ASABA (Nigeria): Commonwealth Games silver medallist Stacy Ndiwa led a 1-2 Kenyan sweep in the women’s 10,000 for her county’s fifth gold medal at the African Championships on Saturday.
Ndiwa outsprinted compatriot Alice Nawowuna on the final lap to win in a lifetime best 31 minutes, 17 seconds. Defending champion Nawowuna took silver in 31:36.12.
“We decided to work together so we could break away from the others, because we weren’t sure about their kick,” the 25-year-old Ndiwa said. “I didn’t have a good kick there so I’ve been working a lot on my speed since then. It paid off.”
African indoor record holder Hugues Zango of Burkina Faso pulled a surprise in the men’s triple jump, bounding a lifetime best 17.11 metres to outdistance South Africa’s Godrey Mokoena (16.83m), and Antonio Alkana of South Africa repeated as African champion in the 110m hurdles, winning in 13.51 seconds.
Nigeria’s Kelechi Nwanaga (women’s javelin, 56.96m), Egypt’s Mostafa Al Gamal (hammer throw, 73.50) and Tunisia’s Mohamed Romdhana (pole vault, 5.20m) also won gold medals.
Published in Dawn, August 6th, 2018