In the nine-day World Championships, which took place at Beijing’s National Stadium, countries Kenya and Jamaica dominated track in an exciting international showing.
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Kenya Tops Medal Table
Garnering seven gold medals, Kenya took the lead, per usual, in middle- and- long-distance running:
– David Rudisha won the gold in the men’s 800m
– Vivian Cheruiyot won the gold for women’s 10,000m
– Ezekiel Kemboi won the gold for the men’s 3,000m steeplechase
– Hyvin Jepkemoi won the gold in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase
– Nicholas Bett won the gold in the 400m hurdles
– Julius Yego won the men’s javelin competition
– Asbel Kiprop won the gold in the 1500m
Watch Rudisha win the men’s 800m here:
Watch Jepkemoi win the women’s 3,000m here:
Watch Kiprop win the men’s 1500m here:
Of the nation’s wins, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta tweeted:
Our young people have once again shown that they are as good as the world’s best and brightest.
— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) August 30, 2015
@UKenyatta We are grateful for our athletes for this feat. Now the message needs to be heard in all other sectors of life. — John Njoroge (@njorogejm) August 31, 2015
Kenya also won six additional silver medals and three bronze medals.
Jamaica Sprints to First Place
While Kenya won the most medals, Jamaica came in second place with 12 medals.
On Saturday, the record-breaking Usain Bolt, Nesta Carter Nickel Ashmeade, and Asafa Powell stunned their competition with a winning time of 37.36 seconds in the men’s 4X100 meter relay, making it the fourth time Jamaica has won this relay at the World Championships.
The United States would have come in at second place with a time of 37.77, but they were disqualified due to a faulty changeover between Tyson Gay and Mike Rodgers.
Watch the faulty changeover here:
Therefore, China took second place.
Watch the Jamaican’s dominate here:
Bolt also won two gold medals at the 100m and 200m events:
But the men weren’t alone in the gold medal festivities.
Jamaica’s women’s team would also take top honors with the 4X100m relay final.
Shelly-Ann Fraser, who won two gold medals in the London Olympics; Veronica Campbell-Brown; Natasha Morrison; and Elaine Thompson won the relay in record time at 41:07 seconds.
The United States placed second, while Trinidad and Tobago came in third.
Watch the race here:
Fraser-Pryce, who brought the Jamaicans to victory in the 4X100 relay, also won the 100m:
The island also collected two silver and three bronze medals.
In points, the United States came in, in first place with 214, while Kenya came in second with 173 and Jamaica, third, with 132.
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