too, having taken silver in 2013 and again in 2015 when he broke his shoe on the final lap, gesturing to the crowd as he approached the finish line.

Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon   (Women’s 1500 Metres)

With six women having run faster than four minutes in 2017, the women’s 1500m at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 had been billed as one of the events of the championships. And so it proved.

It was however Kenya’s Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon who reigned supreme, upgrading her world silver from 2015 to gold in 4:02.59, 0.17 clear of US champion Jenny Simpson (4:02.76) and South Africa’s Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya (4:02.90).

For Kipyegon, it was a far cry from her last experience in the London Olympic stadium. At the Olympic Games in 2012 – fresh from her world U20 title – the then 18-year-old failed to qualify from the 1500m heats. Fast forward five years and after a 43.66 second final 300m, Kipyegon is now the world champion, to go alongside her victories in last year’s Olympics and the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Hellen Onsando Obiri    (Women’s 5000 Metres)

Hellen Obiri produced an astonishing last lap to break Almaz Ayana’s resistance, winning the 5,000 meters at the World Athletics Championships and claim her first major title on Sunday August 13.

Ayana had led with Obiri on her tail into the final lap until the Kenyan, silver medalist in Rio de Janeiro last year, suddenly burst past with 300 meters left and stormed home to win in 14:34.86, more than five seconds clear of her rival. Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands on her part prevented an East African clean sweep by taking the bronze.


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