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Kenya Finishes on Position Thirteen in Commonwealth Games

For a long period, Kenya has conquered the athletics games. The history of Kenya's track and field dates back to 1951 when the Kenya Amateur Athletics Association was formed, and since then dominated the mid-to-long distance races across the world.

In the recent Commonwealth games which have been taking place in Birmingham, England, Kenyans have once again proven their magnificent power. Kenya has emerged at position 13 out of the 72 nations that participated after garnering a total of 21 medals, they include; 6 golds, 5 silvers, and 10 bronzes. In Africa, Kenya held position three behind Nigeria, 7th, and South Africa at 9th respectively. The following are the races in which Kenyan athletes emerge at the top.


In this particular race, Kenya was represented by Ferdinand Omanyala. The sprinter won the 100m title after he clocked 10.02 seconds walking away with a gold medal, beating the defending champion from South Africa, Akani Simbine who picked silver in second place. The last time the country won the 100m title was in 1962.

Picture courtesy; Omanyala celebrating after winning a title in 100m race

3000m steeplechase

Kenya triumphed in both men's and women's race titles. Abraham Kibiwott took the gold medal after facing stiff competition from India's Avinash Sable who picked a silver medal. Conversely, on the women's side, Jackeline Chepkoech set a Game Record of 9:15.68 bagging a gold medal.


In 800m for men, Kenya's Wycliffe Kinyamal won the gold medal after clocking 1:47.52. On women side, Jackline Chepkoech clinch the title after she set a Game Record of 9:15.68 and won the gold medal.


The title for 5000m women was won by Beatrice Chebet after striking hard to clock 14:38.21 where she bagged the gold medal. Picture courtesy; Beatrice Chebet after winning gold in 5000m race

President Uhuru Kenyatta is among the high-profile leaders in the country who expected to send congratulatory messages to the team after making Kenya Proud. The Commonwealth Games closing ceremony took place on Monday (8TH August).

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