Commonwealth Games: Brilliant Kinyamal defends 800m title in emphatic fashion

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 7 – Wycliffe Kinyamal ran a brilliant race on Sunday evening, leading from gun to tape to successfully defend his 800m crown at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The Kenyan, who was the lone ranger in the two lap race put his foot down at the home stretch, blistering through in emphatic pace to wade off a challenge from Australian Peter Bol, motoring away to victory in 1:47.52.

He managed to hold off a late surge from the lanky Bol who took silver in 1:47.66 while Ben Pattison of England earned bronze at third in 1:48.25.

Wycliffe Kinyamal storms to win the men’s 800m title at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. PHOTO/Kelly Ayodi

Kinyamal had started by bolting straight to the front and kept his position well secured, with a metre between him and the chasing team.

At the bell, Bol tried to push into the lead but the Kenyan resisted, remaining ahead and beginning to inject some pace.

At the homestretch, he put his foot down and put on the afterburners, storming down the final 100m with determination written all over his face. He seemed to be tiring heading to the line, but Bol’s late effort to nip the gold off his grasp wasn’t successful.

Earlier on, Kenya failed to clinch a single medal in the women’s 1500m as Edinah Jebitok finished ninth and African champion Winny Chebet was bottom of the pile.

The two Kenyans failed to respond to a final kick by home girl Laura Muir who went on to win in a time of 4:02.75 while Ciara Mageean of Northern Island was second for silver and Abbey Cladwell of Australia in third for bronze.

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