TANZANIA ATHLETES WINS ROCK CITY MARATHON
The Kenyans posed a constant threat to the Tanzanian, but eventually Panga’s proved difference gas he raced to the finish line. The Manyara based Marathoner clocked 1 hour, 02 minutes and 36 seconds.
Despite clinching gold, Panga failed to beat the event’s best time of 1:02:21 set by last year’s winner Alphonce Felix of Arusha.
“Though I am slower by 17 seconds, it is still my personal best time in this event,” said Panga.
Second overall was Kenyan Sammy Nyokaye, who clocked 1:02:39 to beat compatriot Festo Talamu to third place in 1:03:05.
After failing to shine in the men’s category, Arusha Region put up a brave show in the women’s 21km race to grab the top two positions through Natalia Elisanth, who clocked 1:14:25, followed by her compatriot Mary Naali in 1:15:34 seconds. Kilimanjaro Adelina Audat came in the third after spending 1:23:05 in the well contested race.
In the inaugural track event, Emanuel from Lightway school of Singida won the 1500m race followed by his school mate Baraka Sebastian while Erick Charles from Bujora Primary School in Mwanza claimed the second runner up position.
Lightway School also won the women’s event through Pascalina Sylvester followed Nyakwesi Mtebe from Kisesa School in Mwanza while Rebecca Philip from Bujora Mwanza won the third position.
Besides the showdown between Tanzanian and Kenyan runners, the introduction of sprint and middle distance race added flair to this year’s addition, according to Simon Mrashani, an official from Mara and former Tanzanian Marathon star.
Mrashani commended the overall performance of this year’s Rock City Marathon competitors and called for the event to be recognized internationally. The legendary runner said despite the presence of athletes from Kenya, the Tanzanian runner were outstanding.
One of the biggest tourism promotion in the Lake zone, the sixth edition of the Rock City Marathon was organized by Capital Plus International under the backing of NSSF while Airtel, Coca cola joined as among a host of co-sponsors.
Other sponsors were TSN group of companies through its Chilly Willy energy drink, African Barrick Gold, IPTL, Air Tanzania, New Mwanza Hotel, Nyanza Bottling, Sahara Media Group, Continental Decoders New Africa Hotel, PPF, TANAPA, and Tanzania Tourist Board.
Tanzanian athletes upstaged their Kenyan counterparts at the sixth edition of the Rock City Marathon on 26th October , 2014, at CCM Kirumba stadium Mwanza after winning both men’s and women’s gold medals.