Liberia Snatches 3 Golds, Silver, Bronze from Sierra Leone

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Liberia's Andrew Kpehe (2nd from left) emerged 2nd (silver medalist) in the 5000 meters event

-In Kenema Mayor Thomas Karimu Baio’s Marathon

Team Liberia has won three gold medals, a silver and bronze in a two-day special track and field meet, held in the City of Kenema, among athletes from the host country, Guinea, Liberia.

The Kenema Mayoral Marathon was in honor of Mayor Thomas Karimu Baio which marked the  fourth edition of the Kenema Mayor’s Marathon from Monday, December 31, 2018 to Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

Liberia’s female high jumper Nancy Saah; javelin thrower Charles Gbelia; and Heavy weight lifter Thomas Garwo, Jr., grabbed a gold medal each.

5,000 meter runner Andrew Kpehe emerged 2nd (silver medalist) in his event, while Cornelius Pennoh and Lydia Gbar snatched bronze medals in the High Jump and 3,000 meters events respectively.

The Minister of Sport, Ibrahim Nyelenkeh and the Mayor of Kenema started this year’s Mayoral Marathon at Mano-Junction in Kenema. The Mayoral Marathon is an annual event (since 2015) organized by the Athletics Association in Kenema to celebrate the New Year with sitting Mayors.

“We hope to get sponsorship from the business community, because the Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF) is the only sporting association which continues to bring gold, silver and bronze medals in the country,” Mr. Mulbah Zaza, president of LAF disclosed.

He said for the four years, the LAF has not received a cent from the government and the US$2,000 allotted to the LAF for operations in the 2018/2019 budget by the government for the whole year is “very insufficient.”

Meanwhile, it can be recalled, Team Liberia has clenched two medals in the U-20 Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Athletics Championship, from Wednesday – Sunday, June 20 – 24, 2018 at the Gold Coast Stadium in Accra, Ghana, amongst at least 350 athletes from 14 countries.

At the Accra meet, Liberia’s male shot-put athlete got Silver Medal, while female shot-put athlete, Lawrina Cooper, won a Bronze Medal.

For his part, the Vice President for Technical Affairs, Frederick Krah, said the athletes need training; scholarships to continue their education; and ways of getting to any tournament to participate.

The LAF is considered the mother sports of all of the sporting disciplines in Liberia, including the Liberian oldest sports, dating back in the early 1900s.

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  1. Congratulations LAF for training our youths who bring laurels to Liberia. Sometimes it said that “Less is more”. You multiply the very little that is given to you to run the athletic program of the country and bring home gold and silver every time you raise the Lone Star banner in the arena of international competition. From the times of the ancient Spartans of Greece to the ancient Romans it has been well documented that athletics and sports shape the mind and body of humans.

    For long our now sitting President was ridiculed and, at time, his efforts downplayed by some of his own country men and women for being the only Liberian to put our dear country on the world map by being the only African to be the best in Africa, Europe, and the world in soccer, his area of expertise!
    And so I say to today’s young athletes, keep up the good works, even though under difficult circumstances at times, your discipline, hard work, and sacrifice, will pay off in the long run. Your country is proud of you!

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