NAIROBI, Kenya, May 4- American Olympic 100m silver medallist, Fred Kerley, is a man on a mission, with Saturday’s third edition of the Kip Keino Classic in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi the latest stop for the sprinter hailed as one of most consistent on the international circuit.


Kerley, 26, is a headline act in what on paper, has the potential to be the fastest men 100m ever on African soil with his advertised rematch with Tokyo 2020 champion, Italian Marcel Jacobs programmed to set the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani tartan track ablaze.


And he is not fazed by the challenge.


“I’m born ready for the competition, I love to compete and that is what I’m here for, to compete with the best.”


Add Kip Keino Classic champion and fellow American, Trayvon Bromell and Africa record holder and local favourite, Ferdinand Omanyala- the pair who ran 9.76 and 9.77 at the same stadium last fall- to the mix and a sprint classic is on the cards.


“I expect it should be a fast race and a fun race at the same time,” the sprinter who has won the complete set of World Championships gold, silver and bronze in his career projected.


Having blasted to a polished lifetime best of 19.76 in the punishing elevation of Nairobi on his way to winning the men 200m title at the 2021 Kip Keino Classic, the American returns to the event that he feels will be a springboard to “a very fast season” in the sprints.


“It’s wonderful to be back, I set my PB at the end of my season last year, it’s wonderful to be back where I ended my season last year,” he emphasised.


Kerley caused a minor stir at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport when he landed in the early hours of Wednesday morning in a testament of his growing fan base in this part of the world, something he relished as he happily posed for photos with the adoring public.


The Doha 2019 Worlds relay gold medallist further welcomed the news that thousands of fans will be allowed to witness the 2022 Kip Keino Classic unfold on Saturday with restrictions placed for the previous two editions due to the global pandemic relaxed by the Kenyan government.


It is this kind of energy he believes will drive him to accomplish his cherished dream this season- turning silver to gold at the Oregon 2022 World Championships in his native America.


“It would mean a lot. The first time the World Championships will be on home soil, so Americans we really get to travel so much but this time we shall be on home ground.


“I’m sure I’m gonna turn it (silver at Tokyo 2020) to gold.”


Recently described by none other than the great retired American sprint king Carl Lewis as the man who ran “the most consistent and best of anyone last year” Kerley remained coy on which of the distances he is a threat to any competition- 100m, 200m and 400m- he will focus on this year.


“I guess you’ll have to wait and see how it goes,” he said with a grin.


One thing you can be sure is he will have a huge say on the destination of the top prize in the blue riband race of any international track and field meet when he lines up in the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold Label Kip Keino Classic on Saturday.


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NAIROBI, Kenya, May 5- Three-time Olympic champion, Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce and Tokyo 2020 gold medallist, Lamont Marcell Jacobs, are the latest international track superstars to check in for Saturday’s Absa Kip Keino Classic Continental Tour Gold Label meet in Nairobi, Kenya.


Jamaican sprint queen and nine-time world champion, Fraser Pryce, 35, known affectionately as the “Pocket Rocket” due to her petite frame, was the first to check in on Wednesday evening on her first ever trip to Africa.


“Well, it was a long journey but I’m feeling good. It’s my first time in Kenya. Last year, the Jamaican team was here for the world junior games, and it was fantastic.


“So, I’m definitely looking forward to having a fantastic race and of course, enjoy my experience here in Kenya,” said the woman who has racked up an astounding 27 medals in her career enthused.


Speaking to local organisers and a battery of local and international press at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the Tokyo 2020 women’s 100m silver winner promised to lay down a marker after choosing the East African nation to open her 2022 campaign.


“Why not come to Kenya? It’s all you guys talk about, Kenya being the home of athletics and I wanted to come here and open my season in the 100m.


“Hopefully I will be able to put together a solid race to start my season and I’m really looking forward to just executing a good race and hopefully have a fast time,” she added.


The mother of one who became the first Caribbean woman to win Olympic gold at the Beijing 2008 Summer Games in the 100m, revealed she would scale back her races.


This is because she is eyeing to win a 10th World Championships gold at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon this summer.


In a testament to her astonishing longevity, the London 2012 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold winner has been running faster in the 100m having dropped her lifetime best of 10.60 in August last year in Lausanne.


She believes there is more gas in her tank with the Paris 2024 Olympics firmly within her sights besides bidding to go out even faster this season in the short dash.


“The secret is just being hungry and passionate about a goal that I have. I remember when I just started to where I’m at now, I was always thinking I could run 10.60 and I didn’t stop even after having my son, I continued because I have that belief.


“I definitely believe I can run 10.5 and I’m working towards that and seeing it fulfilled this year. Even 10.4 is possible.”


Fraser-Pryce is lined-up to go head-to-head with fast-rising Namibian teenage sprint sensation and Tokyo 2020 Olympics surprise silver medallist, Christine Mboma who has started her season like a grass house on fire.


“For me, being able to race athletes who will help me bring my A game is very crucial because the only way you can practise what you have been doing in training is having good competition,” the Jamaican glowed.


Meanwhile, Italian hero Jacobs, who was forced to sprints after a knee injury saw him put aside his hopes of excelling as a Long-jumper in 2019, arrived some two hours behind Fraser-Pryce to sprinkle more star dust to the Kip Keino Classic.


Jacobs stunned the world when he stormed to a surprise men’s 100m victory at Tokyo 2020 Olympics last summer and is looking forward to extending his imposing form this year.


He has underlined his fortitude by adding the World Indoor men’s 60m title to his collection in Belgrade, Serbia in a European Record of 6.41.


Speaking moments after his arrival, Jacobs, 27, welcomed the challenge posed by an intimidating men’s 100m field at the Kip Keino Classic that has among others, American Fred Kerley whom he beat to silver in Tokyo and African record holder, Ferdinand Omanyala from Kenya.


“It’s fantastic, it’s amazing and it’s my first time in Africa and in Kenya. I’m happy to be here and I can’t wait to compete.


“It’s a really good competition and I can’t wait to compete,” the Italian who trains in the United States gushed.


The Italian further set his sights on adding the Worlds gold in Oregon while acknowledging he has his work cut out as the man, they all want to beat following his fairy tale success at Tokyo 2020.


“I’m ready because I won the World Indoor Championship, it’s amazing for me because I’m not an early starter (to the season) and we are not training for Oregon, it’s the most important,” the Tokyo winner underlined his intentions for the season.


Jacobs who checked out at JKIA moments after midnight is the latest big name out to put their reputation on the line at Africa’s only Continental Tour Gold Label meeting.


“After the Olympics Games, I’m trying to win it all and now it’s only the World Championships outdoor that is remaining and I’m aiming for that,” the Italian underscored


The Ugandan champion trio of Peruth Chemutai, the Tokyo 2020 women’s steeplechase champion, Doha 2019 Worlds gold winner, Halima Naakayi and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Game bronze winner, Winne Nanyondo are expected to arrive on Thursday.


Tokyo 2020 Olympics bronze winner and two-time Commonwealth Games champion, Botswana 400m star, Isaac Makwala, is among those expected to jet into Nairobi on Thursday evening.


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Athletics Kenya Mountain Running Committee has revealed that plans are at an advanced stage for the second edition of the Mt. Kenya Mountain Run, Meru on February 26, at the Kenya School of Adventure and Leadership.


The event,  dubbed ‘Challenging the heights,’ will be the second of the season after Nandi County hosted the first early this month.


During the launch at a Nairobi hotel on Monday, the organisers said the event aims at opening the Mt Kenya region to sports tourism and create awareness on cancer.


They also hope to encourage the youth from the region to take up sports after dwindling fortunes in the recent past.


“We have been encouraging the youths in the region to embrace running and so far, we have a group of 15 runners. With the help of the Meru County government, we hope to build high training centres, and soon you will see Meru as a destination of sporting activities,” said inaugural event winner Purity Gitonga from Run2gether Athletics Camp in Naivasha.


Meru County Governor Kiraitu Murungi, added: “Meru County is endowed with beautiful natural resources, including Mt. Kenya, which is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second in Africa, making the event a great destination for sports. The last edition attracted nine  European ambassadors and this year we hope to attract more foreign participants and from Kenyan as well.”


The organisers also revealed that Sh26 million was raised during the previous event and they are hoping for an improved bounty this time round.


The event returns after a no-show last year due to the restrictions occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic. AK Mountain Running coordinator Peter Angwenyi prevailed upon Kenyans to register for the adventure especially after the registration fee was halved to Sh1000 for the senior runners while juniors will part with Sh500.


The event will have 12km and 8km for senior and junior categories respectively.


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Preparations for the National Cross Country Championships have moved a notch higher with the release of the start list for the Eldoret-bound event.


A host of big names are pencilled to fight for the colours of their respective regions including two-time Olympic 1,500m champion Faith Kipyegon, who will up alongside the likes of World Under 20 800m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi in the relays for Central Rift.


In the absence of regular National Police runner, former world record holder Geoffrey Kamworor, Rhonex Kipruto, Emmanuel Bett and Michael Kibet lead the line in the 10km senior men’s race.


They will, however, find stiff competition from the likes of Defence Forces’ Vedic Cheruiyot, Prisons duo of Charles Muneria and Wilfred Kimitei, Alexander Mutiso of Southern, Daniel Simiu and Edward Zakayo of North Rift as well as Leonard Bett of South Rift.


Panuel Mkungo highlights the Coast region’s team and so is Stanley Waithaka, in the colours of AK Nairobi region.


The women’s lineup presents an equally challenging outing with world marathon champion Ruth Chepngetich leading the line for Nairobi alongside Emily Chebet and 1,500m specialist Ednah Jebitok.


2017 world cross champion Irene Cheptai leads the North Rift women’s 10km sextet alongside Zena Chemutai with their biggest challenge coming from South Rift’s SandraFelis Chebet and Fancy Cherono while the experienced Defence Forces trio of Margaret Chelimo, Pauline Korikwiang and Perine Nenkampi will be tasked to fight for the title in the absence of two-time Olympic 5,000m silver medalist Hellen Obiri.


In the relays, a clash of the Manang’oi brothers, Elijah and George, is on the cards as they lead their respective Defence Forces and Police quartets.

Elijah will link up with world 3,000m steeplechase record holder Beatrice Chepkoech and 2014 Commonwealth Games champions steeplechase champion Purity Cherotich while George will be in the company of Olympic 3,000m steeplechase bronze medallist Benjamin Kigen and African 1,500m champion Winnie Chebet.


They will, however, find it rough as the Prisons team, led by Olympic 1,500m silver medallist Timothy Cheruiyot alongside steeplechaser, Celliphine Chespol and Boaz Kiprugut is not to be underrated. There will also be Under 18 and Under 20 categories for both genders.


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As Athletics Kenya prepares to stage the National Cross Country Championships at the Lobo Village, Uasin Gishu County, coach Julius Kirwa is optimistic of staging a successful event.

This will be the second time the national event moves from the capital Nairobi to the Central Rift region and as such, pressure abounds to ensure the federation ticks all the boxes.

In addition, the event will be used to gauge the country’s preparedness for the Agnes Tirop Memorial Cross Country Championships – part of the World Cross Country Tour – next month.

The seasoned Kirwa – with more than two decades of experience – observed that taking the competition to different regions will make it have a national outlook.

“It is the second time the cross country is held outside Nairobi with the Eldoret Sports Club having hosted the first (on February 23, 2019),” Kirwa observed.

“Most athletes are based outside Nairobi and we would like to see them compete thoroughly in their regions. Next year we might take it to Nyahururu or anywhere else, outside Nairobi.”

 Kirwa added: “Some athletes are unable to raise funds to travel to Nairobi for competitions and the idea of having events at the regions, especially cross country, is the best gift we can give them as part of their training.”

Kirwa, however, warned athletes to brace for a tough season, urging them to take the cross country series seriously since it is the best build-up for track, where major events like Commonwealth Games, World Championships and the usual Diamond League circuit await.

Kirwa was speaking at the venue of the national and World Tour events where a team from from Athletics Kenya has been camping for over two weeks.

“We are doing really well with our preparations and the course is almost complete,” said Kirwa. “Being a new venue, we have had to arrange and rearrange the obstacles as wellbas watering the grass to ensure it reaches the best of standards when the day of the event comes.”

Kirwa derived pride in being part of the team mandated with developing a course that everybody will be proud of on January 22 and during the World Tour.

“We are certain everyone one will be happy with what we are working on,” he concluded.

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The 2014 Commonwealth Games 5,000m champion Mercy Cherono has urged Athletics Kenya to increase the number of coaches in the South Rift region, which is known for producing up to 60 per cent of junior athletes during the global events.


During the AK National Consultative Forum in Kericho, Cherono said that male coaches dominate the field but a high number of female athletes originate from the region.


“We have great talent in this region and if you follow the history, a good number of junior athletes hail from this region but most of the coaches who assist them are male. The federation should employ more women coaches because girls have many issues and it’s hard for them to air them out because they have a male coach,” said Cherono.


She further asked athletes to be focused and concentrate on their training saying it will eradicate a lot of problems and one will be respected by the society.


Cherono advised athletes, especially women, to always involve parents in their careers to help them steer clear of issues bedeviling them along the way.


“As athletes we need to fear God, respect your parents, be focused and respect your coach. All these go together and those who are suffering should always come out and talk because there is no need to bury yourself in problems and end up dying,” she said.


Her sentiments were backed up by Caroline Kilel, a marathoner, who said families should always come together, discuss marital problems and find solutions without fighting.


“I have been in the sport for a long time and married at the same time. We need to be disciplined and avoid bad company and have the right coaches who will be able to train upcoming athletes which in the end must bring good results,” Kilel said.


AK Youth Development director Barnaba Korir said athletes should always think out of the box and invest wisely.


“Life span of athletics is short nowadays and athletes need to use their money wisely and avoid bad company. We have a lot of athletes who are now drinking heavily and we need to make them aware that they are heading in the wrong direction and need to change and such forums will open their eyes,” Korir said.


He added that the federation will look into affairs of the coaches, which have been brought forward since last week when the forums started in Ngong, Kajiado County.


The next forum shall be held in Keringet, Nakuru County before taking a break until next week.

