Disappointment as Kenya racks up significantly lower medals in 2018 Commonwealth games
6 months ago, 15 Apr 23:38
- Compared to the 2014 Olympics, Kenya's performance at the Australia games was significantly dismal
- The number of gold medals reduced considerably
- A number of countries which traditionally lie behind Kenya in rankings also beat them in medals
Kenya as a nation was outclassed in the 2018 Commonwealth games if the final medal tally is anything to go by.
Upon the conclusion of the tournament on Sunday, April 15, TUKO.co.ke established that Kenya had experienced a significant drop in the total medal tally compared to the previous campaign four years ago.
Across the various fields, Kenya emerged in 14th place out of thee 71 countries which took part In the tournament.
This was as a result of scooping 17 medals; 4 Gold, 7 Silver and 6 Bronze.
While 14th is not the worst position in the world, it showed a clear dip in performances from the previous campaign where Kenya came out in 9th after accumulating a staggering 25 medals including 10 gold.
The likes of Jamaica, Malaysia and Wales who have in previous campaigns struggled to keep up with Kenya in medal terms also ranked better than local athletes.
Despite the dismal overall performance, there have been some standout moments in the competition with the Women’s 5000m final being largely dominated by Hellen Obiri and Margaret Kipkemboi who finished first and second respectively.
Wycliffe Kinyamal also gained President Uhuru Kenyatta’s recognition after he delivered Kenya’s first gold medal in the men's 800m race on Thursday.
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