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Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Kenya won two more golds in the Africa Games

Fourth Brigade Emily Ngii (right) competes with Grace Wanjiru of Moi Airbase in the  women̢۪s 20km race walk during the Kenya Defence Force  Championships on July 3, 2019 at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |
Kenya Prison, Samuel Gathimba and Emily Ngii from Kenya Defense Forces are the new champions of the 20km Olympic male and female race.

Gathimba, a Kenyan Prison police, outperformed Yohanis Algaw from Ethiopia in the thrilling completion of the sprint to win the men's event in 1 hour, 22 minutes and 48 seconds and finished the continent doubles on Wednesday in Rabat, Morocco.

It was a big win for Gathimba, who was forced to receive a silver medal during the 2015 Africa Games in Brazzaville, Congo, losing the battle against Lebogang Shange South Africa in 1: 26.43 against 1: 26.44.

This time, Algaw, who chased home to get silver at 1:22:50, when Wayne Snyman from South Africa in 1:23:38 received bronze.

His compatriot Gathimba, Simon Wachira, finished fourth in 1:24:40.

Gathimba, who also won the 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medal, defended her African title last year, clocking 1:25:14 in the championship held in Asaba, Nigeria.


It was Kenya's first victory since the exploitation of David Kimutai at the 1999 African Olympics in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Ngii, a Kenyan Defense Forces Corporal, finally enjoyed his glorious day when he dropped his arch-rival and team-mate Grace Wanjiru to second place.

Ngii plays at home at 1:34:41 to get rid of six-time African champion Wanjiru at 1:34:57. Yehualeye Beletew from Ethiopia takes bronze at 1:35:21.

The writing was on the wall for Ngii after he defeated Wanjiru for the first time at the Kenya Defense Forces Championship at 1:39:09 on July 3 this year, before adjusting the victory, winning another victory in a trial for the African Games on June 22 in 1:38 : 43.

Wanjiru each placed second in 1:39:27 and 1:39:31.

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