Ndiwa, Aprot Produce Kenyan 1-2 In Women 10000m

Aug 05 - by Mutwiri Mutuota for sportpesa news

Performance highlights Day 4 of Asaba 2018 African champs

Stacy Ndiwa wins the women 10000m race at the Asaba 2018 African Athletics Championships on Saturday, August 4, 2018. PHOTO/IAAF

  • Ndiwa bolted to the lead before eventually reaching the finish in 31:31.17, a lifetime best
  • Given the high late afternoon heat and humidity, the performance was as impressive as it was dominating
  • Teammate Pauline Koriakwang, bothered by a troublesome Achilles, stepped off the track, taking Kenya's sweep ambitions with her
  • Ethiopian Gete Alemayehu, 10th two years ago, took the bronze in 32:10.68

ASABA, Nigeria- A dominant 1-2 finish in the 10,000m by Kenyans Stacy Ndiwa and Alice Aprot highlighted the fourth day of competition at the 21st African Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria, before another near capacity crowd at Stephen Keshi Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Given the high late afternoon heat and humidity, the performance was as impressive as it was dominating.

Such were the conditions that three of the 11 entrants dropped out well before the Kenyan pair forged on on their own with eight laps to go.

That was when teammate Pauline Koriakwang, bothered by a troublesome Achilles, stepped off the track, taking Kenya's sweep ambitions with her.

For the next seven laps, Ndiwa and Aprot were in lockstep, with the taller Aprot, racing in a black hat, pushing the pace.

Lifetime best

But at the bell, Ndiwa bolted to the lead, one she extended down the backstretch before eventually reaching the finish in 31:31.17, a lifetime best for the 25-year-old. She immediately dropped flat on the track.

"We decided to work together so we could break away from the others, because we weren't sure about their kick," said the 25-year-old Ndiwa, who took silver at the Commonwealth Games in April. 

"I didn't have a good kick there so I've been working a lot on my speed since then." It paid off.

Aprot, the winner at these championships two years ago, clocked 31:36.12 to take silver. “I didn’t mind helping with the pace, even if I finished second,” the 2016 Olympian said.

Well back, Ethiopian Gete Alemayehu, 10th two years ago, took the bronze in 32:10.68.

-Report by the IAAF