PHOTOS: Vivian Cheruiyot bags gold at World Championships


Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya celebrates after winning gold in the Women's 10000 at the World Athletics ...
Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya celebrates after winning gold in the Women's 10000 at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing 2015. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for IAAF)

Vivian Cheruiyot announced her return to international tracks with a bang after bagging Kenya’s first gold at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing.

Sally Kipyego of Kenya competes in the Women's 10,000 metres final at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for IAAF)
Sally Kipyego competes in the Women’s 10,000 metres final at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for IAAF)

Cheruiyot saw off fierce competition from Ethiopia’s Gelete Burka to cross the finish line in 31:41.31 and claim the women’s 10,000 metres gold medal.

The 31-year-old, who took 2014 off to have a child, hit the front with 300 metres to go and powered her way to victory in 31 minutes, 41.31 seconds to reclaim the title she won as part of a 5,000-10,000 double at the 2011 world championships in Daegu.

Belaynesh Oljira of Ethiopia (r) competes in the Women's 10,000 metres final at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for IAAF)
Belaynesh Oljira of Ethiopia (r) competes in the Women’s 10,000m final at the World Athletics Championships. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for IAAF)

Ethiopia’s Gelete Burka stayed with Cheruiyot when the Kenyan sprinted away on the back straight but could not handle the pace down the final straight and had to settle for silver in 31.41.77.

Burka and Vivian Cheruiyot in the Women's 10000 metres final at World Athletics Championships. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for IAAF)
Burka and Vivian Cheruiyot in the Women’s 10000 metres final at World Athletics Championships. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for IAAF)

The bronze medal went to American Emily Infield (31.43.49), who pipped Molly Huddle on the line when her American team mate slowed to celebrate what she thought was going to be third place.

Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya celebrates after winning gold in the Women's 10000 at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing 2015. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for IAAF)
Vivian Cheruiyot celebrates winning gold in the Women’s 10000 at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for IAAF)

In the absence of Ethiopia’s three-times world champion Tirunesh Dibaba, who has taken the year off to have a child, Cheruiyot’s victory kept the title in East Africa for the 10th straight championships.

Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya celebrates after winning gold in the Women's 10000 at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing 2015. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for IAAF)
Vivian Cheruiyot celebrates after winning gold in the Women’s 10000 at the World Athletics Championships. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for IAAF)

Infield’s was the first world championship medal for a non-African born runner in the women’s 10,000m since her compatriot Kara Goucher won bronze in Osaka in 2007.

Sally Jepkosgei Kipyego of Kenya catches a breath after finishing the Women's 10000 metres final at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for IAAF)
Sally Kipyego of Kenya catches breath after finishing the Women’s 10000 metres final at the World Athletics Championships. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for IAAF)

 

Additional reporting by Reuters

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