Wednesday 23 August 2017
(AFP (eng) 08/21/17)
Kenya are to play friendlies against Togo and Mauritania in Morocco as part of their build-up for the African Nations Championships (CHAN) which they are hosting in January 2018. The warm-ups featuring local-based players will be played in Rabat on August 31 and September 4. "Whereas AFCON 2019 qualifiers and the FIFA Rankings remain crucial for us going forward, CHAN 2018, which will be hosted in Kenya is equally important, and we are happy to have secured the two friendlies," Football Kenya Federation (FKF) chief executive officer Robert Githiomi said. The CHAN 2018 championship scheduled to be held between January 11 and February
(Reuters (Eng) 08/09/17)
Kenya's Conseslus Kipruto continued his country's dominance of the 3,000 meters steeplechase with a courageous and confident victory at the World Championships on Tuesday, just weeks after recovering from an ankle injury. A silver medalist in Beijing two years ago and Olympic champion in Rio last year, Kipruto kicked on to take the lead with less than 300 meters left and was celebrating well before crossing the finish line in a time of 8 minutes 14.12 seconds. The east African nation has now won 12 out of the 15 editions of the race in World Championships history. "I'm happy to be world champion. Last year I became Olympic champion and this year to be world champion was my hope," Kipruto...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be...
(AFP (eng) 07/31/17)
Kenya's David Rudisha's hopes of adding world 800 metres gold to the Olympic title he won in a world record time at the same track in the 2012 London Olympics have been dashed because of injury. The 28-year-old -- who ran an astonishing time of 1min 40.91sec to take gold in 2012 -- took to Twitter to reveal he could not take his place in the London Stadium for the championships. "It's sad and disappointing to announce my no show...
(AFP (eng) 07/21/17)
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will expand from 16 to 24 teams and be staged in June and July, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Thursday. The tournament has traditionally been held in January and February, with the timing of the tournament a source of frustration to European clubs forced to release players in the middle of the season. The CAF executive committee confirmed the changes to the format following a two-day symposium in Rabat, although the...
(APA 07/17/17)
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday lauded the Kenyan IAAF team for bagging four gold, seven silver and four bronze medals at the IAAF World U18 Championships that concluded on Sunday evening in Nairobi. Kenyatta said the team exemplified true patriotism by flying the country’s flag with great pride and representing the nation with real distinction. "They shone a light on us as a preferred destination, pulling in investment and earning international confidence in our country's security," he said. He said...
(Xinhuanet 07/17/17)
Ethiopia may not have had an edge over Kenya in the overall medal tally, but the visitors won the battle of long distance races as the World U18 Championships ended in Nairobi on Sunday. However, Kenya has promised to return to the drawing board, immerse itself in training hoping to emerge with a perfect plan to beat their rivals at the senior athletes World Championships in London in August. With Kenya hosting the championships, Ethiopia had to device a better...
(Xinhuanet 07/12/17)
The Kenyan government has thrown a security cordon at the venue and environs of the 2018 World Under-18 Athletics Championships that get underway on Wednesday in Nairobi. All the facilities that will play host to the event that will run from July 12 to 16, have been secured in one of the biggest security undertakings to be seen in the country in recent times. Contingents of armed law keepers from all security formations are leaving nothing to chance in order...
(Xinhuanet 07/10/17)
Kenya's final preparations for the London 2017 IAAF World Championships are set to begin in earnest from Monday after top athletes started trickling into their residential training camp in Nairobi. Beijing 2015 Worlds champions, Ezekiel Kemboi (men's 3000m steeplechase) and David Rudisha (men's 800m) as well as men's 10,000m silver medallist, Geoffrey Kamworor are among the handful of athletes who made it to camp by Sunday. Two-time Olympic champion Rudisha who is bidding for a third world title having won...
(AFP (eng) 07/04/17)
Kenya is in the midst of a frantic eleventh hour effort to be ready to stage the IAAF World under-18 athletics championship next week. No less than 1,400 athletes from 130 countries are expected to arrive in Nairobi for the four-day competition, which is the final meet of the World U18 competition. On Tuesday the athletes' village at Kenyatta University was declared ready, but the organising committee acknowledged a lot of work still needed to be done to complete the...
