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Commonwealth Games: Uganda wins 10,000m gold and bronze

By Joseph Kizza

Added 9th April 2018 02:23 PM

Stella Chesang executes a spirited final sprint to clinch gold as countrymate Mercyline Chelangat wins bronze in the women's 10,000m final in Australia's Gold Coast.

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Stella Chesang executes a spirited final sprint to clinch gold as countrymate Mercyline Chelangat wins bronze in the women's 10,000m final in Australia's Gold Coast.

2018 GOLD COAST COMMONWEALTH GAMES

DAY FIVE

Uganda has won both the gold and bronze medals in the women's 10,000m final in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia's Gold Coast.

Stella Chesang ran a race of her life in a spirited finale to clinch gold on the Carrara Stadium track on Monday, with teammate Mercyline Chelangat finishing third to secure bronze.

Kenya's Stacy Ndiwa had to settle for silver after failing to catch Chesang in the final 400 metres of an enthralling race.

Chesang clocked 31:45.30 minutes to secure a second gold for Uganda at the ongoing global competition, following Joshua Cheptegei's triumph in the men's 5,000 final on Sunday.

"I waited for them to go, but they were not going. I decided to go and see. If I win, it is okay; if I don't, I tried even fourth was not bad. Then I went and I looked on, no-one was chasing. I decided to go on and that is how I won the medal," Chesang said after the race.

Teammate Chelangat added gloss to Uganda's look on the medals table, with her bronze making it three medals for Uganda in this edition.

She crossed the finish line with a time of 31:48.41 while her challenger Kenyan Ndiwa was better, with 31:46.36.

The other Ugandan interest in the race, Juliet Chekwel, finished seventh with 31:57.97.

With two gold and a bronze, Uganda is currently the second-top ranked African nation on the medals table after South Africa (eight gold, five silver, five bronze).

Nigeria is third with two silver while Kenya follows with one silver and two bronze.

Only three can fit on the podium: Chesang (gold), Ndiwa (silver) and Chelangat (bronze)


Monday afternoon's victory in the women's 10,000m race was met with thunderous celebrations across Uganda.

In the wake of Uganda's latest performance in Australia, President Yoweri Museveni took to Twitter to congratulate the winning duo.

"I want to congratulate Stella Chesang for winning Gold in the Women's 10,000m finals at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. You have done your country proud!" he tweeted.

"I also congratulate Mercyline Chelangat for bagging the Bronze medal in the same competition. Well done," said the President in another tweet.


Meanwhile, Uganda's Winnie Nanyondo qualified for the women's 1500m final. The 24-year-old was the only Ugandan participant in the Monday early afternoon qualification race.
 
She finished second in heat two with an automatic qualifying time of 4:08.49 minutes, behind Kenya's Beatrice Chepkoech (4:08.29).

 

 The Kenyans took charge of proceedings at the front from the very start of the race

 

 

But in a thrilling finale, Chesang proved too strong for Kenya's Ndiwa, who was second-best

 

 

 A job well-done it was for the Ugandan trio!

 

 

Ladies, thank you all for flying the Ugandan flag ever so gloriously high in true spirit of sportmanship

 

 

Chelangat will have been delighted to walk away with a medal

 

 

 A humble wave of joy by a young athlete with a huge appetite for glory. Big up, Chesang!

 

 

A reasonably large Ugandan presence was in the stands to cheer on their athletes on the track

 

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