Athletics Kenya on Monday held their second round of consultative foram with athletics stakeholders to identify and resolve issues affecting the industry. The session was held in Bomet County and attended by hundreds of athletes from the region.


Most of those who spoke pointed out the need for more athletics training camps where they will also be educated on various ways to secure their future via education and investments in addition to sharpening their skills.


United States-based Emmanuel Rotich said efforts to uplift the standards of athletes can only be achieved if stakeholders work together and play their respective roles.


“We have great talents and the only way to develop them is to have more camps that will get support from the federation, county governments and national governments where education must also be factored in to make sure they go hand in hand,” the Tulane University, New Orleans, graduate said.


Rotich also suggested that AK establish a 24/7 toll-free line to enhance smooth communication between athletes and the federation.


He described the fora as timely especially in light of the recent misfortunes that have befallen athletes.


“We buried Agnes Tirop recently and the issues that were raised during the burial have been implemented because it was realized that athletes are suffering and the federation is already going round taking views which should be a start of solving a lot of problems affecting us,” he said.


Nathan Kipkurui, a former athlete, said that the federation should look into the selection formula during national trials, singling out the recent Masters Athletics trials held in Nyayo Stadium.


“The selection process should be rectified because it was not good to have 35-year-old compete against 65-year-old which was wrong because the younger athlete would take advantage of the old,” Kipkurui said.


He also said those from the grassroots level should be included in the national team because they better understand their athletes.


“Our athletes have been going through tough times and they normally come together and rent houses in one place and call camps. They pay rent for themselves and this will see many athletes go without food which will lead to others quitting the sport,” he added.


His sentiments were lauded by former 3,000m steeplechase Diamond League races champion Kipsiele Koech who said that athletes should be supported fully.


“Many will see athletes as if they are accomplished human beings with a lot of money but many are suffering for the lack of support. A few have been successful and many have been through hell. The federation should capture this and see how it will chip in and support the upcoming athletes,” said Kipsiele.He also pinpointed financial hardships as the major cause of mental health issues among many athletes.


The next forum shall be held in Kisii County on Tuesday. 

An estimated 300 athletes from Nyandarua  and Laikipia counties converged at Nyahururu DEB Primary School in Nyandarua  on Friday as  Athletics Kenya held their fifth  leg of countrywide consultative meetings.


The meetings are the first step towards eradicating the hurdles in the athletics fraternity, which pose a threat to the growth and blossoming of talent in the country.

Gender-based violence against male athletes was a recurring theme during the deliberations as many speakers spoke of how this vice leaves many of the victims powerless and lose respect from community and spouses. 


Many urged Athletics Kenya and other stakeholders not to forget male athletes inasmuch as most empowerment efforts are concentrated on their female counterparts.

Among them, former world indoor 800m champion Collins  Kipruto, said many male athletes are suffering in silence because they lack channels to seek help for their predicaments.


“This often leads to domestic violence, depression, abandonment of families, and other tragic consequences,” he underscored.

He added: “That is an area that requires a lot of engagement with our athletes since it is not a one-off issue. It is something that develops gradually until it finally explodes if not solved early. We need to have this kind of conversation.”


Kipruto also urged male athletes to come up with their own forums or safe spaces to share their woes with one another.

“I’m glad here in Nyahururu we have a welfare system that basically addresses the issues that affect us, be it being there for our sick colleagues or even standing with them in times of bereavement. Also there are issues that can only be discussed among men, it might seem a small thing but it goes a long way,” he added.


The forum was also graced by Mary Ngugi who finished third at the 2021 Boston marathon. Ngugi, founder of the ‘Women’s Athletic Alliance’, is seeking to bring female athletes together in a safe space to support those who are  suffering abuse as well as highlight the immense success of women’s sports in East Africa and the globe.

“Women should know that they are entitled to have their own say while also knowing that they have full control of their destiny,” she said.


Consultative forum team leader Barnaba Korir  said he was impressed by the turnout during the ongoing sessions insisting that the  views of all stakeholders will be taken into consideration. “This has been an eye opener for  all of us. Athletes, coaches, managers and other stakeholders have been  helpful in our fact finding mission since we started the exercise in Ngong town on Monday where the attendance rate exceeded our expectations, before heading to  Machakos, Tharaka Nithi and Nyeri, which were equally impressive,” he said.


On gender based violence, Korir agreed that many athletes have suffered in silence  for long and therefore the ongoing sessions will be the beginning of healing for them. 


“Both genders are suffering for a fact  and we are not in any way ignoring the male gender. But Indeed it is true that statistics support the fact that women make up the majority of victims of gender-based violence and discrimination. However, men and boys  are also victims so the conversation is ongoing,” he added.The consultative fora takes a weekend break  before the second round of meetings in Bomet, Kisii, Kericho and Keringet (Nakuru). 


November 11, 2021

Athletes decry disconnect between officials and runners. Approximately 70 athletes from Nyandarua, Muranga, Kirinyaga, Kiambu and Nyeri counties were in attendance today as Athletics Kenya held their third leg of countrywide consultative meetings in Nyeri.


The fora are the first step towards eradicating the hurdles in the athletics fraternity, which pose a threat to the growth and blossoming of talent in the country.


Athlete after athlete spoke of the disconnect between them and local officials characterized by insufficient or misleading information, lack of proper communication channels and lack of access to resources, including training facilities and gear.


Upcoming sprinter Judy Alice Kingori spoke of her frustrations when seeking assistance from the local office for her training.


“There is a big disconnect here In Nyeri, for example when I moved here from Nairobi nobody followed up with me, to see whether I needed a coach or anything. So when I came to AK Nyeri office I was bluntly told most athletes around here are long distance and marathoners so they couldn’t be of help, and that was it,” King’ori narrated.


Kingori urged that the conversation be broadened to include more voices in the much-needed dialogue and joint action.


On his part, Frank Boma said many coaches lack the requisite skills to nurture young talents. “Clearly some of the coaches here are misleading our athletes because they have no idea what they are doing. But, where can you report that? The same person is probably an official, which is clearly a case of conflict of interest,” he noted.


Long-distance runner Benson Kariuki suggested that athletes deserve a bigger say in the election of local officials to enhance accountability. “The officials are never here; they only want to associate with you when you win races or things start looking up. Otherwise when you challenge them and question their leadership methods, the common line they use is to concentrate on running, because that is the only thing you know,” Kariuki said.


Just like the previous legs in Ngong’ and Chuka, other issues highlighted include: sexual harassment and exploitation of young athletes; poor investment of athletes’ winnings; rogue coaches and managers; lack of proper training facilities; and exploitative contracts.


Also in attendance was Nyeri County CEC in charge of Education and Sports Margaret Macharia who said the athletes’ concerns cannot be simply swept under the carpet.


” We need counseling sessions for the athletes so that we can walk the journey together. Be it Physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual fitness. We all need a shoulder to lean on. It is my hope that we are going to partner more with the national Athletic federation to address some of these issues,” Macharia said. Friday’s meeting heads to Nyahururu, Nyandarua County, home of former Olympic marathon champion Samuel Wanjiru.


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Athletics Kenya (AK) today held their third consultative forum with athletes, coaches, managers and other stakeholders from the Eastern region at Chuka University in Tharaka Nithi county.


Similar to Ngong’ and Machakos, hundred of stakeholders from Meru, Embu Isiolo and Tharaka Nithi were provided with opportunities to speak out their minds on burning issues in the athletics fraternity.


One of the major issues that came to fore is gender-based violence against athletes and its impacts on the victims’ performance on the track and field.


AK’s women sub-committee chair Elizabeth Keitany said that athletes should speak up about the vice so as to nip it in the bud.“No kind of violence is acceptable, be it emotional, psychological or even physical. That is why we need to have this conversation now to curb the vice once and for all,” Keitany said.


She admitted the need to enhance the mechanisms to enable athletes seek help or speak out when confronted with GBV.


“I think what is coming out clearly from the conversation is that there are inadequate and inaccessible mechanisms and processes to report sexual violence in the sport. We are making sure there are better avenues of raising the alarm whenever such cases happen, be it through confidential phone calls or suggestion boxes,” Keitany pointed out.


She added that separate sessions with the female athletes in the fora have been enlightening as far as the challenges facing the sport is concerned.
“We are talking to female athletes in detail because we know we also have many flaws, by doing so, we shall be able to have a society where everyone does their roles perfectly without affecting the other because in reality most of our male athletes are also suffering in the hands of our women,” Keitany, a teacher by profession, said.

She also emphasized that athletes have huge potential to drive social change and accelerate gender equality across sports, not just athletics.


Eastern region chairman Answath Maragara challenged the athletes to be honest about the issues affecting them if they are to succeed in their careers.


“I think it is now time to face this challenge head on and thus we should rally together and find solutions,” he noted


Athletics head coach Julius Kirwa chaired a session with regional coaches, AK executive member Athletes’ Rep Milcah Chemos held separate sessions with the female athletes while program coordinator John Kimetto held a session with male athletes.


The fourth stop heads to Nyeri town in Nyeri County on Thursday.

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The first of 14 consultative meetings on athletes’ welfare kicked off this morning in Ngong’ as hundreds from the town and its environs turned out to air their grievances, suggestions and concerns on how to grow the sport.


Speaking while opening the discussions, Athletics Kenya (AK) director of youth development, Barnaba Korir, described the meeting as the first stage towards diagnosing the ills and ails of the athletics sector.


“I am happy to see that many of you have turned up today more than we had anticipated for this important discussion. At the end of this programme, we need to ask ourselves…what ails the industry? How can we help our athletes,” Korir said.


Korir also expressed optimism that the relationship between various stakeholders in the industry will be strengthened through these consultative meetings as everyone’s responsibility becomes clearer.


“One of the things we have to discuss today is the relationship between athletes and the federation. What role does the federation have to play to support and what do you need to do as an athlete. We have to deviate from shifting blame and move towards taking responsibility when we fail,” he said.


During the deliberations, athletes were afforded an opportunity in an open session to speak out on pertinent issues that need urgent attention to better the sport at an individual and overall level. Among the matters that came to the fore include: doping; poor investment of athletes’ winnings; sexual harassment and exploitation of athletes; lack of affordable training facilities and gear; rogue coaches and agents; exploitative contracts; empowerment of coaches; and gender-based violence.


One of those in attendance was double Olympic 5000m silver medalist Hellen Obiri who urged the federation to clamp down on unscrupulous individuals who prey on the fruits of athletes’ sweat.


“An athlete signs a contract and does not know whether the money goes to him/her or the coach. Also, I would urge the federation to look into training camps that claim to be exclusively training female athletes. What is so special that they are only training female athletes,” Obiri said.


The next consultative meeting will be held in Machakos on Tuesday.


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Athletics Kenya applaud President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive to speed up investigations and resolution of the circumstances surrounding the heinous murder of world 10,000m bronze medalist Agnes Tirop, which occurred yesterday at their Iten home in Elgeyo Marakwet county.


We are confident the relevant agencies are working round the clock to ensure speedy justice to the family and friends who have been left emotionally scarred by the demise of someone they depended on for financial and psychological support.


As a federation and in our individual capacities, we, once more, condemn this atrocious murder. Nothing justifies taking the life of another person. Albeit the circumstances leading to this incident remain unclear, this was a death that was quite unnecessary and a huge blow not only to the athletics fraternity but also the local sporting industry of which Tirop was one of the fastest rising stars.


One only needs to look at her decorated CV to know that Tirop was undoubtedly on the path to etching her name in history books as one of the country’s greatest athletes.

Last month, she put us on the map after she broke the 10km women-only record, timing 30:01 at the Adizero Road to Records event in Herzogenaurach, Germany. It was a moment that will live long in memory as – in her characteristic smile – she spoke of her excitement at attaining this milestone.


To those who have watched her since she was a teenager, Tirop’s achievement in Germany was no surprise. She was a passionate and majestic athlete who was in love with her craft, with a knack for making history. At the 2015 World Cross Country Championships in Guiyang, China, she became the second youngest athlete to win an individual title when she timed 26:01.


A year before, she won the junior race at the Africa Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda. Tirop’s other accolades include two bronzes at the 2012 and 2014 World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain and Eugene, United States respectively; second place at the World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland; and second place at 2012 Africa Cross Country Championships in Cape Town, South Africa. On evidence of what she had achieved in her young career thus far, this is a life cut short, one that will pain us as a federation for quite a long time.  


It will pain us because Tirop’s death is the latest in a series of misfortunes that have befallen various athletes in recent past, including suicide, family wrangles, alcoholism and illegal drug use as well as untimely deaths.


As we write this, there is a burial service ongoing for former Africa Junior silver medalist Hosea Macharinyang’ who allegedly took his own life at his home in Murkwijit, West Pokot county. He has represented the country at various international events – most notably, the Africa and World Cross Country Championship – as well as ruling various local events, such as the Madoka Half Marathon.


We continue to condole with the family and pray that God may strengthen and steer them through this trying period in their lives. In view of the latest developments, in honour of our fallen athletes, we have postponed the first and second legs of the AK Cross Country Series, which were to be held on October 16 and 23 in Machakos and Iten, respectively.


We cannot hide our heads in the sand anymore; these unfortunate incidents are products of mental anguish afflicting various sportspersons.

A number of athletes are suffering immensely in their personal spaces but have chosen not to seek help for fear of stigma by society. They are considered as role models who cannot – and should not – do any wrong, as other human beings are prone to.


The pressure to measure up to these societal expectations has compelled such athletes to a sworn code of secrecy in dealing with their tribulations, which only works for a time before hell breaks loose.


The 2019 report of the Mental Health Task Force – chaired by Dr Frank Njenga – noted that mental health is core to human happiness and wellbeing and allows individuals to play their part in the economic progress of a country.

Athletes are an integral part of building the Kenyan brand and growing the economy courtesy of their exponential performances and prize monies won in international marathons, which they plough back to the economy through investments and spending on household products.


Subsequently, the Kenyan brand and economy suffers immensely when our athletes are mentally tormented and distracted from training and performing well on the track and field.


It is for this reason, in accordance with current efforts by the country to improve mental health and wellbeing, that AK calls for more attention to the sports industry with a view to reaching out and helping sportspersons.

