The last time Team Kenya won a gold medal in the category was during the 2005 World Championships.
The men’s 5000m final will be on Sunday night, August 27 with Team Kenya’s hopes resting on two individuals, World junior cross-country champion Ishmael Kipkurui and World 5000m silver medallist Jacob Krop.
The last time Team Kenya won a gold medal in the category was during the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki where Benjamin Limo destroyed a strong field to clinch the top prize.
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Since then, no Kenyan has seen gold, and Sunday night might just be the time to put an end to the 18-year drought for victory in the distance.
Kipkurui believes strongly that teamwork between him and Krop will yield good fruits and chances are that Kenya might just bag a gold medal despite the doubts.
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In a post-race interview after the Heats, Kipkurui said: “Now that we are in the final…I want to go back to the drawing board and involve Krop in the plans. We need to have a strategy on how best we can work together.”
He also vowed to give his all so as to fly the country’s flag high. Just like in the Heats, Kipkurui disclosed that the pace was a bit slow and he had to push hard to secure a qualifying spot.
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He crossed the line seventh to narrowly qualify for the final and join compatriot Krop in the quest of making history.
The duo will face tough opposition from Norwegian Jakob Ingebrigtsen and Spain’s Mohammed Katir, who will prove to be Team Kenya’s toughest opponents.
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“The race was a bit slow and it picked up with around three laps to go. As we head to the final, we are planning to give our all,” he said.