Mary Moraa Wins Last Medal for Kenya at This Year’s Championships, Bagging Bronze in Women’s 800 Metres

Mary Moraa Wins Last Medal for Kenya at This Year’s Championships, Bagging Bronze in Women’s 800 Metres

  • Kenya's journey at this year's World Athletics Championships came to an end with a bronze medal in the women's 800 metres finals
  • Mary Moraa finished third to win her first senior medal in the two-lap race at the Hayward Field in Oregon
  • Olympic champion and local hero Athing Mu won the race to claim her first world title, beating her closest rival Keely Hodgkinson to it

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.

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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.

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Mary Moraa, women's 800 metres, World Athletics Championships
Mary Moraa of Team Kenya celebrates winning bronze in the Women's 800m Final. Photo by Carmen Mandato.
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Moraa survived a late scare from the fast approaching Diribe Welteji to clock her personal best and win her first senior medal at a major championship.

It was the last event for Team Kenya, who finish the championships with 10 medals.

Jacob Krop wins Kenya's fifth silver medal at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that 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.

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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.

But he was not to be denied in Oregon, 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.

Source: SportsBrief.com

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