Highlights of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, 8-15/04/2018

GOLD COAST 2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES – April 15

Namibia’s Helalia Johannes won the women’s marathon in 2:32:40. That’s the biggest victory for the 37-year old who started representing her country internationally in 2007 and the first ever gold by a Namibian sportswoman at the Commonwealth Games. Kenya’s Sheila Jerotich was 4th in 2:36:19.

Uganda’s Solomon Mutai clinched the silver medal behind Australia’s Michael Shelley in the men’s race, as the brutal weather conditions took a terrible toll on the athletes. 3rd placed Tsepo Mathibelle of Lesotho stopped at 1:58, touching his hamstring, apparently injured. A few minutes later, Scotland’s Callum Hawkins who was leading by 2 minutes, began weaving across the road before collapsing a first time. He continued for a couple of hundred metres before collapsing again just at the 40km mark. He was taken to hospital for medical review. Tanzania’s Said Juma Makula, who was just 3 seconds behind bronze medallist Robbie Simpson at 40km also collapsed a few hundred meters away from the finish and was helped into an ambulance. We wish the athletes a quick recovery.

Marathon F: 1. Helalia Johannes NAM 2:32:40, 2. Lisa Weightman AUS 2:33:23, 3. Jessica Trengove AUS 2:34:09, 4. Sheila Jerotich KEN 2:36:19, 5. Sonia Samuels ENG 2:36:59, 6. Alyson Dixon 2:38:19, 7. Lavinia Haitope NAM 2:40:54, 8. Caryl Jones WAL 2:43:58, 9. Sara Ramadhani TAN 2:46:52, 10. Shelmith Muriuku Nyawira KEN 2:47:53, 11. Hiruni Kesara Wijayaratne SRI 2:49:38, 12. Leena Ekandjo NAM 2:50:59, 13. Neheng Khatala LES 2:51:04, 14. Tonya Nero TTO 2:55:14, 15. Elinor Kirk WAL 2:57:01, 16. Virginia Moloney AUS 2:58:54…Hellen Nzembi Musyoka KEN DNF

Marathon M: 1. Michael Shelley AUS 2:16:46, 2. Solomon Mutai UGA 2:19:02, 3. Robbie Simpson SCO 2:19:36, 4. Kevin Seaward NIR 2:19:54, 5. Liam Adams AUS 2:21:08, 6. Paulus Iiyambo NAM 2:22:39, 7. Alex Chesakit UGA 2:23:06, 8. Lee Merrien GGY 2:24:10, 9. Julius Karinga 2:24:26, 10. Kenneth Mungara 2:25:42, 11. Andrew Davies WAL 2:26:05, 12. Tyler Butterfield 2:26:29, 13. Ramolefi Motsieloa LES 2:30:16, 14. Stephano Huche Gwandu TAN 2:33:03, 15. Josh Griffiths WAL 2:37:10, 16. Nicholas Kamakya KEN 2:40:18, 17. Happy Ndacha MAW 2:45:31, Callum Hawkins SCO DNF, Saidi Juma Makula TAN, Tsepo Mathibelle LES DNF, Alexis Niyzeyimana DNF, Robert Chemonges UGA DNF, Uveni Kugongelwa NAM DNF, Namupala Leonard NAM DNF

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● 1500m M /5000m F : Two Kenyan 1-2 in the distance events as Elijah Manangoi and Timothy Cheruiyot dominated the men’s 1500m in 3:34.78 and 3:35.17 while Hellen Obiri and Margaret Chelimo proved to be the strongest in the women’s 5000m (15:13.11 and 15:15.28). Juliet Chekwel of Uganda took 4th place in 15:30.17

● 4x400m M: After the 1-2 in the individual event, Botswana was crowned in the men’s 4x400m. The quartet made of Maotoanong, Thebe, Nkobolo and Makwala held off the Bahamas and Jamaica in 3:01.78. Kenya was disqualified for not remaining at the right position at the changeover on two separate occasions

● 4x100m M : Silver for South Africa behind England as Akani Simbine powered past Josh Clarke of Australia and Jamaica’s Yohan Blake to finish second behind Harry Aikines-Aryeetey. The quartet of Henricho Bruintjies, Emile Erasmus, Anaso Jobodwana and Akani Simbine set a new national record of 38.24, erasing the 38.35 from the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Nigeria’s hopes were dashed after a botched second exchange.

