Kenya Navy Rowing Club won the national open Canoeing and Kayaking Championships at Tudor Water Sports Marina in Mombasa.
The event attracted rowers from Kenya and Uganda. Seven Kenyan clubs participated while Uganda’s Rowing Federation and the Para Rowing Federation were represented by 11 players.
Before the event, the rowers attended a five-day training under two World Rowing Federation coaches in Barry Macniece from South Africa, who is a para-rowing coach and a rowing coach from England Alexander Rowe-Jones. Anti-doping training, which were to be conducted, was pushed to October.
During the competition, Kenya Navy scooped top three positions in 1,000m sprint. Isaac Mugula won in three minute 48 seconds. Ramadhan Paluwas and Alex Osiako of Kenya Navy clocked 3.50 and 3.59 for the second and third positions respectively.
In women’s 50m sprint, Navy’s Marry Bahati won in 2.33 seconds with Gladys Wangechi (Dolphins club) and Josephine Wangithi (Ruiru Rowing Club) in 2.48 and 3.32 in that order.
In para rowers 500m sprint (men), Kapere Amir of Uganda’s Kampala Rowing Club won in three minutes 13.39 seconds. Rajab Abdallah and Peter Munuve of Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) clocked 3.21.79 and 3.30.67 seconds respectively.
In women (arms/shoulders), Asia Mohammed clocked 3.49.14 to win the race. In para rowers 500m sprint (trank and arms mixed double race), Miriam Nandwa and Swale Fakii from KPA clocked 2.32.12 seconds to win the contest.
Nancy Wanjiku and Caleb Moseti of Ruiru posted 2.39.15 for the second slot while Phoebe Masika and John Wanjila from KPA settled for the third spot in 2.44.54. The inter clubs competition will be held in Ruiru Rowing and Canoe Club in November.