Coast win boys’ swimming title in school games

By Ernest Ndunda: Saturday, April 13th 2019 at 00:00 GMT +3 | Sports
Natasha Seton from Nairobi region leads other swimmers in the girls 50m breaststroke category second heat as the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association swimming championship entered second day at the Oshwal Academy Pool, April 10, 2019. [GIDEON MAUNDU/STANDARD]

Coast region emerged the overall boys’ swimming winners as Brookside Secondary Schools Term One championship ended at Oshwal Academy in Mombasa yesterday.

In boys’ contest, Coast took advantage of the home support to win with 545 points beating defending champions Nairobi to second spot with 439 points while Nyanza came third with 235 points. Rift valley (224), Central (174), Western (132) and Eastern (128) points followed.

In girls’ category, Nairobi won with 540 points ahead of Coast (457), Central (327), Rift valley (194), Nyanza (140), Western (115) and Eastern (92).

In athletics, Lena Najala of Mogonga School won the women’s 5,000m in 25:46.0.  Mary Wanjiru of Central and Esther Karimi of Muganjuki School in Eastern timed 26:10.8 and 26:50.5 respectively.

Ann Naajisho of Rift Valley clocked 9:26.8 to win the 3,000m race. Hilda Chebet of Rift Valley and Jenifer Mwende of Eastern timed 9:27.0 and 9:29.4 came second and third respectively.

In long jump, Antoneela Juma of Kwathanze in Eastern leapt 5.33 metres to win. Desta Wafula of Canon Awori (Western) and Mercy Chebet of Musaria School (Rift Valley) posted 5.19m and 5.03m respectively.

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In the high jump, Zeddy Chesire of Cheptonon School in Rift Valley posted 1.60m to win ahead of Rosemary Nkirote (1.54m) from Central and Sabina Onyonka (1.52m) of Rateti School in Nyanza.

Boniface Wandering of Mugiko School in Central picked his 10,000m walk ticket to the East Africa Games gala in 45.04.4 alongside Pius Magara (45:07.8) of Makima School in Western and Central’s Derrick Wanjohi (45:13.3) of Giakaibei School.

In 5,000m, Johnstone Meli of Koiban School in Rift Valley shone.

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