Vida Anim wins the 200m at the African Championships (Mark Ouma) © Copyright
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Anim and Kipchirchir complete doubles in Mauritius - African Champs Final Day

Ghana's Vida Anim and Kenya's Alex Kipchirchir took their second individual victories on the final day of the Africa Athletics Championships at the Germain Commarmond Stadium in Bambous Mauritius on Sunday. 
 
Despite a strong headwind (-2.6) Anim clocked her season best of 22.90 en route to winning the women's 200m. Defending champion Geraldine Pillay (23.11) settled for the silver medal as third placed Fabienne Feraez gave Benin their only medal of the championship.
 
Three gold medals for Anim

Anim is the championship's most successful athlete. In keeping with Ghana's old name Gold Coast, she won all three events she entered, the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.
 
"It is truly an overwhelming experience. After missing last year through injury, my only aim at this championship was to complete and stay healthy. I am particularly surprised with my 200m result as I did not train adequately for the event. With God's blessing I want to do Africa proud at the World Cup in Athens (Greece)," Anim declared.
 
Kipchirchir completes middle-distance double

Elsewhere Kenya's Alex Kipchirchir completed a rare double of winning the 1500m. He had earlier on won the 800m. His team-mates Elkana Angwenyi and Shadrack Korir took the lead right from the starter’s gun.
 
Kipchirchir settled at the back of the pack until the last 450m when he made his moved. He took the lead with 250m to the finish and held off the spirited challenge from Morocco's Adil Kaouch and Algerians Tarek Boukensa and Kamel Boulahfane to win in 3:46.54. Kaouch (3:46.72), Boukensa (3:46.81) and Boulahfane (3:47.08) followed.
 
"This was all a tactical affair. The Moroccans and Algerians are tough. They are following in the tradition of Hicham El Guerrouj and Nourredine Morceli. Our strategy was for a Kenyan to win the race," Kipchirchir revealed.

Jepkosgei over Mutola in 800m
 
Earlier the Kenyans' tactics bore fruit in the women's 800m where the youthful Janeth Jepkosgei was pitted against Mozambique's defending champion Maria Mutola and Algeria’s Nouria Benida Merah.
 
Kenya’s Josephine Nyarunda set off at a blistering pace covering the first lap in 58.9 seconds, while Mutola tucked herself on the inside lane with Jepkosgei next to her. As Nyarunda faded after 600m Mutola, Merah and Jepkosgei surged ahead. They had fans on their feet cheering as the Kenyan edged ahead of Mutola in the last 30m to clinch the title.
 
"I have been nervous all week and this victory came as a great relief. Mutola is a very tough customer and is more experienced than me. So without Nyarunda setting the pace it was going to be very difficult for me to beat Mutola," Jepkosgei confessed.
 
However the Kenyans met their match in the men's 10,000m. Uganda's Moses Kipsiro and Ethiopia's Abebe Dinkessa tracked the Kenyan duo of John Cheruiyot Korir and Mike Kigen who took turns leading the race until the last 130m. The fast finishing Kipsiro outpaced Kigen to clinch the gold medal in a time of 28:03.46. Kigen (28:03.70) and Dinkessa (28: 05.07) followed.
 
"I know Kigen well as we trained together in the last two weeks before coming for these championships. I was determined to beat the Kenyans this time," says Kipsiro. He had earlier on won a bronze medal in the 5000m.
 
Other winners were Nigerian Uchenna Emedolu (200m), Gerhardus Pienaar (javelin), Kabelo Kgosiemang (high jump) and Kenyan David Kimutal (20m walk).
 
Winners in the women's events included South Africa's Janet Wienand (400m Hurdles), Egypt's Nagwa Ibrahim Saleh (20km walk), Sudanese Yamilé Aldama (triple jump), and Vivian Chukwuemeka (shot put). South Africa and Kenya won the women's and men's 4x400m relay respectively.
 
Perhaps the best result of the competition was the broad spread of medal. Out of 47 countries 23 clinched a medal. South Africa topped the medal stands once again. Kenya, Nigeria, Egypt and the resurgent Ghanaians followed in that order.

