Kenya at the 2020 USA Rugby Sevens

Group Stage

South Africa 31 – 5 Kenya
Try: Ambaka

Ireland 12 – 29 Kenya
Tries: Vincent Onyala 2′ & 13′ & 15′ Oscar Dennis 4′ Collins Injera 10′
Collins Injera 3′ & 10′

Canada 24 – 0 Kenya

9th Place Quarter Final

Samoa 28 – 19 Kenya
Tries: Samuel Oliech 5′ Vincent Onyala 6′ & 13′
Conv Daniel Taabu 5′ & 13′

13th Place Semi Final

Wales 5 – 29 Kenya
Tries: Willy Ambaka 3′ Samuel Oliech 8′ Oscar Dennis 8′ Oscar Ouma 10′ Jeff Oluoch 12′
Conv : Samuel Oliech 3′ Daniel Taabu 13′

13th Place Play-Off

Kenya 24 – 29 Scotland
Tries: Willy Ambaka 6′ Billy Odhiambo 8′ Samuel Oliech 10′ Andrew Amonde 12′
Conv: Samuel Oliech 9′ & 12′

Gallery


Onyala is congratulated by Alvin Otieno after scoring against Ireland

 


Vincent Onyala on his way to the tryline against Ireland

 


William Ambaka scores Kenya’s lone try against South Africa

 

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Kenya Football gallery for 2019


Prior to the Cup of nations, Harambee Stars trained in France. FKF paid OneGoal Pro agency Sh106 million to prepare the Harambee Stars camp in France. OneGoalPro is owned by one Joe Kamga, who doubles up as then Stars coach Sebastien Migne’s agent. A major conflict of interest

 


Kenya’s first goal against Tanzania was a spectacular scissors kick from Michael Olunga

 


Johanna Omollo (left) was the best Kenya player at AFCON 2019

 


Kevin Kimani and the rest of Harambee Stars were left watching in disbelief as Eritrea outplayed and outfoxed Kenya winning 4-1

 


On a positive note, Kenya beat Tanzania twice in the 2019 CECAFA senior challenge cup

 


Mwanahalima Adam and the rest of the Harambee Starlets missed out on a ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games by a whisker after losing 1-0 (3-2) on aggregate to Zambia’s Shepolopolo in the penultimate round of the qualifiers

 


The Harambee Starlets squad that won the 2019 CECAFA womens challenge cup after beating Kilimanjaro Stars of Tanzania 2-0 in the final

 


St Anthonys Kitale won the Boys schools U19 title

 


Gor Mahia were crowned league champions for the 2018-2019 season

 


Bandari won the 2019 FKF cup

 


Kariobangi Sharks won the 2019 Sportpesa Super cup in Dar es Salaam, beating Bandari in an all Kenyan final. Bandari had shocked Simba SC in the semis

 


Gor Mahia won the 2019 Supercup, beating Bandari at Machakos.

 


Coach Steve Polack arrived from the UK and immediately took charge at Gor Mahia, leading them to a 5-1 aggregate win over Aigle Noire of Burundi

 


Bandari shocked US Ben Guerdane of Tunisia 3-2 on aggregate in the first round of the CAF Confederations cup


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Ministry of Sports should not fund teams and Federations that lack transparency

Background

Back in the 1980s, Kenyan athletes used to be thoroughly exploited. In those days, any athlete who wanted to make money running overseas, had to commit to depositing a significant percentage of the money they won to the national association which was then known as Kenya Amateaur Athletics Association (KAAA). And in those days, there was not much money to be won since the sport was still largely amateaur. An athlete would thus work hard for several months training for a race then would have to relinquish half his money to officials, many of whom became wealthy rather quickly.

The net result was that athletes were demoralized. Many stopped training hard and Kenya’s performance was below par. This partially explains why Kenya won no medals at the 1983 world championships and only one gold medal at the 1984 Olympics.

Things changed when Mike Boit became the Commissioner of sports and brought an end to that exploitative environment. Kenya’s performance improved dramatically with the athletes who were now more motivated, winning four gold medals at the 1988 Olympics.

Today sports officials are still exploiting players

The biggest issue holding Kenya Football back today is the fact that most clubs, most federations and indeed most leagues is that in addition to being run by incompetent people, they are rife with corruption and a complete lack of transparency.

Due to the lack of competent managers, the sports teams and leagues are often unable to attract sponsors and are unable to attract crowds or public interest because the managers of the sport do not know how to market or promote their product.

