Kenya’s wait for medals in the Tokyo Olympic games ends
By Samuel Ouma
On Monday, August 2, 2021, Lackluster Kenya bagged two medals in the ongoing Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
World champion Hellen Obiri won a silver medal after emerging second in women’s 5000m, and she clocked 14:38:36. The gold medal went to the winner Dutch Sifan Hassan who clocked 14:36:79.
Elsewhere, Benjamin Kigen bagged a bronze medal after finishing third in the men’s 3000m steeplechase. Kigen, the African champion, finished behind the winner Soufiane El Bakkali of Morroco and second-placed Lamecha Girma of Ethiopia.
El Bakkali clocked 8:08:90, Girma 8:10:38 and Kigen 8:10:45.
The Moroccan ended Kenya’s dominance in the race, which has lasted for 36 years. The last time Kenya lost in 3000m steeplechase was in 1984.
However, the country’s quest for the gold medal at the global event continues as Ferguson Rotich and Emmanuel Korir head to 800m men’s finals on Wednesday, August 4, 2021.
The two emerged first and second place in the 800m semi-final held on Sunday, August 1.
Kenya is currently in position 62 with two medals.
China leads the log with 62 medals, 29 gold, 17 silver, and bronze, followed by the US with a total of 64, gold 22, silver 25, and bronze 17. The host Japan close the third-best bracket with 33 medals, 17 of them being gold, silver 16, and bronze 10.