Jacob Krop Strikes Silver for Kenya in Men’s 5,000 Metres As Jakob Ingebrigtsen Wins Gold

Jacob Krop Strikes Silver for Kenya in Men’s 5,000 Metres As Jakob Ingebrigtsen Wins Gold

  • Kenyan Jacob Krop finished second in the men's 5,000 metres to win Kenya's fifth silver medal at the World Athletics Championships
  • Krop was beaten by the Olympic 1,500 metres champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen who won the race to win his first world title
  • The defending champion, Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei, finished in eighth place despite having made a strong start

Jacob Krop bagged silver for Team Kenya in the men's 5,000 metres at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon.

Krop had to settle for second place despite the Kenyans leading a wonderful race for long periods of time. Olympic 1,500 metres champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen who upgraded to the longer races, crossed the line first to win his first gold of this year's championships.

Ingebrigtsen was still reeling from the disappointment of missing gold in his 1,500 metres speciality last week when he finished second behind the eventual winner, Jake Wightman.

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But he was not to be denied this time around, taking charge of the race with two laps to go. It was a race complete with stars, with the defending champion Muktar Edris looking to win three world titles.

Jacob Krop, Jakob Ingebrigsten, men's 5000 metres, World Athletics Championships
Daniel Simiu Ebenyo of Team Kenya and Jacob Krop of Team Kenya react after competing in the Men's 5000m Final. Photo by Hannah Peters.
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The Olympic champion and world record holder Joshua Cheptegei was also looking to complete a double after winning the 10,000 metres races last week.

Ingebrigtsen clocked 13:09.24 while Krop used 13.09.98. Ugandan Oscar Chelimo was third.

Mary Moraa wins bronze in the women's 800 metres

Sports Brief also reported that Mary Moraa signed off Kenya's participation at this year's World Athletics Championships with a bronze in the women's 800 metres.

Moraa, the Africa Junior champion, was elated after finishing third in a race that she knew she had to put her best foot forward for a podium finish. Moraa clocked 1:56.71 to finish behind the eventual champion Athing Mu of America and Keely Hodgikson of Great Britain.

Mu, also the Olympic champion, completed her CV with a world title after running a conservative first lap. The 20-year-old then took charge of the race in the second and last lap, edging Hodgikson by thousand of seconds for an epic finish in Oregon.

Source: Sports Brief News

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