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Jepkemoi Cheruiyot (R) and Sylvia Jebiwott Kibet © Gallo Images

Kenya second on the medal standings

Kenya ended day seven of the IAAF world championships second on the medal standings after Vivian Cheruiyot won the women’s 5 000m race, becoming only the second woman to complete the 5 000/10 000 double in the history of the world championships.

Cheruiyot led compatriot Sylvia Kibet to a 1-2 finish as the two women repeated the result of Berlin two years ago, relegating former Olympic champion Meseret Defar to third place.

Kenya now has five gold, four silver and three bronze medals and looks set to better its best ever performance at the championships.

South Africa clinched two medals on the day: a silver and a bronze; Ethiopia got a bronze, while Zimbabwe claimed its first medal of the championships in another fruitful day for Africa in Daegu.

South Africa’s 4x400m relay team finished second behind the USA, while Sunette Viljoen set a new African record on the way to winning bronze in the women’s javelin.

The South African posted 68.38m to win the third medal behind Maria Abakumova and Barbora Spotakova.

It was a great victory for South Africa and Oscar Pistorious, as he became the first paralympian to win a medal in an able-bodied championship.

There was a first medal for Zimbabwe after Ngonidzashe Makusha won bronze in the men’s long jump with 8.29m, while South Africa’s Luvo Manyonga finished fifth in 8.21m.

Earlier in the qualifiers, reigning world champion Caster Semenya sounded a warning to her rivals with a blistering run to make the final. The South African timed 1:58.07 - the fastest time of the semifinals.

Kenya’s Janeth Jepkosgei is also through to the final after finishing second in heat two in 1:58.50, but there was no room for compatriots Eunice Sum and Cherono Koech who finished fourth and sixth respectively in their heats.


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