Mainland Fail to Impress At Regional U-20 Athletics Meet

The Tanzania Mainland U-20 athletic team failed to excel in the just ended third edition of the East and Central Africa Youth Athletics Championship held at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

While the hosts Tanzania Mainland failed to excel in the two days event, their counterparts from Kenya and Uganda excelled in the event which involved other countries such Zanzibar, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan.

The championship which commenced on Friday, this week, saw Kenyans Sandrafelis Tuei and Imaculata Chepkurui taking the first and second position respectively in the 5,000 metres race after clocking 16:15.80 and 16:26.97 minutes in the race.

The third position went to Ugandan Macyelene Chelangat, who registered 16.29.56 minutes in the race. In Javelin for women category, Josephine Lalani from Uganda and her compatriot Victoria Anidi took the two top positions in the event after throwing a distance of 44.95 and 43:19 metres respectively.

The hosts got a consolation after Mwanahamimi Hassan, took the third spot in the 800 meters race, in which Kenyan Wycliffe Kanyamal claimed the top spot with a racing time of 1:50.43 minute, while Mekoneni Ayele from Ethiopia finished second in the time of 1:50.43 minute and Djibouti’s Abdi Fatah, finished third after clocking 1:51.73 minute.

Kenya’s Lagat Kibet took the first position in the long jump, with Sudan’s Yasir Elsid coming the second after jumping a distance of 7.47 and 6.72 metres respectively, while Benjamin Michael from the host team finished third.

Kenyans continued to impress in the event after grabbing the first and second positions in the 400 meters race through Kelvin Tanui and Ronald Ana.

Zanzibar emerged winners in the 100 meter race, when Gulam Khamis took the first slot with the running time of 10.57 seconds, while Kenyan Moffat Ngari took the second place with the time of 10.57 seconds, whereas Sudan’s Mohamed A, Mohamed finished third booking 10.79 second running time.

SOURCE: Tanzania Daily News