They need to be sensitized on how to handle life’s challenges, how and where to access mental health services.


The federation is preparing a workshop on mental in early December during which athletes will be invited for candid sessions to identify issues affecting them with a view to formulating solutions to the same. Considering that these challenges are unique to female and male athletes, there will be separate sessions for the two genders.


As AK, we can do so much; there is also a need for a multi-agency approach to slay this problem, which is clearly ballooning into a monster that may destroy many promising careers. 


To our athletes, or any other Kenyan sportsperson, guard your mental wellbeing above all else. It should be your treasured possession because not even the millions in your bank account can compensate for a troubled state of mind.

Recognise and accept there are certain things beyond your control and that there will always be some stormy days in life.  


In 2014, we begun to organize seminars for athletes at the end of every annual season.


Initially, this targeted the Doping menace which has been reduced drastically with the help of AIU. Thereafter, we discovered challenges in other areas of concern by our Athletes. To this end, we introduced other topics which included Investment, Banking, Property development, Insurance Contract signing, Social life, Integrity and values, Income tax returns and Retirement.


Professionals have always been invited to come and discuss these topics.


Now, mental disturbance seems to be the biggest challenge affecting our athletes. We want to thank our CS and PS Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage for setting up a Task Force to address the issues for gender and mental effects among athletes. As the Task Force is in the process of finalising their report, we have discussed and agreed with the Ministry’s leadership to use the psychologists identified by the team to assist us.


In this regard, we shall coordinate our activities with them as soon as they are deployed in their offices at Nyayo National Stadium.We shall also give our contact details to all our stakeholders where they can report such issues and seek professional guidance and assistance.


In the meantime, we ask all our Athletes, Coaches and Officials and interested parties to remain calm as investigations to unravel the details of the current case continue. We also call on our Athletes to speak out and seek help where necessary so that these issues can be addressed either individually or collectively.



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AK condoles with family and friends of Agnes Jebet Tirop

Athletics Kenya are this afternoon distraught to learn about the untimely death of World 10,000m bronze medalist Agnes Tirop.

Tirop was found dead at their home in Iten after she was allegedly stabbed by her husband. We are still working to unearth more details surrounding her demise.

Kenya has lost a jewel who was one of the fastest-rising athletics giants on the international stage, thanks to her eye-catching performances on the track.

Just last month, she broke the women-only record in the women’s 10km at Road to Records Race in Germany, timing 30:01.

Last week, she finished an impressive second, timing 30:20 at the Valencia Half Marathon.

Tirop’s decorated CV also includes a World Cross Country title in 2015 during which she made history as the second youngest medalist at that level.

She also won the Africa Cross Country Championship in 2014 in Kampala, Uganda as well as the World Junior Cross Country Championship in 2013 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

We pray that God may grant strength to family and friends at this difficult time.


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March 28, 2021

Following the launch of the ‘Global Conversation for the Future of Athletics’ last week, Athletics Kenya is urging athletes, coaches, managers, fans, journalists, technical officials and administrators countrywide to provide their suggestions on how to improve athletics nationally and globally.


The suggestions are part of the World Plan for Athletics 2022-2030, which will be a guiding document for the growth and development of the sport within the next decade. The plan will comprise clear time-lines, measurable outcomes, roles and responsibilities as well as resources and budgets required.


For the next six weeks, interested persons can provide their insights and feedback by clicking on the following link to participate in the survey.


“Today, we are embarking on an unprecedented Global Conversation with all those who love our sport and want to have a say in its future,’’ World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said last week.


The survey is available in 12 different languages including English and Kiswahili and comprises of questions on the challenges and opportunities presented by athletics within different contexts, countries or member federations. 


A draft plan developed from the suggestions of various stakeholders will be presented mid-year to the World Athletics Council for approval. Once rubber stamped, a final plan will be developed for distribution to member federations for approval in November 2021 during the biennial World Athletics Congress.

The initiative is being managed by the World Plan Working Group, which includes seven council members, led by Willie Banks, former triple jump world record-holder.


For more information on the ‘Global Conversation for the Future of Athletics’, please visit or contact  



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The reigning world champions Hellen Obiri and Timothy Cheruiyot will lead Kenya’s team to the Africa Cross Country Championship slated for March 7 in Lome, Togo.

At the last continental edition held in Algeria in 2018, The country triumphed with Alfred Barkach and Celiphine Chepsol bagging gold medals in the men and women senior 10km races respectively but the event was postponed in the 2020 owing to the global COVID-19 pandemic.  

Obiri and Cheruiyot will compete in the Mixed Relays alongside Jarinter Mawia , Abel Kipsang,  Lydia Jeruto and Newton Kipkirui.

The women’s Senior 10km team will be headlined by World Marathon champion Ruth Chepng’etich, 2015 Steeplechase World Champion Hyvin Kiyeng, Sheila Chelangat, Daisy Cherotich, Ruth, Agnes Chebet and Everlyne Chichir.

In the Senior men’s 10km team, it will be led by World Half Marathon record holder, Kandie Kibiwott who will be joined by the newly minted national champion Rogers Kwemoi, Edwin Bett, Daniel Mateiko, Nicholas Kimeli and Phenus Kipleting.


The selected team will pitch camp at Kigari Teachers Training College in Embu.  



Senior men’s 10km: Rogers Kwemoi (Central Rift), Kibiwott Kandie (KDF), Edwin Bett (South Rift), Nicholas Kimeli (Central Rift), Phenus Kipleting (Individual), Daniel Mateiko (individual)

Senior women’s 10km: Sheila Chelangat (Police), Daisy Cherotich (Central Rift), Ruth Chepngétich(Nairobi), Agnes Chebet (Central Rift), Everlyne Chichir (Nyanza North), Hyvin Kiyeng (Police)

Women’s Under-20 6km: Purity Chepkirui (South Rift), Jackline Jepkoech (Central Rift), Feliciana Kanda (North Rift), Grace Loibach (Western), Esther Wambiu (Central), Zena Jeptoo (Central Rift)

Boys’ Under-18 6km: Ismael Kirui (Central Rift), Lobeki Erigon (Central), Charles Rotich (North Rift), Matthew Kipkoech (South Rift), Dennis Kipkirui (Nairobi), Timothy Kiptoo (Western)

Girls’ Under-18 5km: -Mercy Chepkemoi (South Rift), Marion Jepngétich (Central Rift), Jane Ghati (Nyanza South), Iscar Chelangat (South Rift), Judy Kemunto (South Rift), Sheila Chepkirui (South Rift)

Mixed Relay: Hellen Obiri, Abel Kipsang, Timothy Cheruiyot, Jarinter Mawia, Lydia Jeruto, Newton Kipkirui.


Answath Maragara (Team manager), James Ole Seuri (assistant team manager), Ruth Keter (Chaperone), Georgina Nyambura (assistant chaperone), Francis Kamau (MFae) head coach, Patrick Ivuti (assistant head coach), Isaac Kirwa (Assistant head coach)



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Top athletes set to battle for the honours at the 2021 AK/Lotto National Cross Country Championship at the Ngong Race Course, an event culminating in the selection of Kenya’s team for the Africa Cross Country championships scheduled for March 7 in Lome, Togo.

With no major races abroad in the near future, AK president Lt Gen (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei predicts stiff competition in all the seven categories at the grassy and sloping course on Saturday; 10km senior men and women, 8km Under-20 boys, 6km Under-20 girls, 6km Under-18 boys, 5km Under-18 girls and mixed relay.

“I attended a few meetings including the Discovery Kenya Cross Country and what I saw was a very commendable performance from our athletes. You know most of the athletes did not compete last year due to Covid-19 and that is why we have seen most of them compete in cross country meets.”

The national athletics chief added: “At the moment we don’t have any major races and I therefore expect all athletes who qualified for the nationals will compete for their respective teams.”

Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), who minted last year’s men title through the reigning World Half Marathon record-holder Kibiwott Kandie who hopes to defend his title at the Saturday’s showpiece, have marshal a strong squad consisting of Kibiwott himself, Collins Koros and Eric Kiptanui among others.

World Cross Country champion Hellen Obiri will spearhead KDF’s women’s team alongside Joyce Chepkemoi, Sheila Chepkirui among others.

National Police have sent a strong team with the 2015 and 2017 world cross-country champion and world half-marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor as its figure head in the senior men’s race.

The men’s squad also have Josephat Kiprotich, Casios Masinde, Joseph Kiptum, Kipsang Temoi and Kenneth Cheserek in their menu.

Kericho-based Sheila Chelangat who stormed to the national limelight last year when she won both police cross country and national title and successful defended her police titles last month, will carry the police women’s flag alongside 2015 world steeplechase champion Hyvin Kiyeng, Edith Chelimo, 2019 world 5000m silver medalist Margret Chelimo, Faith Kimutai and Caroline Nyaga.

After storming to easy victories at the Kenya Prisons Cross Country championships, Charles Mneria and Rosemary Wanjiru have the task of carrying their form for the wardens to Saturdays meet dubbed ‘mini worlds’.

Mneria will be flanked by Boaz Kiprugut, Wilfred Kimitei, Patrick Kipngeno, Emmanuel Ngatuny and Peter Emase.

Wanjiru, a fourth-place finisher at the 2019 World Championships in Doha have Lilian Kasait, Gladys Jerono Alice Aprot, Abigael Chelangat, and Loice Chemning.

Former World Half marathon and World Cross silver medalist Bedan Karoki has issued a warning to rivals ahead of the race will be wearing Central region colours alongside Paul Mutero, Moses Koech, Ronald Kirui, Emmanuel Kiprop, Emmanuel Kiboi for the men’s 10km event.

While Monica Ngige will be leading the Central Region women’s 10km team alongside Mary Nyaruai, Veronicah Maina, Joyce Njeru, Beatrice Cheboi and Lydia Njeri.


Central Rift region will mount an assault for the national title through Robert Kiprop, the winner of the 2021 Discovery Cross Country Championships in the men’s senior race. Nicholas Kimeli, Rodgers Kwemoi, Emmanuel Bor, Titus Kiprotich and Alex Kibet are included in the list.  

Daisy Cherotich, Eva Cherono, Eunice Chebichi, Viola Lagat, Agnes Chebet and Betty Chepkemboi will be in the Centra Rift’s women’s 10km team.

North Rift will have Michael Kibet, Enus Keles, Emmanuel Ruto, Edward Kibet and Robert Krop in their men’s team while Irene Cheptai, Daisy Kimeli, Lilian Chemwono, Sharon Kemboi, Lilian Chebii and Vicotty Chepngeno in the women’s team.

Athletics rich South Rift men’s team will be represented by Edwin Bett, 2019 national champion Amos Kirui, Bernard kipkemboi, Nicholas Kosimbei, Leonard kipkirui and Vincent Rono while their women counterpart will consist of world under-20 5000m champion Beatrice Chebet, Jackline Rotich, Mercy Chepkorir, Jackline Chepngeno and Iveleen Chepkemoi.

The 2018 Africa Youth Olympics 1,500m champion Nickson Lesiyia who has transitioned to senior races will be in charge of Southern Region men’s team alongside Alexander Mutiso, who finished fourth at Valencia Half Marathon in December, Bernard Musau, the 2018 Youth Olympics 3,000m champion Jackson Kavesa, Emmanuel Lemama and Stephen Mwendwa.

The Southern Region women’s team will have Agnes Mumbua, Cecilia Wayua, Lucy Muli, Christine Ndanu, Pauline Mbithe and Nundu.

Kennedy Kemegwa, Geoffrey Musanga, Jacob Chechari, Isaac Kibet, Samuel Limo and Brian kiptoo will carry Western region’s men flag while their corresponding women team will have Delphin Mlingor, Beatrice Cherubet, Salome Chepchumba, Sarah Naibei, Susan Cheptai and Phanice Cheboriot.

Nyanza South entered Vincent Kipkirui, Sammy Nyokoe, Dickson Simba, Paul Machoka, Dancan Manyara and Enock Onchari in their men team while Winfridah Moseti, Teresa Omosa, Lornah Nyabochoa, Damaris Areba, Nancy Karage and Doris Omari will compete in the women’s senior team.

 Nyanza North will be presented by Shadrack Kipchirchir, Willy Kiprono, Caleb Otieno, Hosea Kimosop, Ayub Kwanga and Kennedy Onsarigo with women’s team having Mercelin Cherono, Betty Chepngeno, Everlyne Chirchir, Eunice Kwamboka, Mercy Anyango and Tecla Kwambai.

The Coast Region will have Phanuel Mkungu, Daniel Kemoi, Vincent Tonui, Boniface Nduva, Lamek Mwakio and Luca Musembu. Joan Cherop, Rose Mthei, Irene Mkungo, Neema Matunda, Jeniffer Mutheu and Eunice Koronge will be the women’s team.

Moris Munene, John Muiruri, Alexander Njai, Simon Kiruthi, Julius Tanui and Martin Mumo will be competing for Eastern Region men team while Mary Munanu, Caren Cheptoek, Vivian Chepkurui, Margaret Muriuki, Grace Erian and Janet Ruguru will be the women’s team.

John Mwangi, Charles Kamau, Adan Galgalo, Mohammed Abdirazak, Ali Adow and Hussein Ibrahim will be wearing colours for North Eastern Region with Hanah Wanjiru and Gladys Chepkirui taking part in the women’s team.

NYS, Universities  and KWS  will also be taking part in the championships.


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January 23, 2021

Athletics Kenya today held the second relay series at the Nyayo Stadium as the national governing body intensified preparations ahead of the World Relay Championships set for Poland on May 2-3.

As opposed to the first series, held on January 9 at the same venue, today’s event saw a huge attendance as athletes sought to gauge themselves as the hunt for Team Kenya slots take shape.

The third series is scheduled for February 2 while the national trials is penciled for March 26 at the Nyayo Stadium.

Familiar names continued their domination in their respective events with the likes of Mark Otieno, Gilbert Osure, Ferdinand Omanyala, Wycliffe Kinyamal, Aaron Koech and Ferguson Rotich impressing in the men’s events while Mary Moraa, Winny Chebet, Joan Cherono and Evangeline Makena dominated proceedings in the women’s races.

