NAIROBI, President Uhuru Kenyatta has congratulated Geoffrey Kirui for giving Kenya its first gold medal at the IAAF World Athletics championships in London after Boston Marathon winner Kirui clocked 2:08.27 to edge out Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola by 1 min 22 sec in the marathon Sunday, while Tanzania’s Alphonse Simbu claimed bronze.
The President hailed the Kenyan team for representing Kenya with distinction. My hearty congratulations to Geoffrey Kirui for winning Gold in the men’s marathon at the ongoing IAAF World Championships. I am proud of our Kenyan team who are representing our nation with such great distinction, the president tweeted.
As the championships entered Day Three on Sunday, Kirui stunned a field of a hundred athletes to win Kenya its first gold medal in a world’s best time for 2017 as he motivated the ladies who lined up later Sunday evening in the women’s marathon.
Kenyans Helah Jelagat, Ednah Kiplagat and Flomenah Cheyech competed for the women’s medals in the 42 kilometer race with Kiplagat winning silver while Kenyan-born Rose Chelimo, representing Bahrain, took the gold.
Meanwhile, Kenya’s hopes of a clean sweep in the men’s 3000 metres steeplechase remain on course after all the three athletes in the event qualified to the final. Defending champion Ezekiel Kemboi qualified after finishing 4th in heat two won by Evan Jager of the United States.
Conseslus Kipruto won heat three to qualify for the final ahead of Stanley Kipkoech of the United States. Jairus Birech finished 5th in heat one and also qualified for the final set for Tuesday.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK