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BEIJING, August 25. /TASS/. Russian runner Denis Kudryavtsev brought his national team the first medal of the 2015 IAAF World Championships, held in China’s Beijing on August 22-30, after winning silver on Tuesday in men’s 400 meters hurdles.
The 23-year-old Russian runner finished the distance in 48.05 seconds setting a new national record. He crossed the finish line behind winner Nicholas Bett of Kenya, who showed the best result of 47.79 seconds.
Jeffery Gibson representing the Bahama Islands finished the track 48.17 seconds to pack bronze for his national team.
Speaking after the race, Kudryavtsev said his silver medal at the championship in China would grant him a psychological advantage over his opponents in the future.
"The fact that I qualified for the final run with the best time helped me a lot psychologically and thus I seeded fear among my opponents," Kudryavtsev said. "With such state of mind I entered the arena today [for the final run]."
"For me personally, today’s start and the medal is a very important experience, which would help me in the future to take new starts with confidence, fearing nobody," Kudryavtsev, who is also the 2014 European bronze medalist, added.
Kudryavtsev’s result was lauded by Vadim Zelichenok, the acting president of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF), who told TASS the runner’s silver medal was a proof that Russia was capable of competing for medals in all disciplines.
"It is very heartwarming that we grabbed the first medal," Zelichenok said in an interview with TASS. "Denis had been gradually approaching this target and proved that our team is capable of fighting for medals in all sports competitions."
"He [Kudryavtsev] had been working all season accurately, approaching concisely this result and performed at this competition flawlessly," Zelichenok added.
Bett’s gold in men’s 400 meters hurdles on Tuesday further cemented Kenya’s lead in the unofficial medals standings of the championship in China.
As the Day 4 of the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing ended on Tuesday, Kenya preserved the top spot in the medals standings with 4 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals, leaving the Great Britain in the second place (3-0 -0) and Jamaica in the third (2-0 -1).