Silver for Ndiku and Bronze for Sum

Caleb Mwangangi Ndiku won his first major championship medal when   he took silver in the men’s 5000m at the 2015 world athletics championships.

It was a brave effort by Ndiku but he could prevent Britain’s Mo Farah from winning his third consecutive championship double, the athletic equivalent of a triple double.    Ndiku took off from the pack with two laps to go, setting a searing pace. Farah covered the move but looked as though he didn’t have enough in reserve to beat the Kenyan.

At the bell the effect of the change in pace showed on most of the runners faced, whose grimaces taut and twisted with the effort. Down the back straight for the last time it looked as though Farah was beaten but he dug deep and hauled himself past Ndiku with 140 metres to go. Farah had too much left in reserve and he passed Ndiku in the final straight.

Race Video

Race Results

 

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK
1 516 Mohamed Farah GBR GBR 13:50.38
2 698 Caleb Mwangangi Ndiku KEN KEN 13:51.75
3 465 Hagos Gebrhiwet ETH ETH 13:51.86
4 467 Yomif Kejelcha ETH ETH 13:52.43
5 1055 Galen Rupp USA USA 13:53.90
6 1064 Ben True USA USA 13:54.07
7 1025 Ryan Hill USA USA 13:55.10
8 694 Isiah Kiplangat Koech KEN KEN 13:55.98
9 960 Ali Kaya TUR TUR 13:56.51
10 703 Edwin Cheruiyot Soi KEN KEN 13:59.02
11 289 Albert Kibichii Rop BRN BRN 14:00.12
12 300 Mohammed Ahmed CAN CAN 14:00.38
13 469 Imane Merga ETH ETH 14:01.60
14 564 Richard Ringer GER GER 14:03.72
15 517 Tom Farrell GBR GBR 14:08.87

 

Sum garners bronze in 800m

Coming into this race. Eunice Sum was considered a string favourite, having dominated this event during the Diamond league circuit. However the women’s 800m is always unpredictable. There is often an unexpected runner from Eastern Europe who skips most of the regular season only to show up and win the championships in surprising fashion. And so it happened again with Marina Arzamasova of Belarus who surprised everyone to win.

Sum took off with her typical front running style. But by the 600m, mark it looked like Arzamasova had more in reserve. She passed Sum on the back stretch as did Melissa Bishop of Canada. Sum made a galant effort to come back in the last 50m but it was not enough.

Race Video

Race Results

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK
1 154 Marina Arzamasova BLR BLR 1:58.03
2 204 Melissa Bishop CAN CAN 1:58.12
3 575 Eunice Jepkoech Sum KEN KEN 1:58.18
4 600 Rababe Arafi MAR MAR 1:58.90
5 406 Shelayna Oskan-Clarke GBR GBR 1:58.99
6 832 Nataliia Lupu UKR UKR 1:58.99
7 669 Joanna Józwik POL POL 1:59.09
8 377 Renelle Lamote FRA FRA 1:59.70

 


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