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Daily Nation : February 10th 2014
DAILY NATION Monday February 10, 2014 GOLF | Junior players Gachaga, Mutahi and Nganga produce best team score of 37 points Rajani banks Barclays goodies U Handicap six tees to glory at Muthaiga BY LARRY NGALA email@example.com day Rajani won the final leg of the 2013/2014 Barclays Bank Golf Circuit at the par 71 Muthaiga Golf Club at the weekend as single figure handicap golfers clinched the top three slots. Rajani, playing off handicap six, posted 19 points in each nine for 38 to beat junior golfers Kibugu Mutahi and Pius Angasa, both playing off handicap eight, by one point. However, junior golfers Kellie Gachaga, Kibugu Mutahi and Sean Nganga produced the best team score of 37 points during the 14th leg of the circuit. Kellie also carded 32 points on her own to claim the ladies top prize, beating second placed Grace Gakiria by one point. Paul Muia, playing off handicap 18, won the guest’s prize on 32 points ahead of B. 19 swimming records tumble at Aga Khan BY AYUMBA AYODI firstname.lastname@example.org At least 19 records were broken at the Aga Khan High School during the Nairobi Amateur Swimming Association (Nasa) Double A Age Group Championships at the weekend. Several swimmers set new records in four events - boys’ 16 and over 50m butterfly, girls 14-15 100m backstroke, boys’ 16 and over 100m breaststroke and girls’ 16 and over 100m individual medley. International School of Kenya’s Louise Pech was the star of the weekend, swimming to three new records as Collins Jerry from YMCA set two records. The 16-year-old Pech, who was returning to the swimming after a two-year break, was in superlative form and bettered Girls’ 16 and over 50m butterfly record by close to two seconds, tapping the wall in 35.26 minutes. The previous record of 37.24 was set by Charlene Adede from last year. Sprints and field events The Grade 11 student, who had taken a break to concentrate on athletics in sprints and field events, relegated Lina Akoth (YMCA) and Ruth Kiraithe (Brookhouse) to second place in 41.71 and 42.42 respectively. Pech was home and dry in the 100m individual medley in 1:21.39m, beating the previous record of 1:29.10 set by Caela Burrell (ISK) in 2013. Interestingly, it’s Burrell, who Pech outclassed with former record holder coming inside her previous time in 1:27.93. Pech, who hails from France, clocked 43.76 for a new record in Girls’ 16 and over 50m breaststroke, drowning the previous time of 44.01 by Lilian Lehman in 2013. Consolata Kirubi (Strathmore) was second in 48.27 as Ruth Kirathe came in third in 48.41. “It’s a good way to make a comeback after a two years,” Pech said. Koyier on 31 points. John Munge won the juniors title with 32 points. Veteran golfer, David Farrar, hit the straightest driver to claim the men’s prize as Olive Njagi took the ladies honours. Raphael Anampiu won the men’s nearest- to-the-pin title as Meera Shah rocked the ladies’ event. P. Nganga led the Barclays Bank staff competition on 27 points. Other qualifiers A team of nine Muthaiga players will now join other qualifiers from Limuru, Nakuru, Nyanza, Nyali, Eldoret, Nyeri, Royal Nairobi, Karen, Vet Lab, Machakos, Thika, Windsor and Sigona for the grand finale at Karen Country Club on February 22. The overall circuit winner will earn a fully-paid trip to South Africa in addition to qualifying for the Barclays Kenya Open Pro-Am alongside other top 19 players. Sport 51 BRIEFLY TABLE TENNIS Barclays Bank managing director Jeremy Awori said the Pro-Am is a dream for amateur golfers as they get an opportunity to play with top European professionals. In Nanyuki, local player Mark Kirimi carded 19 and 23 points for a total of 42 to win the Major Barkas Memorial golf tournament. Kirimi beat Nyeri’s George Kiguta by one point. Kiguta, playing off handicap 14 ,posted 20 and 21 points. The event was sponsored by Heritage Insurance Company. Home player Tom Lindsay was third on 39 points after beating Ben Mathu and Stephen Mutethia on countback. Ann McConnell on scored 38 points to win the ladies title while Nyeri’s Stella Mwangi was second on 33 points. Joseph Kyungu of Royal Nairobi returned 22 and 19 for 41 points to win the staff prize. Golf Park’s David Wachira was the best guest on 42 ahead of Jack Kenyon. Mudibo claims top KTTA seat in polls Long-serving secretary Andrew Mudibo is the new chairman of Kenya Table Tennis Association (KTTA) after Saturday’s elections at the Kenya