Kipruto: In bagging bronze, I felt the loneliness as Ethiopians stuck to their plan


Kipruto: In bagging bronze, I felt the loneliness as Ethiopians stuck to their plan

In Summary

  • Kenya picked a total of four medals on the penultimate day of this year’s World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, to jump into the second position in the medal standings with a total of nine medals, four of which are gold, silver and three bronze.
  • In the last event of the day, Amos Kipruto won Kenya her third bronze in a time of 2:10:51hrs in the men’s marathon.
  • Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa, won gold in a time of 2:10:40, a season’s best; better than his heroics in Moscow 2013 where he won silver.
Philip Muchiri in Doha, Qatar

Kenya picked a total of four medals on the penultimate day of this year’s World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, to jump into the second position in the medal standings with a total of nine medals, four of which are gold, silver and three bronze.

In the last event of the day, Amos Kipruto won Kenya her third bronze in a time of 2:10:51hrs in the men’s marathon.

Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa won gold in a time of 2:10:40, a season’s best, dwarfing his heroics in Moscow 2013 where he won silver.

Despite the harsh Doha temperatures falling to slightly above 30 degrees, Kipruto felt the pressure of running with the Ethiopians in the home stretch.

“The two Ethiopians were assisting each other, talking until the last 500m when they started the sprint; when other Kenyans dropped back I could feel the loneliness, but I have learnt a lot from their tactics,” Kipruto told Citizen Digital shortly after sealing a podium place.

“It was my first World Championship, and I am happy I didn’t disappoint, now I will take a rest before moving forward according to the advice of my management,” he added.

Geoffrey Kirui who surrendered the title blames the humid weather for the dismal performance, after finishing at position 14 in a time of 2:13:54 – a season’s best.

“Surely we gave our best but the weather was too punishing, I tried water but to no avail,” he said.

Kipruto is all joy as he bags bronze in the men’s marathon in Doha. PHOTO/Reuters

In the women’s 5,000m, encouragement from friends gave Hellen Obiri the believe to defend her title after a poor outing at her first attempt in the 10,000m World Championship.  She says the win gives her more energy to try again.

“I think I should take a month break and then start early preparations for Tokyo 2020.  Olympic gold is the only medal that I lack, what I’m not going to do is to give up on the 10,000m race, I understand I’m getting old and that is a race that I can do well,” she asserted.

She registered a championship record of 14:26.72.

“After the 10,000m debacle I thought of going home early to forget about the disappointment but many people encouraged me, and the thought of going home without a medal was not good for me,” she added.

Hellen Obiri smiles broadly after reinforcing her credentials as the queen of women’s 5,000m race in Doha.She won gold to retain her World title.PHOTO/Reuters

Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi ran a personal best of 14:27.49 to win Kenya’s first silver of the event, as Lillian Kasait Rengeruk finished fifth with a personal best of 14:36.05.

In the women’s 1,500m, Faith Chepng’etich Kipyegon relinquished her title to double champion Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands.

Fresh from winning the 10,000 metres, Hassan outclassed Kipyegon in the final 150m to register a Championship record of 3:51.95.

Chepngetich however had to be rushed for medical attention following a groin injury that made it impossible for her to field questions from journalists.

A veteran journalist with 16 years of experience in the Media, Muchiri is our lead reporter at the 2019 World Athletics Championship in Doha.

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