Kenya did it again at the IAAF championships recently. We took the gold and silver as Ethopia took the junior medals in the men’s race.Geoffrey Kipsang (34 minutes 52 seconds) led compatriot Bedan Karoki (35:00) to a 1-2 finish in the men’s race This is a feat last achieved in 1999 when Paul Tergat won the last of his then record five consecutive gold medals, followed in second place by Patrick Ivuti.
Baby-faced 19-year-old Agnes Jebet (26:01) impressively won the senior women’s gold extending Kenya’s hold on the title to five years from 1999 when Florence Jebet, no relation, triumphed in 2009 at the Al Bisharat Golf Course in Amman to end a 14-year drought.
The coach ,David Leting, said that Kenya was aware that Ethopia would bring their A game so it was well prepared. Their success is owed to cooperation and team work. The athletes’ obedience to their coaches advice paid off as they will bring in a couple Gold medals and silver medals.
The win was an easy one as Ethopian’s really tried their best to win the races. In one race Isaac Korir took the lead immediately after the gunshot. On the 2km lap , Kipsang was left by Bahraini Albert Rop and Ugandan Moses Kibet. With an outburst of energy, Kipsang decide it was his show and together with Kenya champion Karoki and Ethopia’s Muktar Edris.
The two Kenyan athletes kept competing with each other as Edris maintained a steady lead. At the end of it all their hard work paid off. Karoki took the Gold and followed by Kipsang and thirdly Edris.
The senior women’s race developed into a tussle between smooth running Jebet and Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi, national 2013 3,000m junior champion from the 4km stage. Jebet’s relentless pace gave her an unchallenged win of the race.
Kenya became a popular to the residents of Guiyang and the larger China where the event was broadcast live to an audience of millions. All we can say is ‘Congratulations to our athletes for making us proud once again and representing us best at this championship.