Florence Kiplagat wins 4th successive Barcelona Half Marathon

Florence Kiplagat was once again in imperious form as she won the 2017 eDreams Mitja Marato Barcelona in overwhelming fashion. Kiplagat had set world records at this event in 2014 and 2015. However this time, the windy conditions caused her … Continue reading

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Kenya Results at the 2017 Sydney Sevens


Bill Odhiambo and Kenya surprisingly lost to Russia


Group Stage

Kenya 12 England 17
Tries: Agero, Odhiambo
Conversions: Agero

Kenya 17 Japan 12
Tries: Odhiambo, Tanga, Injera
Conversions: Oliech

Kenya 7 South Africa 14
Tries: Lugonzo
Conversions: Agero

Challenge Cup Quarter-Finals

Kenya 0 Russia 22

13th Place Semi Final

Kenya 19 Scotland 14
Tries: Ambaka, Oyoo, Sikuta
Conversions: Agero, Oliech

Kenya 5 Canada 10
Tries: Ambaka

 

Squad

Daniel Sikuta
Brian Tanga
Leonard Mugaisi
Billy Odhiambo
Bush Mwale
Eden Agero
Andrew Amonde
Nelson Oyoo
Willy Ambaka
Oscar Ouma
Augustin Lugonzo

 

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Kenya results at the 2017 Wellington sevens


Kenya won the Challenge Trophy (Plate)

Group Stage

Kenya 12 Argentina 17
Tries: B. Odhiambo, Ambaka
Conversion: Oliech

Kenya 47 Papua New Guinea 5
Tries: Ambaka(2), Agero(2), Odhiambo, Mwale, Ouma, Amonde
Conversions: Agero(4), Oliech(2)

Kenya 12 England 31
Tries: Ambaka, Injera
Conversion: Oliech

Challenge Trophy Quarterfinals


Oliech and Amonde in action against Russia

Kenya 24 Russia 5
Tries: Oliech, Odhiambo, Ambaka, Sikuta
Conversions: Agero, Oliech

Challenge Trophy Semifinals

Kenya 19 USA 17
Tries: Odhiambo(2), Sikuta
Conversions: Agero (2)

Challenge Trophy Finals

Kenya 19 Australia 17
Tries: Oliech, Injera, Odhiambo
Conversions: Agero (2)

 

Squad

Daniel Sikuta
Brian Tanga
Leonard Mugaisi
Billy Odhiambo
Bush Mwale
Eden Agero
Andrew Amonde
Nelson Oyoo
Willy Ambaka
Oscar Ouma
Augustin Lugonzo

 

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Augustin Choge: World class from 800m to the Half Marathon

Augustin Kiprono Choge may very well be the greatest ever all round middle and long distance athlete ever at least based on personal bests. He has world class personal bests in every distance from the 800m to the half marathon.

 

Distance Personal Best
800 Metres 1:44.86
1500 Metres 3:29.47
One Mile 3:50.01
3000 Metres 7:28.76
5000 Metres 12:53.66
10,000 Metres 28:22.8
10 Kilometres 27:52
15 Kilometres 42:05
Half Marathon 59:26

In terms of personal bests, the closest competitor to Choge is Said Aouita. The Moroccan legend is faster than Choge in the 800m. They are even in the 1500m, but Choge is better in the 3000m and 5000m. His time in the 10,000m is not impressive due to the fact that the 10,000m track race is rarely run these days. However Choge’s best in the 10K road race and Half Marathon are world class. This is an amazing range of distances. The most impressive by any athlete.

Choge’s greatest claim to fame was winning the 5000m at the 2006 Commonwealth games in which he beat Australian legend Craig Mottram, this silencing the home crowd.

 


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Peres Jepchirchir breaks world half marathon record

Little known Peres Jepchirchir, set a new world half marathon record at clocking 1:05:06 at the RAK Half Marathon in Ras al-Khaimah, UAE. In the process, she knocked 3 seconds of the previous record held by compatriot Florence Kiplagat.

