Kenya Wins 2 Golds, One Silver And A Bronze…

Posted on August 18, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Teenage sensation, Pamela Jelimo, became the first Kenyan female athlete to strike Olympic gold when she breezed to victory in the 800m final as compatriot and World Champion, Janeth Jepkosgei took silver.

Minutes after Brimin Kipruto bagged Kenya her first gold medal in Beijing in the men’s 3000m Steeplechase, Jelimo took the lead from Jepkosgei at the bell and sprinted to the record books in 1:54.87.

Her winning time is also the new World junior record. Jepkosgei ran a season’s best of 1:56.07 with Moroccan Hasna Benhassi winning the battle for bronze in 1:57.73.

Pamela Jelimo of Kenya runs toward the finish line to win her women’s 800m final of the athletics competition in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Picture by REUTERS.

By reliable source

In the water and barrier final, Kipruto became the second athlete in history to hold both the Olympic and World titles when on homestretch sprint, bagged gold in 8:10.34. Africa champion, Richard Mateelong (8:11.01) won bronze as France’s Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad (8:10.49) stole in the inside lane to grab silver.

Reuben Kosgei, who won the Olympic in 2000 and the World title in 2001 preceded Kipruto, who won the World Championship in Osaka last year as the holder both crowns. It was Kenya’s ninth men’s steeplechase gold medal and seventh in a row.

Olympic women’s 800m final result

1. Pamela Jelimo (Kenya) 1 minute 54.87 seconds

2. Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei (Kenya) 1:56.07

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The beauty of it is that Sverige at number 50 doesn’t have a Gold LOL.


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