● 4x400m F : 2 African teams on the podium as Nigeria (George, Nathaniel, Idamadudu and Ajayi) claimed silver behind Jamaica in 3:25.29, while Amantle Montsho ran a terrific anchor leg in 49.59, catching Australia and England for bronze in a new national record of 3:26.86 (Moroko, Botlogetswe, Matlhaku, Montsho).

● 4x100m F : Nigeria took the bronze in 42.75 behind England and Jamaica. The team was a mixed of youth and experience with top sprinter Blessing Okagbare and new Commonwealth hurdles champion Tobi Amusan, while Joy Udo-Gabriel (a semi-finalist in the 100m) and Rosemary Chukwuma were making their international debut for Nigeria. Ghana was 5th 43.64 while Cameroon followed in 6th in 45.24.

● Triple jump M: Massive effort for Cameroon’s Marcel Mayack II who improved his personal best from 16.32m to 16.80m in his last attempt, to claim an unexpected bronze medal!

● Javelin: Phil-Mar Janse van Rensburg of South Africa came out fourth of the men’s javelin, barely missing 80m (79.83m). Kenya’s representative Alex Kiprotich was 13rd (73.21m in final after 74.88m in qualifications). Former world champion Julius Yego failed to advance to the final with his best valid throw of 74.55m after fouling an attempt beyond 80m in qualifications.

RESULTS (FINALS)

- 1500m M : 1. Elijah Manangoi KEN 3:34.78, 2. Timothy Cheruiyot KEN 3:35.17, 3. Jake Wightman 3:35.97, …7. Kumari Taki KEN 3:38.74
- Triple M : 1. Troy Doris GUY 16.88m, 2. Yordanys Duranona Garcia DMA 16.86m, 3. Marcel Mayack II CMR 16.80m, …6. Jonathan Drack MRI 16.28m, …8. Roger Haitengi NAM 16.24m
- Javelin M : 1. Neeraj Chopra IND 86.47m, 2. Hamish Peacok AUS 82.59m, 3. Anderson Peters GRN 82.20m, 4. Phil-Mar Janse van Rensburg RSA 79.83m, …11. Alex Kiprotich KEN 73.21m
- 4x100m M: 1. England 38.13, 2. South Africa 38.24 NR, 3. Jamaica 38.35, 4. Australia 38.58, … Nigeria DQ
- 4x400m M: 1. Botswana 3:01.78, 2. Bahamas 3:01.92, 3. Jamaica 3:01.97, …Kenya DQ

- 5000m F: 1. Hellen Obiri KEN 15:13.11, 2. Margaret Kipkemboi KEN 15:15.28, 3. Laura Weightman ENG 15:25.84, 4. Juliet Chekwel 15:30.17, …7. Eva Cherono KEN 15:36.10, …11. Mercyline Chelangat UGA 15:50.01, …15. Failuna Matanga TAN 16:07.99, ..17. Mokulubete Makatisi LES 17:35.72, 18. Lineo Chaka LES 18:35.38
- High jump F: 1. Levern Spencer LCA 1.95m, …10. Doreen Amata 1.80m, …13. Nonhlanhla Seyama SWZ 1.70m
- 4x100m F: 1. England 42.46, 2. Jamaica 42.52, 3. Nigeria 42.75, 3. Trinidad and Tobago 43.50, 5. Ghana 43.64, 6. Cameroon 45.24
- 4x400m F: 1. Jamaica 3:24.00, 2. Nigeria 3:25.29, 3. Botswana 3:26.86 NR, …8. Uganda 3:35.03

GOLD COAST 2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES – April 13

GOLD for Cheptegei, Semenya, Kipruto and Amusan!