On a day that started with an overcast that ushered sunny spells in the mid-morning, the athletes battled for ranking times in the various events which included 100m/h, 100m, 800m, 400m, 200m, 4x100m, 2x2x400m mixed relay, 4x400m mixed relay, 4x400m and 4x200m.

Most of the athletes said they are happy to be back on the track with Kinyamal observing that the series came at a time when he is scheduling his return to competitive running after an injury lay-off.

“I have fully recovered from a low back injury that interrupted my performance for the better part of the 2019 season. I feel ready for competition again with my focus being making my Olympics debut in Tokyo later this year,” said Kinyamal.

Rotich was equally elated after winninng his heat in what he said was a test of speed in the 400m race.

“I am happy to be back. It was my first race and so I wanted to test my speed, which I feel is okay. Training has been tough due to the Covid-19 restrictions but there is nothing else we could have done,” said Rotich, a two-lap specialist.

Jacinta Shikanda of National Police Service said returning to action felt like a relief but observed that there is still a lot to be done before she can confidently say she has hit top form.

“It is not a bad start. But there is still work to be done if I am to have the competitive edge,” said Shikanda after finishing third in Heat 1 of the 200m race in a time of 26.49.
During the event, AK introduced a new false-start detector which coaches Julius Kirwa and Stephen Mwaniki said is crucial in eradicating the flaws that have been an Achiles heel in numerous championships.

“It was very important for us to introduce this machine at this stage since is is shameful to take athletes for championships only to make mistakes on the blocks,” said Kirwa after witnessing numerous athletes fall at the first hurdle.

“The athletes have learnt a great lesson and we are going to take them thorough the dos and don’ts during our subsequent meetings and even intensify this when the team is selected to ensure a flawless competition in Poland.”

Kirwa added: “The times recorded here are very impressive and with the athletes just returned to training following the ease of the coronavirus containment measures, we are hopeful that they will have peaked by the time the team is picked in readiness for the championships.”

Mwaniki added: “The turn out today is very good and we are hoping to have even more runners during the forthcoming events.”

In observance of the set Covid-19 measurements, marshals were at the gate to ensure all in attendance adhered to the protocols including washing hands, temperature checks and sanitizing at the entry point as well as insistence on social distance once inside the venue.
Equipment used were also fumigated after every use.

Collated Results:
100m men
Ferdinand Omanyala 10.11
Mark Otieno 10.32
Tazana Kamanga 10.59
Samuel Chege 10.61
Benson Okoth 10.73
Hesbon Ochieng 10.80
Elijah Mathew 10.85
Gilbert Osure 10.85
Walter Moenga 10.86
Joshua Ndombi 10.87

100m Women
Monica Safania 12.35
Doreen Waka 12.37
Joy Akinyi 12.75
Mercy Obiero 12.85
Caroline Mwende 12.87
Susan Nyambura 12.88
Amutavi Lavender 12.92
Niya Laneau 12.94
Nelly Chepkoech 13.15
Nina Doyie 13.25

200m Women
Maximmila Imali 24.70
Monica Safania 25.23
Joan Cherono 25.55
Evangeline Makena 25.58
Doreen Waka 25.62
Beatrice Machoka 25.64
Veronica Mutua 25.64
Joy Akinyi 26.01
Anne Mbatha 26.04
Caroline Mwende 26.11

200m Men
1. Mark Otieno 20.81
2. Mike Mokamba 20.88
3 Tarzana Kamanga 20.95
4. Dan Kiviasi 21.01
5. Zablon Ekwam 21.04
6. Samuel Chege 21.29
7. Elijah Mathew 21.41
8. Benson Okoth 21.42
9. Hesbon Ochieng 21.50
10. Ronald Koech 21.51


400m Women
Gladys Musyoki 54.53
Eglay Nalianya 55.47
Hellen Syombua 56.21
Ann Mbatha 56.33
Evangeline Makena 56.64
Beatrice Machoka 57.77
Janet Chepkoech 58.11
Mary Wairimu 58.33
Gladys Mumbe 58.55
Veronica Mutua 58.77

400m men
1. Emmanuel Mutual 46.46
2. Zablon Ekwam 46.88
3. Kipkorir Kevin 47.18
4. Nicholas Chirchir 47.55
5. David Sanayek 47.83
6. Aron Koech 47.85
7. Kelvin Tanui 48.17
8. Joseph Sanare 48.23
9. Jared Momanyi 48.55
10. Joseph Poghisio 48.56


800m Women
Mary Moraa 2:04.92
Josephine Chelangat 2:05.11
Emily Cherotich 2:05.95
Vivian Chebet 2:08.27
Naomi Chepchumba 2:09.34
Peninah Wangari 2:09.85
Naomi Korir 2:10.10
Lydia Jeruto 2:11.28
Winnie Chebet 2:11.80
Qualyne Kiprop 2:12.09

800m Men
1. Jeremiah Mutai 1:47.40
2. Wycliffe Kinyamal 1:47.77
3. Cornelius Tuwei 1:47.80
4. Kumari Taki 1:48.03
5. Noah Kibet 1:48.11
6. Abel Kipsang 1:48.21
7. Vincent Meter 1:48.66
8. Elias Ngeny 1:48.74
9. Evans Biwott 1:49.32
10. Collins Kipruto 1:49.44


100m women Hurdles
Rukia Nusra 15.08
Priscillah Tadunda 15.35
Brigit Jelagat 16.44
Elizabeth Kimuyu 17.05
Yuventina Nyangena 17.53
Agnes Syomiti 21.41

110m/h men
1. Michael Musyoka 14.70
2. Rotich Kipkorir 15.01
3. Wiseman Were 15.27
4. Koskei Kiprono 15.56
5. Peter Kithome 15.62
6. Clement Kiplangat 15.84
7. Cyrus Mbaka 16.42
8. Patrick Muindi 16.57
9. Meshack Baraka 16.63
10. Peter Andai 16.73

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Athletics Kenya set to honor the country’s pioneer runners at the70 years’ anniversary celebration tomorrow (December 15, 2020) at Nyayo Stadium.


The federation, then known as Kenya Amateur Athletics Association (KAAA) was founded in 1950 by Britons Sir Archie Erskine and Archie Evans founded in 1950 .


Sir Erskine served as the first Chairman of the Kenya Amateur Athletics Association (KAAA) from 1950 to 1964, laid the foundation for country’s running that saw Kenya feature at the Olympic Games for the first time in 1956 in Melbourne, and participating at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 for the first time as an independent nation.


The celebrations will see some of the country’s pioneer runners honored for their contributions to the sport and exhibition of the running kits and wards from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s being displayed.


The founding runners includes Nyandika Maiyoro, Wilson Kiprugut Chumo, Amos Biwott, Kipchoge Keino, Naftali Temu, Naftali Bon, Ben Jipcho, Tecla Chemabwai Sang, Tegla Loroupe, Lydia Stephens, Elizabeth Jemeli Chesire, Hezekiah Nyamau, Robert Ouko, Julius Sang and Charles Asati, among others.


Their achievements stand out, with Kiprugut being the first Kenyan to win an Olympic medal – a bronze in the 880 yards (now 800m) – at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games.


Maiyoro was among the first Kenyan athletes to compete in a global contest at the 1954 Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, Canada, leading the national team that had 4×440 yards relay quartet of Bartojo Rotich, Wanyoike Kamau, Musembi Mbathi alongside 880 yards’ stars Silas Kibet Boit and Kiptalam Keter.


Kenya has won 103 medals at the Olympic Games in track and field and will be eyeing more glory at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics slated for next year.


The celebration which will be attended by Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Heritage and Culture

Amina Mohamed comes just a few weeks after the World Athletics, Iten, a region in the rift valley where most Kenyan runners’ trains was awarded the World Athletics Heritage Plaque for its outstanding contribution to the worldwide history and development of athletics.


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Athletics Kenya (AK) is the governing body in Kenya for the sport of Athletics and is a member Federation of World Athletics (formerly IAAF). AK turns 70 this year and in line with this and the change of name at World Athletics effected last year, it wishes, subject to various approvals, to change its name as well as its logo.

This is therefore an advertisement of a competition to design the new logo for Athletics Kenya. The competition is open to the Youth or entities run or controlled by the Youth. Competitors must submit their Logo entries by email to as attachment or link to a drop-box. The email must include the name, age, address, email and phone number of the entrant. More than one (1) entry may be submitted.

The e-mail should attach a text file with a brief explanation of the logo (shape, colours, specifications, letters type) and rationale of the design in no more than 100 words.  Entries must be original and authentic and competitors shall be solely liable for any breach of any copyright, trademark or any other intellectual property.  The winning design will be checked with KIPI for this purpose.

The logo will be judged based on relevance, originality and Aesthetic Appeal.

Entry is free and the deadline for entries is 24/11/2020

There will be a prize for the winning logo. The winning entry shall become the sole property of Athletics Kenya upon payment of the prize to the winning competitor.   


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Kenyan stars turn their guns to Diamond League Monaco after ‘Impossible Games’ experience on Thursday.


The revised diamond league series calendar will start in August after coronavirus pandemic had stopped sporting events globally. 


Competing against Ingebrigtsen brothers, Team Cheruiyot led by world 1500m champion Timothy Cherioyot, 2017 world 1500m champion Elijah Manangoi, 2012 world 1500m silver medalist Edwin Melly, paced by Africa junior Champion Vincent Keter and Timothy Sein lost the 2000m exhibition virtual on Thursday, an event held in Nairobi in Nairobi and Oslo, Norway.


Running under wet and windy  condition coupled with Nairobi’s  high altitude of 1700m above the see level, Cheruiyot 5:03.05 to led his charges, with Melly (5:13.12) finishing second ahead of Manangoi (5:18.63) who is making a comeback from ankle stress fracture injury that prevented him from defending his title in Doha worlds last year.


“The conditions didn’t favor us as a team but we appreciate the opportunity given to us by Oslo Diamond League organizers during this pandemic period and the effort of the entire team. This was our first virtual race, we appreciate the experience.”


“We congratulates to Jakob and his team and wish them all the best in the track in the coming season, we hope to compete again soon”said Cheriuyot in a post race interview. 


He added: “We don’t have time for recovery, we were using this virtual race as part of our preparations for upcoming Diamond League races starting, with hopes of competing at Monaco Diamond League in August, we will still do social distancing training until the lockdown is eased.”


The Ingebrigtsens, Jakob, Filip and Henrik  were competing under favorable conditions, running at a low attitude of 23m above see and aided by  wavelight pacing technology and two pacemakers. 


Wavelight is a series of lights circling the inside of lane 1 on the rail that moves at the correct pace.


Jakob broke the European record with his 4:50.01 victory, a record previously held by Steve Cram at 4:51.39. Cram commentated the race. 


Henrik was second in 4:53.72 while Filip clocked 4:56.91 in third place.


During the the race Team Cheruiyot recorded splits  of 2minutes 57 seconds 15 microseconds at 1200m while  Team Ingebrigtsens timesd 2:57.60 at the same distance. 


Cheruiyot then went through 1600m in 4:01.04 while Jakob ran 3:55.85. 


The virtual race at Nyayo stadium, Nairobi was attended by Sports CS Amina Mohammed, Sports PS Joe Okudo, Athletics Kenya President Jackson Tuwei, Sports Kenya chairman Fred Muteti among few others. 


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AK Athletes Conference Day 2

December 5, 2019

Athletics Kenya (AK) Athletes Conference entered Day 2 at Sirikwa Hotel with athletes going through investment and retirement sessions besides taxation.


The 170 athletes also went through media and athletes relation that touched on self-branding and etiquette and team building as all the session proved exciting.


Around 108 road running athletes drawn from Kenya and Uganda had on the first day on Wednesday attended the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) education program.


AK president Jackson Tuwei disclosed that they are in the process of forming an athletes’ welfare body that will help both   active and retired athletes. 


Legendary Kipchoge Keino advised the athletes to keep off drugs adding that there are hlcases where athletes have been rendered barren, owing to abuse of prohibited substances.


Tuwei said they have conducted intensive research and analysis on pension, endowment fund, insurance and cooperative societies (Saccos) and they feel its a high time the athletes had a body to take care of these needs.


However, Tuwei said the idea of forming the welfare body will be floated to the athletes during the ongoing conference so as to get their views.


“We have set aside a special session to introduce them to this idea and hopefully, we shall come up with resolutions on how we can assist them in terms of welfare,” said Tuwei. “We must start something that will assist these athletes now and in the future.”


While AK has taken up the responsibility, Tuwei said it’s the athletes’ involvement that will make the whole venture a success hence team work will be greatly needed.


Tuwei said Athletics Kenya will be the first to contribute to the welfare with government also being encouraged to join the venture.


Taking athletes through his experience as an athlete, Kipchoge said his athletics talent took him to 187 countries across the world. “We have the best weather in the country…Kenya is a paradise hence we must take advantage. Use your talent to travel and see the world,” said Keino but cautioned the athletes to run clean.


Among the facilitators were Ali Mazoa, who handled the team building exercises and talk, CPF Group finance manager Joshua Moilo and director of operations and marketing George Okioma, who handled investment and retirement.


Others were Stanley Nandwa who took the athletes through taxation and filing returns and veteran journalist Evelyne Watta, who handled media and athletes relation.


 “Athletes face certain challenges in filing tax returns and contracts. They are now more informed to avoid issues of double taxation. We hope to have minimal cases or none on contracts,” said Tuwei.


Tuwei said that AK has free legal services for  athletes who require guidance on contracts. “Most athletes have had trouble especially with their management after they signed contracts they didn’t understand,” explained Tuwei.



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Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) and Athletics Kenya have declared the launch of the 2020 Road Running Integrity Program in Eldoret a resounding success.



AIU’s head of programs Thomas Capdevielle disclosed yesterday that the large turnout of over 100 athletes and 21 of their handlers proves that Kenya is serious about fighting the doping menace.


“I have never been to such a session that is full with some of the world’s finest long-distance runners including world and Olympic champions. This is unique and amazing. It’s my hope that athletes will take advantage of what they have learned to spread the message of clean sports,” said Capdevielle.