(AFP (eng) 06/23/17)
Former world cross country champion Agnes Tirop beat training partner Irene Cheptai to win the women's 10,000 metres on the first day of the Kenyan world championship trials on Friday. Tirop, winner of the women's senior cross country title in Guiyang, China in 2015, sprinted away from Cheptai on the home stretch to win in 31min 56.0sec and qualify for her first world track and field championships. Cheptai, who succeeded Tirop as champion at this year's world country event in Kampala, Uganda, clocked 31:56.4 to also book her ticket...
(AFP (eng) 06/21/17)
Kenya's sports minister Hassan Wario assured the CAF delegation that all five stadiums will be ready at least three months before the competition. The Confederation of African Football has said four out of five Kenyan stadiums fall short of standards for hosting next year's African Nations Championship (CHAN) and has given Kenya until June to upgrade them. An inspection team led by CAF vice-president Suketu Patel said a lot of work needs to be done, but insisted Kenya remained on track to host the international tournament, reserved for players featuring in their domestic league competitions.
(AFP (eng) 06/13/17)
Kenya on Tuesday confirmed its withdrawal from next month's Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas to concentrate on hosting the IAAF world under-18 athletics championships. The July 19-23 Commonwealth Youth Games in Nassau, which features athletics, boxing, judo, rugby sevens, swimming and tennis gets under way three days after the conclusion of the world under-18 track and field champs in Nairobi. "After due considerations and deliberations, I have been advised to inform you that we will not be in position...
(AFP (eng) 05/24/17)
Kenyan athletics selectors have been forced into wholesale changes to the marathon team for the August 4-13 World Athletics Championships in London following the withdraw of four top runners including Olympic men's champion Eliud Kipchoge. Kipchoge, who narrowly missed out on becoming the first athlete to run a sub-two hour marathon last month, said he needed to rest after the gruelling record attempt in Monza, Italy. He is joined on the withdrawal list by former world record holder Wilson Kipsang,...
(AFP (eng) 05/14/17)
Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge and London marathon winners Daniel Wanjiru and Mary Keitany will represent Kenya in the event at this summer's World championships in the British capital, officials said. Kipchoge, 32, is one of Kenya's most consistent runners and was part of a three-man Nike team that attempted to break the two-hour mark in the marathon in Monza, Italy early this month. Kipchoge set a world-leading time of 2hr 00min 25sec but it was not recognised as a...
(AFP (eng) 05/06/17)
Reigning Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya narrowly failed in his attempt to complete the distance under the previously insurmountable two-hour mark, finishing in a time of 2hr 00min 24sec on Saturday. The time, which smashed the world record of 2hr 02min 57sec set by Dennis Kimetto of Kenya, will not enter the record books largely because of the non-compliant system of pacemaking used in the attempt, made on the Monza National Autodrome racing circuit. For the entire attempt, Kipchoge ran behind a six-man pacesetting team which trailed a time-keeping vehicle by less than 10 metres. Despite narrowly missing the mark, Kipchoge said he believed it was possible and that he could make
(Xinhuanet 05/03/17)
Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya said here Wedensday that he is ready to make history by running marathon in under two hours in Italy. "I like challenges and that is what inspired me to take up this task. It is something that offers to change the unthinkable by running the marathon under two hours and for me to be part of this experiment means a lot," said Kipchoge before jetting out to Monza, Italy, for the marathon this...
(AFP (eng) 04/26/17)
Kenya's Olympic chief Kipchoge Keino will not contest the May 5 elections, an independent board mandated to oversee the polls said Wednesday. Keino, 77, has been president of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) since 1999 and had not submitted his nomination papers by the time the deadline for entry passed on Tuesday. "He did not submit his nomination papers so he's not vying for elections," said Irene Tindi, the secretary of the Centre for Multi-Party Democracy (CMD), which...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/18/17)
Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat produced a Kenyan sweep at the Boston Marathon, winning the men's and women's races on Monday by conquering the race's hilly final miles to establish their dominance. Kirui finished in two hours nine minutes and 37 seconds after holding off a challenge by American Galen Rupp in the race's final stretch down Boylston Street, the site of the deadly 2013 bombing attack. Kirui repeatedly tested Rupp in the closing miles, with the American Olympic bronze...
(AFP (eng) 04/17/17)
Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat led a Kenyan clean sweep at the 121st Boston Marathon on Monday, both timing late bursts to perfection to claim the men's and women's races of the prestigious event. Kirui, 24, produced a devastating sprint with four miles to go to settle an enthralling tactical battle with American rival Galen Rupp, the 2016 Olympic bronze medallist. Kirui waved and smiled as he took the tape in a time of 2hr 9min 37sec, with Rupp finishing...

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