Chesir wins Kenya’s first Gold medal in Singapore

Aug 22, 2010

Gladys Chesir won Kenya’s first gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games at the Bishan stadium in Singapore on sunday.

Chesir who opted to run from the front early on, won the race in a personal best of 9:13.58.

15-year-old Chesir powered away from the rest of the filed at the 1000m-mark with Eritrean Samrawit Mengisteab charging behind.

With five laps remaining Chesir surged away from the Eritrean to open a gap of about 300m.

Chesir held on to win the race 10 seconds clear of the rest of the field and clinch Kenya’s first gold medal at the games. Japan's Moe Kyuma secured the silver medal in a time of 9:23.70.Aikaterini Berdousi (Greece) won bronze with a personal best time of 9:37.56.

“I have made history for my country by winning the first Gold medal at the Youth Olympic games,” said the 15 year old from Marakwet.

Kenyan Josphat Kiprop was disqualified in the boys 3000m for breaking line infringement. Eritrean Abrar Osman sprinted in the last 200 metres to win the gold in 8:07.24sec. He overtook prerace favourite Jebesa, who had led at the bell and had to settle for silver in 8:08.53.Morocco's Hicham Sigueni(8:08.55) ensured an African sweep of the boys 3000m. 

Evelyn Watta

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