World 800 metres bronze medallist Mary Moraa put up a brilliant fight to win the women’s 800m gold in the Commonwealth Games at the Alexander Stadium on Saturday.
Moraa, who hit the bell in 55.6 seconds, would fall to the tail end before charging gradually to the front at the homestraight to win in one minute and 57.07 seconds.
The victory saw Moraa recapture the title Kenya relinquished in 2018 Gold Coast to South Africa’s Caster Semenya.
Moraa stunned World 800m silver medallist Hodgkinson from England to second place in 1:57.40 as World 1,500m bronze medallist Muir from Scotland collected bronze in 1:57.87.
“I am just happy…I just lack the words to express my joy,” said Moraa, who broke to a victory dance after crossing the finish line.
This was Kenya’s fourth gold in the 2022 ‘Club’ Games, after Ferdinand Omanyala (100m), Jackline Chepkoech (3,000m steeplechase), Abraham Kibiwot (3,000m steeplechase) won titles in their respective races.
Kenya’s medallists in Birmingham
Gold: Ferdinand Omanyala (100m), Jackline Chepkoech (3,000m steeplechase),
Abraham Kibiwott (3,000m steeplechase), Mary Moraa (800m)
Silver: Timothy Cheruiyot (1,500m), Daniel Simiu (10,000m), Irene Cheptai (10,000m), Margaret Wangari (Marathon), Nicholas Kimeli (5000m)
Bronze: Michael Githae (Marathon), Amos Serem (3,00m steeplechase)
Kibiwott Kandie (10,000m), Sheila Chepkirui (10,000m), Emily Ngii (10,000m race walk), Hellen Wawira (para powerlifting), Jacob Krop (5,000m).
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