NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Former World 3,000 steeplechase champion Milcah
Chemos on Wednesday criticized Kenya’s performance at the
Commonwealth Games as a tragedy.
This comes after the
country failed to win four of the 10 gold medals it clinched in
the last Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
However, of concern
to Chemos was the failure by her apprentice to stake claim to
the water and hurdle race on Wednesday, which saw Jamaica’s
Aisha Praught stun Kenyans to claim the 3,000m steeplechase gold
in Gold Coast, Australia.
Kenya’s World Youth
Champion Celiphine Chespol seemed to have wrapped up the race
early on, but lost the steam and pace in the final lap to allow
the Jamaican to beat her in the final kick to win in 9:21.
Chespol, 19, settled
for second in 9:22.61 while compatriot and defending champion
Purity Kirui was third for bronze in 9:25.74.
“I feel like crying.
Our time will come girls. Kenya we must press on. That’s our
spirit. Not giving up,” said Chemos in Nairobi.
champion Asbel Kiprop said he was not happy with the performance
and with tongue-in-cheek said Kenya can dream of winning the
“If it was possible
for Jamaica to win the 3,000m steeplechase at the Commonwealth
Games, then dreams are valid for Kenya to ever win 100m,” he
Kenya’s hopes of
winning gold at the Commonwealth Games are slowly turning into
nightmare and many are pointing fingers at the low morale in the
team over non-payment of their allowances and bonuses dating
back to the 2012 London Olympics.
However, the country
also sent a second string team to the games, which may be part
of the reason behind the dismal performance so far. There are
however still hope for the country to win gold in men’s events,
which are yet to be held.
Kenyan coaches have
however warned that performance in Gold Coast is a wake-up call
for Kenyan sport managers.
Committee of Kenya (Nock) has two years to sort out this before
Tokyo 2020 Olympics.