Areruya wins 3rd medal at continental championships

Rwanda’s fast rising biker Joseph Areruya yet again did what he does best to claim a third bronze medal at the 2017 African Continental Championships that concluded yesterday in Luxor, Egypt.
Joseph Areruya (right) celebrates his third bronze medal yesterday in Luxor, Egypt. (Courtesy)
Joseph Areruya (right) celebrates his third bronze medal yesterday in Luxor, Egypt. (Courtesy)

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Elite men & U23 road race top six

Smit Willien (South Africa)  3’:45”:54’’’

Abraham Meron (Eriteria)       “

Galdoune Ahmed Amine  (Morocco) “

Buru Temesgen (Ethiopia)  “

Haile Yonatan (Eritrea)  “

Joseph Areruya (Rwanda) “

U23 medal winners

Abraham Meron (Eriteria) 

Galdoune Ahmed Amine  (Morocco)

Joseph Areruya (Rwanda)

Rwanda’s fast rising biker Joseph Areruya yet again did what he does best to claim a third bronze medal at the 2017 African Continental Championships that concluded yesterday in Luxor, Egypt.

The 21-year old cyclist put up another spectacular solo performance in the elite men and U-23 road race that covered 163.6 kilometres to finish third in a sprint that comprised nine riders, posting 3 hours, 45 minutes and 54 seconds.

The Dimension Data for Qhubeka rider finished in the sixth position of the general ranking and third in the U-23 category ranking, claiming a bronze medal – his third medal (all bronze) at the seven-day continental event.  

Eritrea’s Abraham Meron, who also scooped a silver medal in the elite category, struck gold in this category, while Moroccan Galdoune Ahmed Amine claimed bronze medals in the elite and U-23 category after finishing in the third place.

South Africa’s Smit Willem, who had finished fourth in the Individual Time Trial, claimed the gold medal in the elite category.

Team Rwanda fielded a total of six riders in the road race that included Bonaventure Uwizeyimana who finished in the 14th place, and Valens Ndayisenga who finished in the 58 place.

Others were Samuel Mugisha and Jean Bosco Nsengimana, who finished in the 63rd and 64th places, respectively, clocking one minute and 25 seconds behind the winner.

 This was Areruya’s third medal after winning the first one in the Team Time Trial along with Ndayisenga, Nsengimana, and Mugisha and another one in the Individual Time Trial.

This means Team Rwanda collected a total of three medals. At the same event last year in Casablanca, Morocco, the team won gold, silver and bronze medals.

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