By DailyNews Sports Correspondent
Solomon Munyo Mutai finishes second to take the silver medal in the men’s marathon final on the last day of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia’s Gold Coast.
GOLD COAST 2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES
Sunday men’s marathon final results:
1. Michael Shelley (Australia) – 2:16.46
2. Solomon Mutai (Uganda) – 2: 19.02
3. Robbie Simpson (Scotland) – 2:19.36
Team Uganda will return home with six medals – three gold, one silver and two bronze – after Solomon Munyo Mutai finished second in Sunday’s men’s marathon final at the Gold Coast in Australia.
The 25-year-old Ugandan marathoner, who won bronze at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, cast a figure of resilience as he crossed the finish line to take his first ever Commonweath Games medal.
A podium finish eluded him in the last Games in Glasgow, Scotland, where he finished fourth. But Mutai was not be denied this time.
He came through with a time of 2:19.02 hours behind Australia’s Michael Shelley, who was more than two minutes better, with a winning finish time of 2:16.46.
Scotland’s Robbie Simpson was hot on Mutai’s heels, but eventually had to settle for bronze with a time of 2:19.36.
Two other Ugandans took part in Sunday’s marathon. Alex Chesakit, 37, came in seventh with a time of 2:23.06.
But 20-year-old Robert Chemonges, who finished 43rd in the London World Championships last year, did not complete the race this time.
Team Uganda soars
This is the most successful that Uganda has been at any Commonwealth Games edition.
In the 2014 edition in Glasgow, the East African nation, best known as the Pearl of Africa, bagged five medals – one gold and four bronze.
This time, with three gold, a silver and two bronze, Team Uganda’s medals bag glitters more than it ever did at a Commonwealth competition. A worthwhile harvest this time round!
Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei started it off last Sunday by winning the men’s 5000m final at the Carrara Stadium.
Stella Chesang and Mercyline Chelangat heaped more medals in the bag after their success in the women’s 10,000m final, taking gold and bronze, respectively.
Boxer Juma Miiro won bronze in the men’s 46-49kg semifinal, before Cheptegei returned to mine more gold in the men’s 10,000m final.
The missing piece was silver. And Mutai did well to secure that too for Uganda to complete the sweep.
Last year, he finished 11th at the World Championships in London. And at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro, Mutai was an 8th-place finisher, also in the men’s marathon.