Tanui saves the day with bronze as Mo Farah's scuttles Kenya's London plan

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Aug 05, 2017
  • Paul Tanui bagged the first medal for Kenya by finishing third in the 10000m. (Photo Courtesy Getty Images for IAAF)

Paul Tanui bagged the first medal for Kenya, a bronze after finishing third in the men's 10000m as the IAAF World Championship started in London on Friday.

This was the third bronze for the Japan-based runner who clocked 26:50.60 in a race won by Mohamed Farah on 26:49.51 with Uganda's Joshua Kiprui taking silver after returning 26:49.94.

In this race, the Briton who basked in the glory with his family draped in the Union flag bid his time and exchanged the lead with Ethiopian Hadis Abadi, Kiprui and Geoffrey Kamworor.

The race was decided in the final sprint when Farah produced his powerful kick for his 10th win in the world championship. 

In the qualifiers, Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon took the third heat in 4:03.09. Colombia's South American 1500m and 5000m champion Muriel Coneo had led the field in the early stages, with Germany's European under-23 champion Konstanze Klosterhalfen taking over through 800m in 2:12.81.

The 20-year-old still led at the bell in 3:00.11, but she was closely tracked by Kenya's Kipyegon and Ethiopia's Besu Sado, defending champion and world record-holder Genzebe Dibaba got her World Championships campaign off to a good start.

The Ethiopian clocked the fastest 1500m heat time with 4:02.67, just eight hundredths slower than her heat time from 2015, when her 4:02.59 clocking was the fastest ever heat time recorded at an IAAF World Championships.

Kenya's Winny Chebet, qualified third from the heat.

Bolt through to semi's, Otieno out 

The Lightning Bolt was back on the track where he struck triple Olympic gold, but his start, even by his own sluggish standards, was frighteningly sedate.

Drawn in the sixth and final heat, Usain Bolt did not exactly have a disastrous reaction time (0.166) but after leaving his blocks proceeded to stand bolt upright, as it were.

At 30 metres, the fastest man in history was down in sixth place.

Surely, in his farewell individual event, the great Jamaican could not fall at the first hurdle? Indeed, he couldn’t. In mid race, the 11-time IAAF World Championships gold medallist started to get those long legs moving.

In the last 30 metres, Bolt got to the front but in a fashion that made it look like he was jogging.

The 100m and 200m world record-holder crossed the line first in 10.07 – ahead of Britain’s James Dasaolu (10.13) and joint European record-holder Jimmy Vicaut of France (10.15) – then shook his head, clearly unimpressed with his efforts.

Kenya's Mark Otieno qualified for the heats in 10.40 seconds third behind the winner Emamanuel Matadu of Liberia who timed 10.27 seconds.

But Otieno was much slower in the heats where he clocked 10.37 for sixth and miss out on the top three qualifying slots for the semi finals.