Indeed most people who show interest in running a club or a Federation go in with one thought in mind: To make money for themselves by siphoning off funds. It is the reason why whenever elections are announced in any sport, there is no shortage of interested candidates. Rather than attracting competent people, sports are structured to attract vultures who don’t know how to run the sport but are more interested in lining their pockets.

And there is plenty of money available. Clubs like Gor Mahia get money from various sources including direct corporate sponsorship, gate collections, member subscriptions, player transfer fees and so forth.

Federations like FKF, AK and NOCK get significant funds from the world bodies like FIFA, World Athletics and the IOC respectively. They get funds from sponsors like Nike.  Indeed they also get funding from the ministry of sport. For example when Kenya played in the 2019 Africa Nations cup, the ministry disbursed Ksh 244 million and did not require accountability until there was a rift between the ministry and the Federation upon which sports PS Kirimi Kaberia suddenly demanded that FKF account for the Ksh 244 million.

At football clubs like Gor Mahia, AFC leopards and other clubs, there have been several documented examples of officials siphoning off gate proceeds. Players are sometimes sold to other clubs for amounts as high as Ksh 15 million. Yet the clubs always claim to be too broke to pay players. Even when the clubs had sponsorship and TV deals, the clubs were often unable to pay players on time.

In the end it is players and fans who suffer the most. Fans suffer through mediocre performances. Players often go several months without receiving a cent from the club while officials are busy siphoning off funds. Player contracts are not respected as recently described by veteran goalkeeper Wycliffe Kasaya.

“So many players out there are suffering as many clubs do not honour what is in the contracts and even some deny their players to look for greener pastures when an opportunity crops up,” Kasaya told goal.com

Gate proceeds are often under-reported. Nobody knows how funds received from player sales are used. Most club’s in Kenya are run by elected officials who are largely incompetent and will fight tooth and nail to avoid being accountable.

The ministry should not be funding sports federations or sports teams if the officials are simply lining their pockets while the players are going for months without being payed and in most cases lack medical coverage.

What is the Solution?

The Ministry of sports should set minimum standards that must be adhered to by each club, Federation or League. Failure to adhere to these standards will mean that the entity does not get funds from the ministry. This means that if a team needs to travel abroad for an international assignment, they must have adhered to the minimum standards. Clubs and Federations should be given a year to meet these standards after which they will be denied funds for travel.

Mechanisms should be put in place to assure transparency. A club or entity that is unable to account for their financial proceeds should outsource that task to a reputable independent company that will be responsible for collecting all funds, accounting for every cent. The company will then receive a percentage of all funds as compensation.

For the sake of long suffering fans and for the sake of the players who are being exploited and whose talents are being wasted, we plead with the ministry to bring order to sports in Kenya so that officials stop lining their pockets with funds that are supposed to benefit players. At a minimum, the sports ministry should invite football players who are currently playing in the Kenya Premier League to understand the exploitation many of them are subjected to.

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La beauté d’une femme by Mbilia Bel (Lyrics and Translation)

Introduction

This song was composed by Tabu Ley and delivered by Mbilia Bel in typically brilliant fashion amid superb saxophone solos by Afrisa’s horn section led by Modero Mekanisi.

Synopsis

Two co-wives are in conflict. Mbilia Bel sings the part of the first wife who deplores the rumours that her rival is spreading about her as well as the barrages of insults that are directed at her from her rival. She goes on to say that her rival is engaging in this behaviour due to insecurity and jealousy. Interestingly, in later years, Mbilia Bel w divorced Tabu Ley. Reports circulated that the split happened because Mbilia Bel was unhappy that Tabu Ley had introduced two younger female musicians to the band: Faya Tess and Beyou Ciel.

Song Video

Translation





 

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Kenya at the 2020 Sydney Sevens

Group Matches

Kenya 14 Fiji 28
Tries: Collins Injera, Johnstone Olindi
Conversions: Injera, Taabu

Kenya 21 Wales 26
Tries: Andrew Amonde, Collins Injera, Daniel Taabu
Conversions: Taabu (2), Olindi

Kenya 5 New Zealand 19
Tries: Mwale

15th Place Playoff

Kenya 12 Samoa 19
Tries: Willy Ambaka, Vincent Onyala
Conversions: Olindi

Squad

Coach: Paul Feeney
Collins Injera
Andrew Amonde
Willy Ambaka
Billy Odhiambo
Bush Mwale
Alvin Otieno
Nelson Oyoo
Herman Humwa
Jeff Oluoch
Johnstone Olindi
Vincent Onyala
Geofrey Okwach
Daniel Taabu

