BUDAPEST - Another day, another gold for Kenya's Faith Kipyegon. The formidable middle-distance runner added to her growing medal tally at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, claiming the 5000m title. This came just days after her impressive win in the 1500m, showcasing her versatility and endurance on the global stage.
The 5000m final was anything but a straightforward victory for Kipyegon. As the race reached its climax, Dutch runner Sifan Hassan and Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay looked primed to challenge for the top spot. The duo unleashed a powerful kick in the closing stages, threatening to snatch the gold from Kipyegon.
But the Kenyan, known for her steely determination and unyielding spirit, held her ground. Breathing down the neck of her competition, Kipyegon crossed the finish line in 14:53.88, narrowly edging out Hassan, who secured silver in 14:54.11. The bronze went to Kenya's Chebet, who clocked a commendable 14:54.33.
Kenya's dominance in the race was further underlined by the performance of Margaret Kipkemboi. She missed out on a podium spot but secured a respectable fourth place, finishing in 14:56.62. Thus, three of the top four spots in the 5000m final went to Kenyan athletes.
However, the evening wasn't kind to the 10,000m champion Gudaf Tsegay. Despite her spirited efforts and being in contention during the last lap, the Ethiopian couldn't sustain her momentum and slipped to an 11th place finish.