Kenyans hopes for more medals remain high as Obiri, Wambui and Yego advance
The 2017 London IAAF World Championships have been highly entertaining thus far. With Kenya already having three gold medals from Geoffrey Kirui (men’s marathon), Faith Kipyegon (women’s 1500m) and Conseslus Kipruto (men’s 3000m steeplechase).
The country’s hopes to increase its medal tally have remained high as more Kenyans have qualified in their respective events.
The women’s 5000m heat was highly entertaining with world’s 5th fastest, Kenya’s Hellen Obiri and defending champion Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana are the favourites for the event. Obiri won the heat with Ayana coming in a close second.
Kenya’s Sheila Chepkirui finished 6th among the fastest losers and will have to wait for the second heat to see if her final times are good enough to advance.
Margaret Wambui 800m bronze medalist in the 2016 Rio Olympics won the 800m heat to advance to the semis.
Local javelin hero, Julius Yego, advanced to the final set for Saturday after gloriously passing the 83m qualifying mark throwing to 83.57m in his first attempt.