 

Gallery


Injera on his way to the tryline against Wales

 


Johnstone Olindi in action against Fiji


Nelson Oyoo in action against Fiji


Jeff Oluoch, fends off a Fijian defender

 

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Kenya at the 2020 New Zealand Sevens

Injera made his 80th tournament appearance

Group Matches

Kenya 19 England 24
Tries: Willy Ambaka (2), Andrew Amonde
Conversions: Taabu (2)

Kenya 12 Japan 12
Tries: Alvin Otieno, Daniel Taabu
Conversions: Taabu

Kenya 36 South Africa 12
Tries: Willy Ambaka, Geofrey Okwach, Collins Injera, Jeff Oluoch, Alvin Otieno, Vincent Onyala
Conversions: Taabu, Olindi(2)

7th Place Playoff
Kenya 17 Argentina 19
Tries: Nelson Oyoo, Collins Injera, Willy Ambaka
Conversions: Olindi

Gallery


Ambaka tries to stop Dan Norton of England

 

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2016 Olympics: Kenya’s best performance yet

Background

Kenya ended the 2016 Olympics ended Olympics with a medal haul of 6 gold, 6 silver and 1 bronze, arguably Kenya’s best performance yet, only rivaled by 2008 when Kenya hauled 6 gold 4 silver and 4 bronze.

Jemima Sumgong bags gold in the Marathon

It was Jemima Sumgong who started Kenya’s gold rush with a superb win in the women’s marathon, finishing ahead of Eunice Kirwa a fellow Kenyan who was running for Bahrain. At the 35km mark, the race had been reduced to a battle between Sumgong, Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia and Kirwa. At the 40km mark, Dibaba fell off the pace leaving Kirwa to battle with Sumgong. It was then that Sumgong made her final surge for which Kirwa had no answer.

Faith Kipyegon runs away with 1500m gold

Sumgong was overcome with emotion at the finish line

Sumgong was overcome with emotion at the finish line

Coming into this race, Kipyegon had run the fastest time of the season in the 1500m. Her nemesis Genzebe Dibaba was having a quiet year when compared to 2015 where she won every race in dominant style including the world championships. Still , given Dibaba’s calibre, she was considered the favourite. The first 700m of the race were as slow as molasses. But with two laps to go, Dibaba made her trademark surge. Kipyegon followed in tow. Kipyegon would surge past Dibaba with 200m to go and show the rest of the field a clean pair of heels. She covered the last 800m in an incredible time of 1:56.
Upon crossing the finish line, Kipyegon was overcome with emotion. Perhaps it is because despite having shown a lot of promise as a youth, and despite always being among the top milers in the last 3 years, Kipyegon never looked she would win an Olympic or world championship gold. However in 2016, she showed a lot of determination from the very beginning of the year when she was winning races in 3:56.

Conseslus Kipruto maintains Kenya’s stellar record in the 3000m Steeplechase.

Going into the 2016 games, Kenya had thoroughly dominated the 3000m steeplechase in a manner that no other country has dominated any event. Indeed since 1968, Kenya has won this event every time they participate. The only times they did not win was in 1976 and 1980 when Kenya withdrew from the Olympics.
The young Conseslus Kipruto who has been the top runner in 2016, maintained Kenya’s tradition with a commanding win, beating Evan Jager of the USA to second place. The bigger story of the event however was the disqualification of legend Ezekiel Kemboi. He was disqualified for stepping inside the track. He had been jostled by an Ugandan and Ethiopian runners, lost his balance and ended up taking three steps inside the track. Though he gained no advantage, he was disqualified after an appeal by France on behalf of Maheiddine Mekhissi Bennabad who was classless throughout, flashing three fingers as he crossed the line to indicate that Kemboi had taken three steps inside the track.
Kemboi who had earlier announced his retirement from the event, soon rescinded his retirement saying he wanted to come back at the 2017 world championships and reclaim the medal that was stolen from him.

Vivian Cheruiyot shows tactical astuteness to win 5000m

Veteran Vivian Cheruiyot put aside her disappointment from the 10,000m where she had settled for silver to win the women’s 5000m. Going into the race, Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana was considered the hot favourite. She had dominated the 10,000m a week earlier and she had been invincible in the 5000m for the past two years. She had been winning races by surging at the halfway mark of each race and setting up an unassailable gap from the rest of the field. So when she took off on one of her surges, all observers must have assumed it was curtains closed for the rest of the field.

