Biography of Mpongo Love

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M’Pongo Love, whose real name Alfride M’Pongo Landu is a Congolese musician. She is well known for soft soprano voice but even more importantly because she succeeded in becoming a succesful musician despite being disabled. Along with Mbilia Bel, Tshala Mwana and Abeti Masikini, she is considered as one of the greatest female Congolese musicians.

Mpongo Love’s Childhood and early career

Mpongo at with Empopo Loway and Tcheke Tcheke Love

Mpongo Love with Les Ya Tupas and Mayaula Mayoni

Mpongo Love tours abroad including Festac 77

Rivalry with Abeti Masikini

Mpongo Love Leaves Empopo Loway and goes to Paris

 

Mpongo leaves Safari Ambiance, goes to Gabon then back home

The Death of Mpongo Love

Legacy of Mpongo Love and Sandra Mpongo

Mpongo Love Discography

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Videos of William Inganga playing for Cerro Porteno of Paraguay

Former AFC Leopards striker William Inganga is the only Kenyan ever to play in the Copa Libertadores which is the premier club competition in South America. He did so in 1996 when he featured for Cerro Porteno of Paraguay. He played three Copa Libertadores matches. During his time in Paraguay, Inganga scored some spectacular goals as evidenced by the videos below.

Inganga who was born on March 13 1969, first came to prominence while playing for Nyangori boys secondary school. One of the most memorable games was when he steered Nyangori to a win over the much vaunted national schools champions Kakamega high in 1989. His exploits at school level attracted the attention of AFC Leopards scouts. Leopards were desperate to find a replacement of Joe Masiga whose career had recently come to an end. Inganga did not disappoint as he immediately emerged as one of the top strikers in Kenya.

His exploits in the Kenyan league attracted the attention of Egyptian giants Zamalek whom he joined in 1994. He stayed there for one and a half years before joining Cerro Porteno of Paraguay.

Interestingly enough, while Inganga was playing at the highest levels of South American football, he was not called up to the national team. In fact though Inganga was one of the most prolific scorers in the Kenyan league in the early 1990s, he never featured prominently for the national team.

As such it was highly unexpected when he went to South America and made a success of it. Unfortunately his explots in South America hardly got any notice in the Kenyan press. To this day, very few Kenyan football fans know that Inganga played at the highest levels of South American football.

On leaving Cerro Porteno, Inganga joined Club Atlético Torino de Talara of Peru, before proceeding to China where he played for Beijing Guoan which was one of the top teams in China. He briefly returned to Cerro Porteno before being sidelined by a long term injury. After succesful surgery he returned to football in 1999, when he played in the top Indian league for Salgaocar of Goa. He would then conclude his career at Ruwi FC in Oman where he played alongside Felix Otieno, the former Gor Mahia midfielder.

 


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Kenya vs Spain Rugby Photogallery

On this date, the Kenya rugby XV scored a memorable 36-27 victory of a Spain team that was ranked 10 places ahead of Kenya in the IRB standings.


Both sets of players line up for anthems


Spain fans were on hand to witness the proceedings


The Kenyan backs were relentless in running at Spain who had a torrid time stopping Kenya


Though outmatched in terms of size, the kenya front 8 met and matched the aggresive Spanish pack


Centre Jacob Ojee was a handful for the Spaniards throughout the game with his evasive runs. Ojee scored one try

 


Jacob Ojee was critical in producing the turning point of the game: As he raced clear, a Spain defender had no ption but to execute a high tackle on Okombe. The Spaniard was sent to the Sin bin. Kenya went from trailing 26-27 to winning 36-27

 


Mike Okombe shrugs off a tackle from Mathieu Roca.


