Kenyatta University’s Waza Diana with a time of 38:03.0 won the women’s cross-country race at 5th Africa Universities Cross Country Championship 2021 at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture in Nairobi Kenya.
University of Johannesburg’ Nicole Van Der Mew of South Africa crossed the lines in second place with a time of 40:15.0, Lagat Diana from Bomet University College of Kenya finished 3rd recording a time of 42:19.0. Tshwane University of Technology’s Beatrice Themane and University of Johannesburg’s Welma Nkuna finished 4th and 5th respectively to make up the women’s top five.
Winner and Gold medalist Waza Diana described her race as satisfactory” I feel happy, I am well the race was quite competitive but it is done and I thank God. On her preparation she said; we have been in camp training for weeks now and because our university has been taking online classes, it gave me more time to train”.
UJ’s Nicole Van Der Mew was happy to come in second despite what she described a tired legs “I gave it my all and I’m glad to come in second place. I tried to go in the beginning with the leader but it’s too hot and my legs are tired because leading up to the race, I had eight consecutive weeks of racing so I felt it. This is my last race of the season so I’m very happy with the 2nd place finish”.