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Langat wins Kenya's second gold in India

Friday October 8 2010

Kenya's Nancy Langat wins the women's 1500m final of the Track and Field competition of the XIX Commonwealth games on October 8, 2010 in New Delhi. Kenyan Olympic champion Nancy Langat stormed to the women's 1,500m gold medal at the Commonwealth Games on Friday in a new Games record time of 4:05.26. New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin won the silver and Scotland's Stephanie Twell took the bronze.AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA

Kenya's Nancy Langat wins the women's 1500m final of the Track and Field competition of the XIX Commonwealth games on October 8, 2010 in New Delhi. Kenyan Olympic champion Nancy Langat stormed to the women's 1,500m gold medal at the Commonwealth Games on Friday in a new Games record time of 4:05.26. New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin won the silver and Scotland's Stephanie Twell took the bronze.AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA 

By AFP

NEW DELHI

Kenyan Olympic champion Nancy Langat breezed to the women's 1,500m gold medal at the Commonwealth Games on Friday in a new Games record time of 4:05.26.

With English defending champion Lisa Dobriskey opting out of Delhi with an injury, Langat was also going to be the favourite and she did not disappoint, shaving the previous record set by fellow Kenyan Jackline Maranga in 1998.

New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin won the silver in 4:05.97 and Scotland's Stephanie Twell, sixth behind Langat at the Beijing Olympics, took the bronze in 4:06.15.

Ahead of the Games, Langat was quoted as saying her season ended with the recent Continental Cup race in Croatia and that she would be in Delhi for a holiday.

It didn't show as she timed her race to perfection.

Her teammate Irene Jelagat led the field through the opening two laps before Langat, one of the few Olympic champions in Delhi, made her move at the bell.

Hamblin and Twell gave her a run for her money but they were never going to catch Langat down the final straight as the Kenyan added another medal to her collection.

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