Kenya tops table after historic World
Championships. Its been a marvelous seven-star performance for Kenya as the country won its maiden overall title at the World Championships in Athletics on Sunday 30th 2015 in Beijing, China.
Popular athlete Asbel Kiprop made a historic performance when he managed to finish for a third consecutive victory in the men’s 1,500m race, a fate that brought the packed 80,000-seater Bird’s Nest Stadium to its feet.
Kiprop, who was at the tail of the pack at the bell and with 200 metres to go, slowly worked his way up, hitting the front with less than 20 metres to go before winning in 3 minutes 34.40 seconds.
Elijah Manangoi wrapped up a 1-2 finish for Kenya just like in the 2011 Daegu championships, dipping his head ahead of Moroccan Abdalaati Iguider to snatch silver in 3:34.63. Iguider took bronze in 3:34.67.
Kiprop and Manangoi’s feat, which was preceded by Helah Kiprop’s silver medal in the women’s marathon in the morning, saw Kenya top the standings with 16 medals in total; seven gold, six silver and three bronze, finishing ahead of heavyweights Jamaica who were second with 7-2-3 and third-placed United States with 5-6-6.