Monday 18 November, 2019

DOHA 2019: Cheruiyot wins 1,500 after breakaway

Timothy Cheruiyot of Kenya wins the gold medal in the men's 1500m at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek).

Timothy Cheruiyot of Kenya wins the gold medal in the men's 1500m at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek).

Timothy Cheruiyot has won the 1,500-metre gold after a daring breakaway from the pack at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Cheruiyot and fellow Kenyan Ronald Kwemoi led the race from the very start and Cheruiyot broke away on his own when Kwemoi started to fall back into the pack.

The 2012 Olympic champion Taoufik Makhloufi took the silver for Algeria after winning a hectic pack sprint on the last stretch, with bronze for Poland's Marcin Lewandowski.

It was the first gold medal at a major championships for Cheruiyot, who won world silver in 2017 and also has two silver medals from the African championships.

Kenya now has five gold medals from the championships, second only to the United States.

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