Report – Fifth All African Universities Cross Country Championship

Report – Fifth All African Universities Cross Country Championship

The 5th All African Universities Cross Country Championship was organised by the Federation of Africa University Sports (FASU) and it has successfully ended in Nairobi, Kenya. FASU has increased its membership to 40 national university sports bodies since it was formed in 1971 by 17 universities in Africa. The cross country championship was held at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Report – Fifth All African Universities Cross Country Championship.

The championship was participated by 16 universities across Africa.

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Jkuat) – host

Maseno University – Kenya

Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (Mmust) – Kenya

The Meru University of Science of Technology (Must) – Kenya

University of Eldoret – Kenya

Uganda’s Makerere University – Uganda

University of Ghana (UG) – Ghana

Tshwane University of Technology – South Africa

University of Johannesburg – South Africa

Maseno University – Kenya

Strathmore University – Kenya

Technical University of Kenya – Kenya

Kisii University – Kenya

Daystar University – Kenya

Chuka University – Kenya

Egerton University – Kenya

The female race started around 10: 00 am local time. They covered a distance of 10km and it was a very tough race among athletes from Jomo Kenyatta University and the University of Johannesburg in South Africa.

Wanza Diana from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology won the women’s 10km race, while Nicole Van Der Merwe from the University of Johannesburg finished second and Lagat Diana also place third from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya.

Wanza Diana said “I feel good and ok, but the race was somehow competitive. Since January I have been training for this event. We were doing online classes so that also gave me a chance to be in a training camp. Am still keeping up with my training”.

“I just gave in my all kept in front and placed second. But in the beginning, I was in the first place. Leading up to the race about 3 or 4 weeks before it we have a couple of circuit games. Am very happy for the second place,” Nicole Van Der Merwe from the University of Johannesburg said.

She also wrote how happy and the heat she felt during the entire race on her Instagram account. Nicole Van Der Merwe wrote “Silver medal at the 5th Cross Country Championships in Kenya. Ended the season on a high and am very grateful for all the opportunities of this year. Now time to rest, refocus, and then we start all over again. That’s the magic of this sports”.

University of Johannesburg’s athlete Chaumeton Maxime won the men’s 10km race, while Geoffrey Chirchir from Egerton University placed second while Emmanuel Ngeno Kipngetich also finished third from the Technical University of Kenya.

Chaumeton Maxime – 30:54.0

Geoffrey Chirchir – 31:33.0

Emmanuel Ngeno Kipngetich – 32:01.0

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Sekyere Richard has had a 10-year involvement in the sport of athletics. He holds a Diploma in Physical Fitness. Sekyere has experienced the sport as a middle/distance athlete, coach, and now journalist and blogger. Sekyere has published several articles on athletics from Ghanaian Athletics to World Athletics. He currently owns and manages the content and marketing development of Athletics Hour. "I am passionate about sports, love writing and interviewing, traveling, and meeting new athletes and coaches. I like to expose the hidden talents in the youth and I am always in search of talents across Ghana". I have volunteered in one of the biggest ultra-marathons in the world "The Elton Ultra Marathon in Russia. Covered many races in Ghana including ECOWAS CAA Region II Championship and multiple roads and track races in Ghana. In 2021, he launched the "Better Ghana Athletics Agenda", which will help support organisers, athletes and coaches in all directions.

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