Kenya boxing at the 2018 Commonwealth Games

Christine Ongare won Kenya’s only medal, a bronze.

Middleweight: Edwin Okongo
Quarter-Finals: Lost to Ryan Scaife of New Zealand 5:0
First Round: Beat Selemani Kidunda of Tanzania 3:2

Light Heavyweight: Nick Abaka
Second Round: Lost to Mbachi Kaonga of Zambia 4:1

Light Flyweight: Shaffi Bakari
Quarter-Finals: Lost to Juma Miiro of Uganda 3:2
Second Round: Beat Matias Hamunyela of Namibia 3:2

Flyweight: Brian Agina
Second Round: Lost to Syed Muhammad Asif of Pakistan 4:1

Featheweight: Benson Gicharu
Second Round: Lost to Peter McGrail of England RSC 3

Heavyweight: Elly Ajowi
Second Round: Lost to Scott Forrest of Scotland 5:0

Lightweight: Nick Okoth
First Round: Lost to Michael Alexander of Trinidad 5:0

Women’s Flyweight: Christine Ongare
Semi-Finals: Lost to Carla McNaul of Ireland 5:0
Quarter-Finals: Beat J.A.Dulani Jayasinghe RSC 2

Women’s Welterweight: Simbi Kusa
Quarter-Finals: Lost to Marie-Jeanne Parent of Canada 5:0

Women’s Middleweight: Elizabeth Andiego
Quarter-Finals: Lost to Milicent Agboegbulem of Nigeria 5:0


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Melly records fifth fastest half marathon ever

Joan Chelimo Melly clocked 1:05:04 to win the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon in the Czech capital. The race is a IAAF Gold Label road race.

Running behind the pacemakers, Melly ran the opening five kilometres in 14:51, reached 10k in 30:14 and 15km in 45:54. She slowed down significantly in the last 5km

“I felt my strength wane a bit towards the end, but it was still enough to break a new personal best and secure a win. I’m incredibly happy I managed to do it in Prague and would like to thank everyone who helped me achieve this result.” she said.

Melly has been on a tear this season. Her previous lifetime best of 1:05:37 at the RAK Half in Ras Al Khaimah in February.

The women’s world record is held by Joyceline Jepkosgei and all the top 10 marks have been run by Kenyans.

Bernard Kimeli won the men’s race as Kenyans occupied 9 of the top 10 positions.

Leading results:


1. Benard Kimeli, KEN, 59:47
2. Geoffrey Yegon, KEN, 59:56
3. Peter Kwemoi, KEN, 59:58
4. Abel Kipchumba, KEN, 1:00:05
5. Shadrack Kiplagat, KEN, 1:00:06
6. Abraham Kapsis Kipyatich, KEN, 1:00:08
7. Justus Kangogo, KEN, 1:00:24
8. Joshat Kimutai Tanui, KEN, 1:01:14
9. Edmond Kipngetich, KEN, 1:01:19
10. Eyob Faniel, ITA, 1:02:27


1. Joan Melly, KEN, 1:05:04
2. Caaroline Chepkoech Kipkirui, KEN, 1:06:09
3. Worknesh Degefa, ETH, 1:08:10
4. Risper Chebet, KEN, 1:09:25
5. Antonina Kwambai, KEN, 1:09:48
6. Flomena Chepchirchir, KEN, 1:09:52
7. Gladys Kimaina, KEN, 1:10:40
8. Eva Vrabcová-Nývltová, CZE, 1:11:01
9. Sviatlana Kudzelich, BLR, 1:11:45
10. Catherine Bertone, ITA, 1:13:51


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Eric Kiptanui runs 5th fastest half marathon ever

Kiptanui after a previous race

Newcomer Erick Kiptanui won the Berlin Half Marathon in a superb time of 58:42 which was not only a new course record but was also the fifth fastest half marathon time ever. It was only the third time Kiptanui was runnning in a half marathon.

“It was my plan to run fast since I knew that the Berlin course is flat,” explained Erick Kiptanui, who is coached by the renowned Italian trainer Renato Canova.

Kiptanui was on world record pace until the 14km mark when a headwin slowed him down.

Incredibly, Kiptanui’s time is 12 seconds faster than Goffrey Kamworor has ever run. Yet Kamworor is a three time world champion in the half marathon.

Samuel Wanjiru still holds the Kenyan half marathon record at 58:33. He is second to world record holder, Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea.

