Uganda beats Kenya again as Ndiwa lands silver in 10,000m
Kenya is yet to hit gold in Commonwealth Games.In 10,000m Stacy Ndiwa managed silver,a race won by Uganda’s Stella Chesang
Kenya’s hunt for a maiden gold medal at this year’s Commonwealth Games ended in futility on the third attempt as Stacy Ndiwa only managed silver in the 10,000m, a race won by Uganda’s Stella Chesang.
It was the second time the Ugandans were beating Kenyans as Joshua Cheptegei claimed gold in Sunday’s 5,000m with Kenya’s Edward Zakayo finishing third.
Chesang blazed over the final lap to win the race in 31:45:30 ahead of Ndiwa who time a personal best time of 31:46.36. Another Ugandan, Mercyline Chelangat claimed after beating Kenya’s Beatrice Mutai in a sprint finish.
The other Kenyan in the race, Sandrafelis Chebet finished 10th in a personal best time of 32:11.92. This was the first time since 1994 that Kenya has failed to win the gold medal in the 24-lap race.
The group started to disintegrate after 10 laps but it was not until the final 2,000m that the chaff was separated from the wheat. Chesang sprung upfront running shoulder to shoulder with Ndiwa who had been leading the pack.
Sandrafelis dropped off with three laps remaining leaving Ndiwa and Mutai charging with the two Ugandans while Australian Celia Sullohern was being pushed on by the home crowd.
Chesang put on her best with 300m left charging the pace to the finish line, Ndiwa trying but in vain to catch her.
Earlier, Kenya’s Maxmila Imali, Gladys Musyoki and Veronica Mutua progressed to Tuesday’s 400m semi-final. Imali was Kenya’s best performer in the preliminaries, winning her heat in 51.74 ahead of Jamaica’s Tovea Jenkins.
Mutua also picked up an automatic qualifying slot after finishing fourth in her heat, timing 52.70 in a race won by Nigeria’s Yinka Ajayi. Musyoki progressed as one of the two best losers her time of 53:41 having lifted her through.
There wasn’t much luck for their male counterparts as both Boniface Mweresa and Collins Omae failed to qualify to the final, Omae coming in eighth in his semi heat while Mweresa finished sixth.
In the 1500m race, Winny Chebet was the only Kenyan who failed to make it to the final after she was tripped and fell in the final 100m. Beatrice Chepkoech went on to win the heat after controlling the race from gun to tape, crossing the line in 4:08.29.
Mary Wangari finished third a season’s best time of 4:06.58 to progress to the final in her heat, a race won by South African Caster Semenya in 4:05.86.