Burning Kiprop rewarded with Second world title

By evelyn watta
Aug 18, 2021
  • Asbel Kiprop win the mens 1500m Final at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 (Photo by Getty Images)

Moscow - Asbel Kiprop had redeemed himself from a whacked last season with superb gun to tape front running in 3:36.28, as Kenya missed out on the envisaged medal sweep.

As hoped the 1500m was a very calculated race from the start as Kiprop lapped the opening lap in 59.68 before Nixon Chepseba picked the speed and took the field through a blistering 59.56 as they hit the 800m mark.

It was a lead Chepseba boldly held onto until the bell possibly positioning himself for a medal with Kiprop a few meters behind him as American Matthew Centrowitz closed the gap on the Kenyans.

Then Silas Kiplagat was in the chasing pack struggling to find his footing after a dingy start. But the equally lanky Kiprop’s run were more swift ensured he became the first Kenyan to win the world title twice afte the Beijing Olympic gold.

“This was a redemption race after a disappointing race at the Olympics.I am definitely in the best shape at the moment after racing 3:27 in Monaco. Now I am seriously considering the world record next year,”said Kiprop of his plans to attack the 15-year old record held by Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj who presented him with his gold medal at the Luzhiniki stadium podium.

Our team plan flopped 

As predicted Centrowitz again slipped in for medal improving on his bronze from Daegu in second in 3:36.78 as South African Johan Cronje painfully denied Chepseba the bronze in 3:36.83.The Kenyan crossed the line fourth(3:36.87) as compatriot Silas Kiplagat struggled in sixth at 3:37.11.

“ I Am sad that the race didn’t work out as planned. Our plan was to get all the three medals, because after Chepseba eased forward the plan was for Silas to take the last lap but I guess he had a slow reaction,” offered Kiprop.

“When Chepseba moved forward I stayed back to hold the guys so that when it comes to sprinting he is in line for a medal, but the guys were pushing so I had to go forward,” he added of the last lap. “Centrowitz is a front runner and I had told my teammates we must watch out for him, and you see what he did if I didn’t take the gold he would have won it.”

Both Kiprop and the newly crowned World 800m champion Eunice Sum will be missing from the team that is expected in Nairobi Monday afternoon as they head to Thursday’s Stockholm race for the third last leg of the Diamond league series.

The new 1500m-world champion will proceed with his Diamond chase in Zurich and Brussels.