Team Kenya jumps to the top of the IAAF world championship standings as David Rudisha wins the 800 meters and Nicholas Bett makes sporting history in the 400 meter hurdles.
BY STEVE NJUGUNA
Team Kenya is arguably the most successful team on Tuesday at the IAAF World Athletics championships at the Bird’s nest stadium in Beijing, China. This comes after impressive wins by team captain David Rudisha and surprise package Nicholas Bett who won gold at the 800 meters and 400 meters hurdles races respectively.
Rudisha showed why he is arguably the best 800 meters runner in history as he took advantage of the fact that his main competitors Nigel Amos and Mohamed Aman were knocked out at the semi-final level to win the race in sublime style. With 100 meters left to the race he kicked out of the leading pack and put a respectable distance between him and his competitors winning the race in a time of 45.84 seconds. His compatriot Ferguson Rotich was not as lucky as he lost out barely on the podium places after being overtaken at the end by Polish runner Adam Kszczot and Bosnian Amel Tuka who took silver and bronze respectively.
In the men’s 400 meters hurdles, Nicholas Bett surprised everyone by claiming gold and breaking the national record with a time of 47.79 seconds breaking the earlier time of 48.24 set by Eric Keter. He made history by becoming the first Kenyan to win a 400 meter hurdles title at the World championships.
In other races on Tuesday, Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia who broke the World Record for 1500 meters prior to the championship won gold at the event. The Ethiopian who ran at a time of 4:08.09 minutes bested Sally Kipyegon of Kenya who was her closest opposition with a time of 4:08.96 minutes. Sifan Hassan of Ethiopia rounded off the podium places in 3rd at a time of 4:09.34 minutes.