But the Kenyan duo of Vivian Cheruiyot and Hellen Obiri stayed in shouting distance of Ayana. And when Ayana began to tire, the Kenyan duo made their move and surged past Ayana who had no answer. The race showed how difficult it is to win several races with the tactic that Ayana applies.

For Cheruiyot, it was a huge victory, marking the first Olympic gold medal in her illustrious career that started in 1999 when she was only 15 and ended up winning the bronze medal at the All Africa games. Both Obiri and Cheruiyot were also returning from recent maternity leave which is significant achievement. Most women runners find it difficult to return to top form after maternity. Some simply lose their motivation.

Comeback kid David Rudisha wins the 800m

It goes without saying that Rudisha is the greatest 800m runner the world has ever seen. In 2012 he won the gold medal with what was touted as the best performance of the entire Olympics. Not only did he set a new world record but he also became the first man to dip below 1:41. But going into the 2016 games, he was not the overwhelming favourite. After the 2012 win, Rudisha was plagued by injuries such that he was beaten to second place at the 2014 Commonwealth games. Many a runner would have lost their motivation after having already accomplished so much. But Rudisha clawed his way back tio the top. He switched his tactics from the front running style that he used before 2012 to a simply controlling the pace of the race, a tactic he used to win the 2015 world championships.
Doubts emerged when he almost did not qualify for the Olympics. It required late surge for him to win 3rd place at the Olympic trials. But he quickly dispelled those doubts when he ran the fastest time of the season a week later in Hungary.
In the Olympic final, compatriot Alfred Kipketer set a torrid pace in the first lap but soon tired himself out, paving way for Rudisha to control the rest of the race and win in grand style.

Amazingly consistent Kipchoge wins marathon

The Olympic and world championships marathons are notoriously difficult to predict. Runners who dominate city marathons like Wilson Kipsang often struggle while runners like Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda who are miserable at City marathons, have been known to win.
However coming into the Olympics, Eliud Kipchoge had won 5 of 6 marathons in which he had entered. His only race was s second place finish in the Hamburg marathon which was his first ever marathon. Saying that Kipchoge always brings his A game is therefore an accurate assessment.
On this day, Kipchoge did disappoint. He stayed with the leading pack until the 35km mark before making his surge to pull away from the field.
And he did so despite the incompetence of the Kenyan officials resulting in him not getting his water at one of the watering stations.

Kipchoge arrived at the water station and to his surprise, there was no water for him


Kipchoge arrived at the water station and to his surprise, there was no water for him

By winning the Olympic marathon, which was the last event of the Olympics, Kipchoge ensured that Kenya’s national anthem was the last anthem to be played at the closing ceremony of the Olympics.

Surprise silver medal for Tumuti in the 400m hurdles
Not much was expected from Boniface Mucheru Tumuti. He had reached the final of this event at the 2015 world championships but finished 7th in a race that was won by compatriot Nicholas Bett. Indeed afthe form-chart suggested another 7th place finish for Tumuti. However he surprised everyone when he grabbed a silver medal with a late surge in the final 50m. The race was won by American veteran Kerron Clement. Tumuti was closing down so fast that had the race been 20 metres longer he might have won.
Kenya is now a glorious era for the 400m hurdles with Bett and Tumuti winning medals at the world championships and Olympics respectively. From a cardiovascular standpoint, the 400m hurdles is very similar to the 800m, which is an event Kenya has dominated for years. What was missing was the technical training that is needed for this event.
Other Silver medals came via Julius Yego who won silver in the javelin. He might have won gold had he not been sidelined with an injury.  Paul Tanui who battled Mo Farah in the 10,000m, Vivian Cheruiyot in the 10,000m, and Hyvin Kiyeng in the women’s 3000m steeplechase. Margaret Wambui won Kenya’s only bronze with a late surge in the women’s 800m

In addition, Kenyan runners won medals for other countries: Ruth Jebet won gold for Bahrain in the 3000m steeplechase. Eunice Kirwa won silver for Bahrain in the marathon and Paul Chelimo won a silver medal for the USA in the 5000m.


