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Athletics: Ndiku leads Kenya one-two in 5,000m final

Kenya snatched a one-two in the Commonwealth Games men's 5,000m final on Sunday

Reuters, Tuesday 29 Jul 2014
Caleb Ndiku (Photo: Reuters)

Caleb Ndiku raced to gold and the first track medal at the Commonwealth Games as Kenya snatched a one-two in the men's 5,000m final on Sunday.

Ndiku, 21, the world indoor 3,000m champion, took advantage of Olympic and world champion Mo Farah's absence to produce a performance to match his golden hair.

He won a pulsating final in 13 minutes, 12.07 seconds on a drizzly night at Hampden Park.

Compatriot Isiah Koech took silver in 13:14.06 as the Kenyan pair overtook New Zealand twins Jake and Zane Robertson, who had led for much of the race.

Zane took the bronze in 13:16.52, a season's best.

Farah, who won the 5,000m and 10,000m titles at the London 2012 Olympics and the world championships in Moscow last year, withdrew from the Games last week due to illness.

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