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Kenya Rules Africa in Athletics Championships

Kenya proved her dominance in athletics once again as the East African power house edging out defending champion, South Africa and host Nigeria to win the 21st edition of the African Senior Athletics Championships rounded up yesterday at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Nigeria.

The East Africans, who hosted and won the 19th edition in 2014, beat defending champions, South Africa and host, Nigeria, to the second and third positions respectively.

The Kenyans swept six gold medals yesterday to bring their total medals to 19, made up of 11 gold, six silver and two bronze medals.

GOLD MEDALISTS:

  1. Hellen Obiri (5,000m),
  2. Conseslus Kipruto (3,000m steeplechase)
  3. Samuel Gathimba (20km race walk)
  4. Julius Yego (javelin)
  5. Elijah Manangoi (1500m)
  6. Winny Chebet (1500m),
  7. Edward Zakayo (5,000m)
  8. Beatrice Chepkoech (3,000m steeplechase)
  9. Mathew Sawe (high jump)
  10. Stacey Ndiwa (10,000m)
  11. Men’s 4x400m relay.

 SILVER MEDALISTS

  1.  Emmanuel Korir (800m)
  2. Grace Wanjiru (20km race walk)
  3. Timothy Cheruiyot (1500m)
  4. Celliphine Chespol (3,000m steeplechase)
  5. Alice Aprot (10,000m)
  6. Women’s 4x400m relay

BROZE

  1.  Fancy Cherono (3,000m steeplechase)
  2. Women’s 4x100m relay team

South Africa, who hosted and won the last edition in Durban, won a total of 30 medals made up of nine gold, 13 silver and eight bronze medals. Team Nigeria got 19 medals made up of nine gold, five silver and five bronze medals.

Morocco, Ethiopia, Cote d’ivoire, Tunisia and Botswana followed in that order.
For the first time in the history of the African championships, athletes from Nigeria and other African countries will not just go home with their medals, but with monetary reward.

The Local Organizing Committee of the 2018 African Senior Athletics Championship yesterday revealed prize money for athletes who won medals in Asaba.

Speaking in Asaba, LOC Chairman, Solomon Ogba, announced that athletes who won gold medal will get a cash prize of $3000 each.

Ogba added that silver medalists will be rewarded with ($2000), while bronze medalists will smile home with ($1000).

Over 120 medals were won at the 2018 African Senior Athletics Championship, tagged Asaba 2018.

The next edition of the championship will be taking place in Algeria in 2020.

 

Africa Record Holder Wanjiru Walks to Victory in Masters Championships

Six times Africa champion and Commonwealth Games medalist Grace Wanjiru blazed the trail in the World Masters Athletics trials in the women’s 10,000m walk to victory at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani in Nairobi.

Wanjiru who also holds the African record a time she set during the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010 where she won a bronze walked to a time of 46:37.05 for the deserved win.

Wanjiru ranked 32nd in the world said she used the event to prepare for the forthcoming Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria later this month but will still duty if she is selected to join the team for the World Masters in Spain.

National heptathlon record holder Caroline Kola won the women’s long jump and shot by managing 3.75m and 10.13m respectively.

Africa 200m and 4x100m relay record holder Joyce Odhiambo sprinted to a 100m win by timing 16.0.

The 2002 and 2010 Commonwealth Games 5000m bronze medallist Innes Chenonge made it a double by winning in the women’s 10,000m a day after winning in 5000m.

Chenonge clocked 17:31.01 subjected Wangare who is also a four-time winner of the 20 kilomètres de Maroilles to another second place finish in a time of 17:3806 in the 5000m event.

The Afrika Mashariki Fest Half Marathon champion Willy Mwangi won the men’s 10,00m race by returning 30:54.09 ahead of Haroun Kiprugut in 32:55.05.

The event was used to select a team that will represent Kenya in the World Masters Athletics Championship in Malaga, Spain slated for September 4-16.

Masters Athletics Championship are designed for retired athletes from the age of 40 onwards for both men and women.

Mwaniki re-appointed to handle team Kenya in Nigeria

Sprints coach Stephen Mwaniki has for the second time been appointed as the Team Kenya tactician for the Africa Senior Athletics Championships.

Mwaniki who is Athletics Kenya (AK) Kenya Prisons branch Public Relations Officer (PRO) will be leading Team Kenya at the Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria scheduled for August 1st-5th.

Mwaniki guided the country’s team to victory during Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Nairobi in 2010 when he was first appointed to the post.

Kenya won the overall title under Mwaniki by scooping 25 medals which included 10 gold, seven silver and right bronze medals at the Nyayo National Stadium.

The AK Central Rift chairman Abraham ‘Solo’ Mutai has been appointed as the Team Manager.

The trials for the Asaba bound team will be held on June 21-23 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

The AK supremo Jackson Tuwei said they expected to select a team of between 60-70 athletes during trials to go and do duty for Kenya in Nigeria.