● 10000m: Joshua Cheptegei may have have needed some persuasion to take the start of the 10000m but what a result! The Ugandan claimed the 5000m-10000m double and set a new 10000m Games record in 27:19.62 after a thrilling last 2 laps against Canada’s Mohammed Ahmed. Rodgers Kwemoi clinched the bronze for Kenya (27:28.66) followed by Uganda’s youngster Jacob Kiplimo (27:30.25)

● 800m: Double gold and double Games record for South Africa’s Caster Semenya who led the women’s 800m from gun to tape to finish in a season’s best of 1:56.68. Margaret Wambui claimed silver for Kenya in 1:58.07 while Natoya Goule of Jamaica set a new PB of 1:58.83 to prevent a full African sweep. Uganda’s Winnie Nanyondo followed in fourth with a time of 2:00.36

● 3000m st: Kenyan sweep in the men’s 3000m with the victory and Commonwealth Games record for Conseslus Kipruto (8:10.08) who got a solid challenge from teammate Abraham Kibiwott (8:10.62) as Amos Kirui followed in third (8:12.24), barely edging Canada’s Matt Hughes (8:12.33). Uganda’s Albert Chemutai was 5th with a new PB of 8:19.89

● 100H: A gold medal for Nigeria. Tobi Amusan claimed victory in the 100m hurdles after a well-mastered race in 12.68. After her 2015 All-Africa Games victory, that’s the first major international title for the Nigerian who turned professional in 2018 after competing for the University of Texas El Paso for two years in 2016-2017.

● Throws: Nigeria’s Stephen Mozia finished 7th in the discus with a best throw of 59.58m after throwing a season’s best of 59.95m in qualifications. Salome Mugabe of Mozambique was 11th of the women’s shot put with 14.98m

● Heptathlon: Ghana’s Elizabeth Dadzie couldn’t achieve a full score as she was disqualified in the 200m at the end of the first day, but she still returned on the second day to complete the competition.

RESULTS (FINALS)

- 10000m M: 1. Joshua Cheptegei UGA 27:19.62, 2. Mohammed Ahmed CAN 27:20.56, 3. Rodgers Kwemoi KEN 27:28.66, 4. Jacob Kiplimo UGA 27:30.25, 5. Jake Robertson NZL 27:30.90 NR, 6. Stephen Mokoka RSA 27:44.58, 7. Timothy Toroitich UGA 27:47.35, 8. Jonathan Ndiku KEN 27:56.24, 9. Andrew Vernon ENG 28:17.11, 10. Josphat Kipkoech KEN 28:56.94, 11. Stewart Mcsweyn AUS 28:58.22, 12. Kefasi Chitsala MAW 29:21.68, 13. Toka Badboy LES 31:22.38, Patrick Tiernan DQ
- 3000m st M: 1. Conseslus Kipruto KEN 8:10.08, 2. Abraham Kibiwott KEN 8:10.62, 3. Amos Kirui KEN 8:12.24, 4. Matthew Hughes CAN 8:12.33, 5. Albert Chemutai UGA 8:19.89, …
- Discus M: 1. Fredrick Dacres JAM 68.20m, 2. Traves Smikle JAM 63.98m, 3. Apostolos Parellis CYP 63.61m, …7. Stephen Mozia NGR 59.58m

- 800m F: 1. Caster Semenya RSA 1:56.68, 2. Margaret Nyairera Wambui KEN 1:58.82, 3. Natoya Goule JAM 1:58.82, 4. Winnie Nanyondo UGA 2:00.36, 5. Alexandra Bell ENG 2:00.83, 6. Docus Ajok UGA 2:01.22, 7. Emily Cherotich Tuei KEN 2:01.74, 8. Eglay Nalyanya KEN 2:03.08
- 100H F: 1. Tobi Amusan 12.68, 2. Danielle Williams JAM 12.78, 3. Yanique Thompson JAM 12.97
- Shot put F: 1. Danniel Thomas-Dodd JAM 19.36 NR, 2. Valerie Adams NZL 18.70m, 3. Brittany Crew CAN 18.32m, …11. Salome Mugabe MOZ 14.98m
- Heptathlon F: 1. Katarina Johnson-Thompson 6255 points, …12. Elizabeth Dadzie GHA 4668 points (13.49/+0.3 (1052), 1.63m (771), 11.06m (599), DQ (0), 5.76m (777), 38.21m (633), 2:19.10 (836)

