April 14, 2024

Unstoppable Yavi beats Chepkoech as Kipsang settles for third

Unstoppable Yavi beats Chepkoech as Kipsang settles for third
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Until the final hurdle, it was a race for the title for the duo but the Bahraini looked stronger, going a step ahead of Chepkoech who seemed to lower her head

Newly-crowned world 3000m steeplechase champion Winfred Yavi continued her stellar form in Zurich, beating world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech for the title .

Few days after the Kenyan-born Bahraini broke her country of birth's hearts, denying Chepkoech gold in Budapest, the 23-year-old was back at it, albeit in a closer finish.

As the medals stood in Budapest, so did the finishes in Zurich; a copy and paste of sorts but for the times as Yavi clocked 9:03.19 for victory ahead of the world record holder's 9:03.70.

Until the final hurdle, it was a race for the title for the duo but the Bahraini looked stronger, going a step ahead of Chepkoech who seemed to lower her head, resigned to fate a few steps away from the finish line.

Meanwhile, in the men's 1500m, it was a dramatic finish with Yared Nuguse leaving very, and we mean very, late to pip newly-crowned world champion Josh Kerr on the line with an inside lane squeeze.

As the drama unfolded ahead, Abel Kipsang who finished just outside the medal bracket in Budapest was comfortable in third place in 3:30.85. Nuguse clocked 3:30.49 as Kerr settled for second in 3:30.51.