Kenya’s hunt for medals at the ongoing IAAF Championships continue this Monday with three key events. Team Kenya already has 2 medals after Ruth Chepngetich clinched gold in the women’s marathon while Agnes Tirop got the bronze in the Women’s 10,000m race.
On Monday Kenya’s duo of Nicholas Kipkorir Kimeli and Jacob Krop will be the first in the field at 9PM when the men’s 5,000m final take center stage. The two boast of registering a 12:57.90 and 13:14:44 personal best respectively and will battle Ethiopia trio of Selemon Barega (12:43.02) Muktar Edris and Telahun Haile Bekele (12:52.98) same as Kenyan born American Paul Chelimo.
Others with a sub 13 minute time in the race are Mohammed Ahmed of Canada and Bahranian Birhanu Balew.
Kenya’s first podium sweep hopefuls Celliphine Chepteek Chespol, World record holder Beatrice Chepkoech, and Hyvin Kiyeng will then take on the field in the 3,000m steeplechase final before the sole competitor in the women’s 800m final Eunice Sum take on a strong field in search of her second Worlds gold.
On Tuesday, Ferguson Rotich will be the only Kenyan representative in the Men’s 800m final. Rotich has a Personal Best time of 1:42:54 which is also his season’s best time.
Kenya is currently in 4th position on the medal standings behind leaders USA, China and the Republic of Jamaica.