DELHI (AFP) Ugandas Moses Kipsiro on Thursday basked in the glory of beating the fancied Kenyans in the Commonwealth Games 5,000m after a string of heartbreaking fourth-place finishes at big events.
Kipsiro came into the gold medal showdown on Wednesday evening desperate to break the jinx and to do it against a pair of top-rated Kenyans was even more pleasing for the powerful 24-year-old.
I knew that I would have to work hard for this gold, said Kipsiro, who had the honour of winning the opening Delhi Games athletics title.
But even when Eluid (Kipchoge) pushed in the final lap, I knew I had it in me to win the first place.
Kipsiro had missed out on the medals at three big events leading up to New Delhi, with agonising fourth place finishes over the distance at the last Olympics, World Championships and African Championships,
He was Ugandas biggest medal hope here and is also due to run the 10,000m, but said he had yet to make a final decision on whether to go for the coveted distance double.
Meanwhile Kipchoge, the silver medalist at the Beijing Olympics and the world leader over 5,000m this year, said he should have been more patient at the finish.
Everything went to plan but I think I tried to go early towards the end, said the 26-year-old.
But I am not disappointed, we are professional athletes, these things happen.
Kipchoge was perfectly placed in second at the bell behind Kipsiro and took the lead briefly with 300 metres to go.
But the Ugandan refused to give up and fought back as they came to the final bend neck and neck, ducking over the line in 13 minutes 31.25 seconds.
Another Kenyan, Mark Kiptoo, took the bronze.