Olaba wins two gold medals at Masters event: standard sport

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Elizabeth Olaba during the 13th Open Africa Masters Athletics Championship at Nyayo National Stadium on November 26, 2021. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Shot put national record holder Elizabeth Olaba continued to shine at the 13th African Masters in Athletics Championships in Nairobi yesterday.

Olaba took gold in the women’s 65-69 throw-in throw with a mark of 24.32m at Nyayo Stadium.

“It was a stress free competition, I did it with a lot of ease,” the former Africa javelin record holder told Standard Sports.

On Wednesday, she lived up to expectations by throwing 10.55m to win gold in the shot put in her age group.

“The shot put is my strong point, I have yet to find a worthy challenger on the continent,” she said.

Olaba’s national shot put record (15.39), set during the Pan-African Games at Moi International Sports Center Kasarani in 1987, has yet to be broken.

Prior to that, she had set a continental record in the women’s javelin in 1976, which was eventually broken by Eunice Nekesa in 1991.

Olaba competed at the Masters World Championships, winning gold (Put), silver (disc) and bronze (Javelin) in 1994 in South Africa.

She finished fourth overall in shot put and discus at the World Masters held in Italy in 2007.

She participated in the World Masters 2016 in Perth, Australia as an official.

She finished ninth overall in discus and shot put at the World Masters held in Malaga, Spain, in 2018.

Returning to Nyayo, basketball and netball ace Rebecca Sarange threw 26.09m to win gold in the women’s discus throw 35-39.

Kisii County Police Commander Francis Kooli, who clocked 8:12 to win gold in the men’s 60m sprint on Tuesday, led his lot to win the 4×100 relay in the men’s 50- 54.

Kenyans dominated the men’s 5,000m categories along with the men’s and women’s long jump, women’s javelin, women’s 5,000m, men’s and women’s 100m and men’s 1,500m.

Other disciplines dominated by the hosts are the women’s shot put, the women’s 5,000m walk and the men’s and women’s 10,000m races.

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