London : Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon of Kenya won the women’s 1,500 metres title at the World Athletics Championships. Kipyegon, 23, the silver medallist two year ago in Beijing, pulled away in the last 50 metres to clock four minutes 2.59 seconds for the gold medal, reports Xinhua news agency.
American Jennifer Simpson, who won the title in the 2011 Worlds and finished second in 2013, took silver in 4:02.76.
South Africa’s Caster Semenya, the 2009 world champion and twice Olympic gold medallist in the 800 metres, outplayed Britain’s Laura Muir and Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands, throwing herself at the line to take bronze.
An excited Kipyegon said after the race: “It was a good race in London. I knew it would be fast, it is such a quality field. The best was going to win here. It was always going to be quick and competitive.”
Simpson was satisified with a silver and said: “The last 300 metres I ran my guts out and it paid off. Having the ability to stay calm is so hard, especially at the world championships. To come out with a medal, I think it was down to keeping my wits about me.”