The Spain coach was left befuddled when Kenya took control of the game


Spain players react after the final whistle was blown


Players pose for a group photo after the final whistle

 

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Reducing number of foreigners to 3 is not the solution

In what looks like a salvo against Gor Mahia , FKF chair Sam Nyamweya has agreed with Tusker coach Francis Kimanzi and has decided that next season the number of foreigners in each time will be three, of whom only two can play at the same time.
“We are concerned by the huge number of foreign players in the country and while we have allowed clubs to sign five, we are now going to scale it down to three.” said Sam Nyamweya to the Standard.
The FKF is also adopting draconian measures to supposedly ensure that only quality players can play in Kenya.

Furthermore, to ensure that only the best are allowed into the country, the federation will set up standards to be met by those wishing to play in Kenya.

Nyamweya also wants the immigration department to clamp down on foreigners playing in lower leagues.

“We are aware that many foreigners are taking part in the other lower leagues and the fact is we have not given them permission. We are wondering how they got work permits without us ” he said.

Taking such a draconian measure and forcing teams to field mediocre local players will not necessarily strengthen the national team. For example, Germany who are the current world champions and are perrenial world beaters have a league whereby foreigners represent 45% of the total number of players. The German second tier is 31% foreigner. Clearly Germany did not become world beaters by curbing the number of foreigners. They did it via structured youth development. Every team in the German first and second tier is compelled to have youth structures which are subject to quality control by the national federation. So rather than look for easy fixes that will not raise the standards, perhaps FKF should look at youth development.

Note that even when the Kenyan league was 95% local players, the national team never did well. the root causes of the poor performance has always been poor organization at the federation level and a lack of structured youth development. It seems Nyamweya is seeking a convenient excuse.

This came about after Tusker coach Francis Kimanzi singled out Gor Mahia as a team that is benefiting due to foreigners.

“It is good that Gor Mahia are doing well in the inter-club championships but the unfortunate thing is that when you look at the squad, their key players are all foreigners. “This is an unfortunate situation and unless addressed urgently, it will affect our progress as a country,” said Kimanzi to goal.com

Kimanzi who also has 5 foreigners would likely be singing a different tune if  his own foreign contingent was productive like say the Gor Mahia foreign legion.

If anything, Gor Mahia is to be commended for being one of only 2 or 3 teams that have a permanent youth side.

KPL chair Jack Oguda concurred that the number of foreigners needs to be curbed.
We are considering things like imposing an age limit on the foreign players allowed in our league. We also want to comprehensively deal with the issue of refugees which continues to bother us,” he explained to the Standard.

Oguda is especially misguided because high quality foreigners generally make the league more exciting and thus able to draw more broadcasters and sponsors. A classic example is the video of the goal that Kagere scored against Nakuru All stars which went viral on social media. The English premier league is the most popular league in the world precisely because of the foreign contingent.


Local players like Abondo can learn by playing with good foreign players like Nigiziyimana

Foreign players also compel local players to work harder in order to maintain their position and impart some of their excellent work ethic to local players. Local players can learn a lot by playing with excellent foreign players or watching them in training. Nizigiyimana did not become an excellent crosser by accident. He is good because he likely practises this particular skill endlessly in training.

Also limiting Kenyan teams to only 3 foreign players will basically doom the local teams to always being eliminated in the opening rounds of the continental events. Even the CECAFA club cup will be a bridge too far for local teams.

This is not to say that the number of foreign players should not be curbed. This is saying that the current number of 5 foreigners is already a reasonable number. It means that if a club has 25 players then 20 out of 25 will be local which means at least 80% of the players in the league will be local.


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Kenyan’s shine in Sainsbury Diamond League

Athletics - IAAF World Athletics Championships - Osaka 2007 - Nagai Stadium

Eunice Sum, Mercy Cherono, Conselus Kipruto and Asbel Kiprop were all in imperious form as they won their respective races at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games Diamond League meet held at the London Olympic stadium.

