Kenya tops medal standings despite a stellar performance from the Ethiopians on final day.
BY STEVE NJUGUNA
Kenya’s stellar showing at the 2015 IAAF World Athletics Championship in Beijing, China has left them on top of the medal standings despite a late medals charge by perennial archrivals Ethiopia who had an excellent day on Sunday prying away 2 gold medals from the Kenyan contingent.
The Ethiopians took a 1,2,3 swoop in the 5000 meters for women, pulling away from their equally fancied Kenyan contingent. Almaz Ayana took the gold in a time of 14:26.83 minutes followed by her compatriots Senberi Tefere and 1500 meter champion Genzebe Dibaba who posted a time of 14:44.07 and 14:44.14 minutes respectively. The Kenyan contingent of Viola Kibiwott, Mercy Cherono, Janet Kisa and Irene Cheptai filled the positions from 4th to 8th place.
Earlier on Sunday, Ethiopia also toppled Kenya in the Women’s marathon as Mare Dibaba won the race in a tight finish toppling Kenya’s Helah Kiprop in the last 50 meters to the finish line in a time of 2 hours 27 minutes and 35 seconds as Kiprop took the silver with 2 hours 27 minutes and 36 seconds. Kenyan born Bahraini runner Eunice Kirwa took the bronze in a time of 2 hours 27 minutes 39 seconds.
However, Kenyans were given cause to celebrate when Asbel Kiprop won the men’s 1500 metre race as compatriot Elijah Manangoi took silver. Kiprop posted a time 3:34.40 minutes while Manangoi managed a time of 3.34.63 minutes ahead of Algerian Abdalaati Iguider 3:34.67 minutes who took the bronze medal. Silas Kiplagat who was a race favorite, found himself at 5th place.
In other results Jamaica won the women’s 4 by 100 meter relay, prising the title away from America who took silver. Trinidad and Tobago surprised Great Britain to get the bronze.