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Kenyatta University’s Waza Diana with a time of 38:03.0 won the women’s cross-country race at 5th Africa Universities
Cross Country Championship 2021 at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture in Nairobi Kenya.
University of Johannesburg’ Nicole Van Der Mew of South Africa crossed the lines in second place with a time
of 40:15.0, Lagat Diana from Bomet University College of Kenya finished 3rd recording a time of 42:19.0.
Tshwane University of Technology’s Beatrice Themane and University of Johannesburg’s Welma Nkuna finished
4th and 5th respectively to make up the women’s top five.
Winner and Gold medalist Waza Diana described her race as satisfactory” I feel happy, I am well the race was
quite competitive but it is done and I thank God. On her preparation she said; we have been in camp
training for weeks now and because our university has been taking online classes, it gave me more time
UJ’s Nicole Van Der Mew was happy to come in second despite what she described a tired legs “I gave it my
all and I’m glad to come in second place. I tried to go in the beginning with the leader but it’s
too hot and my legs are tired because leading up to the race, I had eight consecutive weeks of racing
so I felt it. This is my last race of the season so I’m very happy with the 2nd place finish”
Only in the final lap did the man who holds the world record of 26:11.00 move into top gear to take on and then dismiss the challenge of the Ethiopian who beat him to Olympic gold at this distance last summer, Selemon Barega.
The university collected 22 gold medals, 11 silver medals, and 20 bronze medals.
Badminton (men and women) was won by Ndejje University, and long distance athlete Dismas Yeko won gold in the 5000m (14:05:05) and 10,000m (29:12:18). Sandra Chekwemoi won gold in the 3000m steeplechase (11:47:85)
Yeko was a front runner most of the time, exchanging the lead with German Markus Georger
and tactically staying behind teammate Wangwe before exploding in the final lap.
Budding long distance runner Dismas Yeko executed the perfect final kicks to claim gold
at the World University Cross-Country event in Portugal on Saturday.