Kiprop wins mile in unorthodox fashion

Fresh from his superb performance at the Monaco Grand Prix that made him the 3rd fastest 1500m runner ever, Asbel Kiprop was once again looking unbeatable. Kiprop led the chase pack until just before 800 meters, when he suddenly dropped back and allowed the entire 15-man field to pass him. Instead of dropping out, however, Kiprop hung back there for the next lap before rejoining the leaders with 300 meters to go and pulling away to win the race handily in the homestretch thanks to a 54.6-second last lap. It was a truly bizarre sight to behold; it was almost as if Kiprop was so confident in his fitness that he decided he needed to give himself an extra challenge.

What made it incredible is that Kiprop seemingly toyed with a field that included Ayanleh Suleiman of Djibouti, a man who has challenged Kiprop and beaten him several times in the past year.

Video

Results

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points
Details 1 Asbel Kiprop KENKEN 3:54.87 4
Details 2 Matthew Centrowitz USAUSA 3:55.03 2
Details 3 Ayanleh Souleiman DJIDJI 3:55.06 1
Details 4 Charlie Grice GBRGBR 3:55.27
Details 5 Ben Blankenship USAUSA 3:55.48
Details 6 Henrik Ingebrigtsen NORNOR 3:55.51
Details 7 Jakub Holuša CZECZE 3:55.66
Details 8 Leonel Manzano USAUSA 3:55.67
Details 9 Ross Murray GBRGBR 3:55.71
Details 10 Chris O’Hare GBRGBR 3:56.35
Details 11 Thomas Lancashire GBRGBR 3:56.87

 

Mercy Cherono wins with spectacular final lap

Mercy Cherono ran an amazing 63 second final lap to win the women’s 5000m. American Molly Huddle had an incredible 10 second gap on the rest of the field at the 2000m mark. It looked improbable that the rest of the field woild catch up. Cherono started to close the gap gradually and by the bell was already close to Huddle. She passed Huddle at the back-stretch but Huddle was not done and continued to battle. She tried to rally back in the final bend but Cherono had an extra gear.

Results

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points
Details 1 Mercy Cherono KENKEN 14:54.81 4
Details 2 Molly Huddle USAUSA 14:57.42 2
Details 3 Janet Kisa KENKEN 15:10.66 1
Details 4 Marielle Hall USAUSA 15:19.96
Details 5 Haftamnesh Tesfay ETHETH 15:20.52
Details 6 Emily Sisson USAUSA 15:27.30
Details 7 Rhona Auckland GBRGBR 15:27.60
Details 8 Kate Avery GBRGBR 15:27.94
Details 9 Liv Westphal FRAFRA 15:28.71
Details 10 Jessica Coulson GBRGBR 15:29.50

 

Conselus Kipruto finally takes down Birech as Kenyans dominate

At the 2013 world championships, Conselus Kipruto looked set to take over as king of steeplechase from Ezekiel Kemboi. However Jairus Birech emerged from nowhere and thoroughly dominated this event in 2014. Kipruto has had to live in the shadow of Birech for the past year.  Kipruto had not won a diamond league race since 2013.

This Sunday however he battled gamely against Birech who had earlier withdrawn due to malaria only to make a comeback.

With two laps to go Birech led but Kipruto and Koech were rclose. Hillary Yego, who had been trailing the top three by a few meters, joined them with 600 to go, setting the stage for an exciting final lap.

In the last lap , Birech, Kipruto and Koech continued to battle. With 200m to go, it was down to Birech and Kipruto neck and neck. Birech’s superior hurdling technique putting him slightly ahead at the final barrier but Kipruto dug deep for his first Diamond League win since June 2013, running 8:09.47, while Birech had to settle for second in 8:09.81.

Paul Kipsiele Koech who has been running at the top level for over a decade, proved he is still going strong by finishing 3rd.

