Mutai seals Uganda’s best Commonwealth performance with a silver
Solomon Mutai’s silver medal in the Commonwealth games marathon on Sunday morning climaxed Uganda’s best performance in the games’ history.
Mutai’s silver brought to six the tally of medals Uganda has collected at this year’s Commonwealth games in Gold Coast, Australia.
Uganda already had three gold medals; two from long distance runner Joshua Cheptegei and one from Stella Chesanga plus two bronze medals from boxer Juma Miiro and long distance runner Mercyline Chelangat.
In the Sunday marathon, Mutai first lost the pace of the first three athletes but after 25km, he was brought back into medals contention after Lesotho’s Tsepo gave up on medal chase with just six kilometers to go.
At least after Tsepo, Mutai knew he was chasing after a bronze medal for his country but when Scotland’s Callum Hawkins who was leading this 42km race collapsed with just between nine and ten minutes to cross the finish line, a silver became inevitable for Mutai.
Hawkin’s collapse gave chance for Australia’s Michael Shelley to win the marathon for the second consecutive time, having won it in Glasgow, Scotland four years ago.