Kenya Defence Forces Holds the 38th Edition Athletics Championship

Kenya Defence Forces athletics championship 2017 participating teams match past the main dais during the final day of the competition 11th May 2017 at Nyayo National Stadium.

Kenya Defence Forces athletics championship 2017 participating teams match past the main dais during the final day of the competition 11th May 2017 at Nyayo National Stadium.

Athletics Kenya Defence Forces (AKDF) committee held its three-day 38th Edition of the Athletics Championship from Tuesday, 9th May to Thursday, 11 May 2017 at Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi.  This year’s edition was opened by the Assistant Chief of Defence Forces in charge of Personnel and Logistics, Major General Samuel Nandwa.

This sporting discipline was marked by an impressive outcome as notable athletes qualified to be in the Kenya Defence Forces Athletics team that will compete in the forthcoming Kenya National Athletics Championship scheduled for the month of June 2017. The National Championship is organised by Athletics Kenya (AK). The AKDF team will compete against athletes from the National Police Service, the Kenya Prisons Service, counties’ representatives and athletes selected from various universities and colleges for slots to represent the country in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Athletics Championship scheduled for August 2017 in London, the United Kingdom. The Athletics Kenya Defence Forces (AKDF) committee ensured that the contest was well organised and officially conducted by inviting officials from Athletics Kenya to oversee the event while abiding to the guidelines of the IAAF. The AKDF team will also participate in the East Africa Community Military Games and Cultural Sporting Events later this year in Bujumbura, Burundi.

Chief of Defence Forces Gen Samson Mwathethe awards the trophy to Lance Corporal Priscilla Tabuda after retaining her title as the best female performer in 38th Edition of The Kenya Defence Forces athletics championship on 11th May 2017 at Nyayo National Stadium.Chief of Defence Forces Gen Samson Mwathethe awards the trophy to Lance Corporal Priscilla Tabuda after retaining her title as the best female performer in 38th Edition of The Kenya Defence Forces athletics championship on 11th May 2017 at Nyayo National Stadium.

The KDF athletes competed in the following disciplines to form a Defence Forces Team: Pole Vault, Long Jump, Hammer, Discuss, Race Walk, Javelin, Triple Jump, Steeple Chase Shot Put, Hurdles Short and Long races, High Jump Hammer throw and Relays.

In the women’s final, last years’ heavyweight Lance Corporal Priscilla Tabunda of Team Isiolo took gold in four events: Long Jump at 5.94, Triple Jump at 12.39, 100M Hurdles running at a time of 14.3 and High Jump setting a distance of 1.70. In the 3000M Steeplechase, Senior Private Marion Kibor of Kahawa Garrison hit the finish line at 9:56:04, Corporal Helen Obiri could not disappoint at the 5000M as she managed 15:21:02 beating her previous time of last year’s event.

10,000M went to Joyceline Jepkosgei at a time of 32:26.3, 20KM Race-Walk went to Sgt Grace Wanjiru at a time of 1:34.15, Javelin to Spte Zeddy Cherutich at 42.88.

Gunner Peter Muindi celebrating at the finish line of 10,000M Mens Final at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani during the 38th Edition of the Kenya Defence Forces Championship 2017.Gunner Peter Muindi celebrating at the finish line of 10,000M Mens Final at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani during the 38th Edition of the Kenya Defence Forces Championship 2017.

In the Men’s finals, the following athlete bagged gold medals, L/Cpl Cyrus Ruto in the 5000M running at 13:32.8 followed by Spte Peter Ndegwa at 13:34.8, Cpl Douglas Kipserem came a distant third at 13:35.5, 3000M Steeplechase was dominated by newcomers promising new ray of hope, Cpl Abel Mutai came first at 8:25.9 followed by Benjamin Kigen at 8:26.6, coming at position three was Phenus Kipleting with 8:30.1 time.  In other races, the 800M was tightly competitive as Spte Nicholas Kiplangat running at 1:44.9, followed by Spte Mathew Rono at 1:45.1 and L/Cpl Edwin Kemboi finishing the medal bracket with 1:45.1.

Spte Alphas Kisyoyan won the 200M final at 20:3 followed by L/Cpl Emmanuel Lentukunye at 20.5, 1500M went to Charles Simotwo running 3:37.6 followed by Spte Collins Koros with a distant 3:38.2.  L/Cpl Elijah Kimitei emerged the overall victor bagging two (2) golds and one (1) silver in different categories. 400M Hurdles went to Cpl Boniface Mucheru at 51:2 followed by Spte Willy Mbevi running 51:5, 10000M went to gunner Peter Muindi covering 29:20.7 followed by Leonard Oloitiptip, Cpl Kiplimo Kimutai came third at 29:45.8. 4x400M Relays went to Team Thika at 3:07.5 and 4x100M was won by Team Mtongwe at 40.9.

Chief of Defence Forces Gen Mwathethe shakes hands with the tug of war champions team coach WOII George Okello on 11th May 2017 at Nyayo National Stadium.Chief of Defence Forces Gen Mwathethe shakes hands with the tug of war champions team coach WOII George Okello on 11th May 2017 at Nyayo National Stadium.

In the overall medal standings, Team Moi Air Base took position one after clinching six (6) gold medals, six (6) silver and five (5) bronze medals, Thika Team took position two (2) winning (6) gold medals, (5) silver and (6) bronze medals, Team Kahawa took the second runners up winning six (6) gold, four (4) silver and two (2) bronze medals respectively.

The Chief of the Defence Forces (CDF) General Samson Mwathethe who graced the occasion on the final day commended all the teams that participated in the event for their fighting spirit during the competitions and urged those selected to maintain the tempo in their quest for the National team slots.

“I am aware that KDF team is on a serious training session to ensure that we retain in the Nationals that we have won since inception, and I wish to remind all the athletes that one of the goals of sports in the military is to foster discipline and healthy lifestyle,” said the CDF.

Chief of Defence Forces Gen Mwathethe awards Brig. Mohammed Badi a trophy for Moi Air Base after emerging the best team overall on 11th May 2017 at Nyayo National Stadium.Chief of Defence Forces Gen Mwathethe awards Brig. Mohammed Badi a trophy for Moi Air Base after emerging the best team overall on 11th May 2017 at Nyayo National Stadium.

General Mwathethe further urged the entire sports faculty to ensure routine guidance and counselling to the sportsmen/women in order to avoid exploitative forms of sport and irresponsible behaviour which could tint the good name of KDF. The CDF thanked the International Military Sports Council, IAAF and the Co-operative Bank of Kenya, among other sponsors for making the event a success.

In attendance during the event were; the  Vice Chief of the Defence Forces (VCDF) Lieutenant General Joseph Kasaon, Kenya Air Force Commander Major General Samuel Thuita, Navy Commander Major General Levy Mghalu, Deputy Army Commander Major General William Koipaton, among other dignitaries.

Cpl Abel Mutai winner of 3000m steeplechase 38th edition of Kenya defence forces athletics championship leads the pack during the finals on 11th May 2017 at Nyayo National Stadium.Cpl Abel Mutai winner of 3000m steeplechase 38th edition of Kenya defence forces athletics championship leads the pack during the finals on 11th May 2017 at Nyayo National Stadium.

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