Kenyans fall short in world challenge


After sweeping honours during the Africa Cross-country Championships at Kololo Airstrip the previous weekend, Kenya were expected to call the shots on Saturday.

But that was not to be the case as Kenya failed to win a single medal in the women’s category of the World University Cross-country Championships at Entebbe Golf Course.

Kenya’s best performer, Sheila Kandie, finished eighth as Uganda swept the podium slots and won the team gold. “Our University programme is so tight,” said Tecla Chemabwai, Team Kenya’s coach. “Our athletes hardly get time to train because their programmes run full time thus they train only once a day which cannot be enough. We cannot compare them to the rest.”

Kenya scooped all the medals on offer during the Africa Crosss-country at Kololo but things were so different at Entebbe. “Something needs to be done for the ladies team. It was evident that they had not trained well,” Kenya’s team captain, Joseph Kariuki added. Kandie clocked 21:39.15 for eighth place with Uganda taking the top three positions.

Faith Keitany, Kenya’s second best performer, finished 32nd in 25:05.92. Vivian Biwot clocked 25:33.56 to finish 34th, further compounding Uganda’s misery. The Kenyan women team have never won any individual or team medal since the inaugural World University Cross-country Championships in 1968 in Belgium.

Their male counterparts though clinched a clean sweep of medals in the 1988 event in Portugal.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

Leave a Reply


Democrat Reelected as Louisiana Governor in Trump Country

BATON ROUGE, LA. – Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has stunned Republicans again, narrowly winning a second term Saturday as the Deep South’s only Democratic governor and handing Donald Trump another gubernatorial loss this year.In the heart of Trump c…

African refugees ejected from UN premises in South Africa

PRETORIA, Africans seeking asylum at a United Nations office in South Africa have been forcibly removed by police stating that their action amounted to trespassing.On Wednesday, a court order was granted instructing the 300 refugees camping there since…