Kenya bags more IAAF medals

Kenya leads in IAAF Championships medals as a doping scandal arises

Julius Yego stands next to the scoreboard after winning Gold in men's Javelin. /Image Courtesy

On Day five of the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, Kenya continued to shine, ranking top on the medal board.

But on the same day, the country’s image was blotted and a dark cloud cast over these sterling wins. The International Association of Athletics Federations confirmed that two runners, Joyce Zakary (400m) and Francisca Koki (400m hurdles) failed doping tests.

The pair were suspended after testing positive for doping at the World Championships in Beijing, the IAAF announced.

There are thirteen Kenyan athletes currently serving suspension for doping.

For the longest time, it was accepted that Kenyan athletes are naturally gifted and talented. To top that, the country has recently slowly but successfully been diversifying its athletics into non-traditional areas. Doping is definitely the wrong route to take. Athletics Kenya (AK) and Kenyan society in general must tackle doping before it becomes entrenched, casting doubt on these otherwise stellar achievements.

Vivian CHERUIYOT 10,000 Metres Gold
Ezekiel KEMBOI 3000 Metres Steeplechase Gold
Nicholas BETT 400 Metres Hurdles Gold
David RUDISHA 800 Metres Gold
Julius YEGO Javelin Throw Gold
Hyvin JEPKEMOI 3000 Metres Steeplechase Gold
Geoffrey KAMWOROR 10,000 Metres Silver
Conseslus KIPRUTO 3000 Metres Steeplechase Silver
Faith KIPYEGON 1500 Metres Silver
Paul TANUI 10,000 Metres Bronze
Brimin KIPRUTO 3000 Metres Steeplechase Bronze

     – Wakenya Canada (@westesita)

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