No gold yet for Kenya at GC2018’s ‘Silver Coast’


Kenya's Nicholas Bett competes in the semi-final of the men's 400 metres hurdles athletics event at ...
Kenya's Nicholas Bett competes in the semi-final of the men's 400 metres hurdles athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing.AFP PHOTO / Franck FIFE

In Summary

  • Kenya's wait for a golden moment at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia will roll on a while longer as Nicholas Bett and Aron Koech extended the nation's misery in the men's 400m hurdles final at the Carrara Stadium
  • Bett clocked 51.11 to finish last as the former World champion's twin brother Aron Koech came in fifth in 50.02 with British Virgin Islands’ Kyron McMaster stopping the timer in 48.25 to clinch the title

Kenya’s wait for a golden moment at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia will roll on a while longer as Nicholas Bett and Aron Koech extended the nation’s misery in the men’s 400m hurdles final at the Carrara Stadium.

Bett clocked 51.11 to finish last as the former World champion’s twin brother Aron Koech came in fifth in 50.02 with British Virgin Islands’ Kyron McMaster stopping the timer in 48.25 to clinch the title.

Bahamian Jeffery Gibson ran a season best 49.10 that put second behind McMaster as Jamaica’s Jaheel Hyde finished third in 49.16.

Kenya’s performance thus fur has elicited heated discussion among athletics enthusiasts with the agonizing wait for gold forcing interesting crosstalk.

Citizen TV Sports Editor Mike Okinyi who is at the coastal city in Queensland called it ‘Silver Coast’ with Kenya so far winning three silver and three bronze to rank 23rd overall on the medals chart.

The two brothers snubbed Kenyan journalist at the mixed zone as they declined to give interviews. However, when coach Joshua Chelanga asked Bett what happened he replied in Swahili, “Sijui kumeenda aje, nimeona giza” (I do not know what happened, I saw darkness).

At the mixed zone, the coaches muttered that the hundred meter start was cursed.

“I do not know what is happening when we reach at the hundred meters start. Our athletes are leading well but when they get there something happens and they fall back.

“Look at yesterday’s performance during the women’s 3,000m final! Celliphine Chespol was leading when she got the same point she drifted back, I think that place is bewitched,” said the irked coach.

So far the country has lost four of the titles won during the 2014 Glasgow Games with Ugandans taking advantage of the inexperienced athletes at the Games.

Up next Jonathan Kitilit and Wycliffe Kinyamal will be try and deliver a first gold for the country in the men’s 800m final at 3:13pm local time.

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