AK chief executive Officer, Susan Kamau disclosed that athletes are happy about the sessions. “These is the first time are having a session with all elite road runners. They want more of these sessions hence we shall have consultations with AIU to have similar next year,” said Kamau.


Capdevielle said they came up with the initiative after extensive analysis of road running and discovered that 76 per cent of 50 road race winners in World Athletics Gold Label races were not part of any out-of-competition anti-doping programme in 2018.


World marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge, who is also the Olympic Marathon champion, World marathon champion Ruth Chepng’etich and World Half Marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor were in praise of the AIU initiative.


Also in support were mixed women’s World Marathon record holder Brigid Jepkosgei, all women’s World record holder Mary Keitany, Olympic 5,000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot and World 800m record holder David Rudisha.


“This one was quite unique with the classwork sessions being spiced up with team building,” said Kipchoge adding that there is now no reason why athletes have to dope under the pretext that they didn’t have the knowledge or know-how.

“Athletes must be responsible and respect and guard their passion that is Athletics,” said Kipchoge.


Chepng’etich noted that the sessions went deep into doping issues that most athletes didn’t understand. “I have never been to such a session where you leave satisfied. This one was better than last year since we engaged in practical and was enjoyable,” said Chepng’etich.


Keitany said the team-building and AIU doping sessions were the best. “Most road running athletes are not in the testing pool hence these sessions have been beneficial,” said Keitany. Kamworor said considering Eldoret at the venue was commendable since most of the road runners hail from the area. “The burden is now on us athletes to slay this dragon called doping,” said Kamworor.



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Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has partnered with Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (Adak) and Athletics Kenya (AK) to popularise their newly launched Road Running Integrity Program for 2020.


At the same time, AIU, the World Athletics’ wing that deals with integrity, has supported Kenya’s quest to have doping criminalised.


AIU’s head of programs Thomas Capdevielle yesterday said that after extensive analysis of road running, they discovered that 76 per cent of 50 road race winners in World Athletics Gold Label races were not part of any out-of-competition anti-doping programme in 2018.


“In the same year, we noted that 74 per cent of the podium finishers in those Gold Label road races were not included in out-of-competition testing pools in the sport or their countries,” said Capdevielle. 


“In 22 per cent of those races, not a single athlete who finished on the podium in either the male or female races was tested out-of-competition.”


Capdevielle said this situation poses a major risk to the integrity of the road running events. Capdevielle was speaking during an international press conference at Hilton Hotel ahead of Athletes Conference, which starts tomorrow at Sirikwa Hotel in Eldoret.


Capdevielle was accompanied by AIU head education and communication Aditya Kumar, Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed, AK President Jackson Tuwei, Confederation of Africa Athletics Athletes Commission president David Rudisha and ADAK CEO Japhter Rugut


“Given the uniqueness of the road running industry where the pool of talented runners compete at the highest level and earn a good living from it runs deeper than any other discipline in athletics,” said Capdevielle, adding that protecting the integrity of the road running industry required more funding to cover a wider group of athletes.


Under the previous system, the AIU and World Athletics funded the first 50 road runners in the testing pool. AIU intends to use between US$ 2.6 million ( Sh260m) and US$ 3.2m (Sh320million) in their Road Running Integrity Programme in the year 2020.


There are 262 athletes registered by World Athletics Road Running and Capdevielle said between 40 and 60 athletes will be added to the testing pool in 2020. Previous testing pool included just 70 runners and by February next year, World Athletics will have about 300 to 320 runners.


He explained that after tomorrow’s session with close to 130 road running athletes that will include athletes from Uganda, they will move to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for similar sessions.


Capdevielle said criminalising doping will take the battle against doping in athletics a notch higher. “ World Athletics don’t want to interfere with Kenyan affairs but we want more done in investigations to punish those involved in doping including coaches, doctors and pharmacists who are involved,” said Capdevielle.


Amina disclosed that a team has been formed to amend the Anti-Doping Laws that will have doping criminalised. “The conversation is in and we want to ensure that the whole entourage takes responsibility,” said Mohammed adding that the government through Adak is committed to eradicating doping in the country.


Amina, who failed to state when the laws will be ready, reiterated that athletes reprimanded for doping will never represent the country again.


Rudisha said since the inaugural conference last year, athletes have immensely benefited in areas of doping, investment, taxation, ethics and media relations. “Sports is an industry and I am happy Athletics Kenya and their partners AIU and World Athletics have worked hard for the welfare of the athletes,” said Rudisha adding that clean athletes have suffered most owing to the few athletes who have resorted to doping. “These cheats have stolen the podium finish thunder from clean athletes but I am happy that will end with such efforts.”


Rugut said since the establishment of ADAK in 2016 they have done over 3,000 tests with 136 workshops also having been held. “We have done 567 in the last five months and this is great,” said Rugut.


Tuwei said the conference in Eldoret that starts Wednesday (December 4)  through to Saturday (December 7) will dwell on Anti-Doping, legal matters, investment, taxation, ethics and values and athletes’ media relation.



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“OVER 300 athletes are expected to converge in Eldoret for the second edition of Athletics Kenya (AK) Conference from December 4-7 at Sirikwa Hotel, Eldoret.


The four-day invite-only conference, whose theme is ‘I choose Integrity’ will be graced by IAAF’s Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), who will specifically deal with doping matters. Marathon and road runners’ doping session on the opening day (December 4) will precede the main three-day event featuring track and field stars. It’s worth noting that apart from Olympic probables in the 42km, invited marathon and roadrunners will only have a one-day session.    The event is mandatory for the invited athletes’ failure to which there will be consequences. Apart from marathoners and road racers, the conference will especially feature youths, juniors and 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games probables. 


AK will use this Conference as a first step towards 2020 Olympics Games preparations as required by World Athletics, previously known as the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) with the main topic for discussion being anti-doping and advise on the best way to remain and compete clean. 


Other areas of discussion will include ethics, investment, taxation and athlete-media relations.  

AIU will also have a major press conference on December 3 in Nairobi at a venue to be communicated prior to the event.”



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4 Amos Kiplimo MITEI
5 Kenneth Mburu MUNGARA
9 Rosemary Monica WANJIRU
11 Lawrence CHERONO
12 Emmanuel SAINA
13 Bedan KAROKI
14 Felix KIMUTAI
15 Barnabas KIPTUM
16 Edwin KOECH
17 Reuben KERIO
18 Elisha ROTICH
19 Titus EKIRU
20 Justus KIMUTAI
21 Daniel KIBET
22 Joel Kemboi KIMURER
23 Michael KUNYUGA
25 Dickson CHUMBA
26 Edwin KOECH
27 Kenneth KIPLAGAT
28 Dickson TUWEI
29 Kennedy CHEBOROR
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32 Vivian KIPLAGAT
33 Caroline Chepkoech KIPKIRUI
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63 Dorcas Jepchirchir TUITOEK
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65 Perine NENGAMPI
66 Joyciline JEPKOSGEI
67 Norah JERUTO
68 Brillian Jepkorir KIPKOECH
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71 Bernard Kipkorir NGENO
73 Geoffrey KAMWOROR
74 Jonathan KORIR
75 Kipkemoi KIPSANG
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86 Evaline CHIRCHIR
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93 Vincent RONO
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121 Agnes Jeruto Kiprotich
122 Magdalyne Maasai
123 Lydia Cheromei
124 Sharon Jemutai Cherop
125 Alice Jepkemboi Kimutai
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127 Shadrack Kimning
128 Kenneth Kibiwott Kandie
129 Alfred Barkach
130 Isaac Kipsang
131 Simon Cheprot
132 Benard Ngeno
133 Vince Kiprotich Kibet
134 Marius Kimutai
135 Philemon Rono
136 Anthony Maritim
137 Silas Mwetich
138 Mark Kosgei Kiptoo
139 Kenneth Keter
140 Ezekiel Kemboi Omullo
141 Samuel Ndungu
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143 Laban Kipngetich Korir
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8 Jackson Kavesa
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10 Richard Kimunyan
11 Edward Zakayo
12 Irene Kamais
13 Stacy Ndiwa
14 Charles Yosei
15 Celliphine Chespol
16 Mercy Wanjiru
17 Mercy Cherono
18 Margaret Chelimo
19 Emmaculate Chepkirui
20 Eunice Sum
21 Lesiyia Nickson
22 Michael Kibet
23 Wycliffe Kinyamal
24 Faith Chepngetich
25 Ronald Kwemoi
26 Kumari Taki
27 Beatrice Jepkoech
28 Hyvin Kiyeng
29 Reuben Poghisio
30 Benjamin Kigen
31 Edwin Soi
32 Kipngetich Ngeno
33 George Manangoi
34 Vernice Kerubo
35 Alphas Kishoiyan
36 Timothy Cheruiyot
37 Daniel Simiu
38 Collins Kipruto
39 Jackline Wambui
40 Ita Nao
41 Mercyline Cherono
42 Francis Leshoo
43 Emily Tuwei
44 Fergusson Rotich
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49 Leonard Bett
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55 Monica Safania
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60 Boniface Chitayi
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65 Caroline Waiganjo
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69 Peter Mwangi
70 Mary Moraa
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80 Maximilla Imali
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World marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei has made the final shortlist for 2019 Female World Athlete of the Year award.


Kosgei, who broke women’s marathon record on October 13, 2019 when she timed 2hrs, 14 minutes and 04 seconds to win the 2019 Chicago Marathon, has made the final shortlist of five athletes drawn from four Area associations of World Athletics (formerly International Association of Athletics Federations – IAAF), according to the global athletics body.


“The five athletes, who represent five countries from four Area associations, have illustrated excellence across nearly all athletics disciplines in 2019,” World Athletics said on Tuesday in a statement.


But women’s world 3,000m steeplechase champion Beatrice Chepkoech and World 5,000m champion Hellen Obiri from Kenya did not make the cut.


Kosgei made the shortlist alongside American 100 metres and 4x100m world champion Shelly-Anne Fraser-Price, Dutch Sifan Hassan who is the reigning world champion in women’s 5,000m and 10,000m, reigning 400m hurdles world champion and world record holder Delilah Muhammad of USA, and world triple jump champion Yulimar Rojas from Venezuela.


The 25-year-old Kosgei has had a successful period in road running this year, winning the London Marathon on April 28 in a time of 2:18:20. On that occasion, world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge who has also made the shortlist for Male Athlete of the Year award won the men’s title.


Kosgei went on to retain the Chicago Marathon title which she had won in 2018. World Athletics (formerly International Association of Athletics Federations – IAAF) said the finalists were arrived at through a three-way voting process.


“The World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family cast their votes by email, while fans voted online via our social media platforms. The Council’s vote counted for 50 percent of the result, while the Athletics Family’s votes and the public votes each counted for 25% of the final result,” World Athletics said on Tuesday in a statement.


Voting for the Female World Athlete of the Year closed on November 5, 2019, and the male and female World Athletes of the Year will be announced live on stage at the 2019 World Athletics Awards in Monaco on November 23.


The finalists are:

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM)
– won world 100m and 4x100m titles in world-leading times of 10.71 and 41.44
– won Pan-American 200m title
– won seven of her 10 races at 100m


Sifan Hassan (NED)
– won world 1500m and 10,000m titles in world-leading times of 3:51.95 and 30:17.62
– won Diamond League 1500m and 5000m titles
– broke world mile record with 4:12.33 in Monaco


Brigid Kosgei (KEN)
– set a world record of 2:14:04 to win the Chicago Marathon
– won the London Marathon
– ran a world-leading 1:05:28 for the half marathon and 1:04:28 on a downhill course


Dalilah Muhammad (USA)
– broke world record with 52.20 at the US Championships
– improved her own world record to win the world 400m hurdles title in 52.16
– won world 4x400m title


Yulimar Rojas (VEN)
– won world triple jump title with 15.37m
– jumped world-leading 15.41m to move to second on the world all-time list
– won nine of her 12 competitions, including the Pan-American Games



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Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei on Sunday timed 2hrs, 14 min and 4sec to win 2019 Chicago Marathon in a new world record.


Kosegei’s winning time, which was also a course record, saw her break the world record set by Briton Paula Radcliffe in 2003.


Victory by the 26-year-old is good news for Kenya, coming just a day after world marathon record holder in men’s marathon, Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya, became the first man to run the marathon under two hours in Vienna, Austria.


Kipchoge, who is also the world marathon record holder (2:01:39), made history by becoming the first man to run a marathon under two hours when he completed the INEOS 1:59 Challenge in 1:59:40 on Saturday in Vienna.


In winning Sunday’s race, Kosgei lowered Radcliffe’s world marathon record by 81 seconds. Radcliffe’s mark has stood for 16 years.


And Kosgei was overjoyed to have won the race in a new record.


“It feels good to have come here and won. Last year when I competed here, the course was good and this year, I came here and won. It makes me feel good,” the athlete said.


Kosgei won ahead of Ethiopian duo of Ababel Yeshaneh (2:20:51) and Gelete Burka (2:20:55


Boston Marathon champion Lawrence Cherono won men’s title in a sprint finishing, clocking 2:05:45.


Cherono finished ahead of Ethiopians Defene Debela and Asefa Mengstu who timed 2:05:46 and 2:05:48 respectively. Kenya’s Bedan Karoki finished fourth in 2:05:53.


Kenya now holds records for all the long distance road races, both in full and half marathons.


Kipchoge holds men’s world marathon record of 2:01:39 which he set at the Berlin Marathon on September 16, 2018.


Geoffrey Kamworor holds the world half marathon record of 58:01 which he set in Copenhagen on September 15, 2019.


Another Kenyan, Joyciline Jepkosgei, holds the women’s world half marathon record of 1:04:51 which she claimed on October 22, 2017 in Valencia, Spain.


Before Sunday’s race,  Kosgei went to Chicago with the seventh fastest time in history of the marathon (2:18:20) from her victory in London Marathon on April 28, 2019.


Kosgei’s winning time in the London Marathon made her the fourth fastest marathoner after fellow Kenyans Mary Keitany, who holds the all-women world marathon record of  2:17:01 from 2017 in London, Ruth Chepng’etich (2:17.08) set in 2019 in Dubai, and Gladys Cherono (2:18:11) set in 2018 in  Berlin.


