GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA– Kenya finished 14th overall and third in Africa as the curtains came down on the 21st edition of the commonwealth games in Gold Coast, Australia, over the weekend.
Kenyan athletes missed out on medals in the final event of the athletics calendar, after performing dismally in the men’s and women’s marathon.
Defending champion Michael Shalley OF aUSTRA;IA won the men’s marathon in a race which saw Scotland’s Callum Hawkins collapsing two kilometers to the finish.
Uganda’s Solomon Mutai bagged silver while Scotland’s Robbie Thompson settled for bronze. Kenya’s Julius Karinga and Kenneth Mungara finished ninth and 10th respectively while Nicholas Kamakya was placed second last.
Namibia’s Helalia Johannes won the women’s marathon while Sheila Jerotich was the best placed Kenyan in fourth.
Kenya bagged 17 medals — four gold, seven silver and six bronze — to finish third among African countries at the Games, behind South Africa and Nigeria.
Apart from the marathon, Kenya’s dismal performance in Gold Coast, Australia, was also evident in the men’s 5000 metres and 10,000m, women’s 10,000m, women’s 3000m steeplechase and men’s javelin.
The performance capped a poor outing going by the recent standards that saw Kenya top the track and field medal charts in Delhi 2010 and Glasgow 2014.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK