Commonwealth: Chesang, Chebet In 10,000m Podium Chase

Summary
•Event: Women’s 10,000m final
•Ugandans: Stella Chesang, Rachael Zena Chebet
•Date: Wednesday, August 3
•Time: 10pm
•TV: SuperSport Football, KBC and NBS Sport


Uganda’s duo of Stella Chesang and Rachael Zena Chebet will be hoping to scoop medals in the 10,000m at the ongoing Commonwealth Games.

Chesang, actually, will be seeking to defend her title having won this event in 2018 at the Gold Coast games in a time of 31:45.30.

She then fended off resistance from Kenyan Stacey Ndiwa who took silver ahead of Uganda’s Mercyline Chelangat who clinched bronze.

The previous edition in 2014 Glasgow was a Kenyan sweep – Joyce Chepkirui, Florence Kiplagat and Emily Chebet won gold, silver and bronze in that order.

Uganda’s Linet Toroitoch Chebet finished sixth in a then National Record of 32:41.95.

L-R: Silver medalist Stacy Ndiwa of Kenya, gold medalist Stella Chesang of Uganda and bronze medalist Mercyline Chelangat of Uganda at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

But Chesang this year set a new National Record at 31:01.04 during the World Championships in Oregon despite missing the medal brackets.

Chebet on the other hand, will be fancying a podium having clocked 32:17.66 to win Silver at the Africa Athletics Championships.

But the Ugandan duo will face stiff competition from the Kenyan team that has Irine Chepet Cheptai and Sheila Chepkirui Kiprotich.

Cheptai finished sixth in a time of 30:44.00 at the Tokyo Olympics games while Chepkirui ran her Personal Best this year of 30:45.81 last year in Stockholm and will have fresh legs after missing the Worlds at Oregon.

The other big contender is Scottish Eilish McColgan who has won some titles in European championships and finished 9th at the recent Olympics and 10th in Oregon. McColgan set her PB of 30:19.02 last year when she won the Ethiopian Trials in Hengelo.

The 14-woman field also has South Africa’s Dominique Scott, Rwanda’s Celine Iranzi, Hannah Irwin from Northern Ireland, Sarah Inglis from Scotland and Jessica Judd (England) among others.

More on track on Wednesday:

At 12:30pm, Shida Leni in 400m heats. She will be in the last heat (4) that has Kenya’s Mary Moraa, Nigerian Ella Onojuvwevwo, England’s Ama Pipi among others.

At 1:20pm, Tom Dradriga will be in the Men’s 800m heats. And he will be in Heat two that also has Jamaica’s Anderson Navasky and Kenya’s Cornelius Tuwei among others.

At 2:30pm, Haron Adoli will be in the 400m heats and will be in heat five that has Kenyan Emmanuel Korir.

Para Athlete Fred Masisa is in Heat two of the Men’s 100m T11/12.

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