Former Africa cross country bronze medalist Charles Mneira Yosei returned into action when he won silver in half marathon at the inaugural Africa Beach Games at sal in Cape verde today.
After winning silver in the 42km distance, Kenya bagged bronze in the men’s doubles.
Yosei finished second in 65:24 behind Uganda’s Robert Chemonges taking gold in 64:48 as Djibouti’s Moumin Bouh completed the podium in 66:12.
Florence Malyunga came in 4th position in women’s half marathon after cloacking 82:37 behind Algeria’s Riham Senani (78:20) followed on the podium by Namibia’s Haitope Lavinia (79:06) and Uganda’s Priscilla Chelangat (82:25).
Kenya’s bronze came through the men’s doubles beach tennis team of Fazal Khan and Ibrahim Yego who defeated hosts Cape Verde’s David Dias and De Jesus Gildo in two straight sets of 7-5, 7-5 in the play-off.
In the women’s beach handball preliminary Group ‘A’ match, Kenya lost 2-0 to Tunisia (16-15, 17-12) with hosts Cape Verde defeating Algeria 2-0 (17-10, 17-12) in the other group match
Togo defeated Tunisia 2-0 (11-7, 15-11) to win the men’s gold medal as Morocco defeated Nigeria 2-1 (11-10, 6-14, 3-2) to take bronze.
The Kenyan team faced travel hitches with National Olympic Committee of Kenya secretary Francis Mutuku expressing his frustrations.
World Beach Games
Kenya was eliminated in the semi-finals of the karate competition with a difference of 0.02 points.
Meanwhile, the second Africa Beach Games will be hosted by Morocco, it was announced after a meeting of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa in Cape Verde..
The games in Cape Verde will also pick teams to represent Africa at the World Beach Games.
The World Beach Games were initially scheduled for San Diego, California, later this year but will be shifted to a yet to be confirmed venue.
The island of Sal in Cape Verde is hosting the inaugural African games until Sunday.
Kenya is being represented in kiteboarding, athletics (half marathon), canoeing and rowing, beach volleyball, karate, beach football, handball, beach tennis and swimming.
Source: Daily Nation