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Excellent walk ‘double-Gold’ but Kenya reeling behind Egypt, South Africa, Morocco, Nigeria

TEAM KENYA dominated the 20km race walking for both women and men at the 12th African Games in Rabat early on Wednesday, the country extending its good form as the leaders of the sport in Africa. Emily Wamusyi Ngii won the women’s race exhibiting the fact that she has permanently taken over for Grace Wanjiru Njue, Silver medal winner this time who had been the top ranked walker in the recent past.

Ngii clocked 1:34.41 to take the Gold medal getting the better of Njue (1:34.57) again as she did in the recent African Games trials at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani in Nairobi. Bronze medallist was Yehualeye Beletew Mitiku (1:35.21).

Top: Emily Ngii, winner of the women's 20km walk race in Rabat early on Wednesday. Above: Samuel Gathimba won the men’s race walk for a thrilling Kenyan ‘double’. Photos/MOHAMMED AMIN

Top: Emily Ngii, winner of the women’s 20km walk race in Rabat early on Wednesday. Above: Samuel Gathimba won the men’s race walk for a thrilling Kenyan ‘double’. Photos/MOHAMMED AMIN

The Gold in the men’s 20km walk race was snatched by Kenya’s Samuel Kireri Gathimba (1:22.48) from Silver medallist Yohanis Algaw Wale of Ethiopia (1:22.50) and Bronze Wayne Synman of South Africa (1:23.28).

Track and field remained to be Kenya’s salvage from a dented reputation where they have performed dismally in a majority of rest of 22 disciplines entered by a large contingent of athletes, sports and Government officials and other accompaniment.

Before the afternoon and evening programme on Wednesday, Kenya had a total of four Gold medals, all won in track and field, a far cry for the staggering total of 44 by table standings leaders Egypt, followed by South Africa (26), hosts Morocco (22) and Nigeria (20).

Meanwhile, Kenya women’s volleyball team, the defending champions from Brazzaville, Congo, four years ago reached this year’s Final aftere defeating Nigeria in the semi-finals on Wedndesday. The Malkia Strikers won 3-0; 25-21 25-16 25-11.

Malkia Strikers plotting against Nigeria in the women's vollyball semi-finals in Rabat on Wednesday

Malkia Strikers plotting against Nigeria in the women’s volleyball semi-finals in Rabat on Wednesday

 

Results – Women’s 20km Walk Final:

Rank Bib Name Result
1
Kenya NGII Emily Wamusyi
1:34:41
2
Kenya NJUE Grace Wanjiru
1:34:57
3
Ethiopia MITIKU Yehualeye Beletew
1:35:21
4
Tunisia NASRI Chahinez
1:36:28
5
Algeria AZZI Souad
1:38:48
6
Ethiopia GETAHUN Mare Betwe
1:41:00
7
Nigeria OLUDE Fadekemi Florence
1:41:21
8
Ethiopia SHEFRAWE Aynalem Eshetu
1:44:41
9
Egypt IBRAHIM Amira
1:50:54

Results – Men’s 20km Walk Final:

Rank Bib Name Result
1
Kenya GATHIMBA Samuel Kireri
1:22:48
2
Ethiopia WALE Yohanis Algaw
1:22:50
3
South Africa SNYMAN Wayne
1:23:38
4
Kenya WACHIRA Simon Muriithi
1:24:40
5
Egypt SALEH Mohamed
1:29:42
6
Ethiopia MELIS Tadilo Getu
1:29:57
7
Morocco OTHMAN Allouch
1:30:08
8
Ethiopia CHEKOL Birara Alem
1:34:50
9
Mauritius CAPRICE Erick Jerome
1:36:27

Medal Count:

Rank NOC
Total
1 Egypt Egypt 44 64 39 147
2 South Africa South Africa 26 17 15 58
3 Morocco Morocco 22 22 29 73
4 Nigeria Nigeria 20 16 16 52
5 Algeria Algeria 19 19 39 77
6 Tunisia Tunisia 18 15 19 52
7 Madagascar Madagascar 6 4 2 12
8 Mauritius Mauritius 4 4 7 15
9 Cote D'Ivoire Cote D’Ivoire 4 3 5 12
10 Kenya Kenya 4 3 3 10
11 Ethiopia Ethiopia 3 3 7 13
12 Cameroon Cameroon 2 1 6 9
13 Namibia Namibia 2 1 3 6
14 Seychelles Seychelles 2 1 1 4
15 Gabon Gabon 2 0 4 6
16 Burkina Faso Burkina Faso 2 0 2 4
17 Niger Niger 2 0 1 3
18 The Gambia The Gambia 1 1 0 2
19 Senegal Senegal 1 0 10 11
20 Ghana Ghana 1 0 4 5
21 Eritrea Eritrea 0 3 0 3
22 Libya Libya 0 2 1 3
23 Botswana Botswana 0 1 6 7
24 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe 0 1 3 4
25 Congo, Republic of the Congo, Republic of the 0 1 2 3
26 Mali Mali 0 1 1 2
  Zambia Zambia 0 1 1 2
28 Lesotho Lesotho 0 1 0 1
29 Angola Angola 0 0 3 3
  Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, The Democratic Republic of the 0 0 3 3
  Rwanda Rwanda 0 0 3 3
32 Chad Chad 0 0 2 2
  Uganda Uganda 0 0 2 2
34 Benin Benin 0 0 1 1
  Djibouti Djibouti 0 0 1 1
  Mozambique Mozambique 0 0 1 1

 

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