The other Kenyans to have broken the women’s world marathon record are Tegla Loroupe, two-time World marathon champion Catherine Ndereba and Keitany.


Loroupe broke the marathon twice — 1998 in Rotterdam at 2:20:47 and in the 1999 Berlin Marathon in 2:20:43.


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October 12, 2019.

World marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge has made history by becoming the first man to run the marathon under two hours.

Kipchoge, who is also the reigning Olympics Marathon champion, on Saturday recorded 1 hour, 59 minutes and 40.2 seconds, thereby becoming the first athlete to dip under the mythical two-hour barrier in a specially prepared course in Vienna, Austria.

Upon completing the race, an elated Kipchoge, with the Kenyan flag on his shoulders , gave his fans high-fives and performed a small jig. Later, he thanked his fans for the support they have accorded him during the attempt dubbed ‘Ineos 1:59 Challenge.’

‘I want to convey a message of a clean sport. We can achieve a lot of things through running. I want to say thank you to my fans who watched the race live here and back home in Kenya. My fans who followed the race online on Facebook, on Twitter and live on television. I appreciate the time that you set aside to follow the race. We have achieved this together, and together we can make the world a beautiful place,’ he said.

Because of the way the run was set up and paced, the International Association of Athletics Federations will not validate the time as a world record.  


Kipchoge’s wife Grace and their three children watched the race live in Vienna. Afterwards, the athlete paid glowing tribute to his family.

‘My family are my biggest fans. I am happy that they came over to watch the race live. They are among those who helped me make history, and I am happy for them,’ Kipchoge said.

Kipchoge was spurred to history by a team of 41 top pacemakers who joined the race at various times. At any one time in the race, Kipchoge was accompanied by five pacemakers. The last batch of pacemakers stayed with the legendary marathoner till the 41st kilometre before dropping off with half a kilometre to go.

From then on, Kipchoge broke into a sprint on the homestretch and could be seen pumping his fist in the air and gesturing to fans who lined up on either side of the course at Prater Park in Prague.

By running the marathon under two hours, the Kenyan road running legend achieved in doing what he failed to do two years ago in a Nike-sponsored attempt in Monza, Italy.

Kipchoge said he achieved the feat after many months of preparations.

‘It has been many months of training and I am happy it we have succeeded,’ the athlete, coached by Matthew Sang, said.

He was full of praise for his pacemakers.

‘The 41 pacemakers who were here are among the best in the world. I thank them and appreciate them for accepting to do the job. We did this together,’ Kipchoge said after the race.

The world marathon record holder hopes that his achievement will inspire athletes and Kenyans in general to break barriers in life.

‘This means a lot to Kenya. I chose to run under two hours to show them that anybody can step out of hios comfort zone and achieve great things. Together we can do more and make the world a beautiful place,’ Kipchoge said afterwards.

In his home village of Kapsisiwo in Nandi County, Kipchogès mother, in the company of friends, watched with teary eyes as their famous son achieved what was once considered impossible.

‘I am very happy to have seen my son achieve this feat. I am proud as a mother and it gives me a lot of joy,’ she said on Saturday amid song and dance.

Kenyans from all walks of life gathered at various places countrywide to follow yesterday’s race. In Nairobi, Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed joined athletics fans at Kenyatta International Convention Centre to watch the race. Crowds also gathered in Eldoret and Nakuru to watch the race.


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Men’s 3000m steeplechase final

Reigning champion Conseslus Kipruto on Friday upstaged Ethiopia’s Lamecha Girma in a photo-finish to retain 3000 metres steeplechase gold medal at the World Championships in Doha.


Kipruto won in 8 minutes and 01.35 seconds whjich was a world leading time, followed by Girma (8:01.36) and 2014 African champion Soufiane El Bakkali from Morocco who timed 8:03.76 to take bronze.


The other Kenyans in the race, 2019 African Games champion Benjamin Kigen (8:06.95), Abraham Kibiwot (8:06.95), and World Under-20 silver-medalist Leonard Kipkemoi Bett (8:10.64) finished sixth, seventh, and ninth respectively. Kipruto Girman, 18, to the finish line to win in a photo finish, beating Girma by a hundredth of a second.

“The Ethiopians (Girma and Getnet Wale) teamed up to stop me,” he said. Wale finished fourth. I went to the front and waited to kick but they also changed tack and went to the front. Then I decided to keep up with them at that quick rather than fall behind and wait for the other Kenyans because I had looked back to signal to them to charge forward but they were way behind,” Kipruto said.

So close was the race that moments after finishing the race, Girma and Kipruto anxiously watched the giant screen inside the stadium as they waited to learn their fate.


Men’s 1,500m semis

At the same time, World and Commonwealth 1,500 metres silver medalist Timothy Cheruiyot beat his opponents in Doha on his way to qualifying for the final.


Cheruiyot timed 3 minutes, 36.53 seconds to win the first semi-final heat to qualify for the final alongside Kenya’s Ronald Kwemoi who timed 3:36.53 to finish second in the second heat to qualify for the final which will be held on Sunday from 7.40pm.


Cheruiyot, who is seeking to upgrade the silver medal he claimed at the 2017 World Championships in London, yesterday said they employed a strategy of running from the front to escape pushing and shoving from their opponents.


“There was a lot of pushing and shoving in the heats, so we decided to go ahead of the field to avoid such incidences,” the athlete, who finished fifth in the 2013 World Championships in Beijing, told Nation Sport in Doha last night.


Cheruiyot won ahead of 2012 Olympic champion Toufik Makhloufi from Algeria who timed 3:36.69, and Great Britains’ Neil Gourley (3:36.69).  Kwemoi finished second in his semi-final heat behind Lewandowski (3:36.50) but ahead of third-placed Ingebrigtsen (3:36.58).


 Men’s walk race

Japan’s Toshikazu Yamanishi is the 20km race walk champion after clocking 1:26:34 in Doha on Saturday.


Russia’s Vasiliy Mizinov, who is competing as a neutral athlete, was second in 1:26:49 while Swedish Perseus Karlström took bronze in 1:27:00. Kenya’s Samuel Gathimba finished 32nd in 1:40:45 in his debut at the World Championships.


The Kenyan, who took bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth games in Gold Coast, found the going tough at the global event in Doha. Yamanishi’s victory was the first ever in the event by a Japanese athlete in the world event.



World 5000 metres champion Hellen Obiri will be out to defend her title at the World Championships in Doha on Saturday. She will compete in the final of women’s 5,000m race on Saturday from 9.25pm with fellow Kenyans Lilian Kasait and Margaret Chelimo.


Obiri, who had contemplated pulling out of women’s 5,000m race just minutes after finishing fifth on Saturday in women’s 10,000m race will be in tonight’s race.


“I have recovered well from the 10,000m race. The 10,000m race proved tough and I subsequently contemplated pulling out of 5,000m race, but I changed my mind and competed to see how my body would react,” Obiri, who ran from the front to win the semi-final heat in a time of 14 minutes, 15:13 seconds on Wednesday, said.


Obiri, who finished fourth in IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels on September 6, carries the fastest time this season of 14:20.36 which she set in at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in London. Olympics silver medallist Obiri won the first heat in 14:15:13 to qualify ahead of American Karisa Schweizer (14:52:41).


Men’s javelin

The 2015 world javelin champion Julius Yego takes to the field in the qualification round of men’s javelin at 4.30pm on Saturday. Yego, who is also Team Kenya captain at the 2019 World Championships, is again hoping to lead from the front in the final. Yego has said his immediate target is to hit the qualifying mark of 83m as he launches his title campaign in his fourth appearance at the global championship.

“I am eager to get to stadium and to get started. On Saturday (today) I will compete in the opening round and I hope I get my technique right, and to hit the qualifying mark of 83 metres and to give it my best come the final on Sunday,” the athlete, popularly known as ‘YouTube Man’ said.

Yego, with a personal best of 92.72m, faces defending champion Johanes Veter from Germany who has a personal best of 94.44 metres, and European silver medallist Andreas Hofmann who has won two IAAF Diamond League meetings this season in Monaco and Shanghai.


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Reigning champion Faith Chepngetich is on course to defending her title on Thursday at the World Championships here in Doha. Chepngetich timed 4 minutes, 14.98 seconds to finish fourth in the first semi-final heat to reach the final of the race with team mate Winnie Chebet (4:01.14) who also finished fourth in heat two. The final will be held on Saturday from 8.55pm.


Chebet had observed that Thursday’s semi-final races had proved difficult.


Dutch athlete Sifan Hassan won the first heat in a time of 4:14.69, followed by American Shelby Houlinan (4:14.91) and Morocco’s Rababe Arafi (4:14.94). American Jenny Simpson timed 4:00.99 to win heat two where Canada’s Gabriela Dubues –Stafford


 Chebet said she will rectify her approach to the race with her coach before the final race. The athlete was happy with the fact that she will run alongside Chebet in the final, something she said gives them a chance to plan how to tackle Dutch Sifan Hassan, who has already won gold in women’s 10,000m races.


 Cheruiyot reaches 1500m


World and Commonwealth 1,500 metres silver medalist Timothy Cheruiyot on Thursday led his fellow Kenyan Ronald Kwemoi in qualifying for the semi-final of the metric-mile race at the World Championships in Doha.


However, George Manangoi and 2016 World Under-20 1,500m champion Kumari Taki failed to qualify for the semi-finals planned for Friday from 8.05pm.


Cheruiyot timed 3 minutes, 36.82 seconds to win the first heat ahead of Great Britain’s Josh Kerr (3:36.99) and American Ben Blankenship (3:37.13).


 “The heat was not quick as usual, and that means there is room for improvement going into the semis. My target is to reach the final, then we can work as a team to deliver medals for Kenya,” the athlete told Nation Sport in Doha. Cheruiyot said he missed reigning world champion Elijah Manang’oi, who is also his training partner.


Kwemoi timed 3:36.66 to finish seventh in his heat and qualify as one of the six fastest losers from the heats. Ayanle Souliman from Djobouti won the heat in a time of 3:36.16, followed in second place by Algeria’s Taoufik Makhloufi (3:36.16).


 Kwemoi blamed his poor finish in the race on pushing and shoving among the athletes in the last 200m in the race.



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Reigning champion Conseslus Kipruto and his Kenyan team mates will compete in the final of men’s 3000 metres steeplechase title at the World Athletics Championships in Doha on Friday from 9.45pm local time.


The 2017 World Championships 3000m steeplechase Kipruto will compete in the final of the race on Friday from 9.45pm with Leonard Bett, Benjamin Kigen and Abraham Kibiwot. Kipruto has said hard work lies ahead for the team.


 “Everybody is out to beat me but I am heading to the final with the desire to show my class,” Kupruto said, adding that he has peaked at the right time for the World Championships.


Kigen clocked 8:19.44 to also qualify alongside Abraham Kibiwott (8:18.46) who finished third in the second heat and Leonard Bett who timed 8:13.07 to finish third in the first heat.


Kigen and Kipruto slowed down in the last 200m of Tuesday’s semi-final to conserve their energy for the Friday’s final.


“Conseslus told me that we should slow down because we were leading and had already qualified for the final but Friday’s race will be at a different level. All the opponents know each other from the Diamond League series and each of us wants to win gold, so it will be tough. We have what is necessary to deliver gold. Let’s not forget each of us is chasing gold medal,” Kigen said.


Bett, who got locked up in the inside lane and finished third in his heat, said he will employ a different strategy in the final.


Ethiopia’s Getnet Wale goes to the final with the fastest time from the heats, having timed 8:12.96 to win the first heat. He is the other athlete to look out for in the final alongside his compatriot Lamecha Girma and El Bakkali.


Walk race

Kenya’s Samuel Gathimba lines up in the final of men’s 20km race walk from 11:30 pm tonight at the World Championships in Doha.


The 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist, aged 32,  is chasing a medal on his first global championship.


The 2016 African race walk champion will tackle the course centred around the Doha Corniche on Tuesday. Gathimba, with a season best time of 1 hour, 19 minutes and 04 second, faces 56 other athletes in the race, among them Heiki Takahashi from Japan who has a season best time of 1 hour, 18.00 second, the fastest in the field.


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Defending champion Faith Chepngetich on Wednesday led qualified for the semi-finals of women’s 1,500 metres at the World Championships in Doha. Chepngetich qualified alongside fellow Kenyan Winny Chebet for Thursday’s semi-final races will be held from 11pm. Chepngetich timed 4 minutes, 03.93 seconds to finish second behind Dutch Sifan Hassan who won the heat in a time of 4:03.88.Chebet timed 4:08.36 to finish behind Morocco’s Rababe Arafi (4:08.32) in the second in heat.Chepngetich was happy with the good start to her title defence.


“I am happy to have come back from maternity leave in good form. I anticipate a tough race in the semi-finals,” Chepngetich said.


American Jenny Simpson (4:07.27) won the third heat to progress to the semi-finals alongside Canada’s Gabriela Dubues-Stafford (4:07.28). The first six athletes from each heat qualified for today’s semi-final races alongside the fastest six athletes from the heats.


Meanwhile, reigning world 5000 metres champion, Hellen Obiri won her heat to qualify for the final alongside Lilian Kasait and Margaret Chelimo. Obiri won the first heat in 14:15:13 to qualify ahead of American Karisa Schweizer who timed 14:52:41. The final will be held on Saturday. Obiri said her priority remains reaching the final when she competes in the semis.


“I changed strategy and ran a quick race from the front. The target now remains qualifying for the final and to fight for the title from there,” Obiri said yesterday.


Kasait (15:03:03) finished fourth in the second heat that also had fellow Kenyan Margaret Chelimo (15:01:08). The heat was won by Ethiopia’s Tsehay Gemechu in a time of 15:01.07. The top five athletes from the heats qualified for the final alongside the next fastest five from the heats.


At the same time, Emmanuel Korir on Wednesday stormed the final of men’s 400 metres race at the World Championships in Doha. Kenya’s other representative in the semi-final of the one-lap race, Alphas Kishoyian, finished sixth in heat three to exit the championship. Korir, who is also, clocked 44.37 seconds to finish second in his semi-final heat won by America’s Fred Kerley in a time of 44.2. Korir, whose qualifying time was also his best time this season, said afterwards that his target is to finish on the podium in Friday’s final.