Mark Ouma for the IAAF

Selected Results
AR denotes Africa Record
CR Championships Record
NR denotes National Record
PB denotes Personal Best
 
Men
100m (-1.9)
1 Olusoji Fasuba (Nigeria) 10.37
2 Uchenna Emedolu (Nigeria) 10.44
3 Eric Nkansah (Ghana) 10.65
 
200m (-1.5)
1 Uchenna Emedolu (Nigeria) 20.61
2 Stephan Buckland (Mauritius) 20.67
3 Leigh Julius (South Africa) 20.82
 
400m
1 Gary Kikaya (Demo. Rep. of Congo) 45.03
2 Paul Gorris (South Africa) 45.50
3Young Talkmore Nyongani (Zimbabwe) 45.60
 
110m Hurdles (-2.8)
1 Eymen Ahmed Ben (Tunisia) 13.77
2 Berlioz Randrianmiiiaja (Madagascar) 14.03
3 Ruan de Vries (South Africa) 14.05
 
400m Hurdles
1 Louis van Zyl (South Africa) 49.43
2 Alwyn Myburgh (South Africa) 49.88
3 Leonel Kurt Couto (Mozambique) 50.72
 
800m
1 Alex Kipchirchir (Kenya) 1:46.62
2 Ismail Ahmed Ismail (Sudan) 1:46.65
3 Alfred Kirwa( Kenya) 1:46.85
 
1500m
1 Alex Kipchirchir (Kenya) 3:46.54
2 Adil Kaouich (Morocco) 3:46.72
3 Tarek Boukensa (Algeria) 3:46.81
 
3000m Steeplechase
1 Paul Kipsiele Koech (Kenya) 8:11.74 (CR)
2 Abdelkader Hachlaf (Morocco) 8:33.52
3 Ruben Ramolefi (South Africa) 8:39.67
 
5000m
1 Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia) 14:03.41
2 Mike Kigen (Kenya) 14:05.12
3 Moses Kipsiro (Uganda) 14:05.20
 
10,000m
1 Moses Kipsiro (Uganda) 28:03.46
2 Mike Kigen (Kenya) 28:03.70
3Abebe Dinkesa (Ethiopia) 28:05.07
 
20 Km Walk
1 David Kimutai (Kenya) 1:23:58
2 Hatem Ghoula (Tunisia) 1:25:02
3 Hicham Mejbar (Algeria) 1:25:15
 
Long Jump
1 Ignisious Gaisah (Ghana) 8.51 (+3.7)
2 Khotso Mokoena (South Africa) 8.45 (+4.2)
3 Issam Nima (Algeria) 8.22 (+2.4)
4 Gable Garenamotse (Botswana) 8.02 (3.1)
 
Triple Jump
1 Tariku Bouguetaib (Morocco) 17.25 (+4.2)
2 Khotso Mokoena (South Africa) 16.67 (+3.6)
3 Younes Moudrik (Morocco) 16.58 (+3.7)
 
High Jump
1 Kabelo Kgosiemang (Botswana) 2.30
2 Sere Boubakar (Burkina Faso) 2.22
3 Ramsey Carelse (south Africa) 2.22
 
Pole Vault
1 Okkert Brits (South Africa) 5.20
2 Abderamme Tamada (Tunisia) 5.15
3 Hamdi Dhouidi (Tunisia) 4.80
 
Javelin
1 Gerhardus Pienaar (South Africa) 77.55
2 Gerbrandt grobler (South Africa) 75.95
3 Walid Adb El Wahab (Egypt) 69.86
 
Discus
1 Omar Ahmed ElGazaly (Egypt) 61.11
2 Ibrahim Yassar (Egypt) 54.38
3 Nabil Kiram (Morocco) 53.41
 
Shot Put
1 Ibrahim Yassar (Egypt) 18.93
2 Janus Robberts (South Africa) 17.88
3 Mohammed Medded (Tunisia) 17.87
 
Hammer Throw
1 Chris Harmse (South Africa) 77.55 CR
2 Saber Souid (Tunisia) 72.66
3 Mohammed Ana Mohsen (Egypt) 69.22
 
Decathlon
1 Hamdi Dhouidi (Tunisia) 7,566 points
2 Mourad souissi (Algeria) 7,113 points
3 Terence Wepener (South Africa) 7,084 points
 
4x100m
1 Nigeria 39.63
2 South Africa 39.68
3 Ghana 40.12
 
4x400m
1 Kenya 3:06.78
2 South Africa 3:07.65
3 Botswana 3:08.13
 
Women
100m (-3.8)
1 Vida Anim (Ghana) 11.58
2 Geraldine Pillay (South Africa) 11.67
3 Endurance Ojokolo (Nigeria) 11.95
 
