October 10, 2010 by staff
Usha, Usha got up in the area coaches and watched anxiously as the heat-third of women 800 meters began. Tintu Luka, her ward eight years, was executed on what can be regarded as the greatest stage of his budding career, after two days of being spectators of the action at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium for athletics.
Tintu had to win and enter the final, where she is a favorite after the withdrawal of the current world champion, South Africa Semenya. The only instruction Usha gave him was to win the heat. Luka did just that, crossing the line comfortably ahead of Koech Kenya Cherono at home in Monday’s final.
His challenge will come primarily from a trio of Kenyans who qualified for the finals, including Saturday’s 1,500 meters winner, Nancy Jebet Langat. The champion in 1500 m Olympic champion of Africa, Langat won a tactical race, flanked by fellow Irene Jelagat and Viola Kibiwott, to establish a new Commonwealth Games record on Saturday and will once again support teammates. Luka, meanwhile, will be on its own initiative after Sinimole Paulose finished fourth in the third and failed to qualify.
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