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IAAF World Athletics Championships: Kenya's Faith Kipyegon clinches women's 1500 m gold, Jamaica's Omar McLeod wins 110 m hurdles

Kenyan long distance runners continued to put up medal winning performances at the World Championships with their Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon adding another gold to the nation's kitty by winning 1500 metres race.


  |  Updated On : August 08, 2017 08:20 AM
Faith Kipyegon - File photo

Faith Kipyegon - File photo

New Delhi :  

Kenyan long distance runners continued to put up medal winning performances at the World Championships with their Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon adding another gold to the nation's kitty by winning 1500 metres race.

In a tight race from start to end, Kipyegon had enough gas in her tank to fend off her challengers down the home straight to clock 4min 02.59sec. American Jennifer Simpson claimed silver, at 0.17sec, with South Africa's 800m specialist Caster Semenya taking bronze (4:02.90). Defending world champion Genzebe Dibaba finished 12th and last, more than 4sec off the winning pace.

Jamaica had something to cheer about when their ace sprinter Omar McLeod won the 110m hurdles gold at the World Athletics Championships. The race followed the shock defeats of Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson in the 100m events. But McLeod, another overwhelming race favourite from the Caribbean island, made no mistake as he added the world crown to the Olympic title he won last year. 

Yulimar Rojas won Venezuela's first ever World Championship gold as she held off reigning champion Caterine Ibarguen in a see-saw triple jump final. Rojas' 14.91m in the penultimate round stole back a lead that Ibarguen had herself taken back with her third-round 14.89m, the Colombian going close again in the final round only to come up three centimetres short of gold.

McLeod, 23, a sub-10 second runner over 100m flat, had held off Sergey Shubenkov by a tenth of a second in 13.04secs, with Hungary's Balazs Baji in bronze.

First Published: Tuesday, August 08, 2017 08:07 AM


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