Kenya to Bid for 2023 World Championships After Securing Second Behind USA

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Kenya who finished second overall at the just-concluded London World Championships, were beaten only by the United States.

Team Kenya earned 11 medals; five gold, two silver and four bronze.

Kenya is expected to launch a bid to host the World Championships in 2023 after successfully staging two other international competitions in the last 10 years.

No African nation has ever staged the sport’s flagship event, but Kenyan sports minister Hassan Wario said Kenya had shown its capability when it brought together athletes from 130 countries to compete in the IAAF World Under-18 Championships in Nairobi in July.

“We have shown that we are capable to host smaller events, and it has now reached a time when we should host big competitions,” said Wario at a welcome reception for Team Kenya.

“Kenya became the first African nation to win the world championship in Beijing in 2015, it is only fitting that we should be the first country to bring the championships to Africa,” Wario said.

“We have a plan to build three big stadiums in Nairobi, Mombasa and Eldoret and seven additional new ones in other parts of the country.”

Kenya’s medallists in London:

Gold: Geoffrey Kirui (Marathon), Faith Chepngetich (1,500m), Conseslus Kipruto (3,000m steeplechase), Hellen Obiri (5,000m), Elijah Manangoi (1,500m)

Silver: Edna Kiplagat (marathon), Timothy Cheruiyot (1,500m)

Bronze: Paul Tanui (10,000m), Hyvin Kiyeng (3,000m steeplechase), Agnes Jebet (10,000m), Kipyegon Bett (800m)


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