The impressive Jepchirchir beat a strong field that included current Olympic champion Jemima Sumgong, three time New York marathon winner Mary Keitany and Ethiopian legend and multiple world and Olympic champion  Tirunesh Dibaba. Also impressive is the fact that Jepchirchir suffered from Pneumonia during November and December of 2016.

Her 5 kilometre splits were impressive at She ran 15:37, 15:27, 15:24 and 15:17. She covered the second 10K in 30:33 which is a good 20 seconds faster than her previous 10K best.

Jepchirchir took the lead at the 15km mark and never relinquished it despite a late surge by Mary Keitany who finished second and smashed her own best, and nearly the old world record, with a time of 1:05:13 In third place Joyciline Jepkosgei crossed the finish line in 1:06:08, a personal best by almost three minutes. Keitany and Jepkosgei recorded the fastest ever times for second and third place. Sumgong was finished in a persona best of 1:06:43. Track legend Dibaba from whom much was expected was a distant fifth in 1:06:50.

Jepchirchir, though relatively unknown to casual fans, is well known in athletics circles having won the world half marathon championships in 2016.

Results
1 Peres Jepchirchir (KEN) 1:05:06
2 Mary Keitany (KEN) 1:05:13
3 Joyciline Jepkosgei (KEN) 1:06:08
4 Jemina Sumgong (KEN) 1:06:43
5 Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) 1:06:50
6 Helah Kiprop (KEN) 1:07:48
7 Rose Chelimo (KEN) 1:08:37
8 Veronicah Nyaruai (KEN) 1:09:33
9 Anne-Mari Hyrylainen (FIN) 1:12:39
10 Etagegn Woldu (ETH) 1:14:46

 


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Bedan Kaloki wins RAK Half Marathon

Bedan Karoki Muchiri won the 201 edition of the RAK Half Marathon with a time of 59:10. The 26 year old from Nyandarua, surged with 3 kilometres to go, dropping Yigrem Demelash of Ethiopia who finished second in a personal … Continue reading

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Emmanuel Korir sets world indoor 600m record


Korir after setting the record

Previously unknown Emmanuel Korir has thrust himself into global fame by coming from nowhere to break the world indoor 600m record. Korir, who is a student at the University of Texas El Paso , he finish line in 1:14.97, shaving 0.15 seconds off the previous record set by Nico Motchebon of Germany back in 1999.

Korir took the lead just before the bell sounded for the final lap and started to open a lead on his rivals. A lead that increased significantly with each stride. By the finish line, he was 2.5 seconds ahead of the second placed finisher.

“Korir is a very special and talented athlete. His best event is the 800m so the 600m is a good prep,” said UTEP head coach Mika Laaksonen. “With his stamina and his speed, that’s the end result. I can’t wait to see what he does in the future.”

Korir showed his intentions earlier when clocking 1:46.50 for 800m in his first ever indoor race. His outdoor best is 1:46.94, set at last year’s Kenyan Olympic Trials. And that was in the extreme altitude of Eldoret.

The only other Kenyan who holds a world indoor record is the legendary Daniel Komen who holds the 3000m record at 7:24.90. The world outdoor 600m record is held by Johnny Gray of the USA at 1:12.81. David Rudisha has the second fastest time ever at 1:13.10.

 


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Hellen Obiri wins 2017 Campaccio cross country


Agnes Tirop, Hellen Obiri and Faith Kipyegon


The cross country season has kicked off in high gear. And Hellen Obiri, whoc clinched the Olympic silver medal after moving up two distances to the 5000m, picked up from where she left off in 2016.

She won the the 60th edition of Campaccio, an IAAF Cross Country Permit meeting, in San Giorgio su Legnano on a sunny and cold Friday. She beat a strong field to win the 6km race in 18:36. It was a strong field that included Olympic 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon, world cross country champion Agnes Tirop and Ethiopia’s world championship silver medalist Gelete Burka.

Obiri, Kipyegon, Tirop, wBurka, Etenesh Diro and Enatinesh Alamirew were in the leading pack at the 2km mark. Obiri and Kipyegon then broke away at the 5km mark before Obiri made her move to finish four seconds ahead of Kipyegon.