National Sports Council (KNSC). Mudibo got 10 votes against Francis Gichomo’s four to win the top seat. The polls were officiated by officials from KNSC and National Olympic Committee of Kenya. Mudibo’s line up also made a clean sweep of the seats in the executive committee. Five provinces - Nairobi, Central, Coast, Rift Valley and Nyanza participated in the election. NETBALL Wanyama elected new netball boss Mildred Wanyama, mother of Kenya football stars Macdonald Mariga and Victor Wanyama, was on Saturday elected new Kenya Netball Association boss. Wanyama beat former international athlete Elizabeth Anjala Olaba by 22 votes to 16 to win the seat. The polls were held at the Nyayo stadium. Charles Nyaberi of the Kenya National Sports Council oversaw the polls that attracted 37 delegates. Wanyama, a new comer to sports management, shocked everybody when she trounced big names. TENNIS Australia storms into Fed Cup semis DON EMMERT| AFP San Antonio Spurs Patty Mills (centre) goes up between Brooklyn Nets Alan Anderson (right) and Deron Williams during their NBA game in New York last week. Mills inspired Spurs to a 104-100 victory over Charlotte on Saturday. Mills sparks Spurs past stubborn Bobcats Charlotte Australian guard Patty Mills (left) came off the San Antonio bench to score a game-high 32 points and lift the Spurs over Charlotte 104-100 in an NBA game Saturday. Mills, 25, from Canberra made 10- of-13 shots from the field, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range, and sank 8-of-9 from the free throw line while also contributing seven rebounds, four assists and two steals. Mills rescued the Spurs on a night It’s a good way to make a comeback after two years” Louise Pech, International School of Kenya swimmer when their starters struggled to find their shooting touch. French guard Tony Parker went 3-of-13 and scored only nine points, while countryman Boris Diaw had 13 points and French reserve guard Nando de Colo added 15 points. Spurs big man Tim Duncan had 16 points and 13 rebounds but made only 6-of-13 from the floor. In all, San Antonio starters went 18-of-48 from the floor. Charlotte center Al Jefferson had 26 points and nine rebounds, while Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson added 23 points in a losing cause. The Spurs improved to 37-14, the second-best record in the Western Conference, to stretch their Southwest division lead with a fourth win 104-100 San Antonio’s victory over Charlotte Bobcats in their NBA tie on Saturday in their past five games. Charlotte sank to 22-29, still in the eighth and final playoff position in the Eastern Conference. The score was deadlocked at 82- 82, when the Spurs seized command with a 12-4 run sparked by a Mills jumper and a floating loft shot. Charlotte pulled within 100-97 with 10.4 seconds remaining, but de Colo added two free throws to stretch San Antonio’s lead. A Henderson three-pointer gave the Bobcats their final points, but de Colo sank two final free throws to seal Charlotte’s fate. Meanwhile, Tobias Harris slammed down a twohanded dunk as time expired to give the Orlando Magic a 103-102 NBA triumph over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday. (AFP) Australia stormed into the Fed Cup semi-finals Sunday for the first time in 21 years with a commanding 4-0 performance led by two Samantha Stosur wins and a comprehensive doubles display. Stosur, the world number 16 and 2011 US Open champion, saw off 158-ranked teenager Victoria Kan in exactly an hour, with a straight sets 6-2, 6-3 win over the 18-year-old Fed Cup debutante to secure an unassailable 3-0 lead over Russia. “I’m very, very happy. She (Kan) can do a lot of different things, she does everything nicely and when she gets older and a little bit more strong I’m sure that will all come together,” said Stosur. CRICKET New Zealand snare 40-run win over India Neil Wagner was the toast of New Zealand yesterday as they pulled off a dramatic 40-run win in the first Test against India at Eden Park. Wagner, New Zealand’s go-to man, twice turned the game with quick wickets to wrest control away from India in a match that see-sawed throughout. New Zealand, with innings of 503 and 105, had set India (first innings 202) a winning target of 407 and had them all out for 366. On a riveting fourth day of the David vs Goliath clash between the eighth-ranked New Zealand and second-ranked India, India lost their last five wickets for 98 runs.
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