By Norman Katende in New Delhi
MOSES Kipsiro raced into the record books with Ugandaâ€™s first double gold at a major international event yesterday.
He again defied a Kenyan onslaught, charging into the lead in the final 400m and sprinting to the finish in a pulsating Commonwealth Games 10000m final.
Already with a 5000m gold in his shelf, Kipsiro had promised to keep the Kenyans under pressure in the 25-lap race â€“â€“ and indeed he just did that.
The Ugandan surged into the lead pack after four laps, keeping behind three Kenyans Daniel Salel, Joseph Birech and Titus Mbishei as he calculated his move. The Kenyans tried to interchange with the pace setter, but Kipsiro kept his rhythm before striking in the final lap.
â€œThey run as a team and that is the only way I would have beaten them. I am so joyous. Thanks be to God,â€ said the excited Kipsiro.
The closest he ever came to yesterdayâ€™s feat was at the 2006 Africa championships when he won gold in 10000m and bronze in 5000m.
Kipsiro, 24, was inspired for yesterdayâ€™s race by a phone call phone from President Yoweri Museveni after his 5000m triumph last week.
He becomes the first runner to do the track long distance double since Cecil Matthews of New Zeland in the British Empire Games in 1938 (3miles & 6 miles)
Kipsiro clocked 27:57.39 and was a long way off Kenenisa Bekeleâ€™s 27:17.53 world record but enough to break the Kenyan hold in the long distances in New Delhi.
Kipsiro has emerged as a real star in the Indian capital because of being one of the few men able to tame Kenyaâ€™s distance runners.
Muhammed Muruli was the only other Ugandan to win two gold medals in the Commonwealth Games, though not at the same edition. He won gold in the in Edinburgh, 1970 and another in New Zealand in 1972.
Meanwhile, Benjamin Kiplagat finished fourth behind three Kenyans in the steeplechase while Janet Achola helped Uganda advance to the final of the women long relays.
Additional reporting by James Bakama