Kenya misses out on medals in the Women’s 10,000m at the World Athletics Championships

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For the first time since 2007, Kenya has missed a medal in the women’s 10,000-meter race at the World Athletics Championships, with rivals Ethiopia carrying the day sweeping a clean podium finish.

Gidaf Tsegay sprinted for gold recording a time of 31:27.18, leading compatriots Letesenbet Gidey and Ejgayehu Taye to clinch Silver and Bronze recording a time of 31:28.16(Gidey) and 31:28.31(Taye) respectively.

Ethiopia’s Tsegay Gidey and Taye after wining the Women’s 10,000 meters race at the World Athletics Championships.

Kenya’s best performer was Irene Kamais clocking 31:32.19 to coming in fourth.

Agnes Jebet Ngetich recorded 31:34.83 to come in distance Sixth, however, it was far more disappointing for Grace Nawowuna the world’s third fastest woman to trail at the event finishing ninth.

Irene Kamais and Agnes Ngetich secure the ticket to World Championships during the National trials at Nyayo Stadium in July 2023

Meanwhile, Ethiopian-born Dutch middle- and long-distance runner Sifan Hassan fell after an unfortunate slip almost 50 meters to the finish line.

Sifan Hassan slipping and falling during the Women’s 10,000 meters race.

Sifan had entered the 1,500m, 10,000m, and 5,000m and was seeking to clinch a treble in the completion however the 10,000 meter is gone.

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