London - Faith
Kipyegon of Kenya added the world title to her Olympic crown after
sprinting to a thrilling victory in the women's 1 500m on Monday as
Caster Semenya snatched bronze.
In a fantastic race that erupted on the final lap, Kipyegon held off
allcomers, including double-hunting Semenya, down the home straight to
"I knew it would be fast, it is such a quality field," Kipyegon said.
"The best was going to win here. It was always going to be quick and competitive.
"I'm looking forward to celebrating this with my family."
American Jennifer Simpson claimed silver, at 0.17, with South
Africa's 800m specialist Caster Semenya taking bronze (4:02.90).
Defending world champion Genzebe Dibaba finished 12th and last, more than four seconds off the winning pace.
Simpson said her coach had told her to "be willing to run your guts out and you'll be great".
"So I did exactly what she did. The last 300m in particular I ran my guts out and it paid off," said Simpson.
"Having the experience is huge because having the ability to stay
calm is so hard, especially at the world championships when you're
racing in a beautiful stadium like this. To come out with a medal, I
think it was down to keeping my wits about me."
Semenya, who will now turn her attention to winning a third world
800m title, added: "It was like music to me coming back to this stadium
with all the memories and I'm perfectly satisfied with the bronze.
"Obviously a lot can not go your way in a final, so to come out with a bronze is amazing but I was hoping for a better time.
"1 500m is a tactical race, I tried to find my own space but fortunately I managed to get away with third."
Semenya played down the ongoing controversy surrounding her elevated levels of naturally occurring testosterone.
"For me I have no time for that," she said.
"It's been like this since 2009. For me, when you listen to music and
have one song playing each and every time... it's been almost nine
years and it's quite boring. I have no time for that."
Laura Muir, one of two Britons in the field led from the off, laying
down a 65sec first lap, with Kipyegon a constant companion on her
Semenya was her usual comfortable self in the middle of the pack,
with Dibaba behind her and the Netherlands' world indoor champion Sifan
Hassan, who took bronze two years ago in Beijing, bringing up the rear.
They went through 800m in a relatively sedate 2:17 before Hassan moved up the field and kicked, Kipyegon following.
Suddenly the pack split, Hassan and Kipyegon looking to have the battle for top of the podium to themselves.
But it was not to be, at least for the Ethiopian-born Dutchwoman.
Semenya left it late for her attack, eating up the yards from ninth place with 200 metres to run.
As they hit the home stretch, Hassan tied up in dramatic fashion,
2011 world champion Simpson timed her tactically astute race to near
perfection and Semenya powered through for bronze on her coattails.
Muir pipped Hassan for fourth, while world record holder Dibaba could
muster nothing worthwhile in the sprint finish as she went backwards.
IAAF World Championships finals results on Monday:
1. Omar McLeod (JAM) 13.04 seconds
2. Sergey Shubenkov (ANA - neutral) 13.14
3. Balazs Baji (HUN) 13.28
4. Garfield Darien (FRA) 13.30
5. Aries Merritt (USA) 13.31
6. Shane Brathwaite (BAR) 13.32
7. Orlando Ortega (ESP) 13.37
8. Hansle Parchment (JAM) 13.37
1. Faith Kipyegon (KEN) 4min 02.59sec
2. Jennifer Simpson (USA) 4:02.76
3. Caster Semenya (RSA) 4:02.90
4. Laura Muir (GBR) 4:02.97
5, Sifa Hassan (NED) 4:03.34
6. Laura Weightman (GBR) 4:04.11
7. Angelika Cichocka (POL) 4:04.16
8. Rababe Arafi (MAR) 4:04.35
9. Meraf Bahta (SWE) 4:04.76
10. Malika Akkaoui (MAR) 4:05.87
1. Yulimar Rojas (VEN) 14.91 metres
2. Caterine Ibarguen (COL) 14.88
3. Kazakhstan's Olga Rypakova 14.77
4. Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko (ISR) 14.42
5. Krisitn Gierisch (GER) 14.33
6. Anna Jagaciak (POL) 14.25
7. Ana Peleteiro (ESP) 14.23
8. Shaieka Ricketts (JAM) 14.13
1. Anita Wlodarczyk (POL) 77.90 metres
2. Zheng Wang (CHN) 75.98
3. Malwina Kopron (POL) 74.76
4. Wenxiu Zhang (CHN) 74.53
5. Hanna Skydan (AZE) 73.38
6. Joanna Fiodorow (POL) 73.04
7. Sophie Hitchon (GBR) 72.32
8. Katerina Safrankova (CZE) 71.34