Startimes Cup: Leaky Villa Eliminated After Gicumbi Draw

Star marathon runner Moses Kipsiro clocked one hour and 41 seconds as Ugandan athletes continued to flounder behind Kenyan and Ethiopian counterparts in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon that took place over the weekend.

Kipsiro’s timing was eighth best, here which was one minute 20 seconds later than the eventual winner Birhanu Legese from Ethiopia (59:20).

Legese beat his compatriot, capsule Mosinet Geremew with just one second as Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese finished third with 59:24.

Another Ugandan, Jackson Kiprop completed the 21-km race in a time of one hour, 2 minutes and 30 seconds coming in distant 14th place. Kenyan duo of Edwin Kiptoo and Jonathan Maiyo finished fourth  and fifth respectively but were given the same time of 59 minutes and 26 seconds.

In the ladies race, Kenya’s Cynthia Limo claimed the title inside one hour, 8 minutes and 35 seconds outsprinting her compatriots Helah Kiprop and Gladys Chesire who finished in the podium places.

The winner of both races takes home USD 27,000. Kipsiro scooped USD 3,000 (UgX 10.2 M) for finishing 8th. Only top ten performers are awarded.
One person died yesterday and at least 31 others were hospitalized during a security drill at Strathmore University in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

Staff member Esther Kidemba died from severe head injuries, stomach the university confirmed in a statement.

Panic spread after security officials dressed like terrorists fired gunshots as part of the drill at midday on Monday.

Several students said they had not been given advance warning of the security exercise.

Witnesses say they heard the blasts and several gunshots which made students to run and take cover. In the process several students were injured. Some students were reported to have jumped from the second floor of their classroom building.

Most of the injuries were caused by people jumping from windows, approved a medical source told media.

“We were not informed… we just heard gunshots and had to run for our dear lives, this ” one student told the local media.

Strathmore University said in an official statement that the drill had been carried out to test “the preparedness of the university community and emergency team in the event of an attack”.

It added that teams of students and staff had been trained in “evacuation, assembly points and exit points”, but did not elaborate on whether people had been notified about the timing of the drill.

“Unfortunately some students and staff panicked and got injured,” it said in a statement released before the news of Ms Kidemba’s death was confirmed.

Many Kenyans have taken to social media to condemn the university over the apparent mishandling of the exercise and for putting the lives of students and staff at risk.

“What happened today at Strathmore University was an attack, not a drill!,” commented one twitter user.

The university has said it will cover the medical costs of those injured as a result of the exercise.

Two goals from Karim Ndugwa and Umar Kasumba  against Gicumbi fc were not enough to secure much needed win for SC Villa to progress to the semi finals of the Rayon Sports-Startimes Christmas cup currently taking place in Kigali, buy Rwanda.

the jogoos needed a win to move from the group stages but Gicumbi tied them up in a two all draw.

Villa have collected only three points from as many games, one short of second placed Sports Club Kiyovu who move on with four points.

Group A is headed by unbeaten tournament hosts Rayon Sports with seven points from two wins and a draw against Villa. Rayon beat Kiyovu 2-0 courtesy Jabel Ishoti’s brace.

The Ugandans drew 1-1 last Friday with Kiyovu and 2-2 twice against Rayon Sports and Gicumbi.

In group B, AS Kigali qualified together with Mukura. Kigali will play Kiyovu while Rayon Sports take on Mukura fc.

Villa, who are expected back on Tuesday, were using the tourney to gauge players after confirming participation in the forthcoming Caf confederations Cup.


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