Kenya dominates Commonwealth Games

While Australia dominated the overall medal standings of the just concluded New Delhi Commonwealth Games,  Kenya dominated the middle and long distance events of athletics.

So dominating was their performance that Team Kenya 14 out of the possible 18 medals in the mens distance events, while their women’s team won 12 out of 18 medals in the same events.  That’s a whopping 26 out of 36 medals.  All but two of the distance events were won by Kenya – courtesy of Ugandan Moses Kipsiro.

Below is the summary of Kenya’s performance from the 800m up to the marathon in both mens and womens categories:

Men’s 800m


Lalang leads a 1-2-3 finish for Kenya in the 800m


Gold: Boaz Lalang (1:46.60), Kenya

Silver: Richard Kiplagat (1:46.95), Kenya

Bronze: Abraham Kilagat (1:47.37), Kenya

Men’s 1,500m


Kiplagat, the fastest 1500m man this year, easily won a highly tactical race


Gold: Silas Kiplagat (3:41.78), Kenya

Silver: James Magut (3:42.27), Kenya

Bronze: Nick Willis (3:42.38), New Zealand

5th place: Gideon Mathimba (3:43.11), Kenya

Men’s 3,000m steeplechase


Mateelong leads the Kenyan sweep in the steeple. World champ Kemboi settles for silver while Olympic champ Kipruto finishes 3rd


Gold: Richard Mateelong (8:16.39), Kenya

Silver: Ezekiel Kemboi (8:18.47), Kenya

Bronze: Brimin Kipruto (8:19.65), Kenya

Men’s 5,000m


Kipsiro defeated 6 Kenyans to win the 5,000m and 10,000m double


Gold: Moses Kipsiro (13:31.25), Uganda

Silver: Eliud Kipchoge (13:31.32), Kenya

Bronze: Mark Kiptoo (13:32.58), Kenya

4th place: Kipsegechi Yator (13:37.02), Kenya

Men’s 10,000m

Gold: Moses Kipsiro (27:57.39), Uganda

Silver: Daniel Salel (27:57.57), Kenya

Bronze: Joseph Birech (27:58.58), Kenya

4th place: Titus Mbishei (28:03.10), Kenya



Kelai used his familiarity with the Indian race route and weather to win the marathon


Gold: John Kelai (2:14:35), Kenya

Silver: Michael Shelley (2:15:28), Australia

Bronze: Amos Matui (2:15:58), Kenya

Women’s 800m


Langat is the only Kenyan to win 2 gold medals in the distance events


Gold: Nancy Langat (2:00.01), Kenya

Silver: Nikki Hamblin (2:00.05), New Zealand

Bronze: Diane Cummins (2:00.13), Canada

7th place: Winny Chebet (2:11.58), Kenya

Women’s 1,500m

Gold: Nancy Langat (4:05.26), Kenya

Silver: Nikki Hamblin (4:05.97), New Zealand

Bronze: Stephanie Twell (4:06.15), Scotland

6th place: Irene Jelagat (4:08.20), Kenya

7th place: Viola Kibiwott (4:08.79), Kenya

Women’s 3,000 SC

Gold: Milcah Cheywa (9:40.96), Kenya

Silver: Mercy Njoroge (9:41.54), Kenya

Bronze: Gladys Kipkemoi (9:52.51), Kenya

Women’s 5,000m


Cheruiyot led a 1-2-3 finish for Kenya in the women's 5,000m


Gold: Vivian Cheruiyot (15:55.12), Kenya

Silver: Sylvia Kibet (15:55.61), Kenya

Bronze: Ines Chenonge (16:02.47), Kenya

Womens 10,000m


Momanyi lead a Kenyan 1-2 finish in the womens 10,000m


Gold: Grace Momanyi (32:34.11), Kenya

Silver: Doris Changeywo (32:36.97), Kenya

Bronze: Kavita Raut (33:05.28), India


Gold: Irene Jerotich (2:34:32), Kenya

Silver: Irene Mogake (2:34:43), Kenya

Bronze: Lisa Weightman (2:35:25), Australia

5th place: Rose Nyangacha (2:37:39), Kenya


Photo Credits:

India Times


The Hindu


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2 Responses to Kenya dominates Commonwealth Games

  1. hurdler49 says:

    Great job by the Kenyans! It shows the depth of talent of Kenyan distance running.

    As a sprinter, I was impressed by Kenya’s gold in the men’s 400m dash. That was unexpected.

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