Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Kenya fails Makhloufi Shines

It was another disappointing night for Kenya and its three athletes in the 1,500 men’s race on Tuesday, as they all failed to pick up a medal.
Commonwealth Champion Silas Kiplagat (3:36.19), 2011 Diamond League winner Nixon Chepseba (3:39.04), and defending champion Asbel Kiprop (3:43.83) finished 7th, 11th , and 12th respectively in one of the worst performances in Kenya’s history.  
A resilient Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria bounced back from Monday’s disqualification fiasco in the 800m to win gold in a time of 3:34.08. He was followed by American Leonel Manzano (3:34.79) and Abdalaati Iguider of Morroco who claimed bronze at 3:35.13.
Focus turns to the men’s 5,000m race on Wednesday, where Edwin Soi, Isaiah Kiplagat and Thomas Longosiwa will be pursuing more medals.  

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