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● 800m: Finally, a first gold for Kenya, with Wycliffe Kinyamal’s victory in the 800m (1:45.11)! But wow that was close, as he just held off the strong finish from England’s Kyle Langford 1:45.16. Fellow countryman Jonathan Kitilit was 6th in 1:46.12 while Botswana’s Nijel Amos faded to 8th in 1:48.45.

● 400H: South Africa’s Wenda Nel claimed the bronze medal of the women’s 400m hurdles in 54.96. This is the first Commonwealth medal for the African champion who had been disqualified from the 2014 final in Glasgow. Nigeria’s Glory Nathaniel finished 6th in 56.39

● 200m: South Africa’s youngster Clarence Munyai was not able to reproduce his race from the African championships, apparently due to injury, and finished 4th of the 200m final in 20.58, just ahead of Sydney Siame of Zambia (20.62). The winner of the race Zharnel Hughes was disqualified for hampering Richards inside him.

● 400H: Nigeria’s Rilwan Alowonle ended up being the best African representative in the men’s 400m hurdles finishing 5th in 49.80 in his maiden outing for Nigeria. It was a poor day on the track for Kenya’s Aron Koech who placed 6th in 50.02 while his brother Nicholas Bett faded to 8th the last 100m after leading for the opening 300m

● 100H: Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan recorded the second best time in the heats of the 100m hurdles (12.73)

RESULTS (FINALS)
- 200 M: 1. Jereem Richards TTO 20.12, 2. Aaron Brown CAN 20.34, 3. Leon Reid 20.55, 4. Clarence Munyai RSA 20.58, 5. Sydney Siame ZAM 20.62, 6. Kyle Greaux TTO 20.63, 7. Warren Weir JAM 20.71, Zharnel Hughes ENG DQ
- 800 M: 1. Wycliffe Kinyamal KEN 1:45.11, 2. Kyle Langford ENG 1:45.16, 3. Luke Mathews 1:45.60, 4. Jake Wightman SCO 1:45.82, 5. Brad Mathas NZL 1:46.07, 6. Jonathan Kitilit KEN 1:46.12, 7. Joseph Deng AUS 1:47.20, 8. Nijel Amos BOT 1:48.45
- 400H M: 1. Kyron McMaster IVB 48.25, 2. Jeffery Gibson BAH 49.10, 3. Jaheel Hyde 49.16, 4. Jack Green ENG 49.18, 5. Mohamed Rilwan Alowonle NGR 49.80, 6. Aron Koech KEN 50.02, 7. Andre Clarke JAM 50.08, 8. Nicholas Bett KEN 51.00

- 400H F: 1. Janieve Russell 54.33, 2. Eilidh Doyle SCO 54.80, 3. Wenda Nel RSA 54.96, 4. Ronda Whyte JAM 55.02, 5. Sage Watson CAN 55.55, 6. Glory Nathaniel NGR 56.39, 7. Sparkle McKnight TTO 57.45, 8. Ristananna Tracey JAM 57.50

GOLD COAST 2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES – April 11

●Long jump: 1-3 for South Africa as Luvo Manyonga claimed the gold with 8.41m, a new Games record while Ruswahl Samaai took the bronze with 8.22m

●400m: After Isaac Makwala’s victory on the men’s side, that’s 400m double for Botswana. Amantle Montsho achieved her fastest time since her return from doping suspension, 50.15 to claim the 400m women’s title ahead of the Jamaican representatives. Her teammate Christine Botlogetswe recorded a new PB of 51.17 in 4th while Kenya’s Maximila Imali was 5th in 51.32 and Nigeria’s Yinka Ajayi finished 8th in 52.26