Video

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points
Details 1 Conseslus Kipruto KENKEN 8:09.47 4
Details 2 Jairus Kipchoge Birech KENKEN 8:09.81 2
Details 3 Paul Kipsiele Koech KENKEN 8:12.13 1
Details 4 Hillary Kipsang Yego KENKEN 8:13.10
Details 5 Clement Kemboi Kimutai KENKEN 8:16.11
Details 6 Andrew Bayer USAUSA 8:18.08
Details 7 Abel Kiprop Mutai KENKEN 8:21.46
Details 8 Abraham Kibiwott KENKEN 8:22.10
Details 9 Víctor García ESPESP 8:22.46
Details 10 Stanley Kipkoech Kebenei USAUSA 8:24.58

Eunice Sum Stays perfect in 2015

No one in the world has beaten Eunice Sum in 2015. On Sunday she proved that she is still the hot favourite to defend the world championship she won in 2013 by shocking the Russians. This Sunday she once again looked imperious. As usual she took her place right behind the rabbit .

1500m specialist Sifan Hassan tried to make a move down the back stretch, passing Sum with 250m to go. But Sum had too much left in reserve. She easily took the lead and glided effortlessly to win in 1:58.44.

Video

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points
Details 1 Eunice Jepkoech Sum KENKEN 1:58.44 4
Details 2 Sifan Hassan NEDNED 1:59.46 2
Details 3 Lynsey Sharp GBRGBR 1:59.57 1
Details 4 Molly Beckwith-Ludlow USAUSA 1:59.58
Details 5 Chanelle Price USAUSA 1:59.99
Details 6 Angelika Cichocka POLPOL 2:00.39
Details 7 Shelayna Oskan-Clarke GBRGBR 2:00.60
Details 8 Selina Büchel SUISUI 2:01.70
Details 9 Brenda Martinez USAUSA 2:02.40
Details Adelle Tracey GBRGBR DNF

 

Rudisha narrowly loses to Amos

David Rudisha continued his comeback after missing the 2014 season with an injury. One person Rudisha has not beaten since he returned from injury is Nijel Amos. But he seems to be getting closer each time. This time he lost by only a tenth of a second. Rudisha normally takes off like a bullet and maintains the pace through two laps. This time he started slowly and built up speed as the race wore on.

Boris Berian took an early lead. With 250m to go Rudisha and Amos led the following pack in reeling in Berian. With 100m to go, Amos and Rudisha were neck and neck. The Botswanan had to dig deep to beat Rudisha.

“I am coming back nicely, and I know in the coming races, I will be there. I am really encouraged and motivated because I lost by very few meters.” said Rudisha after the race.

 

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK
Details 1 Nijel Amos BOTBOT 1:44.57
Details 2 David Lekuta Rudisha KENKEN 1:44.67
Details 3 Adam Kszczot POLPOL 1:44.85
Details 4 Mark English IRLIRL 1:45.49
Details 5 Michael Rimmer GBRGBR 1:45.67
Details 6 Pierre-Ambroise Bosse FRAFRA 1:45.73
Details 7 Kyle Langford GBRGBR 1:45.78
Details 8 Erik Sowinski USAUSA 1:45.82
Details 9 Boris Berian USAUSA 1:46.13
Details 10 Casimir Loxsom USAUSA 1:48.04
Details Sammy Tangui KENKEN DNF

 


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Mousoukou soukou by Koffi Olomide (lyrics and translation)

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In 1996, Koffi Olomide and Papa Wemba, two stalwarts of Congolese music came together to create an album named “Wake Up”. At this point in time, Koffi was at the pinnacle of his career and was no doubt the top Congolese artiste and perhaps the most popular musicians in Africa.

Papa Wemba had been one of the first to notice Koffi’s talents. In the late 1970s, he recruited Koffi to sing for his band which at the time was called Viva La Musica. Koffi had therefter left to form his own band named Quartier Latin, thus starting a very public feud between them.

When they came together for the Wake Up album in 1996, many thought the feud had ended. But they would soon start feuding again. Even to the point of criticizing each other in their songs.


 

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Kenya finish second overall at world youth championships

Kenya continued their strong tradition at the world youth championships when they finished second overall in the medal table. The world youth championships are for Youth (under 17) and are held every two years.

Kipyegon Ruto wins 3000m in blanket finish

This race was a three-man tussle between two Kenyans and an Ethiopian. In the end Richard Yator Kimunyan was the one who had an extra gear. He won in 7:54.45. His compatriot Davis Kiplangat was second in 7:54.52. Ethiopia’s Tefera Mosisa took bronze in 7:55.04, a personal best.

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK
1 Richard Yator Kimunyan KENKEN 7:54.45
2 Davis Kiplangat KENKEN 7:54.52
3 Tefera Mosisa ETHETH 7:55.04c4“`

Tarbei, Bett a class above everyone else in 800m

The Kenyan duo of Will Tarbei and Kipyegon Bett were in a class of their own, They thoroughly dominated the boys 800m race, finishing almost 3 seconds ahead of everyone else. They dominated the race leading from start to finish passing 200m in 24.80 and 400m in 52.14, impressive numbers.

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK
1 Willy Kiplimo Tarbei KENKEN 1:45.58
2 Kipyegon Bett KENKEN 1:45.86
3 Luis http://kenyapage.net/commentary/wp-admin/post-new.phpFernando Pires BRABRA 1:48.61

The emergence of the duo offers some hope to Kenya fans as there is a suddent dearth of 800m runners in Kenya at senior level.

 

Ruto regains 2000m steeplechase title for Kenya

Though Kenya has traditionally dominated the steeplechase events at youth, junior and senior levels, they did surrender the youth title to Ethiopia in 2013. However there would be no repeat of the same this time, thanks to aggressive front-running display by Vincent Kipyegon Ruto, who won in 5:27.58. After one lap , two Kenyans, Ruto and Geofrey Rotich, and the Ethiopian pair of Sebisibe and Tegenu Mengistu were already way ahead of the field. Ruto pushed the pace and dropped the challengers one by one for a convicing victory.

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK
1 Vincent Kipyegon Ruto KENKEN 5:27.58
2 Wogene Sebisibe ETHETH 5:29.41
3 Geoffrey Rotich KENKEN 5:30.16

 

Taki sets championship record in 1500m

Kumari Taki led this race from start to finish and won in commanding fashion with a new championship record at 3:36.38 . The previous record was held by compatriot Robert Biwott.

Lawi Kosgei, who tried to chase Taki for most of the race, paid the price by fading to 3rd place after being passed by Mulugeta Assefa of Ethiopia,

Taki was naturally elated after the performance:

“It was amazing to improve my personal best and set a championship record. I hope to compete more on the international level. It is a wonderful success.”

 

Steeple Girls continue Kenyan Tradition

Yet again Kenyans were imperious in the steeplechase. This time it was girls 2000m steeplechase. Tow Kenyans with unique names Celliphine Chepteek Chespol and Sandrafelis Chebet Tuei blew away the field to take a 1-2 for their nation for the second consecutive time at the championships.

Chesopol won in a personal best of 6:17.15 ahead of Tuei, who was second in 6:19.61. The third place finisher was Ethiopia’s Agrie Belachew in  6:34.68, a good 15 seconds behind.

The Kenyan duo took control of the race from the start and after only one lap, they already had an unassailable lead. The two went neck and neck for most of the race until the last water jump when Tuei landed awakwardly due to her unorthodox hurdling style. The awkward landing caused her to lose her footing and gave Chesopol the victory.

Final Medal Table

Rank Country  G  S B Total
1 United States UNITED STATES 8 5 6 19
2 Kenya KENYA 5 4 4 13
3 Japan JAPAN 3 1 1 5
4 Ethiopia ETHIOPIA 2 3 3 8
5 South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2 2 1 5
6 Sweden SWEDEN 2 1 1 4
7 Germany GERMANY 2 1 0 3
7 Russia RUSSIA 2 1 0 3
9 Cuba CUBA 2 0 2 4
10 Pr Of China PR OF CHINA 1 5 1 7
11 Ukraine UKRAINE 1 3 1 5
12 France FRANCE 1 1 1 3
13 Bahrain BAHRAIN 1 1 0 2
14 Czech Republic CZECH REPUBLIC 1 0 1 2
14 Italy ITALY 1 0 1 2
16 Ecuador ECUADOR 1 0 0 1
16 Jamaica JAMAICA 1 0 0 1
16 Moldova MOLDOVA

