Kenya’s pride of Africa in Doha, came second with 11 medals
London, Oct. 7, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Kenya ensure African continent was counted among the great at the just concluded IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qata after finishing second in the medal standings
The country finished the Championships with a total of 11 medals, 5 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze on Sunday beating the likes of Jamaica, China and Britain to third, fourth and sixth position respectively
And with just nine months to go until the Tokyo Olympics, the USA finish the championships as overall winner with four more gold medals than they won at London 2017.
Their 14 golds were nine more than second-placed Kenya and their total of 29 was almost three times more than any other country managed.
Another African country, Ethiopia finish with a total of eight medals comprising two gold, five silver and one bronze medals
Uganda finish ninth with two gold medals, Algeria’s sole silver medal was good enough for 27 position while the likes of Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Morocco, Cote D’Ivoire, Namibia shared the 31st position with just one bronze medal
Among the highlights was Dalilah Muhammad improving her own world record in the 400m hurdles – which BBC pundit and former Olympic champion Michael Johnson said was his favourite moment of the championships – and sprinter Allyson Felix breaking Usain Bolt’s record for most World Championship gold medals.
The 10-day event, where the spotlight has fallen on some low attendances and the ban for coach Alberto Salazar as much as on the sporting action, ended by being hailed as the “best we have ever had” in terms of athletic performance by IAAF chief Lord Coe.
Additional report from BBC