Also amazing is that Kiptanui was previously a 1500m runner. A below par one at that. He was at the 2016 Africa athletics championships where he finished sixth.


1. Eric Kiptanui: 00:58:42
2. Emmanuel Kiprono: 01:00:29
3. Richard Mengich: 01:00:36
4. Gilbert Masai: 01:00:38
5. Noah Kigen: 01:01:02
6. Ambrose Bore: 01:01:03
7. Frederick Kipkosgei: 01:02:13
8. Homiyu Tesfaye: 01:02:13
9. Jaouad Tugane: 01:02:19
10. Dominic Mibei: 01:02:24


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33 year old Kipekemoi wins Rotterdam in his debut

Ronald Kipkemoi, running in his first ever marathon, won the 38th edition of the NN Rotterdam Marathon on Sunday (8), clocking 2:05:44 at this IAAF Gold Label road race. His win was unexpected given his inexperience and the presence of exprienced runners like compatriot Laban Korir and Abera Kuma of Ethiopia.

Marius Kipserum, the Rotterdam winner in 2016 was the first to make a move. Then it was Kelkile Gezahegn who took the lead and started to surge. he was followed by Kuma and Mule Wasihun.

At the 40km mark, it was Mule, Kuma, Korir and Kipkemoi in the lead. It was then that Kipkemoi powered ahead, leaving the others with no answer.

I have had setbacks in the past, but now I knew I was ready for it,” he said. “My training in Kaptagat was going very well. I expected stiff competition and so it was. First I saw more experienced runners in the front, but in the end I knew I could win today.” said Kipkemoi.

The women’s race was won by Visiline Jepkesho in 2:23:47. She ran solo from the 16km mark onwards, helped only by pacemakers.

“It’s not the time that I expected, but I’m happy with the victory,” she said,


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Longayata and Saina win Paris Marathon

Paul Longayata became the first man to win back to back Paris marathon titles since Steve Brace of Britain did so in 1990. He clocked 2:06:25 to lead a Kenyan 1-2-3 sweep.

Longayata made his forst move at the 26km mark and it was matched by compatriot Mathew Kisorio, who then shot out of the lead pack,  Ernest Ngeno, and Ethiopia’s Yitayal Atnafu. Longayata then made another surge at the 40km mark and was able to shake off his competitors.

“It’s a wonderful day for me. I love Paris so much,” said a delighted Lonyangata

In the women’s race, the winner was Betsy Saina who clocked 2:22:55. The 30 year old Saina was a last minute entry. She is new to the marathon after a lengthy career on the track that included running in the NCAA.

Saina made her decisive move at the 38km mark, opening a small gap over Ruth Chepngetich and Gulume Chala. Chepngetich charged back but Saina was able to hold her off.

“I’m so happy,” Saina said. “Paul (Lonyangata) pushed me a little bit (when he caught up with her). It’s really good to win my first marathon.”

Leading results:


1. Paul Lonyangata (KEN) 2:06:25
2. Mathew Kisorio (KEN) 2:06:36
3. Ernest Ngeno (KEN) 2:06:41
4. Yitayal Atnafu (ETH) 2:07:00
5. Eliud Kiptanui (KEN) 2:08:20


1. Betsy Saina (KEN) 2:22:55
2. Ruth Chepngetich (KEN) 2:22:59
3. Gulume Chala (ETH) 2:23:06
4. Ashete Bekele (ETH) 2:23:27
5. Stella Barsosio (KEN) 2:23:43


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Kenya at the 2018 Hong Kong sevens

Nelson Oyoo on his way to the try-line against Canada

Group Stage

Kenya 33 Canada 10
Tries: S Oliech 3′, A Amonde 6′, C Injera 10′, W Ambaka Ndayara 12′, NO Oyoo 14′
Conversions: Oliech(2)

Kenya 26 Spain 0
Tries: Ambaka(2), Injera, Oluoch
Conversions: Oliech(3)

Kenya 26 Australia 28
Tries: I Minjire 5′, E Agero 12′, LB Odhiambo 13′, A Amonde 16′
Conversions: Agero(3)


Kenya 19 Scotland 12
Tries: W Ambaka 2′, Ouma 7′, JO Oluoch 14′
Conversions: Oliech(2)


Kenya 21 New Zealand 12
Tries: Injera(2), Ambaka
Conversions: Agero(3)


Kenya 12 Fiji 24
Tries: Ouma, Odhiambo
Conversions: Agero


Before taking on Spain

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Nairobi Floods 2018

The floods gave enterprising youth an opportunity to make money

This MP of Parliament was forced to take refuge on the roof of his SUV

Mkokoteni drivers did roaring business transporting the public

The Nairobi-Mombasa highway was closed

The public had to resort to extreme measures to avoid the water

This group would not let the flood waters stop them from sitting down for a drink


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Kamworor invincible at world half marathon

Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor won the world half marathon championships for the third consecutive time. The 2018 championships were held in Valencia Spain.