●3000m steeple: Upset for Kenya as Jamaica’s Aisha Praught, a training partner of world champion Emma Coburn, surprised Celliphine Chespol to take gold in the women’s steeplechase in 9:21.00. Purity Kirui took the bronze. Video: https://www.facebook.com/michael.sammy.750/videos/10216638364738565/

●Javelin: After battling with injury in 2017, South Africa’s Sunette Viljoen claimed the bronze medal in the javelin with a 62.08m best effort. It’s the 4th Commonwealth medal in a row for the 35 year old who won the event in 2006 and 2010 and finished 2nd in 2014.

●200m: Drama in the men’s 200m semi-finals. Anaso Jobodwana is now listed as DQ in the results. He was initially given a green card after seemingly jumping out of the blocks and finished his semi in 2nd position in 20.61.

RESULTS (FINALS)

- Long jump M: 1. Luvo Manyonga RSA 8.41m CR, 2. Henry Frayne AUS 8.33m, 3. Ruswahl Samaai RSA 8.22m, …11. Marcel Mayack II CMR 7.70m

- 400m F: 1. Amantle Montsho BOT 50.15, 2. Anastasia Le-Roy JAM 50.57, 3. Stephenie McPherson JAM 50.93, 4. Christine Botlogetswe BOT 51.17, 5. Maximila Imali KEN 51.32, 6. Hima Das IND 51.32, 7. Anneliese Rubie AUS 52.03, 8. Yinka Ajayi NGR 52.26
- 3000m st F: 1. Aisha Praught JAM 9:21.00, 2. Celliphine Chespol KEN 2:22.61, 3. Purity Kirui KEN 9:25.74, 4. Rosie Clarke ENG 9:36.29, 5. Genevieve Lacaze AUS 9:42.69, 6. Fancy Cherono KEN 9:46.27…
- Javelin F: 1. Kathryn Mitchell AUS 68.92m, 2. Kelsey-Lee Roberts AUS 63.89m, 3. Sunette Viljoen RSA 62.08m, …6. Kelechi Nwanaga NGR 53.17m, 7. Selma Rosun MRI 49.09m, 8. Josephine Lalam UGA 48.92m

GOLD COAST 2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES – April 10

● 400m M: Botswana is on the top of the men’s 400m! Pre-race favorite Isaac Makwala claimed victory with a significant lead in 44.35 while Baboloki Thebe battled through the line to take silver in 45.09!

● 1500m F: Victory for Caster Semenya who also broke South Africa’s record with a time of 4:00.71 (previous record 4:01.81 Zola Budd 1984). Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech managed to hold on to the silver in 4:03.09

●110H M: No podium in the 110m hurdles as South Africa’s finished 5th in the final in 13.49. He had managed a season’s best of 13.32 in the first round.

● Decathlon M: Kenya’s representative Gilbert Koech finished 8th, breaking 7000 points for the first time (7009) but coming just short of the national record of 7076 points held by Charles Kokoyo since the 1982 Commonwealth Games. Ghana’s Atsu Nyamadi hurt himself during the pole vault warmup and wasn’t able to continue. Canada’s Damian Warner was in the lead until he no-heighted in the pole vault

● Triple jump F: Lesotho’s Lerato Sechele improved her national record from 13.25m to 13.57m to finish 4th of the women’s triple jump event, slightly ahead of Nigeria’s Blessing Ibrahim (13.48m) and Cameroon’s Joelle Mbumi (13.45m)

● Hammer F: 5th place for Nigeria’s record holder Queen Obisesan in the women’s hammer (63.84m)

