Chepkirui leads historic games 10000 women sweep

By evelyn watta
Jul 29, 2021
  • Florence Kiplagat leads the women's 10000m races Joyce Chepkirui, Emily Chebet and Uganda's Chebet Toroitich charge behind her.

GLASGOW, The plan was simple win the medals and the strongest goes for the gold.

Joyce Chepkirui sprinted past the speeding Florence Kiplagat on the homestretch as Emily Chebet coated the country’s first ever sweep in the women’s 10 000m with her bronze on Tuesday evening at the Commonwealth games at the Hampden park in Glasgow.

Chepkirui the youngest of the trio at 26 raced to her personal best and her first major global title in 32:09.35,with 27 year-old Kiplagat stumbled home for silver in 32.09.48 while Chebet, 28 crossed the line in a personal best of 32.10.82.

“The plan was simple stick together from the start and sprint and break off with about 8minutes remaining,” said Chebet, the two times world cross-country, timidly, draping the flag tightly around her frozen body.

“I am happy with the win but more with the support of Chebet and Florence. We had planned it exactly this way,” the new Games champion added on the race the Kenyans controlled from the second lap with a brief challenge from Scotland’s Beth Porter who had the lead for about two laps.

“It was windy though,” she continued of the freezing 15 degrees cloudy conditions at the Scottish city.

“The plan was for a medal but to get the gold is fantastic. When Florence took off with about 200m I went with her and with about 20m I attacked, surprisingly I went past her,” said Chepkirui the London finalist who is now more steeled to defend her African title in August in Morocco.

“I feel great,” carried on Kiplagat the world marathon record holder who sometimes trains with Chepkirui in Iten.

“But we didn’t go for our lap of honor, that’s the only down part,” she added unaware that they had lapped some of the runners twice and they were still on the track racing five minutes after their finish.

In about two weeks the trio will be looking to repeat the feat in Marrakech at the African event where they will have a sterner test from their perennial rivals, Ethiopia.

“We don’t fear anyone. We will go for the medals in Morocco the way we did today. We are champions!” said Kiplagat as she grabbed Chepkurui by the arm and put her left hand on Chebet’s shoulder as they headed to the changing rooms. The formidable Kenyan champions!