Kenya retains relay gold, Aprot dazzles with 10k crown in Congo

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Sep 18, 2015
  • Alice Aprot on her way to win the gold medal in the women's 10000m race at the All Africa Games.(Photo by Mohammed Amin)

The men’s 4 by 400m relay team brought down the curtains in style defendig the All Africa games gold in a championships record time of 3:00.34 on Thursday at the Kintele stadium in Brazzaville, Congo.

It followed on Alice Aprot’s dominating win in the 10 000m race the previous evening that earned her gold in a Games record time of 31:24.18, and her second medal in Congo after the bronze in the 5000m.

The relay 

Raymond Kibet began the chase the handed the baton to Alex Sampo who passed on Koskei Kiprono while Silver medallist Boniface Mweresa ensured the title returns to Kenya, but missing the national record by almost a minute, a head of the Botswana quartet led by Isaac Makwala who timed 3:00.95 as Algeria won the bronze.

Kenya had won the gold in Maputo in the same event .

The women’s relay 4 by 400m team won bronze yet again in 3:35.91 way behind the gold medallists Nigeria (3:37.12) and Botswana (3:32.84).

In the 10 000m, Aprot timed her kick in the women’s race that only attracted seven runners two from Rwanda, two Ethiopians and the Kenyan trio. Rwanda’s Celestine Mukandanga paced till the half way mark when Aprot took over the lead and stepped up in the last two laps and opened a sizeable lead over her compatriots and the Ethiopians.

Gladys Kiptagelai ran her season best of 31:36.87 for silver as Ethiopia’s Gelete Burka settled for the bronze in 31:38.33.

Bronze rush 

It was a bumper bronze harvest for Kenya on the last day of the track and field competition as Beatrice Chepkoech clinched bronze in 4:19.16 behind the Ethiopian duo of Dawit Seyaum-gold- in 4:16.69 and Beso Sado who timed 4:18.86.

Kenyans Caroline Chepkwemoi and Wilfred Mbithe finished fifth and sixth respectively.

Thomas Longosiwa was also outsprinted by the Ethiopian pair of Getaneh Mollah-gold (13:21.88) and Leulsi Gebresilase second in 13:22.13. Longosiwa clocked 13.22.72 for the bronze.

Zernasay Tadese of Eritrea won the men’s gold in the 21km race in 1:03.11 ahead of Luka Kanda who timed 1:03.27, the only Kenyan who managed a top seven position, yet another bungled championships course race for the nation’s runners after a disastrous showing in the marathon at the world championships in Beijing.

Ethiopians swept the medals in the women’s half marathon with Mamiktu Deska taking the gold in 1:12.42 World silver medallist Ihab Abdelrahman El Sayed set a new championship mark in the men’s javelin of 85.37 with his fourth attempt that won him the gold, that Julius Yego who skipped the games won four years ago in Maputo.

Ghananian John Ampomah impressed with an 82.94 hurl for silver ahead of Philmar Van Rensburg of South Africa the bronze winner in 76.85. Kenya’s Alex Kiprotich just finished outside the medal bracket after an opening round of 76.34.

Job Kinyor had won bronze in the men's 800m  in 1:50.79 on Wednesday behind the winner Bostwana Amos Nijel(1:50.45) as Algerian Taoufik Makhloufi settled for silver in 1:50.72.