“Finishing second in my heat gives me confidence. If I train well, I will do well and maybe run in 43 seconds. If I finish among the top three, I will appreciate that,” Korir, who also represented Kenya in men’s 800m race here in Doha, said.


Kishoyian timed 45.55 to finish sixth in the third heat of the semi-final won by Machel Cedenio from the Trinidad and Tobago, followed by Colombia’s Anthony Zambrano 44.55. Stephen Gardiner from the Bahamas won the second heat in 44.13. The first two athletes across the line qualified for the final alongside the next two fastest runners in the heats.





World and Commonwealth 1,500 metres silver medalist Timothy Cheruiyot lines up alongside compatriots Ronald Kwemoi, Kumari Taki and George Manangoi in men’s heats of the metric-mile race at the World Championships in Doha from 10pm on Thursday night, seeking to win the title Elijah Manangoi won two years ago in London.


Reigning champion Elijah withdrew from Team Kenya and was replaced by 2016 World Under-20 1,500m champion Kumari Taki.


At the national trials, Cheruiyot timed 3 minutes, 28.77 seconds to finish ahead of second-placed Kwemoi (93:33.99) who was followed by George (3:31.49) and Taki. Cheruiyot believes his 1500m victory at the Diamond League in Switzerland where he set a meet record, offers him a good platform from where to launch his title bid.


“I have had a good season and my training has gone on well. Winning in Switzerland puts me in a good frame of mind heading to Doha where my target is to graduate from silver to gold,” he said after winning at the trials.


Cheruiyot was promoted from the rank of a Constable to an Inspector at the Kenya Prisons Service just days before leaving for Doha with team Kenya.


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After two days of gruelling action at the National Athletics Trials at the Nyayo Stadium, Athletics Kenya have named a team of 47 track and field athletes to represent the country at the 2019 World Championships set for Doha, Qatar between September 27 to October 6 in Doha, Qatar.  


The team will be led by six wild card holders, who secured their tickets to the global championships by virtue of being the world champion and Diamond League trophy holders in their respective specialties.


World champions Geoffrey Kirui (marathon), Elijah Manangoi and Faith Chepngetich (1500m), Beatrice Chepkoech and Conseslus Kipruto (3,000m steeplechase), will spearhead the team.


With the Kenyan selectors settling for four runners to represent the country in the men’s  and women 1500m event  due to Manangoi’s and Chepngetich’s  wildcards, the battle was rife as athletes staked their claim on a slot in the Doha-bound plane.

Despite being assured of a ticket to Doha, world 1500m silver medalist Timothy Cheruiyot opted to fight for a ticket through the trials, as his now-recovered training-mate Manang’oi sat out of the national show.


Cheruiyot, who has been a dominant figure in the last two seasons produced a commanding performance to cement his name in the Doha-bound team winning the 3:34.91. Ronald Kwemoi was second in 3:37.61 while Manang’oi’s brother, George, the world under-20 champion Manangoi finished third in 3:37.00.


 “I’m glad I had uninterrupted season, successfully defending my title in the Diamond League. The focus now shifts to the world championship. I hope to continue with same shape and win the world title in Doha. I know with my training mates, the Manangoi brothers in the team and other members of the squad, we will do well at the championships,” said Cheruiyot.


 “I just decided to miss this event to give my leg more recovery time, but its responding well and I will be ready to defend my title.” Just as expected, Olympics and world champion won the women’s 1,500m final and declared she is ready to defend her title.  Kipyegon clocked 4:03.22 followed by African champion Winny Chebet (4:03.23) Sela Jepleting (4:05.25) while Judy Chepngetich was fourth, ensuring his place in the team.


“I just wanted to see how my body will react here in the trials. That’s why I went fast in the first 800m mark. Since coming back from maternity, I’m impressed with my performance and I can say I’m ready for my title defence,” Kipyegon. Chebet, who will be making her second appearance at the world championships said: “I’m good shape and this being second time at the world championships, I have enough experience to aim at the podium position.


Men’s 800m final produced the performance of the trials with youngster and world under-20 800m silver medallist Kipngetich Ngeno emerging top. Ngeno timed in 1:44.57 ahead of USA-based Emmanuel Korir while Ferguson Rotich made the team after a 1:44.63 third-place finish.


“That was a tough race. The field had good quality runners and I did not expect to beat all of them. I’m happy to make the team, having won silver in world under-20,” said Ngeno.

Korir said: “The race was very unpredictable. I’m glad to have come here and race to second place.”


Former world champion Eunice Sum settled for second best in her 800m specialty after a brilliant performance by world champion U-18 champion Jackline Wambui, who won the final.


However, the Kenyan selectors had other ideas in men’s 5000m race. The winner of Thursday’s final Michael Kibet and second-place finisher Daniel Simuyu were not named in the team with Athletics Kenya observing that they are yet to meet all anti-doping requirements set by Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).  


Thus AK named only Nicholas Kimeli, who finished third as the lone representative with the rest set to be named in due course. World under-20 silver medallist Leonard Bett was a surprise winner of the men’s 3000m steeplechase final, beating Diamond League specialist Benjamin Kigen at the tape. Bett timed 8:20.29 ahead of Kigen (8:20.56) while Abraham Kibiwott, the Commonwealth Games bronze medallist was third in 8:24.61.


Fresh from winning African Games title in Morocco, Lilian Kasait won the women’s 5000m in 15:43.55. Margaret Chelimo was second in 15:46.65 while Sheila Chelangat 15:48.65 took the lesser of the podium positions. Kasait, Chelimo will join World champion Hellen Obiri who gave the trials a wide berth with a wildcard already in the bag.


“I had recovered well from the African Games, and I came here mentally prepared to cut the team. I’m glad I made it,” said kasait.


Sprints will be represented by four runner, Nicholas Chirchir in men’s 400m hurdles, Alphas Kishoyian in men’s 400m as well as Mary Moraa and Hellen Syombua in women’s 400m event.


Selected team


400m: Alphas Kishoyian, Emmanuel Korir

400m Hurdles: Nicholas Chirchir

800M: Kipngetich Ngeno, Emmanuel Korir, Ferguson Rotich

1500m: Elijah Manang’oi, Timothy Cheruiyot, Ronald kwemoi, George Manang’oi

3,000m SC: Conseslus Kipruto, Leonard Bett, Benjamin Kigen, Abraham Kibiwott

5000m: Nicholas Kimeli

10,000m: Rhonex Kipruto, Rodgers Kwemoi, Alex Oloitiptip

Marathon: Amos Kipruto, Geoffrey Kirui, Laban Korir, Paul Lonyangata

High Jump: Mathew Sawe

Javelin: Julius Yego

Walk: Samuel Gathimba,




400m: Mary Moraa, Hellen Syombua

800M: Eunice Sum, Jackline Wambui

1500m: Faith Chepngetich, Winny Chebet, Sela Jepleting, Judy Chepngetich

5000m: Hellen Obiri, Lilian Kasait, Maragret Chelimo

10,000m: Agnes Tirop, Hellen Obiri, Rosemary Wanjiru

3,000m SC: Beatrice Chepkoech, Hyvin Kiyeng, Celliphine Chesol, Fancy Cherono

Marathon:  Ruth Chepngetich, Visiline Jepkesho, Edna Kiplagat

Walk: Grace Wanjiru,



4x400m Mixed Relays:  Mary Moraa, Gladys Musyoki, Alphas Kishoyian, Alex Sampao and Joseph Poghisio.




Team Leader: Joseph Kiget

Ass. TeamLeader Erastus Kabugi

Head Coach: Julius Kirwa

Coaches: Bernard Ouma, David Kitur, Shame Kororia, Abraham Kiplimo, Shelly Kilunda, Joseph Cheromei, Richard Metto.

Official: Fredrick Oundo Nahasion Kibor


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After superlative AK National Championships at Nyayo Stadium, Kenyan stars and newly crowned national champions now turned their focus to the Doha World Championships trials scheduled for September 12-13.


AK also used the three-day meet pick an early 10,000m squad with World 10, 000m bronze medalist Agnes Tirop staging a brilliant show qualify Doha World Championships slated for September 28-October 6.


The race which developed around Tirop, world champion Hellen Obiri, newcomer Rosemary Wanjiru of Kenya Prisons Service, former World Cross Country Champion Irene Kimais and Brilliant Jepkorir exchanging the lead for the entire event saw Tirop outsprints Obiri to the title. Tirop clocked 31:25.00 as Obiri settled for second place with 31:25.38. Prison’s Rosemary Wanjiru was third in 31:26.22.


In men’s 10,000m, the World under-20 20 champion Rhonex Kipruto, Rodgers Kwemoi also got men’s 10,000m early tickets to the World Championships. However, the three-time world half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor, the eventual winner of the trial. Kamworor has opted to concentrate on the forthcoming New York Marathon.  


Kamworor clocked 27:24.76 ahead of Kipruto (27:26.34), with kwemoi, the 2015 World under-20 10,000m champion timing 27:26.92 in third place. Alex Oloitiptip of KDF finished fourth in 27:29.40.

Other highlight of the championships includes  World 1500m current lead Timothy Cheruiyot, Elijah Manangoi, Winny Chebet all gearing  up to the IAAF worlds championships trials with top performance.


Cheruiyot, also world 1500m silver medallist stepped down from his specialty to win the men’s 800m finals Cheruiyot timed 1:43.11 ahead of Jonathan Kitilit (1:44.50 as Cornelius Tuwei settled for second in 1:45.30 “I just wanted to sharpened my speed in 800m ahead of trials and remaining Diamond League meetings, that’s why I stepped down to 800m” said Cheruiyot.

Just as expected men’s 1500m finals national title went to World Champion Manangoi of Police easily clocked 3:37.36 to beat 2015 world 20 1500m champion Kumari Taki (3:37.44) in second place as Justus Soget timed 3:38.51 in third place.

“I feel great to come back from injury, I now in great form and ready to defend my title in Doha” said Manangoi after the race.


Winny Chebet (4:05.09) of KDF won the women’s 1500m finals. Selah Jepleting (4:05.43) was second Judith Jepleting was third timing 4:06.27.

African Youth Games 2000m steeplechase champion Fancy Cherono fine tune her World championships trial by winning the 3000m steeplechase finals. The Bomet-born timed 9:42.05. Mercy Wanjiru (9:43.96) was second while Caroline Biwott of KDF ran 9:56.78 in third place.


In other highlight of the Championships, Nicholas Chirchir (49.43) became the national champion after winning the 4oom hurdles beating Ezekiel Bett (50.30) to second with KDF’s John Gikonyi dipping 51.17 to close the podium. Two-time Africa High Jump champion Mathew Sawe of KDF scaled 2:15 to retain his national title.

World Under-18 400m silver medalist Mary Moraa (Police) dominated women’s 400m finals, winning the race in 52.65. Gladys Musyoki (Police) second in 54.13 while Nivian Michira of Prisons closed the podium in 54.24.


 In men’s 400m finals, Alfas Kishoyian of KDF reclaimed his 400m title by winning the 45.55 seconds, lex Sampao was second in 46.41. Collins Omae third in 46.42.

“It’s feel great to reclaim my national title ahead of African Games where I hope to post good results” said Kishoyian.


Ferdinand Omanyala and Monica Safania of Police are the new national men and women’s 100m champions respectively.  Omanyala clocked 10.48 seconds as Samuel Chege of KDF came in second in to second place in 10.73. Prisons’ Hesbon Ochieng was third in 10.80.Safania ran 12.36 to claim her first national title, beating Fresha Mwangi (12.69.) Patricia Isichi closed the podium.


 On other results of the of the championships includes, Veronica Kerubo winning the  women’s 400m hurdle  title . Maximila Imali jump her way to victory in long jump with 6.28m, Gloria Mulei was secondin 6.91 with Petronila Mwombe taking bronze. 


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On Monday the Sports Cabinet Secretary become the first sports minister to visit Riadha House since 2006 when Maina Kamanda made a courtesy call to the country’s athletics governing body.


Amina who was accompanied by Sports Chief Administrative Secretary Hassan Noor Hassan was taken to the Athletics Kenya museum and held consultative meeting with AK President Lt. Gen (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei, chairmen from 16 regions, affiliates and top athletes to enable her understand the structure and the role AK plays.


In his presentation AK President said: “At AK as federation, we look at Governance, integrity and administration and we do all this through documents we have established. We are guided by documents that has gone through a procedure. We use the Kenyan constitution, IAAF constitution because we are an affiliate, African Athletics Confederation (CAA) affiliate that guides us in management of athletics, our own AK constitution is in accordance with sports registrar, we also guided by WADA code regarding doping, and Anti-doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK). We are also guided by National Olympics of kenya (NOC-K) constitution, Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) documents produced by IAAF on integrity and doping, Kenya Sports Act document, sports registrar regulations”


“Last year, WADA and AIU in collaboration with ADAK presented ‘Project Kenya’ report which says doping in Kenya is “unsophisticated, opportunistic, and uncoordinated and there is no evidence of an institutionalised system. The report was released after a probe on Kenya by WADA’s Intelligence and Investigations Department in collaboration with the ADAK and AIU.


The national running sports body head also appealed to the government to help criminalise doping through government procedures.


 “We are appealing to you to help us in the government procedures to ensure that doping is criminalised in order to end this menace,” said Tuwei.


He added: “Another problem we are facing as a federation are the foreigners coming into the country,  getting involved in athletics activities thus leaving a damage by the time they leave,  and we don’t know what kind of visas they get when they come in. Early this year we managed to register all the coaches and trainers both Kenyans and foreigners.”


The president also weighed in on sports facilities: “We need a proper consultation, because some of the stadiums being put up by the counties are not up to standards. Some tracks are longer than required, no one has consulated AK on how to put them up. Coordination is needed.


“But generally we thank the government for all the support they have accorded the federation for many years. Next year, AK is going to celebrate 70 years, we have come a long way it has not been easy. It has been challenging.”   


On her parts CS Amina assured the AK administration of full government support on doping and promised to ensure cheating is eradicated by criminalisation of doping.


