NEW DELHI, October 12 – Diminutive world champion Vivian Cheruiyot strode to the women's 5,000m gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, leading yet another Kenyan clean sweep.
Cheruiyot clocked a slow 15:55.12 seconds to win ahead of world silver medallist Syliva Kibet and Ines Chenonge (16:02.47) third.
It was always going to be hard to look beyond a Kenyan 1-2-3 with the only other woman in the hunt Scotland’s Stephanie Twell, who was distanced with one lap to go and she finally finished fourth.
The Kenyan women won all the distance races here from 800m to 10,000m to reinforce their Commonwealth dominance.
Cheruiyot, a former world junior cross country champion, put it down to hard work.
"It’s because we train very hard, we train all year long," she said.
Cheruiyot has been in top form all season to the detriment of strong opposition, especially Ethiopians but she wasn’t entirely happy with her race on Tuesday
"It was not a very good sprint because I had already relaxed. I got a little bit tired," said a woman who only recently started to realise her full potential with the world championship gold her first title at the senior level.
She was was always in charge here, dictating the race and sprinting away from Kibet comfortably in the final 200m.
"I am very happy because it has been a very long season which started back in January. It was a good way to finish," she said, adding that Cheruyout was simply too good to beat.
"I tried very hard to beat her but she is very good. She beat me in Berlin last year (at the World Championships) but next time we meet I am going to try to beat her. She motivates me."