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Karongi Swimming Club dominates Muhanzi Crossing event

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The highlight on the 3rd edition of Murambi-Inyambo-Muhazi Crossing swimming competition was how swimmers from Zenith club dominated their discipline over the weekend at Muhazi Beach Hotel in Rwamagana District, Eastern Province.

The Karongi based club scooped all the men’s three medals in the men’s Muhanzi crossing medals that were up for grabs in the Eastern Province with Olympic swimmer Elio Imaniraguha, Steven Rugiranka and Eric Iradunkuda bagging all three positions respectively.

Seven swimmers began the race but only five managed to finish the one-kilometer event that marked the highlight of the day across Muhanzi Lake.

Apart from medals, Imaniraguha earned Rwf 35,000 as cash price,  Rugiraka and Iradunkuha walked away with Rwf 25,000 and Rwf 15,000.

Rwamagana swimmer Amani Habimana, Isaika Iradunkuda finished 4th and 5th respectively.

Still, the trio won the freestyle category with Eric Iradunkuda this time around finishing first, Imaniraguha came second to walk away with a silver medal while Rugiranka won a bronze to finish third.

Imaniraguha said that the long crossing category was a club affair because they trained twice a day in this holiday.

“Taking part in this event is vital since it keeps us in shape, given the fact that we few competitions were organized by the federation due to lack of resources last year,” The Olympian said

The under 12-15 year boys category was dominated by Rwamagana swimming club with Regis Ndayishimiye winning gold, Jean Marie Mugisha came second while Claude Dusabe was third.

Thousand Kilo’s Women Canoe Kayak and Aquatic Sports Club also walked away gold when Bejamine Kayitare beat Sharifa Manirwa and Eric Uwizeye both from Rwamagana Swimming the under 8-11 boys category.

The under 15-17 breaststroke event was won by Serge Iyamurenye from Thousand Kilo’s Women Canoe Kayak and Aquatic Sports Club (1000 Kilo’s), Irene Manzi from Karongi and Fabrice Ishimwe from 1000 Kilo’s finished second and third respectively.

The long-distance category in the female category did not take place in its place, the organizers arranged a senior women swimming race where Bridget Nyaminga was rewarded with gold after finishing first and Faustin Kayitara won silver after the finish.

Eliphaz Nsengiyumva won the mean’s category while Deo Rgira came second.

The competition was organized by 1000 Kilo’s, in partnership with the national swimming federation.

Luvarie Uwambajimana the 1000 Kilo’s swimming club secretary general said that the competition was a success because the objective was achieved.

“The objective was to encourage residents from provinces like Rwamagana to engage in swimming for health and sports purposes. This time we intended to give an opportunity for swimmers especially from Kigali clubs to compete for the open lake instead of swimming pools.” She said

Adding that next time, we shall organize an event so that swimmers from difference provinces can showcase in pools. We thank all the participants from different clubs as well as the Muhanzi Beach Resort for making this a success.

Only four clubs namely Zenith, 1000 Kilo’s, Karongi and Rwamagana took part in the competition.

In March, Thousand Kilo’s Women Canoe Kayak and Aquatic Sports Club will organize another event in Karongi district in Western Province.

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