By Uche Dozie
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria.
Tobi Amusan ran a smooth and flawless race clocking a massive Personal Best of 12.48s to win her Heat and qualify for the 100 metres Hurdles semis, which was the fastest time overall.
South Africa’s Rikenette Steenkamp, also in the same race finished sixth in a Season Best of 12.97s, qualifying for the semi-final, in her women’s 100m hurdles first round heat.
Ese Brume qualified for the Long Jump final with her very first jump, a massive 6.89m. The qualification mark is 6.75m.
In women 5,000 metres, Kenya’s Helen Obiri retained her 5000-metres world title in a championship record of 14:26.72.
Obiri came under pressure from Germany’s Konstanze Klosterhalfen, but she didn’t wilt, rather she moved harder to run a CR of 14.26.72 to retain her 5000m title. Margaret Kipkemboi of Kenya ran a Personal Best of 14:27.49 for second and Klosterhalfen third in 14:28.43
Also representing Africa but missing out on a medal is, Tsehay Gemechu of Ethiopia with Personal Beat of 14:29.60 for fourth and Kenya’s Lilian Rengeruk in fifth for a Personal Best of 14:36.05.
In 1500 metres, Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon took silver behind Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands who bagged her second gold at Doha 2019. Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay recorded a Personal Best of 3:54.38 to finish third and bronze.
Kenya’s Winnie Chebet in 3:58.20 and Morocco’s Rababe Arafi in 3:59.93 finished seventh and ninth respectively in the race.
Team Nigeria in the women’s 4x400m, came eighth with a time of 3:35.90 as Jamaica raced to a World Lead of 3:23.64 to win heat 1. Poland finished second in 3:25.78 and Canada third in 3:25.86.
African Games Champion, Chukwuebuka Enekwechi finished 8th in men’s Shot Put with a throw of 21.18m. This is a big improvement from 2017 when he didn’t make the final, this year becoming the firstst male Nigerian Shot Put thrower to get to the final of this year’s event.
Julius Yego of Kenya, currently stands in good position to qualify for the final, after launching his Javelin to 83.86m for 5th in Qualifying Round A. He’ll wait to see the results in Round B later this evening, to ensure his qualification.
Meanwhile, Kenya’s Janeth Jepkosgei received her World Championships silver medal in Doha. She was given the medal alongside USA’s Alysia Montano who was given the bronze medal for the World Championships held in Daegu 2011 in the 800 metres.
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