Ferguson Rotich upstages 800 meters record holder David Rudisha while Mike Mokamba runs an impressive race in the 200 meters as the games conclude on Saturday.
BY STEVE NJUGUNA
The weekend athletics action saw a few surprises as well as some good runs from the cream of the crop of Kenyan Athletics. The event was held at the Moi Kasarani stadium between Friday and Saturday. However, Saturday was to be the most action packed day as Kenyans streamed in by the hundreds to watch the athletes battle it out for supremacy.
In the 200 meters race, Mike Mokamba of the Kenya Defense Forces team battled stiff competition from U.S based sprinter Calvin Nkanata to win the race in an outstanding of 20.48 seconds. Mokamba has impressed in recent trials and made a strong case for going to the World Championships that will be held in Beijing later in the year. He had also won the 100 meters emphatically on Friday afternoon. The army man is hoping that his good time will ensure him a ticket to the games where he will race against the likes of Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell.
However, the highlight of the weekend was undoubtedly the 800 meters race where World record holder and Olympic champion David Rudisha was the main star. The race lived up to the billing as the crowds watching were treated to a pleasant surprise as youngster Ferguson Rotich upstaged Rudisha on the final lap to win the race in a time of 1:43.60 minutes while Rudisha came in second with a time of 1:43.89. Rudisha has been dogged by a series of injuries ever since his 2012 Olympic win and many hope he will return to winning form before his next run.
In other results, the women’s 800 meters was won by Eunice Sum in a time of 1:59.46 with experienced veteran Janeth Jepkosgei in second place with a time of 2:00.42. Vivian Cheruiyot Jepkemoi won the women’s 10,000 meters with a time of 32:58.4, while the men’s race was won by Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor. The men’s 1,500 meters race was won by renowned athlete Asbel Kiprop in a time of 3:34:03 minutes.