Adams in different league as Kenya come good again
Olympic and world champion Valerie Adams successfully defended her Commonwealth shot put title on Saturday as Kenya tightened its gold medal grip with two more.india Updated: Oct 09, 2010 21:07 IST
Olympic and world champion Valerie Adams successfully defended her Commonwealth shot put title on Saturday as Kenya tightened its gold medal grip with two more.
Adams is one of the most decorated athletes in Delhi and was in a different league, throwing a new Commonwealth mark of 20.47 metres on her first attempt.
The New Zealander, whose only global rival is Belarussian Nadzeya Ostapchuk, finished almost 1.5m ahead of Trinidad and
Tobago's Cleopatra Brown and Samoa's Tasele Satupai.
"Job done. That's what I wanted, to rip it up, throw big and win gold," said Adams. "It's been the longest season of my career. It's hard on the body to throw well at the end of the season and I am happy."
Having already sown up the 1,500m and 10,000m, Kenya added the women's steeplechase title to its honour roll with Milcah Cheywa crossing in 9:40.96 ahead of teammates Mercy Njoroge and Gladys Kipkemoi.
It was the first clean sweep by Kenyan women in any discipline ever at a Commonwealth Games.
There was more Kenyan joy when Mark Muttai powered to the 400m gold, making the most of defending champion John Steffensen's absence.
Steffensen skipped Delhi to protest Athletics Australia, who he described as "egotistical and outdated".
Australian Sean Wroe came second and Ramon Miller of the Bahamas third.
"I am proud of being Kenyan tonight," said Muttai. "I worked six years for this medal and now it's true. I love my whole nation."
Australia and England, meanwhile, shared the 20km walks gold with Jared Tallent taking the men's title and Jo Jackson breaking a 20-year Australian stranglehold in the women's event.
It was a family celebration in the Tallent household with his wife Claire grabbing silver behind Jackson with Kenya's Grace Njue winning bronze.
Fellow Australian Luke Adams came second in the men's race and India's Harminder Singh won an impressive bronze.
"We try to help each other out. She helps me, I help her. It's great," said Tallent of his wife.
"This is special. It's right up there for me. I'm feeling ecstatic."
The heptathlon climaxed with Louise Hazel scoring 6,156 points in the absence of England's world champion Jessica Ennis to take the title ahead of Canada's Jessica Zekinka and another Englishwoman Grace Clements.
South Africa's Sunette Viljoen also tasted glory, throwing 62.34 metres to defend her javelin title.
Elsewhere, Australia's Fabrice Lapierre leapt 8.30 metres to win the men's long jump gold while Donald Thomas of the Bahamas cleared 2.32m to take the high jump title.
Canada's Jared Connaughton and Jamaica's Landsford Spence both clocked 20.60 to be the fastest qualifiers into the men's 200m semi-finals, while Eleni Artymata of Cyprus was fastest among the woman.
New 100m champion Oludamola of Nigeria was also safely through as she goes in search of a rare double.
Despite 800m world record holder David Rudisha not being here, Kenya has have plenty of depth in their squad and World Indoor Championships silver medallist Boaz Lalang was the quickest qualifier into the final.
Joining him were fellow Kenyans Abraham Kiplagat and Richard Kiplagat.
Earlier, Rhys Williams, the son of former Wales and British Lions rugby winger JJ Williams, was fastest into the 400m hurdles semi-finals with another Welshman, European champion Dai Greene, also through.
In the women's 400m hurdles, Ajoke Osumosu of Nigeria set the standard with a 55.86 run to qualify for the final ahead of Scotland's Eilidh Child.