Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon produced a startling last-lap sprint to outpace overwhelming favourite Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia to win Olympic 1500M gold last night. Kipyegon clocked 4min 08.92sec after her burst over the last 250 metres, world record holder Dibaba taking silver in 4:10.27.
The 22-year-old Kenyan, who won silver behind Dibaba at last year’s world championships in Beijing, pulled level with and then away from the Ethiopian in an incredible display of finishing.
Dibaba, who after breaking the world indoor mile record and winning the world indoor 3000m title at the start of the year was forced to delay the start to her outdoor campaign due to a troublesome toe injury, began to tie up as the line approached.
But the 25-year-old just managed to hold on for silver from 2011 world champion Simpson, whose bronze was the United States’ first ever Olympic medal in this event.
Kipyegon’s gold is Kenya’s sixth medal at the Rio Games following in the footsteps of other gold medalists Jemima Sumgong women’s marathon and David Rudisha men’s 800m.
Kenya has also has three silver medals from of Vivian Cheruiyot women’s 5,000m, Paul Tanui men’s 10,000m, Hyvin Kiyeng women’s 3,000m steeplechase.
Kenya will be seeking to garner more medals at the ongoing Rio Olympics at the Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
Caleb Mwangangi ndiku, Charles Mneria and Isaiah Koech will be battling in Men’s 5000M round one,World Champion Ezekiel Kemboi together with Brimin Kipruto and Conseslus Kipruto will be on lane for the men’s 3000m steepleches finals.
Round 1 women’s 800 will be another race to watch as Kenyans Margret Wambui,Eunice Sum and Winny Chebet represents the nation.
The African record and Commonwealth record holder Julius Yego will be looking today to qualify for the men’s javelin