Kenyan 800 meters contingent all qualify for the final as well as their 3,000 meters opponents as Usain Bolt pips Justin Gatlin to the 100 meters gold.
BY STEVE NJUGUNA
Team Kenya compensated for their shaky start on day one to register impressive results in various middle distance and long races on Sunday at the 2015 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Beijing, China.
800 meter world record holder David Lekuta Rudisha who is also captain of the Kenyan team progressed to the final and will no doubt be relieved that two of his main competitors Nigel Amos of Botswana and Mohamed Aman who is the current world champion will not be in the final. Nigel was pipped by Rudisha in the Semi-final and could only be third place as Qatari runner Abdulrahman Musaeb also managed to pass him. Mohamed Aman was disqualified after colliding with Thijmen Kupers.
In the 3,000 meters, Kenya’s most revered race, veteran runner Ezekiel Kemboi and his companions Conselsus Kipruto, Jairus Birech and Brimin Kipruto all qualified for the final. In the ladies 1,500 meters race there was huge disappointment as Viola Lagat failed to qualify but her loss was compensated by the stellar showing of Faith Chepngetich and Nancy Chepkwemoi who all qualified. They are now the most realistic threat to Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba who is in sizzling form.
100 meters World record holder Usain Bolt added yet another feather to his cap as he won the Beijing 100 meters race in a time of 9.79 as he edged America’s Justin Gatlin who recorded a time of 9.80. Canada’s Andre Grasse and America’s Trayvon Bromell shared the bronze in a time of 9.92 seconds.
Bolt had announced his plans to retire after the 2016 Rio Olympics so it is safe to assume that this was his last World Championship.