Kipyegon win W1500 day 4



07 AUG 2017 REPORT LONDON, UK

KIPYEGON TRIUMPHS IN DRAMATIC 1500M – DAY FOUR WRAP – IAAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS LONDON 2017

Faith Kipyegon’s triumph in a dramatic women’s 1500m final capped a thrilling fourth day of action at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 on Monday (7), which included gold-medal winning performances by Omar McLeod, Yulimar Rojas and Anita Wlodarczyk.

OLYMPIC 1500M CHAMPION KIPYEGON ADDS WORLD TITLE

Kenya’s Kipyegon was left thrashing about on the track like a thing possessed after supplementing last year’s Olympic title with a world gold in a women’s 1500m final of dizzying possibilities and drama.

After a stacked field had run cautiously to the bell, Kipyegon was in pole position to earn another global title as she ran alongside the Dutch athlete who leads this year’s world list with 3:56.14, Sifan Hassan, with Britain’s Laura Muir and Ethiopia’s world record-holder Genzebe Dibaba in close attendance.

By the time the field reached the final bend, Dibaba had dropped away but the Briton, roared on mightily, remained in pursuit of a medal until a tumultuous final 20 metres in which Hassan went backwards to fifth as US runner Jennifer Simpson, champion in 2011, came smoothly through for silver on the inside and South Africa’s Caster Semenya, who will defend her 800m title here, just moved past for bronze before staggering and falling at the line.

Kipyegon did everything right, crossing first in 4:02.59, with the American clocking 4:02.76, with Semenya recording 4:02.90.

"I knew it would be fast, it is such a quality field,” said Kipyegon. “The best was going to win here. It was always going to be quick and competitive.”

Simpson commented: "My coach has been telling me all day, 'Be willing to run your guts out and you'll be great', so I did exactly what she did. The last 300m in particular I ran my guts out and it paid off.

"Having the experience is huge because having the ability to stay calm is so hard, especially at the world championships when you're racing in a beautiful stadium like this. To come out with a medal, I think it was down to keeping my wits about me."

Jenny Simpson celebrates her 1500m silver at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 (Getty Images)


Muir, who finished two places off the podium after going for broke at last year’s Olympics, also went down after the finish, lying on her front and contemplating the bitterest of positions. She had missed a medal by seven hundredths of a second.     

Asked for a response by the infield MC, Iwan Thomas, she responded: “Er.. yeah. Fourth. Fifth last time, fourth now so – I’m getting there…”

ROJAS DISPLACES IBARGUEN TO MOVE CENTRE STAGE

Two centimetres were enough, eventually, to effect a shift in power at the top of women’s triple jumping as Colombia’s 33-year-old world and Olympic champion Caterine Ibarguen was deposed by her exuberant 21-year-old rival Yulimar Rojas, who claimed an historic gold for Venezuela with a best of 14.91m.

The intensity of the battle between these two athletes is best expressed by the way in which the lead switched between them. First round, Ibarguen jumps 14.67. Second round, Rojas jumps 14.82. Third round, Ibarguen jumps 14.89. Fifth round, Rojas responds with 14.91.

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