Sum poised for medal,Wrestler edged out in bronze contest

By evelyn watta
Aug 01, 2021

GLASGOW, World champion Eunice Sum will be the sole medal chaser in the women’s 800m as Janeth Jepkosgei’s hope for a second Commonwealth games medal was foiled by difficult weather conditions at the Hampden park on Thursday.

Sum stayed on course for her second championship medal with a 2:01.38 semifinal victory with her usual front running as England’s Jessica Judd won the second qualifier in 2:02.26, a race that saw Jepkosgei fade to eighth.

“I certainly want to win the medal hoping the conditions will be better than today,” said a calm looking Sum who will again race alone like in Moscow when she won the gold.

“I am certainly disappointed I missed the final but after all those years I have done my part. The weather and the wet track also was not so easy to tackle, ”said Jepkosgei,the 2006 winner in Manchester, a late withdrawal from the World championship final last year said she was not at her best nursing a flu.

Disappointing night for Mucheru, Nkanata

Calvin Nkanata’s run also ended in the semifinals unlucky to miss the final as fastest loser after his third place finish in 20.65 in a race Jamaican Dwyer Rasheed crossed first in 20.42.

He will pick up his search for Kenya’s sprint 200m medal in Marrakech in less than two weeks at the African championships as he plans his grand visit home.

“I have never really been home you know. I am like Obama(Barrack).But I want to go to Kenya soon, possibly take home the medal, after disappointedly missing the final here,” said the 23 year old Forensics science graduate from Pennsylvania who was born in the US to an American mother and Kenyan father.

It was also a disappointing night for Benson Mucheru the conditions making it difficult for his national record chase. His poor hurdling also cost him as he finished sixth in 49.99 as South Africa’s Fredricks Cornel grabbed the gold in 48.14 seconds.

“I must tighten my hurdling skills by competing more races,” said Mucheru after his third competitive event this season after his opening 400m hurdle race at the Armed Forces Championships just before the trials.

Samwel Ngige struggled to control his racing tricycle on the wet track as he trooped home eight in 3:49.79 behind the new champion England’s David Weir (3:21.67).

Missed Bronze

Peter Openda came close to winning Kenya its first combat medal at the games as he lost his 86kg wrestling contest early in the second round after he was quickly felled by South African Hietbrink Armando who put up a great show of speed.

Omenda had earlier lost to Andrew Dick who rolled him over to win by superiority. Leah Ndungu lost to Spiteri Chloe in the women’s 63kg as Jacob Munene lost to South African Terry Van Resnburg the 65kg event of their preliminary qualifier.