Kenya Floored in Women's 10,000 Metres As Irene Cheptai and Sheila Kiprotich Settle for Silver, Bronze

Kenya Floored in Women's 10,000 Metres As Irene Cheptai and Sheila Kiprotich Settle for Silver, Bronze

Martin Moses
August 3, 2022 at 9:30 PM
  • Eilish McColgan put in a dominant and spirited performance to beat Kenyans to the women's 10,000 metres gold at the Commonwealth Games
  • McColgan used a time of 30:48.60 to beat Irene Cheptai, who clocked 30:49.52 to take silver in a closely-contested race
  • Kenya now has 6 medals at the competition as the search for the first gold medal continues

Eilish McColgan raced to a surprise 10,000 metres women's victory at the Commonwealth Games to beat Kenyans Irene Cheptai and Sheila Kiprotich.

McColgan ran a wonderful race, almost from gun to tape, to replicate the exploits of her mother, who won the same race at the 1986 edition of the games.

Sheila Kiprotich, Irene Cheptai, Eilish McColgan, Commonwealth Games, women's 10,000 metres
Irene Cheptai, Eilish McColgan and Sheila Kiprotich compete at the women's 10,000 metres finals. Photo by Glyn Kirk.
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It was heartbreak for Cheptai, who looked destined to beat McColgan with less than 200 metres to go. But McColgan's long strides helped her outsprint the World Cross country champion, who eventually had to settle for silver.

Kiprotich similarly had a spirited finish despite seemingly pulling her hamstring with almost two laps to go. She soldiered on to claim bronze with the defending champion, Ugandan Stella Chesang, having fallen off the pace early on.

Ferdinand Omanyala storms to 100 metres finals in Birmingham

Sports Brief has also reported that home hero Ferdinand Omanyala will have the chance to compete for gold at the Commonwealth Games after qualifying for the 100 metres finals in style.

Omanyala won the second heat of the semifinals with a time of 10.02 seconds to book his place in the final that will be held later tonight.

The African record holder and champion has now won back-to-back races in the preliminary rounds of the Games after equally finishing first in round 1 yesterday.

First gold for Kenya at the Commonwealth Games

Omanyala then, later on, went to win the finals, as Sports Brief reported. He atoned for his World Athletics Championships misfortunes by winning the men's 100 metres final of the Commonwealth Games.

Omanyala dethroned the reigning champion Akani Simbine by running 10.02 seconds to become the first Kenyan to win the race in more than 60 years.

Simbine settled for silver with a time of 10.13 seconds. Omanyala was the favourite after going through the semifinals with the fastest time.

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