Kenya scoops 11 medals, three gold in IAAF Masters


Joseph Kipchumba poses with the national flag after winning gold at the Perth 2016 World Masters. ...
Joseph Kipchumba poses with the national flag after winning gold at the Perth 2016 World Masters. PHOTO/Dominic Ondieki/Twitter

Team Kenya bagged 11 medals-three gold, five silver and three bronze- at the just concluded Perth 2016 World Masters in Australia.

Joshua Kipchumba and Paul Kibet Yego landed the top medals over 10000m in the over 45 and 50 years categories with Francis Komu adding the third gold in the over 40 21km showdown.

Komu led compatriots John Birigen (1:11:19.71) and Philip Metto (1:11:26.63) to the podium sweep in the 21km event.

Kipchumba clocked 31:40.16 to lead Argentina’s Troncoso Caesar (32:04.42) and Kwist Patrick of Netherlands (32:10. 29) to the podium while Kibet (33:13.34) beat Raymond Ben (33:19.16) of Great Britain and Graham Bruce (33: 48.89) of Australia to the top medal.

John Sang (1:12:18.01), Joel Kosgey (1:19:30.73), Stephen Kihara (1:15:14.48) Stephen Kamande brought home four silver medals in the 45, 50, 55 and 60 year categories.

Lone field athlete Joshua Pondo made history after winning Kenya her first Shot put medal in the 55-age category after taking bronze with a throw of 14.06m.

The 10-day event attracted over 92 countries that sent athletes of various age groups. Kenya sent a contingent of 16 retired athletes to grace the event.

SELECTED RESULTS

10000m Men M45 –

  1. Joshua Kipchumba (Kenya) 31:40.16
  2. Troncoso Caesar (Argentina) 32:04.42
  3. Kwist Patrick (Netherlands) 32:10. 29

10000m men M50

  1. Paul Kibet Yego (Kenya) 33:13.34
  2. Raymond Ben (Great Britain) 33:19.16
  3. Graham Bruce (Australia) 33: 48.89

10000m Men M60

  1. Ramirez R. Jose (Colombia) 39:44.44
  2. Whilve Dennis (New Zealand) 39:41.75
  3. Joseph Some Koskei (Kenya) 39:45.73

21KM M40

  1. Francis Komu (Gold) 1:11:06.16
  2. John Birgen (Silver) 1:11:19.71
  3. Philip Metto (Bronze) 1:11:26.63

SHOT PUT MEN – M55

  1. James Doff (Russia) – 15.66
  2. Cortina (USA) – 14.11
  3. Joshua Pondo (Kenya) – 14.06

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