How Kipsiro Failed To Defend Gold| 2014 Commonwealth Games

Uganda's Moses  Kipsiro
Uganda’s Moses Kipsiro

2010 double Commonwealth Games gold medalist Moses Kipsiro last night failed to defend his title in the 5000m when he managed only an 8th place finish at the Hampden Park Stadium in Glasgow.

Kipsiro who is not enjoying good from this season finished with a time of 13:28:23, far outside his personal best of 12:50:72. The race was won by Kenya’s Caleb Mwanganzi Ndiku, while another Kenyan Isiah Koech Kiplagat came second. New Zealand’s Robertson Zane won a bronze medal.

Kipsiro kept several paces behind. He then seemed to be recovering, pacing up for the final kick with two laps to go.

But he was at that point almost involved in accident after New Zealand’s Thomas Farrel was tripped. Kipsiro however managed to sidestep the melee but in the process lost crucial steps.

Still, Kipsiro was the best Ugandan on show. Timothy Torotich finished 11th after posting 13:35.02 while Moses Kibet clocked in 13:49.81 at 15th position.

In boxing, Solomon Geko Kezaala and Rogers Semitala were stopped in the first round of their respective weight categories. The 38-year old Sri Lankan Rathnayake Anurudha defeated Semitala in the fly (52kg) category, while Kezaala fell to Aska Yakita from Antigua & Barbuda in the light heavy (81kg) category.

The rugby 7s team who lost out in the main event on Saturday recorded a 35-0 win over Malaysia in the Bowl quarter final tie. Micheal Okorach scored two tries, while Emma Ecodu and Benon Kizza Lukoma Musoke picked the other tries.

Uganda had the previous day been overrun 43-5 by Australia then 40-0 by  England before a 17-14 consolation against Sri Lanka.

The Rugby Cranes faced similar opposition at the last games in India losing 33-0 and 55-0 by England. Consolation that time came in a 35-15 win over Sri Lanka.

Earlier on Uganda’s team of Abraham Kiplimo, Solomon Mutai and Philip Kiplimo on Sunday won a marathon silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland.

After settling for third place to win bronze, Kiplimo who fell down after about 38kms of the race helped the team win silver behind the Kenyan team that was dominant through out the race.

Dominic Otuchet, the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) Chairman said he was happy with the performance of the team in marathon. He said they would even have done better if Kiplimo had not fallen down earlier in the race.

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