21-year old Kinyamal roars to Commonwealth 800m gold
Gold Coast: 21-year old Wycliffe Kinyamal turned the tide to his favor winning the 800m race in a time of 1:45.11.
Kenya’s wait for a maiden gold medal at the Commonwealth Games finally came to an end on day eight when 21-year old Wycliffe Kinyamal turned the tide to his favor winning the 800m race in a time of 1:45.11.
The Kenyan stunned defending champion Nijel Amos of Botswana in the final 300m as he rolled away to victory, Amos failing to match the pace and ended up finishing bottom of the pile. Englishman Kyle Langford had a late dip in a bid to steal off the goal, but he was too late coming in for silver in 1:45.16.
Home boy Luke Mathews caused a roar at the Carrara Stadium coming home third for bronze with the other Kenyan in the race Jonathan Kitilit finishing sixth.
Kinyamal whose only high level race came at the Dusseldorf leg of the World Indoor Championships in Germany early in the year stuck to Amos’ shadow as he went through at the bell and just like a predative lion, waited for the right time to pounce.
He burst the pace with less than 300m left, moving to the front and Amos’ response was a defeatist grin on his face, clearly unable to match the pace. Langford and Mathews tried a late push from the outside to steal the gold, but Kinyamal had done just enough for the victory.
Earlier, Kenya’s hope for more medals came up to nothing when brothers Aaron Koech and Nicholas Bett performed dismally in the 400m hurdles final.
Koech finished sixth while 2015 World Champion Bett finished last in a race won by Kyron McMaster from the British Virgin Islands. Bett who started in the favorable lane six looked to be on course for at least a medal but in the final 200m failed to match the finishing kick and ended up struggling to finish.
He timed 51.00 while his younger brother Koech timed 50.02.