Double for Langat


NEW DELHI, October 11- Kenya's Nancy Langat claimed a 800-1500m Commonwealth Games double when she powered to the shorter distance gold medal on Monday.Langat, who claimed the 1,500m title last week, crossed the line in 2:00.01 ahead of New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin and Canada’s Diane Cummins after timing her race to perfection.

India’s Tintu Luka set out at a blistering pace and led after the first lap as the home crowd willed her to win.

But she over-exerted herself and when Langat took the lead with 200m left, she faded badly to finish sixth.

While Langat celebrated, there was misery for teammate Winny Chebet who fell just 10 metres from the finish line when placed second.

The race was notable for the absence of South African world champion Caster Semenya, who didn’t travel to Delhi after picking up a back injury.

It was a big blow for organisers as Semenya planned to use the event to kick-start her comeback after the IAAF ended a controversial probe into her gender that saw her sidelined for almost 11 months.