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BY SAMSON MBII,NAIROBI,7TH OCT 2019-Timothy Cheruiyot has given Kenya its fifth Gold after a resounding victory in the men’s 1,500m final in the final day of the World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
The in-form Cheruiyot who led from gun to tape clocked 3:29.26 ahead of Algeria’s Taoufik Makhloufi (3:31.38) and Marcin Lewandowski of Poland (3:32.72) who clinched silver and bronze respectively.
Having dominated the IAAF Diamond League Series for the past three consecutive seasons, Cheruiyot was yet to clinch his maiden gold medal at the global event having settled for silver in 2017.
With his training partner and defending champion George Manangoi missing out owing to an ankle injury, Cheruiyot was definitely the man to beat and he surely lived up to the expectation bestowed on him.
Kenya’s other representative in the race, Ronald Kwemoi finished seventh in 3:32.72 as he faded off in the later stages of the race having started brilliantly trailing Cheruiyot.
Cheruiyot becomes the fifth gold medalist for Kenya after compatriots Ruth Chepngetich (marathon), Beatrice Chepkoech (3,000m steeplechase), Conseslus Kipruto (3,000m steeplechase) and Hellen Obiri (5,000m).
Meanwhile in the 10,000m men’s race, World junior champion Rhonex Kipruto settled for bronze to stretch Kenya’s medal tally to 11. Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei topped the race.