Kinyamal defends Commonwealth Games 800m title

Kenya’s Wycliffe Kinyamal has successfully defended his Commonwealth Games 800 metres title.

Kinyamal led at the bell in 55.56 seconds before holding up the field to win in one minute and 47.52 seconds in the final held at the Alexander Stadium on Sunday.

Peter Bol from Australia clocked 1:44.66 to settle second for silver as Ben Patterson from England went for bronze in 1:48.25.

It was an impressive turnaround for Kimanyal, 25, who finished last in the final of the world championships in July.

“Eugene (the world final) was disappointing but it is just like any race,” he said. “Because if today you win, tomorrow you lose.

“I guess because I failed there, I looked forward to coming here to defend my title.”

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