Kenyan athletes have continued to shine in the ongoing IAAF World Champion in Beijing, China. Vivian Cheruiyot and Ezekiel Kemboi both won gold medals in the 10,000 metres and 3, 000 steeplechase respectively.
Vivian Cheruiyot who had been out of the track for maternal reasons came out strong from behind to defend World 10,000m title when she clocked 31 minutes and 41.31 seconds. Ethiopian Gelete Burka emerged at the runners up with 31:41.77 while Emily Infeld (US) closed strong for bronze in 31:43.49.
Ezekiel Kemboi later made history as first athlete to win four consecutive world 3,000m steeplechase titles. Using a record breaking 8 minutes 11.28 seconds, he led three more Kenyans: Conseslus Kipruto, Brimin Kipruto and Jairus Birech to sweep the first four positions.
Kemboi had previously clinched gold medals in 2009 (Berlin) 2011 (Daegu) and 2013 (Moscow).
The win now leaves Kenya at the top position with with two gold, two silver and two bronze medals.
Kenyans on Twitter didn’t fail to recognise the win, they out poured praises to the medalists for their exemplary performance.
Here are some of the tweets.
@PresidentKE: Vivian Cheruiyot, you made Kenya proud with your victory in the 10,000m race earlier today. I congratulate you. #MagicalKenya
@RailaOdinga Congratulations to Vivian Cheruiyot for making us proud winning Kenya’s first gold medal in the World Athletics Champions in Beijing, China!
@PresidentKE Congratulations to one of my Presidential Escort officer, Ezekiel Kemboi and his entire 3,000m team for the clean sweep. #MagicalKenya
@IdaOdinga I cannot thank you all enough and a special thank you and congratulations to my good friend Ezekiel Kemboi for making us proud in Beijing
@WilliamsRuto Bravo Ezekiel Kemboi for winning in the 3000m steeplechase final and Vivian for reclaiming her title in the 10,000m at IAAF in #Beijing2015
@KoinangeJeff Ezekiel Kemboi has got to be the Greatest Steeplechaser EVER..He wins GOLD at the World Championship followed by THREE other Kenyans..Oh MY!
@kipmurkomen Kenya 1,2,3 what a devastating finish byEzekiel Kemboi to silence all his critics. A living legend!
@KuisanMacharia Ezekiel Kemboi is INSANE!!! What was that last 300m about!! He took off like a man possessed! 😳😳 well another GOLD #IAAF