The Wins, Losses for Africa at the World Athletic Championships

Kenya's Faith Kipyegon became the first woman ever to complete a 1,500-5,000 metres double at the World Championships after she raced to victory over the longer distance on Saturday, August 26.

Meanwhile, Uganda's Victor Kiplagat is the new world marathon men's champion. The 23-year-old gallantly protected his lead to win his country's second ever world marathon title in 2 hours 8 minutes 53 seconds on Sunday (27 August) at the 2023 World Athletics Championships, exactly 10 years after compatriot Stephen Kiprotich won the title in Moscow in 2013.

Hopes of any medals for South Africa were dashed on Thursday night (August 24) when Wayde Van Niekerk, the doyen of the country's athletics failed to secure a podium finish in the 400m finals of the World Championship in Budapest.

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has congratulated Ethiopian athletes who once again raised the flag high in the 10,000m race.

Meanwhile Burkina Faso's Hugues Fabrice Zango earned his first global title after a dramatically fluctuating men's triple jump final that ended with two Cubans sharing the podium with him, separated by a single centimetre.

On the down side, Ghanaian athlete Deborah Acquah missed out on a place in the women's long jump finals. Acquah's jump of 6.25m was well below the 6.80m automatic qualifying mark and failed to earn her a spot in the top 12 overall.

Kenya's Daniel Simiu Ebenyo earned Kenya its first medal. He won silver in the men's 10,000m as Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei defended his crown.

Faith Kipyegon leading the race at the World Championships in Oregon (file photo).

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