Kenya basks in gold medal glory after athletics success

Society Materials 19 August 2008 13:19 (UTC +04:00)

Kenya was Tuesday basking in the reflected glory of Brimin Kipruto and Pamela Jelimo's gold medal success in the men's 3,000m steeplechase and the women's 800m in Beijing's Bird's Nest national stadium on Monday, reported dpa.

The medal haul, along with a silver for Janeth Jepkosgei in the women's 800m and a bronze for Richard Mateelong in the 3,000m steeplechase, was the front page story in every newspaper.

The Daily Nation called Monday "Kenya's day of gold and glory" while the Daily Standard pronounced that Jelimo, who was the first Kenyan woman to win gold at the Olympics, and Kipruto had laid "golden eggs at the Bird's Nest."

During the races on Monday afternoon, much of Kenya came to a standstill, with people crowding around office televisions or shop windows.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga also hailed the victories.

"I was thrilled, along with all Kenyans, to learn of Pamela Jelimo and Brimin Kipruto's feats in winning gold medals for our country," he said in a statement.

Of particular pride was the fact that the results lifted Kenya into 18th place in the medal table six places ahead of athletics rival Ethiopia, giving them the best showing by an African nation so far in these Games.