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Little known Mburu bags Kenya’s silver medal in 10,000m final in Oregon

The 22-year-old Stanley Waithaka Mburu beat the odds after clinching the silver medal in the men’s 10,000m final at the World Athletics Championships despite a fall in the first lap.

Mburu etched his name in the books of the Championships history despite taking an early tumble to add to the bronze medal he won at the U-18 Championships in 2017.

He joined Hellen Obiri and Margaret Kipkemboi as the other Kenyans to have won medals at the ongoing championships.

The race was won by the 25-year-old Ugandan
Joshua Cheptegei who successfully defended his title, emerging from a wild five-way kick in the home straight to win in 27:27.43

In 2019, Cheptegei won his first global track title by claiming the 10,000 meters in Doha, and on a sunny afternoon three years later at Hayward Field, he replicated the same show.

Olympic bronze medalist Jacob Kiplimo finished third to win the same medal after clocking 27:27.97 behind Kenyan sensation Mburu (silver in 27:27.90), thanks to a 53.42 last lap.

World Indoor 3,000 champion Selemon Barega known for his kick, surprisingly finished off the podium in 5th as American Grant Fisher was 4th in 27:28.14 – just .17 off of a medal and tied for the best finish ever by an American in this event at Worlds (Galen Rupp was also 4th in 2013).

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