Team Kenya finished second behind Team USA at the 2017 IAAF Championships in London with 11 medals when the games ended Sunday. Team USA managed to get 30 medals.
This was not as good as past performance by Kenya such as in Beijing in 2015 where Kenya got 16 medals – 7 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze.
Paul Tanui got Kenya’s first medal with a bronze in the men’s 10,000m race on the first day, August 4th and Agnes Jebet followed with a bronze in the women’s 10,000m race the next day.
Geoffrey Kirui got Kenya’s first gold medal in the championships on day three while Edna Kiplagat got silver in the women’s marathon.
Kenya’s Hellen Obiri claimed consolation for her Olympic silver in 2016 by winning the women’s 5,000 metres world title on Sunday.
The 27-year-old produced a devastating burst down the back straight to leave defending champion Almaz Ayana trailing and went on to win in a time of 14:34.86 seconds.
Ayana, who had won the 10,000m gold in what was her first race of the season, took silver for Ethiopia in 14:40.35 with the Netherlands’ Sifan Hassan finishing third in 14:42.73.
American athletes Courtney Frerichs and Emma Coburn shockingly got a 1-2 finish in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase ahead of the four competing Kenyan ladies. Champion Hyvin Kyeng got a bronze medal in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase while her fellow Kenyan runners didn’t manage to win any medals for this race.
Faith Chepng’etich earned a gold medal in the 1,500m race while Conseslus Kipruto got a victory in the men’s steeplechase on the 5th day of the championships.
Kipyegon Bett won a bronze medal in the men’s 800m on the 5th day too.
Sources: nairobinews, iaaf.org