Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto, Winny Chebet and Jonathan Sawe won three gold medals for Kenya at the Africa Senior Athletics championships underway at Stephen Keshi stadium in Asaba, Nigeria.
Kipruto, the reigning Commonwealth Games 3,000m champion won in water and barriers for the second gold for Kenya before Winnie Chebet, the silver girl won the third gold for Kenya in 1,500m while Mathew Sawe defended his High Jump title for fourth gold for team Kenya.
In the 1,500m, Chebet, who has won four silver medals at various continental and global competitions, was elated at taking gold, finally, with a time of 4:14.02.
Emmanuel Korir won silver in 800m falling to Nijel Amos who defended his title won in 1:45.20 ahead of Korir’s 1:45.65.Ferguson Rotich (1:45.91) and Jonathan Kitilit (1:46.88) finished fifth and sixth.
Kipruto, the added a gold to his stellar collection in the steeplechase with perennial bridesmaid Chebet finally striking gold in the 1,500m.
Sawe, who recently shattered the Kenyan high jump record clearing 2.30m, defended his Africa record.
The quartet of Eunice Kadogo, Millicent Ndoro, Joan Cherono and Freshia Mwangi dug in for Kenya’s first ever 4x100m relay medal at this level by settling for bronze in the 4x100m relay in 45.58 seconds as Blessing Okagbare-inspired Nigeria (43.77) took gold and Cote d’Ivoire (44.40) silver.
Alphas Kishoyan ran 46.08 and Jared Momanyi 46.83 finished fourth and seventh respectively in the 400 metres final won by Botswana’s Baboloki Thebe (44.81).
In the women’s 400m, South Africa’s Caster Semenya was in a class of her own, winning in 49.96 seconds with Kenya’s Veronica Mutua seventh in 53.27.
The men’s short relay team of Peter Mwai, Mike Mokamba, Alphas Kishoyan and Mark Otieno finished fifth while Priscilla Nasimiyu (6.00 metres) was seventh in the women’s long jump won by Nigeria’s Brume Esee (6.74 metres).