RESULTS (finals)
- 400m M : 1. Isaac Makwala BOT 44.35, 2. Baboloki Thebe BOT 45.09, 3. Javon Francis JAM 45.11, 4. Muhammed Anas Yahiya IND 45.31, 5. Bralon Taplin GRN 45.38, 6. Demish Gaye JAM 45.56, 7. Steven Solomon AUS 45.64, Rusheen McDonald DNF
- 110H M : (-0.3) 1. Ronald Levy JAM 13.19, 2. Hansle Parchment JAM 13.22, 3. Nicholas Hough AUS 13.38, 4. Milan Trajkovic CYP 13.42, 5. Antonio Alkana RSA 13.49, 6. Shane Brathwaite 13.53, 7. Andrew Pozzi ENG 13.53, 9. De’Jour Russell JAM 13.92
- Decathlon M : 1. Lindon Victor GRN 8303 points, 2. Pierce Lepage CAN 8171 points, 3. Cedric Dubler AUS 7983 points, …8. Gilbert Koech KEN 7009 points, Atsu Nyamadi GHA DNF
- Gilbert Koech KEN 7009 points (11.38/0.0 (778), 6.59m/+0.9 (718), 13.21m (680), 1.83m (653), 49.28 (848), 15.63/+0.3 (775), 40.80m (681), 3.30m (431), 58.27m (712), 4:31.82 (733 points)
- Atsu Nyamadi GHA (11.27/-0.1 (801), 7.25m/+0.5 (874), 14.49m (758), 2.01m (813), 50.45 (794), 14.82/+0.3 (871), 46.61m (800), r

-1500m F : 1. Caster Semenya RSA 4:00.71 NR, 2. Beatrice Chepkoech KEN 4:03.09, 3. Melissa Courtney WAL 4:03.44, 9. Mary Wangari Kuria KEN 4:05.88, 10. Winnie Nanyondo UGA 4:06.05
- Triple Jump F : 1. Kimberly Williams 14.64m, 2. Shanieka Ricketts 14.52m, 3. Thea Lafond DMA 13.92m, 4. Lerato Sechele LES 13.57m, 5. Blessing Ibrahim NGR 13.48m, …7. Joelle Sandrine Mbumi Nkouindjin 13.45m, …10. Nadia Eke 13.05m
- Hammer F : 1. Julia Ratcliffe NZL 49.64m, 2. Alexandra Hulley AUS 68.20m, 3. Lara Nielsen AUS 65.03m, 4. Sultana Frizell CAN 63.94m, 5. Queen Obisesan NGR 63.84m…9. Lucy Omondi 45.59m

GOLD COAST 2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES – April 9

● 100m M: Sensational 1-2 for South African in the men’s 100m as Akani Simbine claimed the gold in 10.03 ahead of teammate Henricho Bruintjies 10.17. Jamaica’s Yohan Blake had to settle for 3rd while Nigerians Ogunleye and Adegoke finished 4th and 7th.

● 10000m F: Uganda upset Kenya in the women’s 10000m as Stella Chesang beat Stacy Ndiwa to the gold 31:45.30 to 31:46.36 after launching her attack at the bell. Another Ugandan, Mercyline Chelangat claimed the bronze. This is the second gold for Uganda after Joshua Cheptegei’s in the men’s 5000m and the first time in 5 editions that Kenya failed to win the gold medal. The Ugandan duo of Chesang and Chelangat had displayed their readiness when clocking world leading performances in Kampala on March 3rd.

●Shot put M: Chukwuebuka Enekwechi clinched Nigeria’s first medal as set a new personal best of 21.14m in the shot put to claim silver behind world championTomas Walsh. South Africa’s Orazio Cremona finished 6th with 20.51m

● 100m F: In her first outing outside Ghana, 19 year old Hor Halutie finished 8th of the women’s 100m in 11.54 (she set a new personal best of 11.45 in the heats)

● High jump M: World u18 high jump champion Breyton Poole of South Africa cleared 2.21m on his 3rd attempt only to be told his jump wouldn’t be validated as the time had run off. He thus won’t advance to the final. Hard luck. *As per the new 2018 rule, the field event time limit is now only 30 seconds after a competitor’s name is called (except in the pole vault, but including the high jump).

