| Africatime
Sunday 23 April 2017
(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 medalist eventually unable to match the Kenyan's pace. "He put in several surges and I was able to cover a few of them," Rupp told reporters after the race. Kiplagat, a 38-year-old mother of two...
(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 in second. It was a masterful performance from the young Kenyan, who made his move with a 4:52 mile at the 22-mile mark that saw him pull clear of Rupp. Rupp battled desperately to stay in touch but was unable...
(Xinhuanet 04/11/17)
Kenya's sport ministry on Tuesday launched the country's draft strategic plan to enhance governance of sports organizations and promote sports in the country. The Strategic Plan 2017-2018, which will cost 6 million U.S. dollars to implement, presents the key programs, projects and activities to be implemented and is a participatory process involving broad consultation with all stakeholders within the sporting fraternity in Kenya. Speaking during the launch in Nairobi, Sports Registrar, Rose Wasike said the document emphasizes the commitment of...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/07/17)
The Abbott World Marathon Majors (WMM) will hold back on naming a women's champion until after the conclusion of the doping case involving series leader Jemima Sumgong. Sumgong, who last year became the first Kenyan woman to win Olympic gold in the marathon, tested positive for the banned blood-booster EPO (erythropoietin) in an out-of-competition test carried out by the sport's governing body. "While we are distressed to learn of the reports of Jemima Sumgong's positive drug test, if true, they...
(AFP (eng) 04/05/17)
Henry Eshiboko considers himself privileged. The 20-year-old lives with his wife and child in a single, windowless, nine square metre room. The tin roof and walls are held firm by wooden beams so there are no leaks when it rains, there is a power socket and, a little way down the alley, a shared water tap. "This is all thanks to football!" said the local club left winger and resident of Kibera, a huge slum in the heart of the...
(Xinhuanet 04/04/17)
Former world marathon record holder, Paul Tergat of Kenya, on Tuesday announced his bid for the helm of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) ahead of the association's elections scheduled for May 5. The former five-time world cross country champion will seek to unseat one of Kenya's greatest Olympic athletes, Kipchoge Keino, who has held the seat for the last 12 years after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) proposed that their local affiliate holds elections under a new constitution...
(AFP (eng) 03/24/17)
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama starred for Kenya as they stretched an unbeaten run to nine matches Thursday by drawing 1-1 at home against Uganda. Wanyama set up Michael Olunga to give the "Harambee Stars" a 35th-minute lead in a friendly at Kenyatta Stadium in eastern town Machakos. Kenya retained the lead against their long-time east African rivals until three minutes from time when Moses Waiswa levelled. A draw was a predictable outcome given the proximity of the teams in...
(AFP (eng) 03/24/17)
Kenya stretched an unbeaten run to nine matches by drawing 1-1 at home against Uganda on Thursday. Michael Olunga gave the "Harambee Stars" a 35th-minute lead in a friendly at Kenyatta Stadium in eastern town Machakos. Kenya retained the lead against their long-time east African rivals until three minutes from time when Moses Waiswa levelled. A draw was a predictable outcome given the proximity of the teams in the African national team rankings with Uganda 16th and Kenya 21st. The...
(Xinhuanet 03/20/17)
Kenya has ruled the World Cross Country Championships in all the four editions held in Africa. That trend is not about to end as the team takes their title challenge to Kampala, Uganda on Saturday. Head coach Juma Ndiwa, himself a former 800 meters runner, who represented the country in World Championships and Olympics, said there is every sign that the team will rule the roost in the Ugandan capital. It will also be the fifth time the championships will...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/18/17)
Kenya's national Olympic committee has escaped the threat of suspension after failing to adopt a new constitution but funding will continue to be withheld until further notice, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Saturday. The IOC froze financial support to Kenya nine days ago, after the country's troubled national committee (NOCK) failed to adopt a revised constitution, and said it would discuss the matter at its executive board (EB) meeting in Pyeongchang this week, leading to speculation that it...
