Kenya’s Strathmore University on Sunday beat Kyambogo University of Uganda 14-10 in the rugby sevens final to clinch gold on the third day of the East African University Games at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).
Strathmore won their first regional title and ended Uganda’s dominance in the competition. Makerere University, who won the 2014 crown, were eliminated in the quarter-finals.
Kenyatta University’s Blak Blad won bronze after they edged out University of Nairobi’s Mean Machine 21-10 in the play-off match.
Strathmore fell behind to Donald ole Tayet’s early try and hit back through tries from Meshack Odhiambo and Ted Agutu with Brian Alugwe converting twice to give the Kenyans a 14-5 lead at halftime. Kyambogo returned stronger in the second half but were repelled.
Strathmore coach Mitch Ocholla praised his team for the hard-fought win.
“Playing Kenya Cup matches has helped us. We were able to pin down our opponents,” Ocholla told Daily Nation Sport on Sunday.
Strathmore thrashed Blak Blad in the semi-final while Kyambogo saw off Mean Machine.
In athletics, Ugandans dominated at Safaricom Stadium Kasarani. Winnie Nanyondo of Kampala International University (KIU) clocked 36:39.1 to win gold in the 10,000m while Annette Chebet from Ndejje University also from Uganda won silver in a time of 36:42.8 with Kisii University’s Mary Kwamboka winning bronze.
In the 1,500m, Ugandans swept the podium. Dorcas Ajok of KIU led a 1-2-3 finish. Chebet won gold in the 3,000m steeplechase. It was the same script in the men’s 5,000m as Uganda won gold and silver with Stephen Kibet of Busoga University finishing first with 14:27.6. Matthew Chemtinget of KIU won silver in 14.35.9 as KU’s John Mungai ( 14.54.2) took the bronze.
Kenya’s United States International University of Africa (USIU) topped in men’s swimming with 12 medals. In men’s football, JKUAT were knocked out after losing 1-0 to Makerere in a round of 16 clash.
Stephen Owino scored the solitary goal in the first half. Ndeje struck gold in Karate with Kyambogo winning silver as KU took bronze.