Yellow jersey holder Yates survived several attacks to finish in a group containing many of the title favorites, which also helped him secure his leading place in the title race.
"It's going to be one of the young guys, I think, if you count Dominic Thiem as a young guy, as well. He obviously has a chance to win. Now I think it is the time where it gets really interesting. We'll see where we go from here," added the German.
"It usually takes me at least an hour and a half to get this far, but this time I finished in less than an hour. There were thrilling moments, like encountering big waves and getting hit by another kayak, but overall it was pretty good," Shen said, gasping and smiling.
It was also a disastrous race for Red Bull, with Max Verstappen retiring from the midfield with engine trouble, and Alex Albon finishing down in 15th after a scrappy performance in which he received a five-second penalty for impeding Romain Grosjean's Haas.
Having finished just 17 hundredths of a second short at last month's opening Diamond League meeting in Monaco, Kipyegon seemed on track to achieve her ambition with 200 meters remaining, but faltered slightly over the final few meters to cross the line in 2:29.92.
"Government should invest more in sports so that more medals are won and the country gets good branding out of it," said Kimuli.
Meanwhile, Kenya's world marathon record-holder Brigid Kosgei's track debut ended in disappointment after losing the battle to The Dutch world 1,500m and 10,000m champion Sifan Hassan who went to break the World Hour record after she reached 18,930 meters as the hour elapsed, beating the existing mark of 18,517 meters set by Ethiopia's Dire Tune in 2008.
More than 5,000 participants from 156 teams from over 30 countries and regions competed in the games.
"In accordance with the Grand Slam rulebook, following his actions of intentionally hitting a ball dangerously or recklessly within the court or hitting a ball with negligent disregard of the consequences, the US Open tournament referee defaulted Novak Djokovic from the 2020 US Open," organizers said in a statement.
The women's long jump event saw teenager Qin Huiling better her PB by three times to land the victory at 6.37m. Zeng Rui also renewed her life-time best to win the women's triple jump title at 14.10m, while Fang Yaoqing won the men's triple jump at 16.88m. Enditem
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