Rwanda, Eritrea dominate Team Time Trial (TTT) medals in African Championships
RWANDA and Eritrea displayed magical performances to win a combined seven medals on day one of the 2018 African Continental Road Championship in Kigali, Rwanda.
The 13th Africa’s biggest annual cycling event got underway on Wednesday and will run through to February 18 in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali.
The hosts won the biggest number of medals, four medals, on Wednesday including gold in junior women’s TTT, silver medals in elite men’s TTT and junior men’s TTT, as well as bronze in elite women’s TTT respectively.
Cycling giants of Africa Eritrea claimed the most hyped race of the day, Elite Men’s TTT for a record 8th consecutive time since 2011. The junior men’s team of Eritrea also struck a gold for the country in junior men’s TTT fray and silver in elite women’s category.
Algeria, who won silver at last year’s edition in Egypt in this category, finished in the third place to scoop bronze in elite men’s TTT while Ethiopia won gold in elite women. The 2017 winners Eritrea came in second to bag silver medals.
After the elite men’s TTT race which was the last event of the day, Team Rwanda’s Joseph Areruya said, “It is disappointing that we did not win gold. Had it not been a bike puncture from Jean Bosco Nsengimana, we had a win in out sight. Nonetheless, we have to remain positive and look forward to the remaining races Individual Time Trial (ITT). Congratulations to Eritrea for the 8th consecutive title milestone.”
The championship resumes on Thursday with Individual Time Trial (TTT) category in four age and gender categories; elite men, elite women, junior men and junior female race respectively.