By Thomas Odongo
Uganda’s flag continues to fly high after two Ugandan long distance runners; Stella Chesang and Mercyline Chelangat on Monday won gold and bronze medals respectively in the 10,000m final at the ongoing Commonwealth games in Gold Coast, Australia.
This comes a day after Uganda’s long-distance runner; Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei scooped a Gold medal in the men’s 5000m finals at the same tournament.
Chesang and Chelengat both from Kapchorwa were underdogs in the buildup to the race but managed to oust their rivals.
Kenya's Stacy Ndiwa was the pre-race favourite but later settled for silver albeit a spirited race.
At the onset of the race, three Kenyans were in the lead but two of them fell behind to give way for Uganda's Chesang and Chelengat.
Chesang, Ndiwa and Chelengat were running close by but once the final bell rang, Chesang sprung out too fast to win gold as Ndiwa (Kenya) and Chelengat settled for silver and bronze respectively.
Kenya's Beatrice Mutai will have to rue Uganda's duo for she was sure of finishing at least as the second athlete but failed to keep with the pace during the final seconds.
This is the second time Uganda has edged Kenya to a gold medal, with the first being Joshua Cheptegai's Sunday 5000M win against Kenya's Edward Zakayo who was forced to settle for bronze.
Uganda now has two gold medals and one bronze while neighbors, Kenya have three bronze and silver.