In dominating fashion, three African sprinters raced to take gold medals at the 15th World Athletics Championships being held in Beijing, China. Kenyan sprinter Nicholas Bett dashed to victory in the men’s 400m hurdles running the fastest time in the world this year at 47.79 and also breaking the Kenyan 400m hurdles record. Fellow Kenyan track star and world record holder David Rudisha also took gold in the 800m event, a title he won back in 2011. Long distance runner Genzebe Dibaba, who hails from a family of Olympic champions, took gold in the women’s 1500m outpacing her opponents in the last leg of the race. Ethiopian born Dibaba, the current world record holder, took home her first outdoor gold medal. Other notable wins include, Usain Bolt, gold in the 100m, Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon, silver in 1500m and Ezekiel Kemboi, gold in 3,000m steeplechase. Kenya currently leads the medal count with 9 total, 4 being gold medals. Look for African athletes to continue dominating as the World Championships run through August 30th, 2015.
by Paul O.