16-year old Zakayo snaps medal for Kenya in Gold Coast
File photo / Zakayo (left) celebrates at Kasarani
Edward Zakayo clinched Kenya’s second medal at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia when he finished third in the 5,000m final at the Carrara Stadium on Sunday morning.
Zakayo who lit up the Kasarani Stadium last year in the World Under-18 Championship when he clinched silver in the 3,000m gave an assured performance clocking 13:54.06 in his first ever outing representing Kenya at senior level.
Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei won the race while Canada’s Ahmed Mohammed finished second.
The race started off slow, with only Grevazio Mpani of Malawi trying to inject some pace, but he couldn’t maintain it for long.
Cheptegei decided to give the race a push with three laps remaining and Mohammed as well as Zakayo followed him up with the other two Kenyans Nicholas Kipkorir and David Bett falling off.
Even as the Ugandan and Canadian stormed forward, Zakayo kept on their trail and failing to get to them, he ensured he sustained the tempo for bronze, wading away a late challenge from Uganda’s Thomas Ayeko.
Kipkorir finished ninth in 14:19.37 while Bett was 11th in 14:18.80.
Meanwhile Boniface Mweresa advanced to the semi-finals of the 400m after finishing third in his heat clocking 46:32 in a race won by Grenada’s Bralon Taphin. Collins Omae finished fourth in his heat and missed out on qualification after timing 46.57.
Another Kenyan participating in the 400m Alex Sampao did not start after he aggravated a hamstring tear in training on Friday.