Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor has successfully defended his World Senior men’s title.
Initially, Uganda’s Stephen Kissa rubbed shoulders with the likes of Vincent Rono of Kenya and USA’s Stanely Kebenei in the leading group early into the race.
Kissa’s fellow countryman Joshua Cheptegei followed close behind alongside defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor.
Cheptegei, a cross country champion, breezed into the lead mid-way through the race. It turned into a two-man affair at the very front as Cheptegei gave title-holder Kamworor a run for his money.
Ethiopia’s Bonsa Dida was a distant third at this point.
The home crowd was given more than a reason to turn up their volume as Cheptegei broke further away from Kamworor, with three kilometers left to run, around 11 sec before.
Then came the final lap. The disastrous final lap for the Ugandan! First, he appeared he was going for it, before a resolute Kamworor overtook him. See photo over.
Tables turned suddenly as Uganda’s second gold hopeful tired ever and ever. Cheptegei’s legs gave way and became rubbery, surrendering what should have been a historic achievement for him. He nearly didn’t manage to make passing the finish line, as he was stiff-jogging in trance the last 800m, and was passed by many runners. He ended at place 30. Look at the difference of him at the two pictures.
Kamworor eventually finished 1st to defend his Gold-title. Another Kenyan, Leonard Barsoton, took Silver while Ethiopia’s Abadi Hadis took Bronze.
The timing system was not stable during the Championship, which must say is a big disapointment. This ment that the last official resultlists first came after 3 hours. Some lists took 4 hours before they became official! That’s not good enough IAAF!
At the men’s team competition it was VERY tight. Ethiopia won with one place number/point infront of Kenya, 21 infront of 22. Uganda managed 3rd place with 75 place points: