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Soldiers claim top prize in Inter-Defence Tae Kwondo League

Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) emerged the overall winners as the second leg of the Kenya Inter-Defence Tae Kwondo League ended at the Kamiti Maximum Prison Canteen Hall on Wednesday.

KDF amassed 14 gold and one bronze medal in the one-day competition that had attracted four teams. National Youth Service (NYS) took second position with a gold, two silver and three bronze.

Kenya Prisons, under the tutelage of John Kamotho, were placed third with six silvers and two bronze while fourth was Administration Police College (APTC) with three silver and three bronze medals.

In the men’s flyweight, Jack Ramogi of KDF took top honours followed by Bernard Mwangi (NYS) and George Ndichu (APTC) while in the women’s category, Beatrice Wairimu of KDF was placed top in lightweight followed by Nicella Wanjiru.

Kenya Tae Kwondo Association (KTA) vice chairman (technical) Nesmas Wesonga expressed satisfaction with the standards displayed by the exponents, saying it was a manifestation of the improved standards of the game in the country.

The third leg will be held at NYS College in Gilgil and will culminate in the final one at Kahawa Garrison with Wesonga saying the league will be used as a yardstick to select Kenya ‘s team to the inaugural East Africa Inter Forces Championships to be held in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania before the turn of the year.

Meanwhile, junior exponents will converge at Loreto Convent Msongari tomorrow for the Loreto Open Tae Kwondo Championships. The tournament will be used to select the national team to the World Cadet Championships slated for Cairo, Egypt, on August 26-30.

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