• Kenya sparkles as it seeks to top Africa in Medal table

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Oct 12, 2010-

Kenyan athletes picked two more gold medals as action entered the climax at the Jawarlal Nehru Stadium on tuesday with an impressive 28-medal haul in track and field events.

World Champion Vivian Cheruyoit captured a historic 1-2-3 in the 5000 m race- the first sweep by Kenyans in the women’s race with a strong surge to cross the line in 15:55.12 seconds.

“We planned for a sweep and I am happy the plan worked. Am not very happy with my sprint because I relaxed a bit towards the end as I got a bit tired.”

In a well-planned race, Sylvia Kibet the World silver medalist from Berlin led the field with Cheruyoit and Iness Chenonge staying at a touching distance, before the trio broke off from the rest of the pack with two laps to go.

Cheruyoit took control at the bell and in her usual front running style managed to hold off a late charge from Kibet-hoping for her first track Gold medal. She won the silver in 15:55.61.

“I tried very hard to beat her but she is very good…” explained Kibet.

 “She beat me in Berlin last year but next time we meet I am going to try to beat her. She motivates me.”

Chenonge won her second bronze medal in the Commonwealth games after Melbourne in 16:02.47.

“I knew they were faster than me so I expected to be third.

Young gun Silas Kiplagat who has been in exceptional form in the late half of this season in the men’s 1500m, finally won his first competition medal a Gold- the first in the Games since Laban Rotich’s triumph in 1998 in Kuala Lumpur.

In the absence of the Olympic champion Asbel Kiprop, Kiplagat who holds the fastest time this year (3:29.37)over the distance, clocked 53 seconds in the final lap after moderate pace in the opening three laps of the race.

He stopped the clock in 3:41.78 ahead of compatriot James Magut who settled for silver just a second behind in 3:42.27.

"The pace was slow for me, so I opted to push faster.I started sprinting at 200m,” said the 21 year who ran his personal best and the world leading time in his debut race  in Monaco last July. “Usually I sprint at the 50m but they went slow. The time was only 3:41, not so good.”

“I am happy with the silver. The race was very competitive and I struggled to keep up in the last 100m,”Magut said.

 New Zealander Willis Nick took the silver as the other Kenyan Gideon Gathimba slipped to finish fifth, with Australia’s Jeremy Roff the winner from Melbourne placing a distant seventh.

The 4 by 400m relay mens team which was reinstated earlier in the day after successfully appealing against disqualification, bounced back to win silver in 3:03.84.

The newly crowned 400m champion-Mark Mutai anchored the team to silver behind the Australians (3:03.30) with the British team settling for bronze (3:03.97).

Vincent Koskei had begun the relay race, passed the baton to Vincent Mumo who handed over to Anderson Mureta. Mutai then managed to cap Kenya’s most successful competition on track with a silver medal.

 The men’s 4 by 100m did not finish their event after dropping their baton during the change over. England beat Jamaica to the Gold in the event.

The Indian team won a surprise Gold medal in the women’s 4 by 100m to the delight of the impressive home crowd who turned up at the JNS Stadium to watch the final track and field events.

Earlier Julius Yego finished seventh in the men’s javelin with his second throw of 69.60m which was way off Australian Jarrod Banister’s winning throw of 81.71.

Kenyans have so far won 10 gold medals and are hoping to finish top in the Marathon to move up the medal standings as the top African nation ahead of South Africa and Nigeria.

 

Evelyn Watta in New Delhi

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COUNTRY G S B T
1 Australia 74 54 48 176
2 England 37 59 45 141
3 India 37 27 35 99
3 Canada 26 17 32 75
4 South Africa 12 11 10 33
5 Kenya 12 11 9 32
6 Malaysia 12 9 13 34
7 Nigeria 11 10 14 35
8 Singapore 10 10 9 29
9 Scotland 9 10 7 26
10 New Zealand 5 22 8 35
11 Cyprus 4 3 5 12
12 Northern Ireland 3 3 4 10
13 Samoa 3   1 4
14 Wales 2 7 10 19
15 Jamaica 2 4 1 7
16 Pakistan 2 1 2 5
17 Uganda 2     2
18 Bahamas 1 1 3 5
19 Sri Lanka 1 1 1 3
20 Nauru 1 1   2
 
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