200m (-2.6)
1 Vida Anim (Ghana) 22.90
2 Geraldine Pillay (South Africa) 23.11
3 Fabienne Feraez (Benin) 23.15
 
400m
1 Amy Mbacke Thiem (Senegal) 52.22
2 Amantle Montsho (Botswana) 52.68
3 Louise Ayetotche (Cote d'Ivoire) 52.92
 
100m Hurdles (-1.4)
1 Toyin Augustus (Nigeria) 13.44
2 Carole Me-ban kaboud (Cameroon) 13.85
3Gnima Faye (Senegal) 13.95
 
400m Hurdles
1 Janet Wienand (South Africa) 56.97
2 Houria Moussa (Algeria) 57.15
3 Aissafa Soulama (Burkina Faso) 57.27
 
800m
1 Janeth Jepkosgei (Kenya) 2 :00.64
2 Maria Mutola (Mozambique) 2 :01.08
3 Nouria Merah Benida (Algeria) 2 :02.18 
 
1500m
1 Nouria Merah Benida (Algeria) 4:23.26
2 Safa Issaoui (Tunisia) 4:24.08
3 Berhane Hirphsa (Ethiopia)4:24.09
 
3000m Steeplechase
1 Jeruto Kiptum (Kenya) 10:00.02
2 Habiba Ghribi (Tunisia) 10:10.93
3 Chaabi Bouchra (Morocco) 10:11.52
 
5000m
1 Meseret Defar (Ethiopia) 15:56.00
2 Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia) 15:56.04
3 Jebiwot Kibet (Kenya) 15:57.14
 
10,000m
1 Edith Masai (Kenya) 31:27.96 CR
2 Isabella Ochichi (Kenya) 31:29.43
3 Emily Chebet (Kenya) 31:33.39
 
20km Walk
1 Nagwa Ibrahim Saleh (Egypt) 1:43:22
2 Arasa Asnaksh Abissa (Ethiopia) 1:45:31
3 Ghania Amzal (Algeria) 1:46:05
 
Long Jump
1 Josephine Bike Mbarga (Cameroon) 6.33 (+2.9)
2 Kene Ndoye (Senegal) 6.30 (+1.8)
3 Chinazom Amadi (Nigeria) 6.23 (+3.0)
 
Triple Jump
1 Yamilé Aldama (Sudan) 14.71 (+2.6)
2 Kene Ndoye (Senegal) 14.08 (+3.6)
3 Otonye Iworima (Nigeria) 13.88 (+2.1)
 
High Jump
1 Rene van der Merwe (South Africa) 1.84
2 Nneka Ukuh (Nigeria) 1.80
3 Sara Bouaoudia (Algeria) 1.75
 
Pole Vault
1 Syrine Balti (Tunisia) 4.21
2 Dinar Nisrine (Morocco) 3.60
3 Lindi Roux (South Africa) 3.60
 
Javelin
1 Justin Robbeson (South Africa) 60.60 PB/AR
2 Sunette Viljoen (South Africa) 55.64
3 Lindy Leveau (Seychelles) 54.41
 
Discus
1 Elizna Naude (South Africa) 55.42
2 Vivian Chukwuemeka (Nigeria) 49.63
3 Suzanne Kragbe (Cote d'Ivoire) 49.05
 
Shot Put
1 Vivian Chukwuemeka (Nigeria) 17.45
2 Ismael Wafaa Baghdady (Egypt) 15.48
3 Monique Ngo Nguoe (Cameroon) 14.99
 
Hammer Throw
1 Marwa Hussein Arafat (Egypt) 62.16
2 Hayat Elghazi (Morocco) 59.33
3 Blessing Egwu (Nigeria) 51.77
 
Heptathlon
1 Janice Josephs (South Africa) 5876 points
2 Celine Laporte (Seychelles) 4932 points
3 Nadege Foe Essama (Cameroon) 3808 points
 
 
4x100m
1 Ghana 44.43
2 Nigeria 44.52
3 Cameroon 46.43
 
4x400m
1 South Africa 3:36.88
2 Nigeria 3:37.00
3 Kenya 3:39.79