Army Commander Lieutenant General Robert Kibochi presenting the best female athlete all round trophy to Isiolo team Captain Cpl Priscilla Tabunda (Common Wealth 2018 100m Hurdle semi finalist).
Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant, General Robert Kibochi on 26th April 2018 presided over the finals of the 1st Edition of the Kenya Army Athletics Championship at Moi International Spots Centre Kasarani.
The two day event sponsored by Barclays Bank of Kenya featured athletes drawn from ten Kenya Army formations pitting Thika, Nanyuki, Isiolo, Kahawa, Marsabit, 8 Brigade, Lanet , Embakasi, Gilgil and Nairobi. Among the categories were Short distance, middle and long races, field events such as short put, pole vault, javelin, discuss, hammer, triple jump, high jump, for both men and women. Thika emerged best team overall having garnered 10 Gold medals, 7 Silver, 7 Bronze. Second runners up were Lanet with 7 Gold, 2 Silver, 7 Bronze. Second runners up were Isiolo managing 6 Gold, 5 Silver and 6 Bronze. Notable performances in the high profile races were by Sapper Eric Tirop who won Gold in the 10000m men, Sergeant Susan Koskei Gold medalist in the 20km race, Lance Corporal Charles Wamwea 100m and 200m winner, 100m Women Lance Corporal Mary Tanui, 5000m winner Eric Kiptanui among others.
Competition Director and Chairman Athletics Kenya Defence Forces (AKDF) Brigadier Daniel Pyaban, thanked the Army Commander for initiating the idea of Kenya Army holding its own Championship so as to be able to come up with a formidable team that will face other services in the upcoming KDF Athletics Championship notwithstanding the resource allocation provided for by the Commander to ensure the competition was a success. The Director assured the Commander that the team selected to represent Kenya Army will challenge for top honors in all upcoming competitions and will fly high the Army flag. While inviting the Guest of Honor Commander Kenya Army to give his remarks, Brigadier Pyaban said he is happy the event was a success.
In his closing address the Army Commander noted that this was the first event of its kind held by Kenya Army Athletics. He said that the objective was to provide a forum to reinvigorate Army’s espirit de corps which is the cornerstone of Kenya Army and also to provide the athletes an opportunity to compete and prepare for future competitions Kenya Defence Forces Athletics Championships and the National Athletics Championship slated for mid this year.
He concluded by thanking the athletes for being excellent ambassadors for the service and the Nation at large through excellent performances internationally,namely Corporal Joyciline Jepkosgei World Half Marathon record Holder, 2017 1500m World Championship finalist Lance Corporal Winnie Chebet, Lance Corporal Mathew Sawe Commonwealth 2018 and Olympics 2016 High Jump Semifinalist, Kenya representative World Cross Country 2010 and African Cross Country 2018 in Nigeria Lance Corporal John Chepkwony, Corporal Priscilla Nasimiyu Commonwealth 2018 100m hurdle semifinalist and Gunner Alexander Kiprotich Commonwealth 2018 Javelin finalist. He wished them greater achievements in their endeavors and urged them not to give up and to always demonstrate high sense of discipline, love of their country and espirit de corps.
Present during the event were the Formations Commanders, Senior Military Officers, Barclays Bank of Kenya officials, Officers and military personnel.
110m Hurdles finals during the Kenya Army Athletics championship held at Kasarani.
100m men finals during the Kenya Army Athletics championship event.
Tug of war finals won by the Ranger Regiment (Pictured) from Gilgil.
World Half Marathon Record holder Corporal Joyciline Jepkosgei being interviewed by local journalists after winning the 5000m Women race in the Kenya Army Athletics Championship.
(L-R) Senior Private Linda Waweru silver medalist representing Kahawa, Sergeant Susan Koskei Gold Medalist representing Kahawa and Private Celestine Korir Bronze Medalist representing Lanet after receiving their medals in the 20km walk women.
(L-R) Private Hillary Kering silver medalist representing Marsabit, Lance Corporal Eric Tirop Gold Medalist representing Thika and Senior Private Silas Bronze Medalist representing Kahawa making a podium finish in the 10000m Men race.
Best team overall, Thika, formed up during the award ceremony presided over by the Army Commander.
Army Commander Lieutenant General Robert Kibochi with the various Formation Commanders and Barclays Bank officials.