Two Kenyan runners - Kipkurgat and Boit - took both first places in the semi-finals of the men's 800 metres on the third day of competition in the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Sunday (27th January) The young Canadian student, Jane Haist, took one of the two gold medals at stake on Sunday.
Two Kenyan runners - Kipkurgat and Boit - took both first places in the semi-finals of the men's 800 metres on the third day of competition in the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Sunday (27th January) The young Canadian student, Jane Haist, took one of the two gold medals at stake on Sunday. She won the gold medal for the women's shot put, adding it to her discus gold medal.
The Kenyans threaten to dominate the 800 metres final on Tuesday. In Kipkurgat's heat, Carter of England, Omwanza of Kenya and Lewis of Wales also qualified. In Boit's heat, Walker of New Zealand, Hooker of Australia and Bayi of Tanzania were the other qualifiers.
Kenya had another success when the fifteen-year-old Sabina Ohebicha won her semi-final in the women's eight hundred metres. Her time - 2 mins. 4.8 - was slower than the other semi-final winner, Charlene Rendina.
Canadian Jane Haist became the first athlete of the Games to claim two gold medals when she won the shot put. She had won the discuss on Friday. Her winning throw - 16.2 metres (52 ft. 10 ins) - was over a metre longer than her previous best, Miss Haist is one of the great surprises of these Games so far, having just scraped into the Canadian team. She helped Canada to head the medals table at the end of the third day.
SYNOPSIS: Although there were only two gold medals at stake on Sunday, the third day of the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, therewere some exciting performances in the athletics heats and semi-finals.
The first four in each of the men's eight hundred metres semi-finals knew the would go through to the finals on Tuesday.
In the first semi-final the outstanding competitor was John Kipkurgat of Kenya who strode away to win. He was followed at a distance by runners from England, Wales and his own country, Kenya.
In the second Semi-final, Bayi of Tanzania was in the lead half way through the second lap.
But Mike Boit of Kenya and John Walker of New Zealand raced past him.
The long-haired Walker is hoping to follow in the footsteps of another New Zealander, Peter Snell - one of the greatest eight hundred metre runners of all time. But on this occasion he was not strong enough to hold Boit. Hooker of Australia was third and Bayi struggled in fourth.
Each of the women's eight hundred metres semi-finals had eight competitor of whom four would go through to the final.
Sabina Ohebicha from Kenya, who is only fifteen years old, took the lead, Despite her youth, she was too strong to be caught. Joan Allison of England was second and Lorraine Moller of New Zealand third. Maureen Crowley of Canada took the other place in the final.
One of the two gold medals at stake on Sunday was the women's shot put. One of the leaders in the closing stages was Jane Haist of Canada - rated only third in her own country.
But her throw of over sixteen metres gave her the gold medal.
The comparatively unknown Miss Haist has been one of the Games' golden successes, for she has also won the discus.
Her throw was well over a metre longer than her previous best.
She became the Games' first double gold medal winner. Canada now heads the medal table.