kenyan Menjo wins 10,000m Gold at the Military Games

Jul 22, 2011

Kiprono Menjo struck gold in the men’s 10,000m at the Joao Havelange Stadium in Rio de Jeneiro as the fifth World Military Games hit the home straight. The win confirmed Kenya’s dominance in the middle and long distance after compatriot Kiplimo Kimutai won a bronze medal.

Bahrain’s Mahboob Mahboob slipped in between the Kenyans to clinch a silver medal. Menjo  clocked 28:36.92 ahead of Mahboob who was timed at 28:37.08 while Kimutai returned 28:45.37.

The medal tally could be higher on Friday after two more Kenyans qualified for the final of the 5,000m. Vincent Kiprop finished fourth in his semi-final but qualified as one of the fastest athletes when he clocked 13:59.17. This semi-final was won by Burundi’s Olivier Irabarula who was timed at 13:58.67. Second was Algeria’s Mounir Miout who returned 13:58.93 while Dejonee Mootumma was third on 13:59.03.

Mark Kiptoo ia also through to the 5,000m final after finishing second in his heat. He clocked 14:05.82 behind Rabah Aboud of Algeria wose time was 14:05.21. Frenchman Yohan Durand was timed at 14:06.29 and finished third.

Two Kenyans are also through to the 400m final. John Kibet was second in his semi-final clocking 47:23 in lane five. The winner was Arismendi Peguero from Dominican Republic who breasted the take at 47:02. Mark Mutai won his semi-final in 46:19 seconds. He was closely followed by Jamaica’s Miguel Barton who was timed at 46:52.

There was a positive start in the 1,500m where Moses Gathimba qualified for the semi-final after winning his heat on 3:50.49. he was followed home by France’s Yohan Kowal who clocked 3:50.49.

Isaac Chelimo and Abraham Chirchir hold Kenya's hopes in the 3,000m steeplechase. The story is different in this race which has been dominated by the Kenyans. Abraham Chirchir edged out Ugandan Simon Ayeko to win his semi-finall battle. Chirchir was timed at 8:49.67 while Ayeko clocked 8:49.69. Hassan Oubassour fro France was third on 8:52.73

Also through to the final is Linus Chumba who was third in his semi-final after returning 8:34.33. Morocco’s Hachlaf Abdelkadir won this heat on 8:33.10 ahead of Qatar’s Abubaker Kamal who was timed at 8:33.23.

A boxing medal could be coming to Kenya, thanks to Welterweight Nickson Abaka who punched his was to the semi final with an impressive 13-9 win over Trinidad and Tobago’s Auron Hassorto. He will face Morocco’s Mehdi Khalsi in the semi-final. No such luck for Moses Mathenge who lost his Light Welter on a split point decision to Morocco’s Abdelhak Aatanari 7-9. 


 Eric Odanga

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