Kenya finishes second at the 2019 world athletics championships

 

Kenya performed brilliantly at the 2019 world athletics championships. They finished second behind perrenial winners the United States

Medal Table

RANK COUNTRY TOTAL
1 UNITED STATES 14 11 4 29
2 KENYA 5 2 4 11
3 JAMAICA 3 5 4 12
4 PR OF CHINA 3 3 3 9
5 ETHIOPIA 2 5 1 8
6 GREAT BRITAIN & N.I. 2 3 0 5
7 GERMANY 2 0 4 6
8 JAPAN 2 0 1 3
9 NETHERLANDS 2 0 0 2
9 UGANDA 2 0 0 2
11 POLAND 1 2 3 6
12 BAHRAIN 1 1 1 3
12 CUBA 1 1 1 3
12 SWEDEN 1 1 1 3
15 BAHAMAS 1 1 0 2
16 QATAR 1 0 1 2
17 AUSTRALIA 1 0 0 1
17 GRENADA 1 0 0 1
17 NORWAY 1 0 0 1
17 VENEZUELA 1 0 0 1
21 ESTONIA 0 2 0 2
21 UKRAINE 0 2 0 2
23 CANADA 0 1 4 5
24 BELGIUM 0 1 1 2
24 COLOMBIA 0 1 1 2
24 FRANCE 0 1 1 2
27 ALGERIA 0 1 0 1
27 BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA 0 1 0 1
27 PORTUGAL 0 1 0 1
30 AUSTRIA 0 0 2 2
31 BURKINA FASO 0 0 1 1
31 COTE D’IVOIRE 0 0 1 1
31 CROATIA 0 0 1 1
31 ECUADOR 0 0 1 1
31 SPAIN 0 0 1 1
31 GREECE 0 0 1 1
31 HUNGARY 0 0 1 1
31 ITALY 0 0 1 1
31 MOROCCO 0 0 1 1
31 NAMIBIA 0 0 1 1
31 NIGERIA 0 0 1 1
31 NEW ZEALAND 0 0 1 1
31 SWITZERLAND 0 0 1 1

Gold Medalists

Rose Chepngetich, Womens marathon: In the heat and humidity of Doha, brave Rose Chepngetich pushed the pace for much of the race. Nearly half the runners dropped out, some collapsed due to the heat. Others were taken away in wheelchairs. Chepngetich came into the race and she did not dissapoint. She was clearly well prepared for the extreme conditions.

1Ruth CHEPNGETICHKEN2:32:43

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK
2 Rose CHELIMO BRN 2:33:46
3 Helalia JOHANNES NAM 2:34:15
4 Edna Ngeringwony KIPLAGAT KEN 2:35:36 SB
5 Volha MAZURONAK BLR 2:36:21
6 Roberta GRONER USA 2:38:44
7 Mizuki TANIMOTO JPN 2:39:09
8 Ji Hyang KIM PRK 2:41:24
9 Lyndsay TESSIER CAN 2:42:03 SB
10 Un Ok JO PRK 2:42:23

 

Beatrice Chepkoech: Women’s 3000m Steeplechase: Chepkoech came in as an overwhelming favourite. She has only lost one race since 2018 and has won most of her races by a significant margin. She did not dissapoint, winning the race easily.

Never in the history of this race has anyone been so dominant. She is a natural hurdler and simply glides over each hurdle , making it look so easy as if she was jumping over a rain puddle. It is her graceful hurdling ability that makes her peerless

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK
1 1302 Beatrice CHEPKOECH KEN 8:57.84 CR
2 1959 Emma COBURN USA 9:02.35 PB
3 955 Gesa Felicitas KRAUSE GER 9:03.30 NR
4 377 Winfred Mutile YAVI BRN 9:05.68 PB
5 1808 Peruth CHEMUTAI UGA 9:11.08 SB
6 1968 Courtney FRERICHS USA 9:11.27
7 613 Anna Emilie MØLLER DEN 9:13.46 NR
8 1311 Hyvin KIYENG KEN 9:13.53
9 102 Luiza GEGA ALB 9:19.93 NR
10 196 Genevieve GREGSON AUS 9:23.84 SB
11 712 Mekides ABEBE ETH 9:25.66 PB
12 1663 Maruša MIŠMAŠ SLO 9:25.80
13 1492 Karoline Bjerkeli GRØVDAL NOR 9:29.41
14 434 Geneviève LALONDE CAN 9:32.92
1305 Celliphine Chepteek CHESPOL KEN DNF

 

Hellen Obiri: Women’s 5000m: Hellen Obiri had started the 2019 season on a solid note. But as the world championships approached, her form appeared to dip. In the 10,000m race, a few days earlier, she had finished in 5th position albeit with a personal best. However she did not disappoint in the 5000m, staving off a strong challenge from German Konstanze Klosterhafen who challenged Obiri for much of the last lap. Compatriot Margaret Chelimo then passed the German with 30 metres to go to take second for a Kenya 1-2