(AFP (eng) 03/16/17)
Africa will host a Commonwealth Games one day despite the blow of Durban being stripped of hosting the 2022 edition, David Grevemberg, the chief executive of The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), told AFP. Durban lost the right to host the Games on Monday -- just 18 months after being awarded them -- when it failed to meet criteria laid down by the CGF, primarily over costs. "I wouldn't want to make a judgement call," Grevemberg told AFP on the sidelines...
(Xinhuanet 03/08/17)
World Cross country champion Agnes Tirop of Kenya has endured two years out of competition since her win in Guiyang, China in 2015. A right leg tendon injury, which she picked up on her way to win gold in Guiyang, punctured her sails and derailed what looked to be a promising career for the then 19-year old. She has struggled to regain her fitness and stature in the choking long distance field and World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda...
(AFP (eng) 03/07/17)
Kenya faces possible suspension by the International Olympic Committee after the country's national governing body failed to implement reforms demanded after Kenya's embarrassing Rio Games appearance. The IOC had warned it would take "appropriate action" against Kenya if its National Olympic Committee (NOCK) did not resolve a seven-month impasse and adopt a new constitution paving the way for fresh elections. The IOC assisted in the drafting of new laws following a national outcry over corruption and the treatment of the...
(Xinhuanet 03/07/17)
Kenya will now wait for the verdict from International Olympic Committee (IOC) to know if a pending ban will be slapped on them after its national body declined to change its constitution as required. IOC, which had two of its officials in Nairobi Tuesday as observers during a stormy Extra Ordinary Meeting, had asked Kenya to amend its laws but the officials voted down the proposal. This comes after it was reported that Kenyan athletes were mistreated during the Olympic...
(Xinhuanet 03/06/17)
Kenya's hopes of reaching the 100 point mark in this season' World Rugby Sevens Series looks bleak after reaching the halfway stage with a paltry 35 points. Head coach Innocent Simiyu faces a rough ride in the remaining five legs starting with this weekend's show in Vancouver, Canada where the country is paired in a tricky Pool A that has Vegas champions South Africa, Cape Town 7s champions England and a fourth team to be invited by World Rugby. Captain...
(Lusaka Times 03/03/17)
Kenya’s Harambee Stars winger Clifton Miheso has put behind his back the woes that befell him at South African Club Golden Arrows to seal a one-year contract with newly promoted Zambian Premier League club Buildicon FC. Miheso travelled to Ndola, the base of the Zambian outfit early this week and put pen to paper on his new deal on Thursday afternoon after his first training session. “I really feel happy with this move because it has been a long time...
(AFP (eng) 02/26/17)
Kenya's Wilson Kipsang stormed to victory in the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday in the fastest race ever run in Japan. The former world record holder clocked 2hr 3min 58sec over a flatter course than in previous years as he added the Tokyo title to victories in London, New York and Berlin. Sarah Chepchirchir won the women's race in a personal best 2:19:47 -- the first sub-2:20 in Japan -- to complete a perfect day for Kenya. The top six men's...
(AFP (eng) 02/24/17)
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. "I want to state that the only country...
(Xinhuanet 02/23/17)
Kenya seeks to boost its performance at the third and fourth rounds of the Rugby World Series in Las Vegas and Vancouver next month. Head coach Innocent Simiyu is pushing for a compact team in defence as he targets to bag maximum points and boost the country's standing. The coach has recalled Oscar Ayodi, who makes his first series appearance this season, and Frank Wanyama returning to the squad after Dubai and Cape Town legs. They replace Brian Tanga and...
(Xinhuanet 02/22/17)
Elite Kenyan runners competing at the Tokyo marathon on Sunday will be targeting two birds with one stone. Both Wilson Kipsang and Bernard Kipyego hold onto outside chance that victory in the Japanese capital will earn them a slot in the Kenya team to the London World Championships. And like other top runners, they are eyeing to break the world record on the fast Tokyo course. "The world record is not too far. I tried it in London, which is...

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