“Doping will be minimal, we need put it to the bare minimum, and we need to construct firewalls by monitoring, evaluating and guiding the process of ensuring it is eradicated and ensure the integrity in the system. AK will get full cabinet and parliament support and ensure the bill criminalizing doping is assented by the highest office,” Amina said.


Amina also noted: “It’s unfair to ban an athlete over doping and leaving those who manage and train the said athlete to continue with the illegal activities. We should belief in fairness and justice, I’m putting this on the table, so you tell us, the ministry, whether that’s something you are going to support and drive it by yourself, we need to think seriously and soul search on the matter.”


The CS also promised to look into cash rewards to the retired athletes who managed to represent the country in the golden years.


She also praised the work ADAK is doing in educating sportsmen and women on doping matters and promised the government will enhance its manpower because it’s understaffed.


On matters of athletes switching alliance, the CS said: “Nationality of athletes is something we can work on together but it’s difficult to regulate but it’s also possible to regulate change of allegiance among athletes because sports is regulated all over the world. However, Kenya has bilateral understanding with other countries so it’s something that is difficult to stop but we can ask for prior information so that we are not caught by surprise seeing our athletes competing for other countries.”


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Athletics Kenya in conjunction with Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) on Wednesday conducted an Anti-doping seminar for World Cross Country bound squad at Kigari Teachers Training College.


The stellar cast team that includes two-time Cross Country Champion Geoffrey Kamworor, Olympics steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto, World 5000m champion Hellen Obiri, Steeplechase world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech, World 1500m Elijah Managoi were taken through doping violation rules,  Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE), dangers of doping.


If the medication an athlete is required to take to treat an illness or condition happens to fall under the prohibited list, TUE may give that athlete the authorization to take the needed medicine and its given according to the International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ISTUE) rules  to ensure that the process of granting TUEs is harmonized across sports and countries.


Kenya is still under surveillance of IAAF watch list as the national running body Athletics Kenya continues with the fight against use banned performance-enhancing substances among Kenyan runners has reiterated that only clean athletes will be allowed to represent Kenya at any given championships or meeting.


The anti-doping campaign is conducted in line with rules set by Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) in the fight against doping that has put Kenya at high risk sanction.

Last year AIU formulated guidelines that saw national federations being categorized into three different categories — A, B and C. Category A features countries with high risk nations while category C has low risks of nations facing potential ban.


Speaking at the official Cross Country training camp launch attended by Lotto Foundation Officials on March 14, at Kigari Teachers Training College in Embu County, AK president Lt. Gen (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei reiterated that the federation has put in measures to ensure that the country sends a clean team to the World Cross Country championships slated for Aarhus, Denmark on March 30.


“We have before you leave for the competition every one of you will be required to fill in a consent form and this will not only be in the Cross Country but also in all competitions. ” said Tuwei.


The team departs to Aarhus, Denmark March 27 for the biennial global showpiece set for March 30.


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Daisy Jepkemei extended her dominance on the local circuit, clocking 34:52.7 to win the senior women’s 10km during the third Athletics Kenya cross country meeting held yesterday at Kapsokwony High School ground in Mount Elgon.




Chepkemei was on fire from the gun and stuck with the leading pack before bolting off in the last kilometres.  Sheila Chelangat finished second in 35:25.0 while Beatrice Chepkemei completed the podium in 35:34.7.Alice Aprot (35:42.1), Irene Kimais (36:09.5) and Beatrice Begi  (37:908) followed in that order.




In an interview, Jepkemei said the event was part her preparations for the forthcoming national and world cross-country meetings respectively.




She said she is currently enjoying top form and hopes to make Team Kenya to the world cross-country. “ I started my training early and I am happy I am now reaping the fruits,” she noted.




In the senior men’s 10km race, Vincent Nyamongo ruled supreme, clocking 27:41.1 to beat Collins Korir (27:44.1) and Eliud Kipsang (27:49.8) to the second and third places respectively. Tony Kiplangat (27:54.7) and Musa Jipcho (27:56.3) completed the top five places.




The junior men’s 8km race saw Michael Kibet clock 24:22.8 to win the race. Charles Kakuri shook off a strong challenge from Gideon Kipngetich to place second in 24:32.1. Kipngetich was timed at 24:39.1 while Edwin Kiplangat was fourth in 24:49.0.




Winny Kimtai clocked 21:15.2 to win the junior women’s race. She was followed inn the second and third place by Emmaculate Chepkirui (21:16.8) and Monica Chirchir (21:21.0) respectively. Immaculate Anyango 21:28.2 completed the top four places.




Senior 10km women race


Daisy Jepkemei 34:52.7


Sheila Chelangat 35:25.0


Beatrice Chepkemei 35:34.7


Alice Aprot 35:42.1


Irene Kimais 36:09.5


Beatrice Begi  37::908.




 Senior men’s 10km race


Vincent Nyamong 27:41.1


Ciollins Korir 27:44.1


Eliud Kipsang 27:49.8


Tony Kiplangat 27:54.7


Musa Jipcho 27:56.3


Paul Korir  27:59.4



Junior men’s 8km race


Michael Kibet 24:22.8


Charles Kakuri 24:32.1


Gideon Kipngetich 24:39.1


Edwin Kiplangat 24:49.0


Bravine Kogen 24:53.3


Joel Kiplimo 24:59.0





Women’s 6km junior race


 Winny Kimtai 21:15.2


Emmaculate Chepkirui 21:16.8


Monica Chirchir 21:21.0


Immaculate Anyango 21:28.2


Josephine Chelangat 21:34.0


Flelixiana Kanda 21:37.0


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November 9, 2018

Athletics Kenya in conjunction with the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) on Friday mobilized elite Athletes in the country to denounce cheating in the sport during the AK Ant-Doping Day Campaign.


In an exercise carried out at Iten Playing Grounds in Elgeyo Mrakwet County during the week, the athletes promised to work together with the two organizations in an effort to stamp out doping in athletics.


Led by Athletics Kenya President Lt. General (Rtd) Jack K. Tuwei and ADAK Chief Executive Officer Japhter Rugut, the athletes made a declaration to compete clean by Saying No to Doping and mentoring upcoming runners to exercise honesty.


The campaign, whose Theme is ‘Expose Dopers, Save Our Sport’, started with a one kilometer procession within Iten town before ending at the playing grounds for the declaration.


This is one of the several educational campaign forums aimed at sensitizing athletes against doping that has threatened the Sport Industry in recent times.


President Tuwei asked all athletics stakeholders to take the exercise with the seriousness it deserves and work in unity in fighting cheating in order to protect those running clean.


“It is the duty of all of us to protect the Sport. I am asking you to train hard and smart and win clean. Many have excelled without taking power-enhancing drugs. Let us work together to end this infringement,” warned the President who was accompanied by AK Senior Vice President Paul Mutwii, AK CEO Susan Kamau and Regional development Director Ibrahim Hussein Kipkemboi.


ADAK, under the stewardship of the organization’s Chief Executive Officer Japhter Rugut, promised to do all within its powers to ensure cheating in sports is put to an end.


On their part, the athletes, led by their representatives David Lekuta Rudisha (the Africa Athletes’ President), Benjamin Limo (former IAAF Athletes Representative) and Milkah Chemos (the AK Athletes Representative) promised to advocate the philosophy of training hard and competing clean.


The Iten Ant-Doping Declaration is part of the aggressive measures being mounted by Athletics Kenya Federation and the Kenya Anti-Doping Agency to educate and raise awareness across the country.


Other top athletes who attended the Campaign rally included Women World Marathon Record Mary Keitany, World Half Marathon and Cross Country Champion Geoffrey Kamworor, Olympic Champion Conseslus Kipruto and Former World Marathon Record holder Wilson Kipsang among several others.


 The Athletics Kenya Anti-Doping Day was launched last year and was celebrated in Kapsabet and Nyahururu during the month of November.


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Kenya is putting all acts together by pulling all the resources in the fight to eradicate cases of cheating in athletics competitions.


In aggressive measures by Athletics Kenya and well-wishers, the federation has embarked on a series of educational and awareness campaigns across the country.


This week, the federation is taking the campaign to Iten, the famed ‘Home of Champions’, targeting thousands of elite and upcoming athletes from across the country in the campaign themed ‘Expose Dopers, Save Our Sport’.


Also to be wrap-up in the Anti-Doping activities is the Athletics Support Personnel namely the Coaches, Athletics Managers, Athletics Officials and Physiotherapists as the war against cheating intensifies.


 The Athletics Kenya Anti-Doping Day, launched in November last year and marked in Nyahururu and Kapsabet, is meant to educate athletes on the negative effects of doping and ends with taking vows denouncing the vice and embracing the value of Running Clean and Saying No to doping.


In August this year, the Federation outlined the strategies aimed at reclaiming the glory of the sport with proposals to form an oversight committee comprising experts from across all the fields to arrest the situation.


Apart from marking the November 9th as an Ant-Doping Day, equivalent campaigns will be carried out during all the Athletics Kenya Cross Country and Relays series as well as in all the Track and Field Weekend Meetings that will be held in various regions across the country.


The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) has also intensified its activities by organizing seminars; carry out the out-of competition tests and testing all the top winners of local competitions.


Similar activities will be held on April 12th next year at the Lornah Kiplagat’s Stadium in Elgeyo Marakwet County, all aimed at restoring the image of the sport.


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 The 2018 Standard Chartered Nairobi International Marathon takes place in the Kenyan capital on Sunday morning with a galaxy of top stars signing up for the race.


The annual event, expected to entice more than 25,000 participants all together, will see most of the roads in the Western part of the city closed as seasoned and greenhorn battle for top prizes in all the categories.


The city streets and highways will be converted into combat zones where runners and athletics fans will converge during the event that will be marking its 16th anniversary this year.


The champion’s class will renew their rivalry in the main races that comprises the mainstream 42 and 21 Kilometers and the shorter 10Km while families and fans will flood the streets running in the 5Kilometres category.


In 42.195Kilometres, Edinburgh Marathon Champion Julius Kiplagat Korir and Standard Chartered Hong Kong 2017 runners-up Julius Keter will be fighting for the men title where Robert Kemboi from Kapsait in Elgeyo Marakwet County is planning to recapture the crown he won in 2016.


The women class is an open race since most of the renown marathoners have opted to compete in the 21Kilometres as a prelude to their major races later in the year.


However, Eunice Chebet and Naomi Kipsanai, both with vast experience in half marathons, will be aiming at improving their profile after registering in the women’s 42Km.


In the 21Kilometres, Valary Aiyabei, the reigning Beijing Marathon champion, will be the main attraction after returning to defend the title she won last before taking her winning streak to Asia.


The event, started in 2002, has been the spring board for upcoming athletes who have used the race to launch their Road Race Running career that has taken them to global competitions.


The Nairobi race precedes three similar competitions that will be held in Singapore, Mumbai and Hong Kong, all sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank.


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The Cross Country running season set in motion this week with the 10th edition of Isaiah F. Kiplagat Memorial Ndalat Gaa Kids event on Saturday in Nandi County.


The race, launched on Thursday last week in Nairobi, has enticed thousands of participants after the event sponsors and partners pumped in more than Ksh5 million for the championships.


During the launch, the new World Marathon Record holder Eliud Kipchoge was named the Race Ambassador for the second time as the cross-country opens the new season.


There will be more than 12 categories with young kids and veterans and elders above 40 years covering different distances ranging from 500m to 10Km with age classification.


Mobile Phone Service Provider Safaricom and Nandi County Government are the top sponsors of the race pioneered by former Athletics Kenya boss the Late Isaiah F. Kiplagat who hailed from the region.


Additional sponsors include Athletics Kenya, Kenya Seed Company, Soft Drink Manufacturer Coca Cola, Amaco Insurance Company, Nike, Kass Fm and National Hospital Insurance Fund among others.


“This year, we are expecting to see more participants competing in different categories including the elite in both men and women. We have Olympics and World Champions joining upcoming athletes to motivate them,” said Kennedy Tanui, the Nandi County Sports Chief Executive Officer and also the Central Rift Athletics Kenya region secretary.


The Ndalat event, to be confined within Ndalat Gaa Girls High School playing grounds, will serve as a starter to many cross country and track prospects as the new sporting calendar begin before major international championships early next year.


Last year during its 9th edition, Nicholas Kipkorir and Sandra Cherono won the senior categories titles which were won by   cross country specialists Alice Aprot and Abraham Kiptum in 2016 respectively.


The winners in all the categories will go home with cash prizes, animals and material awards with the first 20 in all the categories being in the reward brackets.


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August 22, 2018

Athletics Kenya is taking the war against cheating in competitions a notch higher by combining effort with other agencies to fight the menace in the country.


During a consultative meeting between Athletics Kenya Executive Members and all the Regional Chairmen at Riadha on Wednesday, the Federation outlined the strategies aimed at redeeming the country and ensuring strict adherence to the competition rules and regulations.


The meeting resolved to form an oversight team of experts from concerned government agencies to eradicate isolated cases of doping which is tainting efforts by those competing clean.


“We are condemning this vice strongly and once again asking our athletes to exercise honesty at all time. We are not where we want to be. We must combine efforts to restore the glory of the sport,” said Athletics Kenya President Lt. Gen (Rtd) Jack Tuwei while briefing the press.


The team will include qualified personnel from the Criminal Investigation Department, experts from the Ministry of Health, Attorney General’s office, Immigration Department, Ministry of Education, Council of Governors, Media Council of Kenya and the Department of Sports among others.


“We must work together because we have to protect clean athletes and the name of the country. We are asking everybody to work with us in this war. We must compete clean,” added the President after reading the resolutions reached during the meeting.


Over the last three years, the federation has put up measures to fight doping that include the formation of Kenya Doctors Network (KDN), education programs for athletes and support personnel and registration of all athletes in the country.


Apart from the normal tests carried out during and out of competitions, athletes are also required to avail themselves any time they are needed by updating their where-about as missing the tests is also an offense.


The establishment of the Ant-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) and the passing of the ant-doping bill in parliament are other mitigations geared towards fighting the cheating that has made the country to remain in the International Association of Athletics Federation’s Watch List for the last three years.


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