One, two, and three. Kenya takes it all here. In fact, it’s Kenya’s first ever clean sweep in the women’s senior race.
In fact, besides taking all the medals, Kenya took the fourth, fifth and sixth positions. Historic!
In this race, as many as 104 athletes took to the starting point to do a five-lap race.
As per the script, the top three favorite nations had bagged gold. Kenya took the mixed relay, Ethiopia the U20 women and hosts Uganda, a first ever, in the U20 men.
Coming into this one, Kenya had won the previous five titles, with defending champion Agnes Jebet Tirop also taking part today.
The lead pack was quite huge, with about 25 or so athletes breathing behind each other’s necks. Lornah Kiplagat, who won the senior women’s race a decade ago on home soil (Mombasa), also featured today.
Faith Kipyegon, an Olympic champion, also participated.
The lead pack had narrowed considerably towards the conclusion of the eight-kilometre run, with an Ethiopian sticking with the group in front.
All but two of the entire Kenyan team were in the lead. Defending champion Tirop found herself left behind as the end approached.
Kipyegon also lagged and when the bell was struck, three runners were going for gold; Alice Aprot Nawawuna, Irene Chepet Cheptai and Lilian Kasait Rengeruk.
Behind in fourth, Kipyegon (6th place) allowed Hyvin Kiyeng Jepkemoi (4th place) to race past her while title-holder Tirop struggled two places further behind at 5th place.
Cheptai (1st) peeled away further from fellow Kenyan Aprot (2nd), while 19 years old Rengeruk , who was in lead a long time became 3rd.