Beatrice Chebet, Rhonex Kipruto open Kenya’s gold rush in Tampere

Beatrice Chebet went into history books by winning the first gold for Kenya on the opening day of World Under 20 championships in Tampere, Finland today.

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As Kenyans continued to celebrate Chebet’s gold, Africa cross country junior champion Rhonex Kipruto struck the second gold as Kenya started the gold rush in the Finish City.

Chebet brought the stadium to a stand still with her 5,000m gold, ending Ethiopians dominance in the race.

Coming from running sisters of Sandafelis and Emily Chebet, she crossed the finish line in 15:30.77 defeating Ethiopian duo of Ejgayehu Taye and Girmawit Gebrzihair to second and third positions respectively clocking 15:30.57 and 15:34.01.

After finishing 4th in 2017 world under 18 championships in Nairobi, it was Chebet’s third appearance wearing national colours as another Kenyan Hellen Ekalale fell to 4th position in 15:45.07.

After setting the Healthy Kidney course record in USA, Rhonex Kipruto won the second gold for Kenya in 10,000m race.

The all surface runner toyed to win the gold with championships record of 27:19.36 to ensure Kenya retains the title last won by Rogers Kwemoi in Bydgoszcz, Poland in 27:25.23.

The St. Patrick’s Uten trainee ousted Ugandan Jacob Kiplimo to second in 27:40.36 while Ethiopian Berihu Aregawi for bronze in 27:48.41 as Solomon Boit was 4th timing 27:57.44.

World Under-18 400m silver medallist Mary Moraa ran a personal best of 52:85 in the second heat to qualify for the semi-finals in 400m.

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