GOLD COAST, Australia- Stella Chesang grabbed Uganda’s second gold of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games to deny Kenya a first top medal on Monday.
Chesang stopped the timer at 31:45.30 for victory in the women 10000m with hard-chasing Stacy Ndiwa clocking a lifetime best of 31:46.36 for silver and Kenya’s third medal at Gold Coast.
Another Ugandan, Mercyline Chelagat (31:48.41), took the bronze ahead of Kenya’s Beatrice Mutai who finished just outside the podium in fourth with a personal best of 31:49.81.
Sandrafelis Chebet Tuwei a former World Youth champion and the third Kenyan in the race, finished 10th recording a personal best of 32:11.92.
In the men’s 400 first semi-final, Collins Omae Gichana, finished eighth in 47.39 in a heat that was won by Isaac Makwala of Botswana, who qualified for the finals in 45.00.
Another Kenyan, Boniface Ontuga Mweresa, featured in the third 400m men’s semi and finished sixth recording a time of 46.68. From this semi, Indian Muhammed Anas Yahiya and Rusheen McDonald of Jamaica both qualified for the finals.
Beatrice Chepkoech ran an impressive race in the women’s 1500m round one, winning and qualifying with a time of 4:08.29, edging stiff competition from fellow African Winnie Nanyondo who also qualified after finishing 20 micro seconds after Chepkoech.
Linden Hall from Australia and Scot Stephanie Twell were the other qualifiers from the heat.
Winnie Chebet of Kenya finished a lowly ninth in the round, 12 seconds after her fellow countrywoman Chepkoech, recording a time of 4:20.67.
Team Kenya officials in Gold Coast launched an appeal after she appeared to be tripped 50m from the finish, knocking Chebet off her stride in the frenetic sprint for the qualifying places.
In another women’s 1500m heat, Mary Wangari Kuria came in third and qualified for the finals after recording a season’s best of 4:06.58.
Olympic and world women 800m champion; Caster Semenya of South Africa won the race in in 4:05.86 in her quest to do the mid distance double in Gold Coast with Australian Georgia Griffith coming second with a lifetime best of 4:06.41.
Kenya can boast of two female athletes in the women’s 400m finals as Maximila Imali and Veronica Kamumbe Mutua both qualified from their individual heats.
Imali won heat 3 in 51.74 ahead of Tovea Jenkins of Jamaica and Cypriot Eleni Artymata.
Her compatriot Mutua managed to get the final qualifying spot from heat 5, recording a time of 52.70.
Though Gladys Musyoki did not qualify from the women’s 400m heat 2, she recorded a personal best of 53.41.