Mark Otieno Odhiambo,
ATHLETICS

IAAF worlds: Kipyegon Bett delivers bronze for Kenya

Former IAAF World Youth 800m champion Kipyegon Bett won bronze medal for Kenya, the country relinquished the title in men’s 800m in absence of defending champion David Rudisha.

It was the day meant for Frenchman Pierre-Ambroise Bosse stunned the field to give his country its first World 800m title in 1 minute; 44.67 seconds as Adam Kszczot from Poland glided in for silver in 1:44.95.
Bett was forced to settle for bronze in 1:45.21 after his effort to edge out Bosse on the home straight failed as Kszczot passed him.
Bosse produced a stunning burst with 150m to go, passing Bett and race favourite Nijel Amos of Botswana.
He had opened a gap of several metres as they hit the finishing straight with Amos toiling and Bett one-paced.
Kszczot came bursting from the back, eating up the ground between himself and Bosse but the Frenchman dug deep to fend off his rival and take the gold.
Amos, who had earned the favourite’s tag after world record holder David Rudisha — the man who beat him in the 2012 Olympic final — withdrew before the championships injured, faded badly to finish fifth.
Amos, whose team-mate Isaac Makwala has gone down with the norovirus, had set out at a breakneck pace along with Canada’s Brandon McBride but they were both unable to sustain their efforts, with the latter finishing last.

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