Kenyan sprinters do well in Day Three of Athletics at Gold Coast

Kenyan sprinters do well in Day Three of Athletics at Gold Coast

Mark Otieno and Millicent Ndoro earned qualifications time from the 200m heats on Tuesday morning in the Gold Coast Commonwealth games

Kenya will have one representative in the men’s and women’s 200m semi-finals on Wednesday as both Mark Otieno and Millicent Ndoro earned qualifications time from the heats on Tuesday morning. Ndoro finished fifth from her heat but her season’s best time of 24.31 was just enough to take her through.

The other Kenyans in the preliminaries, Joan Cherono finished seventh in her heat timing 25.10 while Gladys Musyoki finished sixth in 24>94, both times not enough to take them through.

Otieno, the national record holder over both 100m and 200m also kept his hope of a major championship final alive when he progressed to the semis of the men’s 200m, his finishing time of 21.03 earning him a slot as one of the best third placed finishers.

Compatriot Mike Mokamba of the Kenya Defense Forces wasn’t lucky despite finishing third in his heat as his time of 21.14 wasn’t enough to sail him through.

In the men’s 400m hurdles, brothers Aron Koech and 2015 World Champion Nicholas Bett have both progressed to Thursday’s final. Bett will start in the favorable lane six, the same he used to win his World Championship title and he will be hoping to redeem himself after struggling to replicate the same form over the years.

Bett won his heat in 49.24 ahead of Bahamas’ Jaffery Gibson. Koech meanwhile qualified to the final courtesy of his best losing time of 49.28 which saw him finish third in his heat behind Jamaica’s Jaheel Hyde and England’s Jack Greene.

The other Kenyan in contention William Mutunga finished sixth in his heat.

In the corresponding women’s race, Kenya’s sole representative Maureen Jelagat finished sixth in 57.66 and failed to make the cut for the final.

In the 800m final on Thursday, Kenya will be represented by two athletes, Wycliffe Kinyamal and Jonathan Kitilit who both won their respective heats. Kinyamal clocked 1:45.56 in clinching victory in his heat ahead of England’s Kylie Langford.

Kitilit also ensured he bagged an automatic qualifying spot winning his heat in 1:47.27. Kenya’s other representative in the two-lap race Cornelius Tuwei finished third in his heat with a time of 1:47.10 which was not enough to sail him through as one of the fastest third place finishers.

And in long jump, Bethwel Lagat failed to progress to the final after finishing 10th in the preliminaries, but had a season’s best jump of 7.58m.

In other sports, Kenyan boxer Shaffi Hassan narrowly lost to Uganda’s Juma Miiro in the quarter finals of the quarter finals of the men’s light flyweight. Hassan started well getting maximum 10 points from all the five judges in the opening round, but the Ugandan turned the tide on him in the consequent two rounds.

There were mixed results in Table Tennis, Sejal Thakker winning one and losing one of her preliminary round matches. She lost 4-0 to Mauritius’ Elodi Ho Wan Kau before bouncing back to beat Vanuatu’s Stephanie Qwea 4-1 in the women’s singles.

Brian Mutua elsewhere lost 4-2 to Barbados’ Kristian Doughty in the men’s singles round of 64.

In Badminton, Kenya’s Mercy Joseph earned a ticket to the singles round of 32 after a walk over against Seychellois Allisen Camille while Victor Munga beat Falkland Island’s Douglas Clark 2-0.

In Lawn Bowls, Cephas Kimani lost both ties of the day, going down 21-10 to New Zealand’s Shannon McLroy in Section C then went on to suffer a 21-5 defeat to Fiji’s Arun Lamar in Section A.

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