KDF Wins the National Athletics Championship

Charles Wamwea of KDF sprints to the finish line during the 200M Men final race to win Bronze.

Charles Wamwea of KDF sprints to the finish line during the 200M Men final race to win Bronze.

The Kenya Defence Forces emerged the overall winner with Kenya Police Service and Kenya Prisons Service settling for position two and three respectively in the Kenya National Athletics Championship held at the Nyanyo National Stadium from 8-10 June 2017.

The three-day event sponsored by Safaricom was used to select a team to represent Kenya in this year’s IAAF World Championship in Athletics scheduled for August in London.

In the 20km walk finals, Grace Wanjiru from Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) clocked 1:35.17 to emerge the winner followed by Ruth Wangui of Nairobi who crossed the finish line with 1:45:47. KDF’s Susan Chepng’etich settled for position three. The men’s category saw KDF’s Simon Wachira settle for second position behind the winner Samuel Gathimba of Kenya Prison while Paul Kiprono of National Police Service took position three.

In the 100m race, position one and two were registered by KDF’s Pricilla Tabunda and Jerioth Gathongo with a record 14:20 and 14:70 seconds respectively while Ivyne Jepkemoi of Prisons took position three. In the men’s 110m final, William Mbevi recorded a KDF win clocking 13.85 seconds with Kipkorir Rotich of NPS coming second in 14.22 seconds.

The battle for 10000m men final went to Patrick Kimeli from South Rift recording a time of 27:53.67 while NPS settled for position two and three when Vincent Rono and Mathew Kisorio registered a time of 27:53.84 and 27:53.99 respectively.

KDF bounced back to carry the 200m women final with Sabina Mukoswa crossing the finish line with 24.67 seconds on the clock beating Damaris Akoth of KPS who managed to record a time of 24.84 seconds.

Other significant wins were registered by Sabina Mukoswa of Kenya Defence Forces in 200m women with a record 24.67 seconds followed by Damaries Akoth from Prisons with a time of 24.84 seconds. Mark Otieno representing Eastern region set a new record of 10.14 in the men’s 100m, a battle that say KDF’s finishing the race at position three wit Maurice Wasike clocking 10.47. KPS settled for position two.

KDF registered wins in the High Jump for both women and men, Discus women and men, Tripple Jump men, Shot Put men, Hammer women and men, Javelin men and in Heptathlon.

The event was attended by the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet, President Athletics Kenya General Rtd Jackson Tuwei, Chairman Kenya Defence Forces Athletic Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Toskin among other senior officials from the participating institutions.

Athletics Kenya President Lieutenant General (rtd) Jackson Tuwei and John Wachira Chairman Athletics Kenya South Rift in a photo with Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists in the 4 x 400 relay.

Athletics Kenya President Lieutenant General (rtd) Jackson Tuwei and John Wachira Chairman Athletics Kenya South Rift in a photo with Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists in the 4 x 400 relay.

Said Rutto of KDF kicks off the 4x400M Men final Relay race at the National Athletics Championships at Nyayo National Stadium.

Said Rutto of KDF kicks off the 4x400M Men final Relay race at the National Athletics Championships at Nyayo National Stadium.

NEMA Chairman Mr. John K Onchela (right) and his secretary Mohammed Syat in a photo with KDF’s Javelin Gold medalist Alex Kiprotich, Silver medalist Gilbert Bett and Bronze Medalist Sammy Keskeny.

NEMA Chairman Mr. John K Onchela (right) and his secretary Mohammed Syat in a photo with KDF’s Javelin Gold medalist Alex Kiprotich, Silver medalist Gilbert Bett and Bronze Medalist Sammy Keskeny.

Sabina Mukoswa of KDF crosses the finishing line winning the 200M Women final.

Sabina Mukoswa of KDF crosses the finishing line winning the 200M Women final.

Senior Vice President Athletics Kenya Mr. Paul M. Mutwii presents a gift to KDF’s Hammer Men Gold Medalist Winner Dominic Abuda during the 2017 National Athletics Championships at Nyayo National Stadium.

Senior Vice President Athletics Kenya Mr. Paul M. Mutwii presents a gift to KDF’s Hammer Men Gold Medalist Winner Dominic Abuda during the 2017 National Athletics Championships at Nyayo National Stadium.

National defending champion William Mbevi of KDF in action during the Men’s 110M Hurdles Final.

National defending champion William Mbevi of KDF in action during the Men’s 110M Hurdles Final.

Gold Medalist winner Robert Kipkoech of KDF in action during the Pole Vault men final during the 2017 National Athletics Championships at Nyayo stadium.

Gold Medalist winner Robert Kipkoech of KDF in action during the Pole Vault men final during the 2017 National Athletics Championships at Nyayo stadium.

Priscila Tabuda of KDF crosses the finishing line to win the 100M Hurdles Women final during the 2017 National Athletics Championships held at Nyayo National Stadium.

Priscila Tabuda of KDF crosses the finishing line to win the 100M Hurdles Women final during the 2017 National Athletics Championships held at Nyayo National Stadium.