He said the first two to cross the line and the third one to be determined by a technical team of selectors in their selection criteria.

The president said athletes who made Kenya’s team for the World under 20 will be allowed to compete and may be considered to join the senior team if they qualify during the trials.

Tuwei said AK expects several elite athletes to compete given that the this year’s event in Nigeria will be used to select Africa’s team for the Inter Continental Cup in Ostrava, Czech republic on September 8-9.

Julius Yego returns from European training camp

Kenya’s javelin sensation Julius Yego and world 5,000m champion Hellen Obiri will be among the elite athletes eyeing a return to the African Athletics Championships having skipped competition two years ago.

Olympic silver medalist Yego has been training in Europe and returned to Kenya for final preparations ahead of the national championships in Nairobi from Thursday, which will serve as trials for the Africa Championships.

Only the top two athletes in each discipline will secure their tickets to the competition in Asaba, Nigeria. This year’s event, which runs from August 1st to 5th, will be the 21st edition and will feature athletes from every one of Africa’s 54 states.

Speaking in Nairobi, Yego said he had gained tremendous ground since returning to action, after he battled groin and ankle injuries that saw him lose the world title last year in London.

“I have returned to action and managed to throw the javelin over 80 meters twice in Ostrava and Finland. Now the focus will be to make the Kenya team, compete in one more Diamond League event and head to Nigeria to try and win the Africa title,” he said on Tuesday.

However, for Obiri, the allure of competing at the Athletics World Cup in Ostrava, Czech Republic in September is what motivates her to return to the continental championships. Four years ago, she made the cut, but ultimately failed to win the 1,500m race.

“In my two previous appearances at the Africa Championships, I always competed in the 1,500m race. This will be my first time at the Africa Championships as a 5,000m athlete. In 2014 I won the 1,500m title in Mauritius but did not manage a podium finish during the World Cup,” said Obiri on Tuesday in Nairobi.

A sabbatical from competition to give birth to her first child and loss of form in 2018 have taken the wind out of Obiri’s sails.

However, she is confident of returning to top form ahead of Kenya’s trial this weekend and hopes she will go on to excel in Nigeria and also in Ostrava for the IAAF World Cup on September 8th and 9th.

“I’m confident in my training and I can see good results ahead, especially during the IAAF Athletics World Cup. I hope when I compete in the 3,000m it will erase the disappointments of 2014 when I finished fourth (4:08.15) and out of the medal bracket,” added Obiri.

Other athletes to look out for include Elijah Manangoi, the World and Commonwealth Games 1,500m champion, 400m hurdler Nicholas Bett, defending high jump champion Mathew Sawe and walking race duo Samuel Gathimba and Grace Wanjiru.

Kenya will be hoping to form a strong team to wrest the overall title from South Africa and hosts Nigeria, who have dominated the competition in recent years.

Ethiopia, Uganda and Morocco are also expected to feature strongly in the quest for medals.

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Aprot targets 10,000m rebound at Africa Athletics Championships

World Cross Country silver medalist Alice Aprot of Kenya wants to atone missing the Commonwealth Games with victory at the Africa Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria in August.

Aprot, who won the 10,000m race during the Africa championships two years ago, but lack of form and poor planning have left her with no victory in major competitions in the last year and early this season.

“Injuries are part of the game to any athlete. I have suffered my share and hope to remain fit as the year progresses and win some medals,” Aprot said on Sunday.

Fatigue and loss of form forced Aprot out of the Kenya team to Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, but the 24-year-old is returning to her best and wants to explore every chance in the Diamond League to dominate and hopes her prospect will flow over to the Africa Athletics Championships.

“I took too much than what my body could withstand in the cross country season and I paid the ultimate price in missing out in the Kenya team. Now I have rested and regained momentum. The reconditioning has been great and have had enough time to recover fully. I want to race in selected Diamond League races and will be focused on winning the gold in Africa championships in the 10,000m race,” said Aprot from Eldoret.

The former African 10,000m champion will still have to curve her path through a battery of season runners all eyeing one of the three slots up for grabs in the Kenya team.

Challenges for Aprot will be the athletes that beat her to the ticket to the Commonwealth Games.

Top names Sandrafelis Chebet, Stacy Ndiwa and Beatrice Mutai denied Aprot the ticket to the Club Games, but failed to star in Gold Coast. Now Aprot is keen to show them who is the queen of long distance races.

“I want to define my season with gold from Africa championships,” she said. It is the biggest event this year and hopefully get selected to the IAAF Intercontinental Cup in Ostrava (Czech Republic).”

In March, Aprot failed to win the Africa Cross Country Championships in Algiers, Algeria.

Her problems magnified with a miss to the Commonwealth Games and now, with the continental track and field championships up next, she believes international championships will see her give best performance.

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