Jackline Sakilu of Arusha won the 5,000 metres in women category in a time of 15:58:63 minutes, while Failuna Abdi from the same region came second by using 16:00:59 minutes and the third position was taken by Catherine Lange also from Arusha who used 16:28:85 minutes.
For men’s 10,000 metres the top spot went to Dickson Marwa from Mara, who posted 28:30:74 minutes, Joseph Tophili from Arusha picked the second position, using 28:32:36 minutes and Elia Daudi from Dodoma came third using 28:35:05 minutes.
Arusha Athletes Coach, Felix Tunga said the fact behind their success is based on discipline and the strict training regimes, which the athletes have undergone to prepare for the championships.
“Arusha athletes have spirit for the game, very determined and serious when they are in training, that is the secret behind their achievements,” he said.
He continued, “Another thing is that we need to defend our image, our name in this game, you know last year we took a good number of medals more than any region, now we need to repeat the same feat.”
Sakilu, who emerged the first runner in 5000 metres, said that it was a tough race but she managed to beat her opponents through experience she had acquired from different competitions both at local and international level. “My last race was in Brazil just recently.
I’ve competed in different countries and acquired considerable experience in the process that is why I was able to win easily today (yesterday),” he said.
However, the event seemed to have been hit by shoddy preparations as a good number of athletes lacked sports gear requirements for the race of the national standard. Some were running bear footed as it has always been the case in the past.
Athletes like Sarah Joel from Mwanza and many others didn`t wear shoes when competing in the race and a good number of them had no race numbers.
Commenting on the shortcoming, Athletics Tanzania (AT) Vice- President Hamed Ndee said that it is was the responsibility of regional athletics associations to ensure their athletes are well equipped with all required gear.
“Athletics’ leaders from all regions should make sure that their athletes have required kits,” he said.
In last year’s championships, Arusha region won 13 medals to finish top of the national athletics championship held in Morogoro region among them six were gold, four silver and three bronze medals. The championship will end on Sunday.