RESULTS (FINALS)

- 100m M: (+0.8) 1. Akani Simbine RSA 10.03, 2. Henricho Bruintjies RSA 10.17, 3. Yohan Blake JAM 10.19, 4. Seye Ogunlewe NGR 10.19, 5. Kemar Hyman CAY 10.21, 6. Jason Rogers SKN 10.24, 7. Enoch Adegoke NGR 10.35, Adam Gemili ENG DNS
- Shot put M: 1. Tomas Walsh NZL 21.41m, 2. Chukwuebuka Enekwechi NGR 21.14m, 3. O’Dayne Richards JAM 20.80m, …6. Orazio Cremona RSA 20.51m

- 100m F: (+1.0) 1. Michelle-Lee Ahye TTO 11.14, 2. Christania Williams JAM 11.21, 3. Gayon Evans JAM 11.22, …8. Hor Halutie GHA 11.54
- 10000m F: 1. Stella Chesang 31:45.30, 2. Stacy Ndiwa KEN 31:46.36, 3. Mercyline Chelangat UGA 31:48.41 4. Beatrice Mutai KEN 31:49.81, 5. Natasha Wodak CAN 31:50.18, 6. Celia Sullohern AUS 31:50.75, 7. Juliet Chekwel UGA 31:57.97, 8. Madeline Hills 32:01.04, 9. Rachel Cliff CAN 32:11.11, 10. Sandrafelis Chebet Tuei KEN 32:11.92, 11. Salome Nyirarukundo RWA 32:13.74, 12. Failuna Matanga 32:22.09, …19. Lineo Chaka 36:55.77

GOLD COAST 2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES – April 8

● 5000m M: Pre-race favourite Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda claimed the 5000m gold in a well executed tactical race, holding off the challenge of Canada’s Mohammed Ahmed, while Edward Zakayo of Kenya took the bronze. Uganda managed the strongest team effort, placing its athlete in 1st, 4th (Thomas Ayeko) and 6th position (Phillip Kipyeko).

● 20km walk M: African champion Samuel Gathimba brought the first athletics medal to Kenya and Africa claiming the bronze in the men’s 20km in 1:19:38. It was a tougher day for Olympic finalist Lebogang Shange who finished 9th in 1:23.27

RESULTS (FINALS)

– 5000m M: 1. Joshua Cheptegei 13:50.83, 2. Mohammed Ahmed CAN 13:52.78, 3. Edward Zakayo KEN 13:54.06, 4. Thomas Ayeko UGA 13:54.78, 5. Stewart Mcsweyn AUS 13:58.96, 6. Phillip Kipyeko UGA 13:59.59, 7. James Sugira RWA 14:03.51, 8. Morgan McDonald AUS 14:11.37, 9. Nicholas Kipkorir KEN 14:13.97, 10. Amine Khadiri CYP 14:16.53, 11. David Bett KEN 14:18.80, …13. Grevazio Mpani MAW 14:30.66, 14. Christophe Tuyishimire RWA 14:39.29, 15. Chauncy Master 14:50.25, …Toka Badboy LES DQ
- Hammer M: 1. Nick Miller ENG 80.26m, 2. Matty Denny 74.88m, …9. Tshepang Makhete RSA 67.99m
- 20km walk M: 1. Dane Bird-Smith AUS 1:19:34, 2. Tom Bosworth ENG 1:19:38, 3. Samuel Gathimba KEN 1:19:51, …9. Lebogang Shange RSA 1:23:27, …12. Simon Wachira KEN 1:26:33, …14. Wayne Snyman RSA 1:28:09, 15. Jérôme Caprice 1:33:12

- 20km walk F: 1. Jemima Montag AUS 1:32:50, 2. Alana Barber NZL 1:34:18, 3. Bethan Davis WAL 1:36:08, …8. Grace Wanjiru Njue KEN 1:42:23, …10. Fadekemi Olude NGR 1:49:31, 11. Lindah Waweru KEN 1:53.41