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Kenya wrapped a successful day at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games with five medals on Sunday.
World Indoor 3,000m champion Caleb Mwangangi shattered a strong field an electrifying final kick on the home traight to claim gold in the men’s 5,000m final.
Mwangangi who timed 13:12.07, led a Kenyan 1-2 with Isaiah Kiplagat taking silver in a time of 13:14.06. Zane Robertson (13:16.52) of New Zealand pipped Joseph Kitur, Kenya’s third runner in the race, to the bronze medal. Kitur was fourth in a time of 13:17.49.
Earlier in the day, Flomena Daniel led teammate Caroline Kilel to a Kenyan one-two in the women’s marathon at the 2014 Commonwealth Games on Sunday.
This year’s Paris marathon winner timed 2hr 26min 45sec, with Kilel claiming silver at 25sec. Australian Jess Trengrove took the bronze.
It was however a different story in the men’s race as Australia’s Michael Shelley claimed the gold.
Shelley, who finished 16th in the London Olympics, clocked a personal best of 2hr 11min 15sec on the largely flat course around the streets of Glasgow, to better his silver-medal showing in Delhi four years ago.
Kenya’s Stephen Chemlany, a pacemaker for compatriot Patrick Makau’s world record run in the Berlin marathon last year when he went on to finish fourth in a personal best of 2:06.24, claimed silver in 2:11.58. Uganda’s Abraham Kiplimo took bronze at 1:08.
“I’ve got to pinch myself, it is very exciting. To come back and actually win is indescribable,” said Shelley.
“Now I have had a bit more experience, to come away with my first win is indescribable.”
Shortly afterwards, Daniel broke clear late on from teammate Kilel to record a convincing Kenyan double in the women’s race. This year’s Paris marathon winner timed 2hr 26min 45sec, with Kilel claiming silver at 25sec.
Australian Jess Trengrove produced a strong last third to reel in Namibia’s Helalia Johannes for bronze, at 3:27.
In rugby sevens, four-time champions New Zealand moved into the semi-finals after seeing off Kenya 19-7 at Ibrox Stadium.
The all-conquering All Blacks will play Delhi silver medallists Australia, who secured a last-gasp 21-19 victory over 2009 world champions Wales.
DJ Forbes, as he’d done in the Kiwis’ narrow 17-14 pool win over Scotland on Saturday, mustered his teammates to cool heads after Kenya pulled back to 12-7.
The impressive Ben Lam scored New Zealand’s third try to appease any concerns, but victory came at a price after Pita Ahki sustained a hamstring injury.