Commonwealth: Chesang Just Outside Medal Bracket

Uganda’s Stella Chesang missed out on a medal in the 10,000m at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Chesang, coming into the contest as the defending champion having won the 2018 event in Gold Coast, finished fourth.

She clocked 31 minutes and 14.14 seconds to come behind Kenya’s Sheila Chepkirui Kiprotich.

Scottish Eilish McColgan took gold in a Games record time of 30:48.60, to edge Kenya’s Irine Cheptai who settled for Silver.

The other Ugandan in the field Rachel Chebet was lapped by the leaders to come 10th in a lowly time of 32:30.95.

McColgan who led the field from early stages, looked like she was going to get Silver when Cheptai put in a kick after the two went shoulder shoulder in the last two laps.

But the Scottish went through her gears and dug deep to take the lead with 60m to go before crossing the line fastest.

She wins the gold, 32 years after her Mum Liz McColgan won Gold in the same event 32 years ago!

Chesang would have won Bronze as Kiprotich ran her last two laps limping with an injury but the Ugandan had already ran out of steam.



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