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First Medals for Team Kenya As Hellen Obiri and Margaret Kipkemboi Get Podium Finishes in Oregon
- Hellen Obiri finally won her first medal in the 10,000 metres races after she finished second at the World Athletics Championships
- Another Kenyan, Margaret Kipkemboi, finished in third place to officially open Kenya's medal account at the global championships
- The Kenyan duo was, however, beaten by Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey, who finally won the world title to match her World record in the races
Kenya officially started her medal hunt at the World Athletics Championships with silver and bronze medals in the Women's 10,000 metres in Oregon, USA.
Hellen Obiri and Margaret Kipkemboi finished second and third, respectively, on the second day of the championships. The world record holder, Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey, won the race in one of the most epic finishes in history.
The defending champion Sifan Hassan finished fourth and hence failed in her pursuit to emulate Tirunesh Dibaba as the only woman to be able to defend her title successfully.
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Gidey ran a world-leading time of 30:09.94 to avenge her second-place finish at the 2019 event held in Doha, Qatar. Obiri missed first place by a whisker after she clocked a personal best of 30:10.02. Kipkemboi also had a personal best of 30:10.07.
It was Obiri's first medal in the 10,000 metres races, having won medals in the shorter races before. Keen interest was on Sifan Hassan, who has had an injury-ravaged season and was off the leading pack from the start.
The Netherlands international, however, made a late surge in the last 100 metres but was shaken off by the leading trio.
Ferdinand Omanyala qualifies for the 100 metres semifinals
Sports Brief had earlier reported that Africa's fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala has qualified for the 100 metres semifinals at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA.
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Omanyala finished third in his heat to book one of the automatic three spots for the next round, which will take place on Sunday at 04:00 a.m Kenyan time.
The story around Omanyala prior to this race was his visa delay which saw him arrive in Oregon less than three hours before his race. He, however, shook off the jetlag after a 16-hour plus flight to run a time 0f 10.10 seconds.