May 28, 2024

Kenyan girls shine on final day in Budapest

Kenyan girls shine on final day in Budapest
19-year-old Faith Cherotich won bronze medal in her first ever world championship

19-year-old Faith Cherotich won bronze medal in her first ever world championship at senior level posting a new personal best of 9:00.69.

3000m steeplechase world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech made it to the world podium after two years absence when she won silver at the distance with her season’s best of 8:58.98.

“Race was so good, you saw I decided to be in front all alone since I don’t have that kick, because I still have hamstring problem so I decided to control the race all along,” Beatrice told Michezo Afrika.

The race was won by Kenyan born Bahrani Winfred Mutile in a world leading time of 8:54.29. Beatrice has been a shell of her former self, struggling with an injury which impacted on her performance and a podium finish is what she needed ahead of Paris 2024 Games.

“I feel so good, because next year we are aiming for Olympics. It is like two years now and coming back and being on the podium is not easy. So, I am happy for silver,”

19-year-old Faith Cherotich won bronze medal in her first ever world championship at senior level posting a new personal best of 9:00.69.

“I feel really good, I am happy. Being third in a championship is not easy. I thank God and my coach; I am happy with my performance.”

“Lessons that I have learnt from here are - even if it is the world championships – don’t put yourself down because you are a junior – try your best,” she said.

 


Being the youngest and less experienced in the steeplechase team, Faith felt under pressure. 

“I was competing with seniors; it is the first time to compete in senior category. Now I am thinking about Olympic Games” she added. 

Faith will be sitting for her form examinations this year.  

5000m men bronze

At the same time on the final track day, Jacob Krop settled for bronze in the men’s 5000m clocking 13:12.28. Krop won silver at the 2022 World Championships in Oregon. 

Kenya 5th

Kenya finished fifth over with 10 medals –three gold medals, three silvers and four bronze medals. Kenyan gold medals were all won by female athletes. 

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