Kenya’s national youth athletics team won a record 15 gold medals to retain the regional Eastern Africa Championships that ended at Namboole Stadium in Wakiso, Uganda late on Saturday.
Kenya’s Sheila Chepngetich (800m, 1500m), Ambrose Kipyeko (1500m, 3000m), Vincent Tarus (Long Jump, Triple Jump) and Josphat Ngeno (200m, 400m) showed their dominance in respective events that started on Friday.
Uganda’s short distance star Maureen Banura won two gold medals, a silver and bronze medal. “I am very happy with my performance and will continue to work harder,” said the 16-year old Banura.
She won the 100m and 200m gold medals, finished third in the 400m finals and was part of the Medleys relay team that won silver. Eveyln Acan, Scovia Ayikoru and Susan Aneno were the other members of the Medleys relay team.
Ayikoru was another athlete of the Uganda’s women’s team who performed well bagging three silver medals.
Ethiopia who sent in few athletes had Mahlet Mulugeta win the 400m women’s race with a personal best time of55.35, while Kenya’s Jarinter Mawia came second in the same race.
It was total dominance for the Kenyans in the longer races as their women won gold and silver in the 800m, 1500m and 3000m. Ethiopia’s Solomon Teshome was supreme in the men’s 800m. “It feels really good to come here and win the race because I have trained so hard and my efforts have paid off,” said the Ethiopian after the race.
While Djibouti and Tanzania managed to win no silverware, Rwanda picked bronze in the men’s long jump through Emmanuel Nkuruziziza. Dominic Otucet, Chairman of the Uganda Athletics Federation, said they were happy with performance of the youth in the regional and said this was a sign that stars were being made. (Xinhua)