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Kenyans Dominate At Commonwealth Games

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Oct. 13, 2010

Kiplagat win’s men’s 1,500 meters, Cheruiyot takes women’s 5,000.

Kenyan athletes won eight of the 10 races above 800 meters in track & field at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. The only events a Kenyan didn’t claim victory in was the men’s 5,000 and 10,000 meters, which were won by Uganda’s Moses Kipsiro.

In the final days of competition, Vivian Cheruiyot won the women’s 5,000-meter title in a tactical 15:55.12 as compatriots Syliva Kibet and Ines Chenonge took second and third, respectively.

In the men’s 1,500 meters, Silas Kiplagat won in a slow 3:41 ahead of countryman James Magut and New Zealand’s Nick Willis. Kiplagat, who ran the fastest time in the world earlier this summer (3:29), took the lead with 200 meters to go and never looked back.

“The pace was slow, so I wanted to push the pace,” Kiplagat said.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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