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK
1 1314 Hellen OBIRI KEN 14:26.72 CR
2 1308 Margaret Chelimo KIPKEMBOI KEN 14:27.49 PB
3 953 Konstanze KLOSTERHALFEN GER 14:28.43
4 722 Tsehay GEMECHU ETH 14:29.60 PB
5 1315 Lilian Kasait RENGERUK KEN 14:36.05 PB
6 731 Fantu WORKU ETH 14:40.47 PB
7 894 Laura WEIGHTMAN GBR 14:44.57 PB
8 721 Hawi FEYSA ETH 14:44.92
9 2002 Karissa SCHWEIZER USA 14:45.18 PB
10 880 Eilish MCCOLGAN GBR 14:46.17 PB
11 1996 Elinor PURRIER USA 14:58.17 PB
12 1507 Camille BUSCOMB NZL 14:58.59 PB
13 440 Andrea SECCAFIEN CAN 14:59.95 PB
14 1256 Nozomi TANAKA JPN 15:00.01 PB
15 1647 Dominique SCOTT RSA 15:24.47

 

Conseslus Kipruto: Mens 3000m Steeplechase: Kenya’s record in this event is the most impressive of any event in any sport. A Kenyan has won this event in every world championship and in every Olympic games since 1988.

However coming into this race, Kenya’s chances appeared bleak. Conseslus Kipruto, the defending world champion, had been struggling with injuries in 2019, including a broken foot. In fact he had not won a race in 2019. But Kipruto showed his mettle. He was locked in a battle with El Bakkali of Morocco and Girma of Ethiopia. The Moroccan made his move at the bell, surging ahead. But four runners caught up with him at the water jump.

With 70 metres to go, it appeared Girma was running away with the gold medal. But Kipruto summoned his last ounce of strength and with a last ditch effort, caught up with Girma at the finish line. It was a photo finish and both required a judge to determine whose torso crossed the finish line first. After tense moments, Kipruto was declared the winner. It was one of the most epic races in the history of the world championships.

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK
1 Conseslus KIPRUTO KEN 8:01.35 WL
2 Lamecha GIRMA ETH 8:01.36 NR
3 Soufiane EL BAKKALI MAR 8:03.76 SB
4 Getnet WALE ETH 8:05.21 PB
5 Djilali BEDRANI FRA 8:05.23 PB
6 Benjamin KIGEN KEN 8:06.95
7 Abraham KIBIWOT KEN 8:08.52
8 Hillary BOR USA 8:09.33
9 Leonard Kipkemoi BETT KEN 8:10.64
10 Stanley Kipkoech KEBENEI USA 8:11.15 SB
11 Fernando CARRO ESP 8:12.31
12 Andrew BAYER USA 8:12.47 PB
13 Avinash SABLE IND 8:21.37 NR
14 Matthew HUGHES CAN 8:24.78
15 Zak SEDDON GBR 8:40.23
Chala BEYO ETH DNF

 

Timothy Cheruiyot: Mens 1500m:  Timothy Cheruiyot has been imperious in 2019. Nobody has come close to matching him. Compatriot Elijah Manangoi, the defending world champion, who has been his primary challenger for the last two years, pulled out of the championships. Cheruiyot was as dominant as usual, beating the field by a significant margin

 

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK
1 1273 Timothy CHERUIYOT KEN 3:29.26
2 106 Taoufik MAKHLOUFI ALG 3:31.38 SB
3 1532 Marcin LEWANDOWSKI POL 3:31.46 NR
4 1486 Jakob INGEBRIGTSEN NOR 3:31.70
5 852 Jake WIGHTMAN GBR 3:31.87 PB
6 843 Josh KERR GBR 3:32.52 PB
7 1292 Ronald KWEMOI KEN 3:32.72 SB
8 1872 Matthew CENTROWITZ USA 3:32.81 SB
9 1707 Kalle BERGLUND SWE 3:33.70 NR
10 1882 Craig ENGELS USA 3:34.24
11 829 Neil GOURLEY GBR 3:37.30
12 615 Youssouf HISS BACHIR DJI 3:37.96

 

Silver Medals

Faith Kipyegon: Women’s 1500m: Faith Kipyegon, coming back from a year-long maternity leave, finished second to Sifan Hassan who clocked an incredible time of 3:51:95, after having won the women’s 10,000m. A dark cloud hangs over her performance after her former coach Alberto Salazar was banned for four years for doping violations. Sifan’s drastic/dramatic improvement over the past year is considered suspect.

Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi: Women’s 5000m: Chelimo earned the silver behind compatriot Hellen Obiri thanks to a late effort.

Bronze Medals

Ferguson Rotich: Men’s 800m: His first medal. This caps a career year in which he ran a personal best

Rhonex Kipruto: Men’s 10,000m: The 20 year old has a bright future in front of him

Amos Kipruto: Men’s marathon: A valiant effort resulting in his first ever medal

Agnes Jebet Tirop: Women’s 10,000m: Jebet ran a personal best time

Kenya Athletics

 

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