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So far, who are the African medalists at the World Athletics Championships?

So far, who are the African medalists at the World Athletics Championships?
Gold medallist Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei (C), silver medallist Kenya's Stanley Waithaka Mburu (L) and bronze medallist Uganda's Jacob Kiplimo (R).   -  
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World Athletics Championships kicked off Friday, July 15 in the United states, in Eugene, in Hayward Field at the University of Oregon. African athletes have already shone on the internatioal stage.

Marathon and 10,0000 metres are the two medal-winning disciplines for athletes from the continent.

Here are the 4 African countries which have so far won medals:


30 yearl-old Tamirat Tola was the first athelete to complete the 42,195 km in 2h05'36'. The performance earned him the gold medal and he set a world record. 

His compatriot Mosinet Geremew finished second and won the silver medal.

Letesenbet Gidey clinched gold in the women's 10,000 meter race on July 17. The 24 year-old, won the silver medal at the 2019 World Athletics Championships and bronze at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Gotytom Gebreslase patiently tucked behind her rival until late in the race before surging ahead and sprinting to the win in the women's marathon at the world championships on Monday. She finished the fast and flat course in a championship-record time of 2 hours, 18 minutes, 11 seconds. 

Lamecha Girma finished second in 8:26.01 in the 3000 metres steeplechase, Tuesday.

Gudaf Tsegay won the silver medal for her perfomance in the 1500 Metres. She ran the distance in 3 min:54.52.


In the women's 10,000 meter race, Hellen Obiri and Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi, both from Kenya, came in second and third in the competition in Eugene, Oregon.

Stanley Waithaka Mburu recovered from a fall to win silver in 10,000m.

Judith Jeptum Korir, who did most of the work late in Women's marathon race, finished second, nine seconds behind her Ethiopian opponent.

Conseslus Kipruto ended third, Tuesday, in the 3000 metres steeplechase final.

Faith Kipyegon regained the 1500 Metres world title. The queen ran in 3min:52.96.


Soufiane El Bakkali was crowned  new king of the 3000 metres Steeplechase race, Tuesday. With a 8 min’25”13 performance he took the lead over two African opponents. It is the first time in years the Kenya does not end first in the event at the World Championships.


In the Steve Prefontaine Stadium in Eugene, Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei remained the king of the 10,000m. His Sunday victory in his second consecutive world title.

His fellow countryman Jacob Kiplimo finished third on the same race.

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