Kenya’s Wycliffe Kinyamal and England’s Kyle Langford (left) cross the finish line of the athletics men’s 800m final during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast on April 12, 2018. PHOTO | SAEED KHAN | AFP
Gold at last! Wycliffe Kinyamal ends Kenya’s duck in Gold Coast
Despite coming just a spear’s throw away from the Olympic champion and world record holder’s home in Narok County, Kenya’s new Commonwealth Games 800 metres champion Wycliffe Kinyamal has never met David Rudisha.
But the 20-year-old is primed to take over as the next two-lap great if his gold medal exploits at the Carrara Stadium on Thursday are anything to go by.
Not even defending champion Nigel Amos would have bet on the youngster dethroning him, no wonder the Botswana star broke down and wept in the media interview area after the race.
Interestingly, Kinyamal took up the 800m by “default” lured by a friend, Leshan Togom, away from the high jump, his high school speciality at athletics-rich Mogonga Secondary School in neighbouring Kisii County.
“I never competed on the track while in high school, not even in the 400 metres. High jump was my event,” he said after reclaiming the Commonwealth Games gold, clocking one minute, 45.11 seconds to finish ahead of Englishman Kyle Langford (1:45.16 personal best) and Aussie Luke Mathews (1:45.60).READ MORE