Thursday 25 May 2017
(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, who failed to win nomination for a parliamentary seat last month and is believed to be eyeing a shot at the Berlin marathon title in September. Other athletes who have backed out for consideration include...
(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 world record considering the circumstances the race was held under. Wanjiru, 24, will be returning to the British city where he recorded his greatest marathon victory, beating the legendary Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele on April 23. Former World record holder and...
(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...
(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...

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