RWANDA’s Disi Dieudonne finished in the 18th position on Sunday in Men’s full marathon at the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.
The 34-year old, who plans to retire from international competitions after the Glasgow Games, finished the 42km-marathon race in 2 hours, 19 minutes and four seconds.
He crossed the finish line seven minutes and 40 seconds behind gold medal winner Michael Shelley of Australia. Another Rwandan, Jean Pierre Mvuyekure, finished in the 21st place after running 2:26:40.
It was pitfall for Disi, who had vowed to win Rwanda’s first Commonwealth Games medal before he retired. Before departing for Scotland he told Times Sport, “I am well prepared and ready to win a medal. I am so determined and believe I will make my country proud.”
Stephen Chemlany of Kenya clocked 2:11:58 to win silver, while Uganda’s Abraham Kiplimo claimed bronze Medal after using 2:12:23.
Top ten places were dominated by Kenya and Uganda as each had three athletes in the top ten positions. Two other Kenyans in the top ten were the 2010 champion John Kelai Ekiru and Erick Ndiema, who finished in fifth and sixth, respectively, while Uganda’s Salomon Munyo Mutai and Philip Kiplomo finished in fourth and eighth, respectively.
The Men’s marathon was contested by 26 runners but two of them could not finish the race. Mok Ying Ren of Singapore pulled out shortly before the race started.
In Women’s marathon, Kenya’s Flomena cheyech Daniel claimed the gold medal while her compatriot Caroline Kilel clinched the Silver medal, with Australia’s Jess Trengove winning the Bronze medal.
By press time, Australia was leading the medal charge with a total of 54 medals, 18 of them Gold, 14 Silver and 21 Bronze.
England were first runners-up with a sum of 47 medals (18 gold, 14 silver and 15 bronze), while hosts Scotland stood third with 25 medals; 11 gold, six silver and eight bronze medals.