Four Kenyan runners qualify for world 1500m finals

Kenya’s chances of winning more medals at the ongoing world athletics championships were boosted after all the four runners in the 1500 metres qualified for the final set for this Sunday at the ‘Bird’s Nest’ in Beijing, China.


Asbel Kiprop, Silas Kiplagat, Elijah Motonei and Timothy Cheruiyot finished in top positions in the semifinals held Friday.

Having already bagged 11 medals, 6 gold medals, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals, the search for more medals by Kenyan athletes continued Friday afternoon with the semifinals of the 1500 metres.

Favorite Asbel Kiprop and Silas Kiplagat took to the track first in the first semifinal and the duo were only separated by Nicholas Willis of New Zealand as they both secured a place in Sunday’s final, favourite Kiprop finishing first and Kiplagat 3rd.

Elijah Motonei and Timothy Cheruiyot met in the second semifinal and Motonei was too fast for the field finishing first while Cheruiyot came home in 5th position, both qualifying for the final.

But before the 1500 metres Sunday final, Kenya expects to bag at least two more medals on Saturday when our very own athletes take to the track in two finals.

In the women’s 800 metres final, Eunice Sum will be going for the gold in the toughest race of her career while Edwin Soi, Caleb Mwangangi Ndiku and Isaiah Koech battle for medals in the men’s 5,000 metres final. The nine day championship ends on Sunday.