Thompson-Herah and Kiplimo complete gold double to lighten Games

BIRMINGHAM, England, Aug. 6 (Reuters) – Jamaican sprint queen Elaine Thompson-Herah ran to victory in the 200m and Ugandan Jacob Kiplimo held onto the men’s win in the 5,000m to complete Saturday’s contrasting gold doubles the Commonwealth Games at Alexander Stadium.

After taking gold in the 100m on Wednesday, Thompson-Herah made it look easy again to fly home in a record time of 22.02 seconds ahead of Nigerian Favor Ofili and Namibia’s Christine Mboma.

While the two golds are Thompson-Herah’s first individual medals at a Commonwealth Games, the 30-year-old has twice completed the 100/200-meter dash at the Olympics.

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Kiplimo had used a late kick to take a pair of Kenyans to the line in Tuesday’s 10,000m but in the 5,000m it was the 21-year-old who held on strong on the final stretch and fended off another double Kenyan threat who set a winning time of 13 minutes, 8.08 seconds.

Again Kenyans were left to collect the loot, Nicholas Kimeli the silver and Jacob Krop the bronze.

It was the second consecutive Games that Uganda has won the two distance events, with Joshua Cheptegei winning the 5,000m and 10,000m doubles on the Gold Coast.

While Thompson-Herah and Kiplimo basked in double gold glory, their joy was limited compared to Alastair Chalmers’ excitement after claiming tiny Guernsey Island’s first-ever athletics medal when he took bronze in the men’s 400m hurdles and this one week after he contracted COVID. 19.

British Virgin Islands’ Kyron McMaster successfully defended his 400m hurdles title in 48.93 ahead of Jamaica’s Jaheel Hyde, but at the finish you might have thought it was Chalmers taking gold.

“When I came here, I knew I could make history for my little island,” Chalmers said. “I’m so proud to be from Guernsey.

“It’s going to be a great party, hopefully a statue or something,” the hurdler laughed.

The other highly anticipated race of the evening was the women’s 800m and it produced a lot of drama, if not the winner that the home crowd would have backed as Kenyan Mary Moraa came from behind to take gold for England’s Keely Hodgkinson.

Moraa roared out 40 meters from the finish in a winning time of 1:57.07 and let Hodgkinson, the world and Olympic silver medalist, settle for second again.

Scotland’s Laura Muir crossed the line and took the bronze 0.01 seconds ahead of Jamaican Natoya Goule.

“There are positives, but they (medals) still aren’t gold, so I’m still smoking,” Hodgkinson said. “I gave everything and unfortunately I came out with silver again.

“I’m disappointed.”

Jamaica came home one-two in the women’s 400m hurdles, with Janieve Russell defending her Commonwealth crown for Shiann Salmon.

Other gold medalists included Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago who won the men’s 200m, Australian Kurtis Marschall in the pole vault and Canada’s Camryn Rogers in the women’s hammer throw.

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Reporting by Steve Keating in Birmingham; Editing by Hugh Lawson and Christian Radnedge

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