Reigning World 1,500m silver medalist Elijah Motonei Manangoi elevated himself to a gold medal on the last day of IAAF World championships in London.
Manangoi led kenyan mate Timothy Cheruiyot for a 1-2 podium finish for Kenyans as defending champion Asbel Kiprop faded away to 5th position.
Manangoi needed the last 400m to upgrade on the silver he won from 2015 Beijing World Championships with victory in 3 minutes and 33.61 seconds, beating compatriot Timothy Cheruiyot to silver in 3:33.99.
It’s Cheruiyot who led through 400m in 1:01.63 before dragging along Manangoi and defending champion Kiprop as the trio cruised past the 800m in 1:57.59.
The situation stayed the same with 1,200m gone but Kiprop seemed to wilt to the high-paced race with Filip Ingebrigisen from Norway swinging into third to scoop bronze in 3:34.59.
Kiprop, who was targeting to equal Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj’s record of four consecutive metric mile title wins, sunk to ninth place in 3:37.24.
Filip Ingebrigtsen of Norway claimed bronze in 3:34.53.
Manangoi said that their strategy of a past paced race worked well what with Cheruiyot being good at lapping.
Kiprop, who handed Kenya its maiden World 1,500m title in 2011 Daegu, hailed his colleague’s performance, saying he is happy that the title remained in Kenya for fourth consecutive time.
Kiprop said he intends to shift gears to 5,000m as Cheruiyot was happy with his efforts for silver. “It was a tough race and somehow we needed to sacrifice to uphold and honour and dignity,” said Cheruiyot, adding that his day will soon come.