Kenya bags silver and bronze in women’s 10000m
It was yet another siver and bronze for Kenya as Irene Cheptai and Sheila Chepkirui claimed second and third place respectively in the women's 10000m on Tuesday night at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Cheptai who was in cruise control of the race mistimed her sprint ams was beaten by Eilish McColgan of Scotland who won the race in a Games Record time of 30:48.60. Cheptai, a former World marathon champion claimed silver in 30:49.52 with a limping Chepkirui settling for bronze in a time of 31:09.49.McGlogan controlled most parts of the race but seemed to be running out of steam in the last two laps but a final push on the homestretch ensured that she beat Cheptai who wad destined for gold.
Defending champion Stella Chesang of Uganda settled for fourth place in a time of 31:14.14.McColgan who is the daughter of Liz McColgan, who won gold in the 10,000m at the Edmonton World Championships in 1991 was roared by the home crowd as she sped off from the Kenyans in the last 100m.
Cheptai on the other hand blamed poor decision making that coat her gold."I think I shouldn't have taken off early so as to beat her in the last 200m. I ran out of gas in the last 100m," said Cheptai after the race.
Kenya has so far, a total of seven medals; 1 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze and will be looking to add more medals on Friday in the women’s 3000m steeplechase final.In the women’s 100m, Maximila Imali reached the semi-finals while in beach volleyball, the Kenyan ladies bagged its first win after eliminating Ghana 2-1, in boxing it was a tough luck for Elizabeth Andiego who was eliminated in the women’s middleweight.