With gold in his grasp and just two kilometres to run, Scotland’s Callum Hawkins suffered a terrible disgrace collapsing out of the race.
However there was joy again for Uganda at the 2018 Commonwealth Games as long distance runner Solomon Munyo Mutai defied odds to bag silver in the men’s marathon at Gold Coast on Sunday morning.
Mutai was a distant fourth 3 minutes 20 seconds behind race leader Callum Hawkins of Scotland with about two and a half kilometres to go. He pilled pressure on Botswana’s Thepe and overtook him to enter the medal bracket.
The athlete eventually clocked 2:19:02 to finish second and win Silver in a race won by Australia’s Michael Shelley at 2:16:46.
The other Ugandans in the marathon Alex Chesakit (2:23:06) came seventh while Robert Chemonges did not finish.
Mutai’s silver medal means Uganda has won a total of six medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games the best tally in the country’s history at the Games.
Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei won two gold medal(5,000 and 10,000 metres), Stella Chesang too bagged gold in the Women’s 10,000 metres while Mercyline Chelangat won bronze in the same race.
Boxer Juma Miiro also won bronze in the flyweight category.
A heroic quest for gold ended with Scottish runner Callum Hawkins being loaded into an ambulance, after heat exhaustion left him writhing on the road with 2.195km to run.
He began weaving along the way as he ran towards the final stages of the marathon. Hawkins continued for another couple of hundred metres before collapsing again, hitting his head on a roadside barrier and taken away in an ambulance.