Caleb Mwangangi Ndiku beat a strong field to win the 3000m at the 2014 World Indoor Athletics Championships held in Sopot Poland. The field included Kenyan turned American Bernard Lagat who took silver, Ethiopian Hagos Gebrhiwet, the world 5,000m silver medallist and the fastest man in the discipline this season, Kenya’s Augustine Choge and American Galen Rupp.
The veteran Bernard Lagat was aiming for a place in the record books with a fourth victory in the world indoor 3,000m. A fourth gold medal in the event would have put Lagat one victory ahead of Ethiopian great Haile Gebrselassie in the all-time annals of the World Indoor Championships.
But Ndiku had other ideas and he unleashed a fierce final lap to win in clocked 7min 54.94sec for gold, holding off Lagat who took silver in 7:55.22, with a second Ethiopian, Dejen Gebremeskel, claiming bronze (7:55.39)..
Hellen Obiri takes Silver
Defending champion Hellen Onsando Obiri of Kenya claimed silver in 8:57.72. The race was won by Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba, who has broken three world indoor records this season. She dominated the race, clocking 8min 55.04sec to add the 3000m crown to the indoor 1500m title she won two years ago in Istanbul. Ethiopian-born Bahraini Maryam Yusuf Jamal took bronze.
Kenya finished 10th in the medal standings with 1 gold and 1 silver.
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