Kenyan military runners dominated the athletics race at the ongoing 10th edition of the East African Military games at IPRC - Kigali, yesterday.
Emmanuel Kipsanga won the 10km race after breaking away from the lead pack with a few meters left to reach the finish line in a time of 27: 15: 68 minutes.
“Team work was the key to our victory; we had planned to do it just like how it occurred in Kampala last year. We were both tactically and technically better than the other teams,” Kipsanga said shortly after the race.
Other Kenyans, Private Franklin Ocelel and Superintendent Stephen Arita finished second and third, respectively, with a time of 27:16: 10 and 27: 17: 15 respectively.
Private Nelson Fabiano of Tanzania was sixth, Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) athlete Sgt Alex Chesakit was 7th and the Rwanda Defense Force (RDF) runner, Sgt Joseph Nzirorera came in the 8th position.
“The Kenyans as usual dominated the race because they are good at it and it’s their game. We have to train so hard so that we can win the games next year. We also need the fans to be around so that we can be motivated during the race,” Sgt Nzirorera said.
Kenya was the best team in the male category followed by Uganda. Rwanda came third and Tanzania finished fourth in general rankings. Out of 24 male athletes, 21 finished the race.
Meanwhile, the women’s race was an all-Kenyan affair as Warrant Corporal Sheila Chepkiryi clocked 31:17:18 minutes to win. Her fellow Kenyan runners Private Goyceline Chepkosgei and Private Judith Chemutai came second and third respectively.
The EAC Military Sports and Culture events started early this week and will continue with four sports disciplines namely; Football (men), Netball (women), Basketball (men) and Handball (men).