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Doha day four: Three medal events for Kenya

Hyvin Kiyeng leading her way through the steeplechase heats. PHOTO/IAAF

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 30 – Kenya will have three more openings to increase its medal tally when the IAAF World Championships gets into day four at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar on Monday.

Kenya has two medals so far; a gold in the women’s marathon and a bronze from Agnes Tirop in the women’s 10,000m.

These are the Monday evening events involving Kenyan athletes.

6:20pm – Women’s 400m heats

Kenya will be represented by two athletes; national record holder Hellen Syombua and reigning national champion as well as 2018 World Under-18 champion Mary Moraa.

Syombua starts off in lane five in heat one while Moraa competes in heat fove off lane eight, racing against reigning Diamond Trophy winner Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas.

9:20pm – Men’s 5,000m final

The last man to win gold for Kenya in the 5,000m was Benjamin Limo in 2005. Fourteen years on, the young duo of Nicholas Kimeli and Jacob Krop will attempt to bring the glory days back to the red green and black republic.

While Krop finished second in his heat, Kimeli finished fifth but had a good time enough to sail him through as one of the best finishers outside the automatic qualification slots. Interestingly, Kimeli ran quicker than Krop.

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Ethiopian duo of defending champion Muktar Edris and youngster Selemon Barega will be the biggest competition while the Ingebrigsten brothers of Henrik, Filip and Jakob also stand a chance.

Kenyan turned American Paul Chelimo who won bronze in London two years ago will also look to improve the color of his medal.

9:50pm – Women’s steeplechase final

If there is confidence that Kenya will pick gold number three, then the Kenyan trio of 2015 champion Hyvin Kiyeng, double world youth and junior champion Celiphine Chespol and world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech offer the solace that it’s not confidence in futility.

The biggest hope of a medal will be on Chepkoech who has been in sizzling form this season, clinching the coveted Diamond Trophy.

Before departing for Doha, the three intimated that teamwork will be key if they are to wrestle back the title they lost in London two years ago.

Kenyan turned Bahraini Winfred Mutile and Uganda’s Peruth Chemutai will be the outsiders looking to upset the balances for Team Kenya.

Defending champion Emma Coburn and 2017 silver medalist Courtney Frierichs will also be lining up for the crown.

10:10pm – Women’s 800m final

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Eunice Sum started her campaign in Doha on some shaky ground qualifying off the heats as one of the best losers, but her performance in the semi-finals restored confiodence.

She will line up for Monday night’s final looking to get her name on the medal table, six years since winning the title in Moscow.

“My target was to get to the final and now that I am here, I want to try and get a medal. After the heats I talked to my coach and we agreed that I should run infront because I ran at the back and was boxed at some point and couldn’t make my move. This year, I feel like I am in good shape,” Sum stated.

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