Nicholas Bett handed Kenya a first-ever medal in the men’s 400m hurdles at the world championships yesterday when he held his nerve for gold.
Bett clocked a world-leading time of 47.79 seconds, with Russian Denis Kudryavtsev taking silver in a national record of 48.05sec in Beijing.
Jeffrey Gibson of the Bahamas claimed bronze in 48.17, also a national record, as American two-time world champion Kerron Clement was pushed into fourth by one-hundredth of a second.ent display as president-elect.
Comptriot David Rudisha claimed a second world 800m title with a smart tactical race.
The Olympic champion and world record-holder led from gun to tape, clocking 1min 45.84sec for victory.
Poland’s Adam Kszczot claimed silver in 1:46.08, with Bosnian Amel Tuka taking bronze (1:46.30).
Elsewhere, Ethiopian favourite Genzebe Dibaba stormed to the women’s world 1500m title as she stamped her authority with a sumptuous display of controlled running.
The world record-holder strolled through a pedestrian first lap before taking the front, tracked by Kenyan Faith Kipyegon and Dawit Seyaum, also of Ethiopia.
But a second kick 200m from the line saw Dibaba stretch away to win in 4min 08.09sec, Kipyegon taking silver in 4:09.96 and fast-finishing Ethiopian-born Dutchwoman Sifan Hassan third in 4:09.34. Dibaba last month ran 3:50.07 to shatter the world 1500m record set in 1993 by China’s Yunxia Qu, who competed under the guidance of controversial coach Ma Junren.
She also holds the world records for the indoor 1500, 3000 and 5000m events, continuing a family tradition that includes elder sister Tirunesh holding the world record in the outdoor 5000m.
Greg Rutherford won a third gold medal for Britain when he claimed victory in the men’s long jump. The Olympic champion leapt a season’s best of 8.41 metres.