Kenyan women swept the podium in the 5000m, Cameroon’s Joelle Mbumi Nkouindjin dominates Triple jump, and young South African Russell Tucker claimed a surprise gold in men’s Discus on the first day of athletics at the 11th African Games (formerly All Africa Games) in Brazzaville, Congo on Sunday.
2015 World cross country finalist Margaret Chelimo led the Kenyan podium chasers home for the first 1,2,3 of the championships in a time of 15:30.15.
Rosemary Wanjiru clocked a 15:30.18 with Alice Aprot settling for the bronze medal in a season’s best time of 15:31.82.
Ethiopians Gotytom Gebreselsa (15:42.44), Genet Yalew (15:43.77) and Habetameenesh Tesfaye (15:52.10) finished in fourth, fifth and sixth places respectively.
Another Kemboi is Steeple king
Another Kenyan, Hillary Kemboi clocked a season best of 8:22.96 for the silver with Amare Hailemariyam of Ethiopia edging his countryman Wegene Sebsibe for the bronze, 8:24.19 to 8:26.62.
Tucker comes of age in Brazzaville
South Africa Russell Tucker landed his first major medal with victory in the men’s Discus with a best throw of 60.41 metres in fourth round.
Tucker, a third-year accounting student in Johannesburg was a little disappointed he hadn’t thrown farther than 60 metres.
“I really haven’t had enough time to recover from a left knee injury and today my shoulder wasn’t moving well either so it’s been a tough time lately. And there’s also been lots of studying as well,” said the 25 year-old.
“It’ll take some time to get back to 66m form but the encouraging thing is that I’m not studying next year during Olympic year so my plans are all laid down building up for Rio 2016,” Tucker added.
Essohounamondom Tchalim of Togo picked the silver in a new national record of 52.72 metres for Silver while local hero Franck Elemba Owaka settled for the bronze medal with 50.30 metres.
Thimotee Lingani sets a Burkinabe record of 47.54 metres in the fifth round to nick the fourth place.
Nkouindjin hands Cameroon Triple jump gold
2014 African champion, Joelle S Mbumi Nkuindjin of Cameroon, added the African Games gold medal to her collection with victory in the women’s triple jump, soaring to 13.75 metres on her final attempt.
Selected Results – Day 1
5000m Women Final
|7||Olivia Mugove CHITATE||ZIM||17:02.97|
|10||Nina Ines OMBANDA||CGO||17:58.65|