Kenya won 11 gold medals, six silver and two bronze (11, 6,2) to top Africa in the concluded Africa Athletics Champions today.
The national team put aside the difficulties they encountered in the opening day, with tiredness after spending days at the Airport to top Africa.
Kenya won her gold medals through Hellen Obiri (5,000m), Conseslus Kipruto (3,000m steeplechase), Samuel Gathimba (20km race walk), Julius Yego (javelin), Elijah Manangoi (1500m), Winny Chebet (1500m), Edward Zakayo (5,000m), Beatrice Chepkoech (3,000m steeplechase), Mathew Sawe (high jump), Stacey Ndiwa (10,000m) and men’s 4x400m relay.
Emmanuel Korir (800m), Grace Wanjiru (20km race walk), Timothy Cheruiyot (1500m), Celliphine Chespol (3,000m steeplechase), Alice Aprot (10,000m) and women’s 4x400m relay bagged silver while Fancy Cherono (3,000m steeplechase) and women’s 4x100m relay team settled for bronze.
It was the fourth time Kenya topped the medal standings after the 1982 Cairo (12-10-12), 1984 Rabat (10-6-3) and 2010 Nairobi (10-7-8).
Interestingly, Steve Mwaniki, who guided Team Kenya to victory in 2010 was once again appointed the head coach for Asaba 2018.
On the final day, it was a great harvest for Team Kenya who won six gold, three silver and one bronze beating South Africa to second place with 30 medals: nine gold, 13 silver and 30 bronze as Nigeria settled third with 19 (9-5-5).