 

The onus is now on AK to keep track of these promising athletes to ensure they do not lose focus. Too many Kenyan runners excel at youth level but run out of steam by the time they are seniors and are never seen again. In some cases it is because over-training resulting in burnout. In some cases it is because an athlete just lost focus.


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Beating Spain: Biggest win in Kenya rugby history

After having beaten Portugal last month, Kenya recorded yet another momentous, historic win when they beat Portugal’s Iberian neighbours Spain. A six try performance saw Kenya beat Spain 36-27.

It is the biggest and most important win in the history of Kenya rugby. At the time of the match, Spain were ranked 19th in the IRB rankings ahead of such teams as Uruguay, Russia and Hong Kong. Kenya were ranked 11 places behind at position 30. The win will certainly propel Kenya up the IRB rankings, possibly to position 25 upon which additional IRB funding kicks in.

Matchwise

Darwin Mukidza who played a key role in demolishing Portugal 41-15 was also sensational against Spain. The Outside centre scored a brace of tries as second row Oliver Mang’eni, full-back Vincent Mose, left wing Jacob Ojee and substitute forward Lawrence Buyachi crossed over once each.

The Spaniards landed a penalty try and tries from blindside flanker Bonan Anibal and left wing Nil Baro as fly-half Bradley Linklater drilled over three conversions and three penalties.

Strides

Kenya has made massive strides in the world of XV a side rugby. Teams like Namibia which used to routinely demolish Kenya are now beatable by Kenya. One of the main reasons Kenya can now compete is that they have a competitive pack. Whereas in past years Kenya’s pack used to be shoved around, they are now solid as captain Brian Nyikuli indicated.

“I knew they were strong in the pack and rallied my boys to also go down with them minus mistakes,” said Nyikuli.

Whereas teams like Spain and Portugal still have the edge in pack play, they cannot match Kenya in open play as Spain captain Jesus Recuerda indicated.

“We tried to close in the gap by using our strong pack but Kenya proved dangerous with open play and fitness,” said Recuerda.

The improvement in the fortunes in the XV side is a welcome relief to Kenya rugby fans who have watched as the national sevens team has put on poor performances due to constant player strikes, staff turnover and infighting at the Union.

Match Video

 

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Blazing fast Asbel Kiprop now 3rd fastest ever

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After several erratic performances this season, Asbel Kiprop is showing the form that saw him win multiple world, olympic and world cross country championships. On Friday at the Herculis Diamond League meet in Monaco, Asbel put on a glorious exhibition of running that saw him quite literally blow away the field.

He won in 3:26.69. This places him third all time on the list of 1500m runners. Only Hicham El Guerrouj and Bernard Lagat have run faster. It is a new diamond league record.   His pacemaker was compatriot Jackson Kivuva who did an excellent job.

Defending Olympic champion, Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria was a distant second. MO Farah was 4th. The other Kenyans in the race were newcomer Elijah Manangoi and Robert Biwott who finished 6th and 7th. Biwott who is only 19 years old is a decent 800m runner and should probably go back and focus on the 800 and forget the 1500m for now.

Race Video

 

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK
Details 1 Asbel Kiprop KENKEN 3:26.69
Details 2 Taoufik Makhloufi ALGALG 3:28.75
Details 3 Abdalaati Iguider MARMAR 3:28.79
Details 4 Mohamed Farah GBRGBR 3:28.93
Details 5 Nicholas Willis NZLNZL 3:29.66
Details 6 Elijah Motonei Manangoi KENKEN 3:29.67
Details 7 Robert Kiptoo Biwott KENKEN 3:30.10
Details 8 Aman Wote ETHETH 3:30.29
Details 9 Collins Cheboi KENKEN 3:30.34
Details 10 Matthew Centrowitz USAUSA 3:30.40

 

Caleb Ndiku wins 3000m

Last week, Caleb Ndiku had a nasty fall in the 5000m race at the Paris grand prix and had to be rushed to hospital. There were fears that the injury would end his season. Those fears have been dispelled as Ndiku won the 3000m at the Herculis Diamond League meet in Monaco.

