Reigning Olympic 1,500m champion Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon and 2006 world junior 800m silver medalist Winny Chebet battled qualified to run in Sunday’s semi final race in 1,500m on the opening day of IAAF World Championships in London.
Kipyegon won in her third heat in 4:03.09 to qualify for the semi final. She led Sweden’s Meraf Bahta (4.03.23) and Polish Sofia Ennaoui in 4:03.35
Chebet battled out with Genzebe Dibaba and Caster Semenya to qualify into the second round of women’s 1,500m race on the opening day of IAAF World Championships in London.
The 2005 IAAF World Youth (now world under 18) silver crossed the finish line third in heat one crossed the finish line third timing 4:03.19 to automatically qualify for the semi final. Ethiopian Dibaba won the heat in 4:02.67 followed South African Semenya, who ran in the 1,500m for the first time in 4:02.84
But it astonishing for Kenyan Judith Kiyeng, the young sister of IAAF world 3,000m steeplechase champion Hyvin Kiyeng failed to qualify after finishing last in heat two of the championships. Kiyeng clocked 4:13.65
Mark Otieno Odhiambo made his presence known when he qualified into the second round in 100m race. Otieno timed 10.40 in heat One.