Kenya’s medal prospects fizzle on day one of Gold Coast
GOLD COAST COMMONWEALTH GAMES DAY 1: Hanifa Said participated in the only final of the day involving a Kenyan and finished 23rd in the triathlon.
Day one of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia didn’t come down well on Kenya’s representatives as all medal hopes were quashed. Hanifa Said participated in the only final of the day involving a Kenyan and she finished 23rd in the triathlon.
Said making her debut in the games finished the 750m swim in 14: 28 before hitting the 20km bike range in 38:41. She finished off the triathlon with a 23:04 timing in the 5km run. Barmuda’s Flora Durfy won the gold medal.
Elsewhere in boxing, Nick Okoth’s hopes of vying for a medal in the men’s 60kg were quashed after his bout with Trinidad and Tobago’s Michael Alexander was halted in the first round following a clash of heads that left the two needing stitches.
The five judges made a unanimous decision to award the Trinidadian the tie, each of them handing a 10 to him while Okoth earned a 9.
Kenya will have three of its boxers in action on the second day of action on Friday. Elly Ochollah bouts Scott Forrest of Scotland in the 91kg round of 16 while Shaffi Hassan will be up against Namibia’s Matias Humunyela in the 46-49kgs round of 16.
Edwin Oduor will also be in action, taking on Tanzania’s Selemani Kidunda in the men’s 75kg round of 32.
In weightlifting, Benjamin Ochoma finished last in the final of the men’s 56 kg after lifting a combined mean total of 138. Malaysia’s Mohammed Azroy won the gold medal in this discipline.
In Lawn Bawl, Kenya’s Eunice Mbugua bowed out in the second round after losing 21-7 to Norfolk Island’s Carmen Anderson. Mbugua had earlier beaten Catherine Wimp of Papua New Guinea 21-15 in the first round.
In Swimming, despite Steven Maina and Issa Mohammed both failed to progress to the semi-finals of the 50m butterfly. Maina won his heat in a time of 26:02 but still couldn’t progress as he had a slow time. Olympian Issa Mohammed was sixth in his heat.
Maina also competed in the 100m backstroke but finished last after posting 1:01.65 in a race won by Australian boy Mitch Larkin.
In men’s singles in squash, Hardeep Reel narrowly lost 3-2 to St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Othniel Bailey while Khaliiqa Nimji lost 3-0 to Canada’s Nikki Todd.