On Day Three at the World Athletics Championships, Camryn Rogers of Richmond, B.C. put Canada on the medal table with a silver medal in the women’s hammer throw. She has now become the first Canadian woman to win a medal at a world championships in a field event.
Rogers tossed 75.52m on her third throw to take the top spot, with three throws to come. Brooke Andersen of the U.S. threw 77.42 on her fourth attempt to pass the Canadian for the gold. When Rogers found out she was a World Championships medallist, she ran and hugged her coach. “It’s a privilege to be here at World Championships and wear the Canadian singlet,” says Rogers. “These moments show that everything you do is absolutely worth it.”
“It was awesome to share this moment with my coach, and with my family in the seats as well,” she says.
Joshua Cheptegei goes back-to-back in the 10,000m, Ahmed sixth
The 10,000m metre world record holder, Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei, showed off his dominance in the men’s 10,000m to win in 27:27.43. He led the race from 4,000m onward, and although he never had a breakaway, he closed the final 1,600m in four minutes. Stanley Mburu of Kenya, who is only 22, finished second behind Cheptegei to earn his first senior global championship medal. Cheptegei’s compatriot Jacob Kiplimo held off the surging Grant Fisher over the final 100m for third in 27:27.97.
Olympic 5,000m silver medallist Moh Ahmed was sixth in 27:30.27 for the second straight championships. “I know I’m there,” Ahmed says. “Everyone from first to seven is equally as good. You could re-run this race nine or 10 times and get different outcomes.”
Positioning in a 10,000m matters more than anything,” Ahmed says. With one lap to go, some of the runners in the lead group were lapping stragglers bunched up on the inside lane. This created some dysfunction among the seven men, which is when Cheptegei made his move.
Ahmed also reported that he’s feeling good and ready for the men’s 5,000m heats later this week.
The Canadian 5,000m and 10,000m record holder also had this to say about Cam Levins’s marathon record on Sunday: “He is incredible. That was the first thing I saw when I woke up this morning.”
“That fourth-place finish is a gold medal for Canadian distance running,” says Ahmed. “To break the Canadian record by two minutes… That’s special, man.”
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