The race started very slow. The first 5km were run at a sluggish pace of 14:31. Then at the 15km mark, Kamworor picked up the pace and ran an incredible 13:01 split between the 15km and the 20km mark. It was at this stage that he shook off everyone else.

The 25 year old Kamworor picked up $30,000 in prize money. He has now won the world half marathon championships three times and the world cross country championships twice. He also won the 2017 New York marathon as if to emphasize his versatility.

Abraham Cheroben, who represents Bahrain, finished second, 20 seconds behind Kamworor. Kenya however lost the team title to Ethiopia.


1 116 Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor  KEN 1:00:02 SB
2 24 Abraham Naibei Cheroben  BRN 1:00:22 SB
3 56 Aron Kifle  ERI 1:00:31 PB
4 74 Jemal Yimer  ETH 1:00:33
5 72 Getaneh Molla  ETH 1:00:47 SB
6 71 Betesfa Getahun  ETH 1:00:54 PB
7 57 Amanuel Mesel  ERI 1:00:58 SB
8 153 Julien Wanders  SUI 1:01:03
9 161 Kaan Kigen Ozbilen  TUR 1:01:05 SB
10 70 Leul Gebresilase  ETH 1:01:07 SB
11 22 Aweke Ayalew  BRN 1:01:09 PB
12 115 Leonard Kiplimo Barsoton  KEN 1:01:14 SB
13 27 Albert Rop  BRN 1:01:21 PB
14 170 Samuel Kiprono Chelanga  USA 1:01:23
15 117 Barselius Kipyego  KEN 1:01:24 SB


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Nganda Tosalaka fete Lopango Batekisa (Lyrics and Translation)


This song was composed by Lutumba Simaro and was released in 1983. A harmonious choral section is augmented by a typically brilliant delivery by Josky Kiambukuta who is on lead vocals. This song features an excellent interplay between the saxophones and the trumpets.

It was part of the album labeled “Franco Presente Lutumba Simaro”. The album contained three other songs composed by Simaro including a remake of the song Mbongo-Money-L’argent” that was composed by Simaro and delivered by Djo Mpoy.


The song is about a woman who laments the loss of her husband due to rumour mongering by her enemies who have used her owns words against her. She remembers that her husband promised never to leave her and she is sickened by the loss and her sleep is chock full of so many dreams that the witchdoctors cannot explain the meaning of all of them.


Lyrics and Translation


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Oldest evidence of trade and innovation found in Kenya

Scientists on a dig in Olorgessaile, in Southern Kenya have found evidence of sophisticated behavior among populations that existed in this part of the world 320,000 years ago. Such behaviours include  using color pigments, creating advanced tools and trading for resources with other groups of people. These behaviours were engaged in by the ancestors of modern humans.

320,000 years ago represents roughly the period when Human populations were making the transition to Homo Sapien from earlier archaic species, most likely Homo Heidelbergensis. Olorgesailie in southern Kenya, an area filled with layers of sediment dating back 1.2 million years.

The researchers described ochre pigment that produces a bright red color, and is used for body painting or other symbolic expression. The researchers also described tools fashioned from obsidian, a volcanic rock that yields extremely sharp blades. These blades were far superior to the earlier tools made by more ancient human species.

The researchers found abundant evidence that the obsidian was transferred to the Olorgesailie Basin location from sites up to 55 miles away over rugged terrain, leading them to believe it was acquired from another group through trade although it was unknown what was provided in exchange.

“They may have actually been the behaviors that distinguished our lineage/gene pool from other early human species.”

The team discovered pigment materials, a dark brownish color from manganese and bright red from ochre.

“The choice of importing the ochre from a distance rather than using a more common local material which accomplishes the same purpose argues that having a red face or hair or clothing or weapons also carried a symbolic message of some sort,” said paleoanthropologist Alison Brooks of George Washington University and the museum’s Human Origins Program.

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