GOLD COAST, Australia- National teams, Shujaa and Lionesses, ended their medal interest after missing out on the semi finals of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (CWG) rugby sevens on Saturday.
Playing in Pool C, Kenya finished second to New Zealand on seven points after beating Canada 26-10 and hammering Zambia 47-0 but their 7-40 reverse to the All Blacks 7s put paid their hopes of winning a first ever medal at the Club Games.
Shujaa will play home side Australia on Sunday in the 5th to 8th classification contest with New Zealand who have won the CWG title on seven previous occasions advancing to play England in a competition where the group winners qualified for the last four.
At the same time, their female counterparts, Lionesses also missed out on the semis after finishing third in Pool A behind New Zealand and Canada and will face Wales in a 5th to 8th placing clash.
Kenya needed to beat Zambia by a heavy margin and hope Canada stunned the All Blacks in the final round of poll matches to stand a chance of winning the pool.
New Zealand, who have failed to hit the heights in the 2017/18 HSBC World Sevens Series however, turned on the style to crush the north americans 33-7.
Against Zambia, Arthur Owira opened the scoring for Kenya in the second minute by grounding the ball on the left but the conversion was missed but a converted try from Jeffrey Oluoch made it 12-0 following a move that saw the opening try scorer injured.
Nelson Oyoo, Billy Odhiambo and Collins Injera crossed the Zambian whitewash with Eden Agero kicking over the extras for a 33-0 half time lead. Oluoch and Oyoo sealed the rout with the brace of tries in the second half for the final score.
Lionesses, who lost 0-45 to New Zealand and 12-24 to Canada to crash out of the medal running ended their Pool A campaign in fine fashion when they earned revenge over South Africa.
Janet Okello and Celestin Masinde grounded the ball with the boot of Grace Okulu adding the extras for a 14-0 half-time lead before Mathrin Simmers and Zenay Jordaan responded with unconverted second half tries to bring the game to 14-10 in the second half.
Lionesses captain, Philadelphia Orlando, put the match beyond the reach of the highest ranked side in Africa with a try as Lionesses turned the tables on the team that eliminated them in the semi finals of the 2018/19 HSBC World Sevens qualifiers in Hong Kong last weekend.
“This marks the beginning of change in the African rugby. We have played second fiddle for too long,” Lioness boss, Kevin Wambua underscored.
Elsewhere, Suleiman Kangangi finished 19th out of 99 participants in men’s Road Race cycling final held at the Currumbin Beachfront.
The 2017 Tour De Rwanda bronze medalist clocked 3:57:58 in the contest that was won by Australian Steele Von Hoff who timed 3:57:01.
Salim Kipkemboi (3:59:39) finished 39th while celebrated veteran, David Kinjah did not finish the grueling race.
Christopher Saina dropped further in ranking after he fired 386 points and 30 vee-bulls to finish 25th in day three of Queen’s Prize Individual Shooting Final held at the Belmont Full Bore Range.
The competition was won by David Luckman who toppled Australian Jim Bailey who had taken lead in the last two days.
Luckman, who held Commonwealth record of 401 points and 42 vee-bulls set on July 29, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland, shot 404 points and 49 vee-bulls to set a new Commonwealth record in the category.
Kenya’s Gulraaj Sehmi recorded 1132.4 points to finish 13th in men’s 50m Rifle Three qualification where India’s Sanjeev Rajput set a new Commonwealth Record with 1180.6 points.
The top eight in the 19-man competition proceeded to the final that will be held on Sunday.
Mark Inguyesi was outclassed 2-12 by Eslami Syerus of England in men’s freestyle 86kg wrestling quarterfinals held at the Carrara Stadium Sports Arena. All contestants in the category had a bye in the preliminaries.
SELECTED COMMONWEALTH GAMES DAY 10 RESULTS
Men’s freestyle 86kg wrestling quarterfinals
Mark Inguyesi(Kenya) 2 12 Eslami Syerus (England)
Men’s 50m Rifle Three qualification
Gulraaj Sehmi (Kenya)- 1132.4 points to finish 13th out of 19
Queen’s Prize Individual Shooting Final Day Three
Christopher Saina (Kenya)- 386 points and 30 vee-bulls to finish 25th out of 33
Men’s Road Race Cycling Final
Suleiman Kangangi (3:57:58, Kenya) finished 19th out of 99.
Salim Kipkemboi (3:59:39, Kenya) finished 39th out of 99
David Kinjah (Kenya) DNF
Peter Waruiru (Kenya) DNF
Women’s Rugby Sevens
Kenya Lionesses 19 10 South Africa
Men’s Rugby Sevens
Kenya Shujaa 26 10 Canada
Kenya Shujaa47 0 Zambia
Kenya Shujaa 7 40 New Zealand