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Kogei, Kanda clinch athletics titles as hockey giants cruise

Emmanuel Masinde @Peoplesports11

Bravin Kogei and Feliciana Kanda emerged winners in track events at the Rift Valley Secondary School Games held at Tambach Teachers’ Training College yesterday.

Kogei and Kanda, who missed a ticket to represent Kenya at the World Cross-Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark, were the winners of 10,000m and 5,000m boys and girls races respectively to book a place at next month’s national games in Mombasa.

Kogei of Kombatich Secondary School won the 10,000m race after timing 29:50.6 ahead of Samuel Limo of Trans Nzoia (30:04.0) and Noah Kimutai from Sinonin (32:25.2) who completed the podium.

Kogei is the young brother of World Under-20 10,000m champion Rhonex Kipruto.

Kanda meanwhile, won the women’s 5,000m race after timing 16:23.0 ahead of Agnes Jebet (16:35.6) and Sarafina Kibet (17.03.2).

Kanda, a Form Four student at Kapsait Secondary, wants to compete in the Africa Youth Championships while Jebet, a Form Two student at Kapkenda Girls is focused on winning the national title.

In other games held at Iten stadium, East Africa hockey champion St Anthony’s Boys from Kitale registered their first win after beating Kabianga 4-1 and Entarara 2-0 in Pool D ties while in the same group, Hill School from Eldoret defeated Muloti girls 4-0.

Hockey winners

“We have prepared well and hope it will go as planned. Though we have the pressure of being champions, I am glad the boys are handling it well,” said St Anthony’s coach Kevin Lugalia on their bid to retain their title.

In the only Pool B match played yesterday, Mother of Apostles Seminary beat Ololunga Boys 2-1. In rugby 15s, St Patrick’s High School registered wins in their first two matches, beating Nkoloi 52-0 before sweating it out for a 9-7 victory over Kabianga while Longoisa thrashed Rimuti 34-0.

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