The win is a good sign for Obiri as she continues to shift her focus to the longer distances.

Results
1 Hellen Obiri (KEN) 18:32
2 Faith Kipyegon (KEN) 18:36
3 Agnes Tirop (KEN) 18:56
4 Gelete Burka (ETH) 19:01
5 Enatnesh Alamirew (ETH) 19:13
6 Etenesh Diro (ETH) 20:11
7 Sara Dossena (ITA) 20:33
8 Valeria Roffino (ITA) 20.40
9 Giulia Viola (ITA) 20:41
10 Sara Brogiato (ITA) 20:51

The men’s race was won by Mukhtar Edris of Ethiopia with Steeplechasewr Jairus Birech finishing third.
 


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Photo Gallery: Kenya vs Zambia in 2016

Kenya forced Zambia to 1-1 draw in the final qualifier of the 2017 Africa Nations cup. The match was played in Ndola

Images courtesy of FAZ


Brian Mandela, Musa Mohamed(2) and Ayub Timbe diligently defending


Left back Aboud Omar

Aboud Omar and Musa Mohamed


Defensive midfielder Anthony Akumu keeping tabs on a Zambia player

Aboud Omar and David Owino Calabar


Anthony Akumu kept the Zambian attackers under wraps

Anthony Akumu rises to clear a cross. Also in atendance is attacker Jesse Were


David Owino “Calabar”


The team arrives in Ndola


David Ochieng Cheche




Victor Wanyama at the Captains meeting

 


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Kenya Football Gallery for 2016

FKF Election


Nick Mwendwa celebrates after being elected FKF Chairman


Mwendwa celebrates with Doris Petra who became the first woman ever elected Vice Chairman

An excited Mwendwa addresses the media

2017 AFCON Qualifiers


Against Congo-Brazza Olunga kept the Congo defense busy opening up space for Ayub Timbe to score. Kenya won 2-1


Eric Johana seen here celebrating with David Owino, scored the second goal against Congo-Brazza


Harambee Stars pose before playing Guinea Bissau and losing 0-1


Try as he may, Olunga could not break down the Guinea Bissau defence

Victor Wanyama in the pregame captains meeting away to Zambia. Kenya forced a 1-1 draw in their final AFCON 2017 qualifier

 

Harambee Stars friendlies

Brian Mandela in action against Liberia whom Kenya beat 1-0 in a friendly


Michael Olunga in action during the friendly against Mozambique. Kenya won 1-0

Kenya upset Congo DRC 1-0 in Kinshasa. The scorer was Michael Olunga who latched onto a rebound from a Paul Were shot

Harambee Starlets

A late goal by Cheris Avilia Salano is what Kenya needed to grab a 1-1 draw against Algeria and qualify for the women’s AFCON for the first time ever

Starlets celebratory dances were well rehearsed


Midfielder Carolyne Anyango in action during the COTIF women’s tournament held in Spain in August 2016


Starlets pose for a group photo prior to their first CECAFA 2016 match


Uganda were no match for Kenya, as the Starlets rolled by a score of 4-0


Starlets celebrate after scoring the first goal against Uganda


Free scoring Essie Akida spurred Kenya to a 3-2 win over Ethiopia in the CECAFA semis


Kenya were upset 1-2 by Tanzania in the CECAFA final


Against Ghana, Kenya out on a determined fight but went down 1-3

School Games


Barding secondary school from Siaya county were the runners up in the National school games and went on to win the East African school games

Laiser Hill Academy were the national champions for 2016


St Johns Kaloleni, featuring national team player Mwanahalima Ahmed, were national champions

Local Club scene


Tusker were league and cup champions in 2016


Bandari represented Kenya in the 2016 CAF confederations cup, losing St Eloi Lupopo of Congo DRC in the opening round


Internal squabbles put paid to Gor Mahia’s Africa cup campaign. They lost to CNaPS of Madagascar in the opening round

 


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