Kenya stunned in 3,000m steeplechase
Jamaica grabbed the gold medal in the Women's steeplechase in the Gold Coast Commonwealth games
Jamaica, known more for their sprinting prowess rather than in middle and long distance running picked up an unlikely medal at the Commonwealth Games, Aisha Praught stunning the Kenyans to win the 3,000m steeplechase gold in Gold Coast, Australia.
Celiphine Chespol, a world youth and junior champion seemed to have wrapped up the race early on, but deficiency in the final kick led to the Jamaican opening up the afterburners in the final 200m and win the race in 9:21.00.
Chespol could not respond to the final pace of the race, finishing off second in 9:22.61 while compatriot and defending champion Purity Kirui came home third for bronze in a time of 9:25.74.
Fancy Cherono came home sixth in a new Personal Best time of 9:46.27.
Kenya was expected to dominate the race and Chespol showed the early signs that Kenya was in waiting for a maiden gold when she pulled away from the crowd just after three laps. The Jamaican stuck to her tail with the other two Kenyans, Kirui and Cherono following close.
At the bell, Chespol had a lead of almost 40 metres and it was now a question of when and not if she would be going for gold. But the tables turned at the final water jump. Praught following Chespol’s heels and once she looked up, she blazed the pace.
Chespol looked to have fatigued especially after pulling away early and she failed to catch up.
The two medals now add Kenya’s tally at the games to five with Edward Zakayo (5,000m bronze), Beatrice Chepkoech (1500m silver) and Samuel Gathimba (20km walk bronze) having kicked off the hunt earlier.