Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Hellen Obiri bags Kenya first medal at World athletics championship

Hellen Obiri and Margaret Kipkemboi have won their first medals for Kenya after finishing second and third respectively in the women’s 10,000m finals in Oregon, USA.

Ethiopian world record holder Letesenbet Gidey overcame pressure from the two Kenyans and that from fellow Ethiopian Sifan Hassan to bag gold after clocking 30:09.94 seconds.

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At the final 400m, all runners looked focused to complete the race as they increased their pace before Gidey intensified her finish to keep off pressure from Obiti who came close on her shoulders.

Even though both Obiri and Kipkemboi bagged silver and bronze respectively after finishing  30:10.02 and 30:10.07 respectively, they had clocked their personal best under the perfectly cool weather.

Speaking after the win, Gidey noted that the win was more important than the world record. She continued by revealing how she had been watching Obiri and knew she had to run fast in the last 300m.

“The dream came true, this victory is even more important to me than a world record,” 

“I was thinking about winning this gold since 2019 but Hassan was always there. I was also watching Obiri. This time, I was really watching them and I knew I had to be very fast in the last 300m.” Said Gidey

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Alex Kiprop
News Moto sports correspondent. Catch up the latest results when they happen and as they happen, locally and international

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