It was an impressive win over a strong field that includes Yenew Alamirew of Ethiopia and Edwin Soi of Kenya.

Race Video

 

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points
Details 1 Caleb Mwangangi Ndiku KENKEN 7:35.13 4
Details 2 Yenew Alamirew ETHETH 7:36.39 2
Details 3 Isiah Kiplangat Koech KENKEN 7:37.16 1
Details 4 Edwin Cheruiyot Soi KENKEN 7:37.85
Details 5 Garrett Heath USAUSA 7:37.97
Details 6 Ben Blankenship USAUSA 7:38.08
Details 7 Ali Kaya TURTUR 7:38.65
Details 8 Hillary Kipkorir Maiyo KENKEN 7:39.70
Details 9 Yasin Haji ETHETH 7:41.74
Details 10 Jesús España ESPESP 7:46.53
Details 11 Dejene Gonfa ETHETH 8:00.78

 

Dibaba smashes world record

The performances were overshadowed by Genzebe Dibaba’s world record breaking performance. She sliced 4 seconds off the world record when she clocked 3:50.07.

Kenyans have been for the most part missing from this event this season. Hellen Obiri who has been Kenya’s top miler over the past two years, has gone AWOL and has not been seen in any race this season. Obiri beat Dibaba numerous times last season.

 


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New sensation Virginia Nyambura wins in Lausanne

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Virginia Nyambura Nganga who until last year only ran as a pacemaker, registered another huge win. This time it was at the Athlettisma Diamond meet in Lausanne. This was the third diamond league win for the 21 year old Nyambura. In the process she beat Hiwot Ayalew of Ethiopia and Emma Coburn of the USA into the second and third place respectively. It is a big win because Ayalew and Coburn were the two athletes who dominated this event last year along with Sofia Assefa. Last year Coburn set a new American record at 9:11.42. And At USA championships a few weeks ago, Emma Coburn ran 9:15.59 in oppressively hot conditions.

The race came down to the last lap where the three were neck and neck. Nyambura and Ayalew started to open a little gap on Coburn on the backstretch.Ayalew was leading at the back straight before Nyambura tracked her down despite leaping with an unorthodox style that would make a youth coach cringe.

Ruth Jebet who defected to Bahrain was 4th. Lidya Chepkurui was 6th. Caroline Tuigong, who shone brilliantly at the world youth championships years ago then dissappeared, appears to be making a comeback. She was 7th.

 

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points
Details 1 Virginia Nyambura Nganga KENKEN 9:16.99 4
Details 2 Hiwot Ayalew ETHETH 9:17.22 2
Details 3 Emma Coburn USAUSA 9:20.67 1
Details 4 Ruth Jebet BRNBRN 9:26.87
Details 5 Tigist Getnet ETHETH 9:31.53
Details 6 Lidya Chepkurui KENKEN 9:33.03
Details 7 Caroline Chepkurui Tuigong KENKEN 9:34.15
Details 8 Sviatlana Kudzelich BLRBLR 9:35.42
Details 9 Birtukan Fente ETHETH 9:39.97
Details 10 Bridget Franek USAUSA 9:40.53
Details 11 Colleen Quigley USAUSA 9:42.53

Other Races

In the women’s 1500m, Faith Kipyegon finished second to Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands while the previously unbeaten Jenny Simpson of the USA was third. Mercy Cherono was 4th. Completely missing from the scene this season is Hellen Obiri who won several diamond league races in 2014.

 


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