Glasgow: Caleb Ndiku raced to gold and the first track medal at the Commonwealth Games as Kenya snatched a one-two in the men’s 5,000m final on Sunday.
Ndiku, 21, the world indoor 3,000m champion, took advantage of Olympic and world champion Mo Farah’s absence to produce a performance to match his golden hair.
He won a pulsating final in 13 minutes, 12.07 seconds on a drizzly night at Hampden Park.
Compatriot Isiah Koech took silver in 13:14.06 as the Kenyan pair overtook New Zealand twins Jake and Zane Robertson, who had led for much of the race.
Zane took the bronze in 13:16.52, a season's best.
Farah, who won the 5,000m and 10,000m titles at the London 2012 Olympics and the World Championships in Moscow last year, withdrew from the Games last week due to illness.
Earlier, Australian Michael Shelley and Kenya’s Flomena Cheyech Daniel took gold in the men’s and women’s marathons.
Shelley became the first Australian to win the Games marathon for 20 years and the first to claim consecutive medals in the event since Steve Moneghetti in 1990 and 1994. Kenya’s Stephen Chemlany clinched silver and Abraham Kiplimo of Uganda took bronze, both winning the first medals for their countries in Glasgow.
It was also Uganda’s first Games medal ever in the men’s marathon.
More Kenyan medals followed soon afterwards when Daniel capped an excellent performance to win gold ahead of compatriot Caroline Kilel.
Australia Jess Trengove added to her country’s burgeoning medal tally when she crossed the line for bronze to cheers from a large crowd on a drizzly day in Scotland.
On Saturday, Australia grabbed eight swimming medals, including three gold, in a record-breaking session in the pool.
Teenager Taylor McKeown, Emily Seebohm and the women’s 4x200 metres freestyle team all took gold and their colleagues also secured three silvers and two bronzes at the Tollcross Swimming Centre.
“Oh my goodness — Commonwealth champion,” the 19-year-old McKeown told reporters after winning the women’s 200 breaststroke final.
“In the last 50 metres I couldn’t see where I was so I just went for it and tried to hold on.”
Australia began the evening well when Grant Irvine claimed the silver behind Olympic champion Chad le Clos of South Africa who retained his 200 butterfly title with a Games record time of one minute 55.07 seconds.
McKeown then stormed to gold, with team mate Sally Hunter snatching silver to ensure an Australian one-two. Cate and Bronte Campbell became the first sisters to pick up medals in the same individual swimming event at the Games when they took silver and bronze respectively in the 50 freestyle behind English winner Fran Halsall.
Another gold and bronze followed for Australia when Seebohm edged out Georgia Davies of Wales and fellow countrywoman Belinda Hocking in the 100 backstroke.