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Wednesday October 18th 2017

Kenya Dominates the African Athletics Championships

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya swept the men’s 5,000 meters Sunday and finished with more medals than any country at the African Athletics Championships.

The host nation ended the final day with 25 medals — 10 gold, seven silver and eight bronze. South Africa had 19 medals and Nigeria 18. More than 700 athletes from 53 African countries took part.

In the 5,000 meters, Edwin Soy won the gold in 13 minutes, 30.46 seconds, followed by Vincent Yator and Mark Kiptoo. They capitalized of the absence of injured world and Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia. The Kenyans linked arms for a victory lap before 30,000 fans.

Olympic champion Asbel Kiprop of Kenya led from start to finish to win the men’s 1,500 in 3:36.19, ahead of Morocco’s Amine Laalou.

In the women’s 3,000 steeplechase, Kenya’s Milcah Chemos set a championship record of 9:32.18 after a challenge from Sofia Abebe of Ethiopia.

Kenya’s Grace Wanjiru broke the African record by winning the women’s 20-kilometer walk in 1 hour, 34 minutes, 19 seconds. Algeria’s Zahra Bouras rallied to win the women’s 800 meters. Tunisia’s Hassanine Sebei won the men’s 20-kilometer walk in 1:20:36.

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