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Thompson-Herah and Kiplimo complete doubles at Commonwealth Games | REPORT – World Athletics

Elaine Thompson-Herah is no stranger to sprint doubles. Having achieved the feat at the past two Olympic Games, the Jamaican superstar replicated the feat at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Saturday (6).

Three days after winning the 100m crown in a relatively close race, Thompson-Herah won the 200m in dominant fashion, setting a Games record of 22.02 (0.6m/s) and finishing almost half a second ahead of her nearest opponent. Nigeria’s Favour Ofili took silver in 22.51 and Olympic silver medallist Christine Mboma earned bronze in 22.80.

Thompson-Herah had a comfortable lead before she reached the home straight, then her winning margin continued to increase as she neared the finish line.

She becomes just the fifth woman to achieve the 100m/200m double at the Commonwealth Games. She could add a third gold medal to her tally at these Games if she contests the 4x100m on Sunday.

Just half an hour before Thompson-Herah’s triumph, Jereem Richards won his second international title of the year by taking the men’s 200m in a Games record of 19.80.

The versatile sprinter from Trinidad & Tobago, who started his 2022 campaign by winning the world indoor 400m title, stepped back down to his specialist distance to win convincingly from England’s Zharnel Hughes (20.12). Ghana’s Joseph Amoah was third in 20.49.

Four days after winning the 10,000m – his first major title on the track – Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo bagged another gold medal, this time in the 5000m. And once again, it came down to another thrilling finish.

Kiplimo bided his time for the opening kilometres as world silver medallist Jacob Krop led the field through 3000m in 8:01.68. Krop’s Kenyan compatriot Nicholas Kimeli, the world leader, passed through 4000m in the lead in 10:41.08 as a gap started to appear between the leading three and the rest of the field.

Kimeli continued to lead for another couple of laps but couldn’t shake the challenge of Krop and Kiplimo. Coming off the final bend, all three men kicked hard but Kiplimo proved to be the strongest, powering his way to the finish in a season’s best of 13:08.08. Kimeli took silver in 13:08.19 and Krop finished third in 13:08.48.

Australia’s Oliver Hoare bounced back from a disappointing semifinals exit at the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 to win the men’s 1500m, beating world champion Jake Wightman and 2019 world champion Timothy Cheruiyot. Hoare won in style, too, smashing the oldest Games record in a track event.

Cheruiyot and Kenyan teammate Abel Kipsang took turns at the front for most of the race, going through 800m in a swift 1:52.1 and 100m in 2:20.3. Wightman, representing Scotland here, moved into the lead with 200 metres to go and held pole position into the home straight. But, showing signs of fatigue, he was caught in the closing stages first by Cheruiyot and then by a fast-finishing Hoare, who charged past the two global gold medallists to cross the line in a PB of 3:30.12.

The winning time took more than two seconds off Flibert Bayi’s Games record of 3:32.16, set at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch – a performance which was a world record at the time.

Cheruiyot was second in 3:30.21 while Wightman held on for bronze in 3:30.53. In a race of notable depth, the first six men finished inside 3:31.50 and the top 10 were all inside 3:34.0.

“It was a very fast race but I have been training for a fast race,” said Hoare. “It was just about kicking at …….

Source: https://worldathletics.org/news/report/commonwealth-games-thompson-herah-kiplimo-richards

Elaine Thompson-Herah is no stranger to sprint doubles. Having achieved the feat at the past two Olympic Games, the Jamaican superstar replicated the feat at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Saturday (6).

Three days after winning the 100m crown in a relatively close race, Thompson-Herah won the 200m in dominant fashion, setting a Games record of 22.02 (0.6m/s) and finishing almost half a second ahead of her nearest opponent. Nigeria’s Favour Ofili took silver in 22.51 and Olympic silver medallist Christine Mboma earned bronze in 22.80.

Thompson-Herah had a comfortable lead before she reached the home straight, then her winning margin continued to increase as she nea…….

Elaine Thompson-Herah is no stranger to sprint doubles. Having achieved the feat at the past two Olympic Games, the Jamaican superstar replicated the feat at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Saturday (6).

Three days after winning the 100m crown in a relatively close race, Thompson-Herah won the 200m in dominant fashion, setting a Games record of 22.02 (0.6m/s) and finishing almost half a second ahead of her nearest opponent. Nigeria’s Favour Ofili took silver in 22.51 and Olympic silver medallist Christine Mboma earned bronze in 22.80.

Thompson-Herah had a comfortable lead before she reached the home straight, then her winning margin continued to increase as she nea…….

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