For the fourth time in history Kenya emerged winners of the Africa Senior Athletics Championships by topping in the medal standings when the curtains of the 21st edition of the event came down in Asaba, Nigeria on Sunday.
Kenya scooped 11 gold medals beating South Africa who had most participants and medals in the events but only managed 9 gold.
The total number of medals won by the country was 19; 11 gold, 6 silver and 2 bronze.
Kenyan athletes dominated the 3000m women steeplechase as Beatrice Koech took the gold, Celliphine Chepsol silver and Fancy Cherono Bronze.
5000m race was also a Kenyan affair as Edward Zakayo won the men’s race with Hellen Obiri taking the Silver.
YouTube Javelin Champion Julius Yego took the javelin Gold as Elijah Manangoi and Winnie Chebet won the 1500m race for the men and women respectively.
The final event was the 4x400m men competition which was taken by Kenya as the females took silver in their category.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto have congratulated the team on putting the country on top.
With19 medals:11gold, six silver and two bronze, Kenya confirms its unrivalled position as a powerhouse of sports and a breeding ground of talent. We salute Team Kenya for an energetic, passionate showing at African Senior Athletics Championships. You are all winners. #Asaba2018 pic.twitter.com/RN3Nuc5bQT
— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) August 5, 2018
Even Champion David Rudisha was not left out in congratulating the athletes.
#TeamKenya #Atletics Top the medal standings with 11 Gold 6 Silver and 2 Bronze at the @caaasaba2018 , Well done Team Kenya for putting our nation on top of Africa. pic.twitter.com/zu3j63Moh2
— David Rudisha (@rudishadavid) August 6, 2018