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Commonwealth Games 2010: Kenyans seal marathon double

2010 COMMONWEALTH GAMES
Venue: Delhi, India Dates: 3-14 October 2010 Coverage: Comprehensive live coverage across BBC TV, radio, online, BBC Red Button, mobile and BBC iPlayer services. Find full coverage details here. And a full schedule of events here.

John Kelai
Kelai won the marathon gold medal

John Kelai and Irene Jerotich sealed a double marathon gold for Kenya on the final day of the Commonwealth Games.

Kelai broke from halfway and finished in a time of two hours 14.35 seconds, ahead of Australia's Michael Shelley and Kenyan Amos Tirop Matui.

The women's race saw Jerotich see off compatriot Irene Mogake.

Australia's Lisa Weightman took the bronze with Jerotich coming home in a time of 2:34:32. England's Michelle Cope finished a creditable sixth.

The imposing Jerotich, the fastest woman in the world this year, and Mogake went shoulder-to-shoulder for much of the race, running as a team and talking to each other, before a charge to the finish.

In hot and humid conditions, Jerotich proved the stronger of the pair after taking the initiative with two kilometres to go.

It was a remarkable recovery by Jerotich who fell heavily at a drinks table in the early part of the race, but got up and carried on.

For much of the race it looked like Namibia's Beata Naigambo was destined for bronze but Weightman timed her race well and launched a challenge in the late stages.

She finally broke Naigambo and with a determined look on her face she upped her pace in a late bid to catch the Kenyans but the gap proved too big and she was forced to settle for third.

The race was an emotional affair following the death of Australia's 2002 and 2006 champion Kerryn McCann in December 2008 from breast cancer.

In the men's race England's Andi Jones, who had been struggling with a hamstring injury going into the Games, dropped out after 11 miles but compatriot Ben Moreau finished 11th.

Kelai took control about one hour and 50 minutes into the race when he made his move with a subtle increase in pace that took him away from the field.

Looking relaxed and controlled, he built on his lead to comfortably win the race.

The battle for second was more intriguing with Matui, Tanzanian defending champion Samson Ramadhani and Namibian Reinhold Iita switching positions as they battled for position.

But Ramadhani and Iita did too much too soon and they slowed considerably to let Shelley back into contention with two kilometres to go and the fight was then on between him and Matui for silver. Shelley eventually triumphed with a smart, tactical run.

The performances of the Kenyans in the marathon saw them top the athletics medal table ahead of Australia for the first time in Commonwealth Games history. It was also their 11th athletics gold medal of the Games in Delhi.



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