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Commonwealth Games: How Uganda’s Solomon Mutai Bagged Silver In ‘Brutal’ Marathon

Munyo Solomon Mutai has scooped a silver medal in the Men’s marathon on Sunday morning at the commonwealth games.

Mutai, 25, crossed the line at a time of 2:19:02 to win Uganda the first ever medal at the commonwealth games marathon.

He finished just behind Aussie’s Michael Shelley who took gold as Scotland’s Robbie Simpson came third to settle for bronze.

Scotland’s Shelley won gold (Photo: courtesy)

Mutai managed to put behind the Glasgow woes that saw the Bukwo born runner finish fourth, outside the medal bracket.

The medal bracket

Starting in order 13 at Gold Coast, he kept toe to toe with the leading pack and he was positioned 10th after 5km.
He remained close and at half way, Mutai was third, nothing could go wrong as he remained third with just 5km to go.
This was an intense marathon given the hot conditions and this was clearly evidenced when race leader then, Callum Hawkins who collapsed with just 2km remaining.

Hawkins who had broken away to lead the rest with a big distance, started to run out of steam – He wobbled all over the road on various occassions, fell down, tried to rise up but in vain as he broke down with just 2km to go and the Scottish was taken away by an ambulance.

Hawkins was rushed to hospital after collapsing

This was a blessing in disguise for the Ugandan who held on to the severe heat conditions.

How Mutai fared every after 5km mark

Though the silver did not come at a silver plate as he was chased to the finish line by Simpson, but he edged the Scottish by just 24 seconds. Mutai came about two minutes and sixteen seconds behind the victorious Shelley.

This is the first medal for Uganda at a commonwealth marathon.

The Brutal race saw fellow countrymen, Alex Chesakit finish seventh, Robert Chemonges was among the seven of the 24 runners who started the race and did not finish.
They were supposed to be 25 in total but Paul Pollock did not start.

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