ATHLETICS

IAAF world championships: Song and dance as team Kenya returns

First contingent of team Kenya at the concluded IAAF world athletics championships in London, Great Britain arrived in the country on Tuesday with a heroic welcome.

After finishing second in the former colonial master’s land, relinquishing their overall title they won two year ago in Beijing, China, the team arrived at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and was received by  Athletics Kenya officials, friends and colleagues.

Coached by Julius Kirwa streamed out of the International Arrivals hall as journalists and relatives braved the morning cold to welcome them.

Two out of the five gold medalists, Elijah Motonei Manangoi,(1500) and Geoffrey Kirui (marathon) were part of the delegation that arrived.

The remaining three, Hellen Obiri (5,000m), Consenlus Kipruto (3,000m steeplechase) and Faith Chepng’etich (1,500) did not return as they proceeded to Birmingham for Friday’s Diamond League.

The team then proceeded to Weston Hotel where they were to be hosted for breakfast at.

Kenya won five gold, two silver and four bronze medals.

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