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Kenya at the 2012 Olympics: Rudisha sets world record, Kemboi gains redemption

Background

The 2012 Summer Olympics were held from 27 July to 12 August in London, United Kingdom. After a stellar performance in 2008, the 2012 games were a relative letdown as Kenya ended with 2 gold 4 silver and 7 bronze medals. This was good enough for 6th place in the Athletics medal table and 30th place overall.

800m: Gold medal and World Record for David Rudisha

David Rudisha came into this race as the hot favourite, having set a world record two years earlier in Rieti. He did not disappoint. In classic Rudisha fashion, he led from start to finish. The first lap was ran in a super fast time of 49.22, which indicated a possible world record. After the bell, Rudisha went up a gear utilizing his long strides. He finished in a world record time of 1:40.91, thus becoming the first man ever to run the 800 metres in under 1:41. He also dragged the rest of the field into running personal bests. In addition, second placed Nijel Amos set a new world junior record. Timothy Kitum of Kenya, who was 17 years old at the time, took the bronze medal. Mohamed Aman of Ethiopia set a new national record while finishing 6th.

Race Video

3000m Steeplechase: Moment of redemption for Ezekiel Kemboi

In the 2008 Olympic final, Ezekiel Kemboi pulled up lame in the last lap and finished well out of medal contention. In 2012, the roles were reversed. This time Brimin Kipruto fell down in the second last lap and was unable to recover. He finished 5th. It was left to Kemboi to keep Kenya’s streak going. Kemboi was up to the task. At the bell, Ethiopian Roba Gari was leading. Kemboi trailed him until the bask straight when he suddenly shifted gears and took the lead. Abel Mutai, Roba Gari and Makhiedine Benakhissi gave chase. Kemboi was too strong however, finishing so far ahead of the field that he finished in lane 8. Mekhissi to second place and Mutai took the bronze medal.

Race Video

Other medals

Vivian Cheruiyot won a bronze medal in the 10,000m and silver in the 5000m. Sally Kipyego took silver in the 5000m. Priscah Jeptoo took the silver medal in the marathon. Thomas Longosiwa took the bronze medal in the 5000m. Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsang took silver and bronze medals respectively in the marathon.

 

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2008 Olympics: Jelimo and Lagat first Kenyan female gold medalists

Background

The 2008 Olympics were held in Beijing China from August  8 to 24 August. Kenya won 6 gold 4 silver and 6 bronze. A total of 16 medals. That was good enough for second position in the Athletics medal table and 13 position overall. Up to that point, this was Kenya’s best performance ever.

A significant factor in Kenya’s dramatic improvement was the fact that out of competition testing for EPO was now in full swing. Thus the playing field, while not level, was much fairer than it had been since the early 1990s when EPO use started.

800 metres : Bungei finally strikes gold

For 7 years, Wilfred Bungei had been  one of the best and often the best 800 metre runner in the world. He won numerous races on the European circuit and often emerged as the top 800m runner of the season. But at major championships, runners who hardly won anything on the European circuit would come out of nowhere and beat him. In fact by 2008, Bungei had only one major championship medal which was a bronze medal at the 2001 world championships.

A significant factor in Bungei’s lack of success in major championships was the fact that his tactical approach had been highly dependent on having a pace-setter. At major championships this would require a team-mate to sacrifice himself.

However in 2008, Bungei finally came up with a tactical approach. Basically he decided to become his own pacesetter. Bungei led and controlled the race from start to finish, setting a searing pace that he was comfortable with and that would tire out the other runners. The tactic worked brilliantly as Bungei led from gun to finish to win a long sought gold medal.  Team-mate Alfred Kirwa Yego who was the defending world champion, finished with a bronze medal thanks to a solid effort in the last 80 metres.

Race Video

1500m: Kiprop is awarded belated gold

Kenya had two runners in this final: Augustine Choge and Asbel Kiprop. There was also Belal Mansoor, a Kenyan turned Qatari. He was formerly known as John Yego. Kiprop set the early pace before Choge took over. He led until 250 metres to go when he was passed by Mansoor and Iguider of Morocco. Rachid Ramzi, the Moroccan turned Bahraini also made a move, passing all the runners before setting a significant gap with 100 metres to go. Asbel Kiprop gave chase but despite a valiant effort, could not catch Ramzi who won and awarded the gold medal.

In April 2009, it was announced that Ramzi’s sample from the Olympics had tested positive for CERA which is an advanced version of the blood booster EPO. In November, his B sample also tested positive and the Olympic gold medal was taken away. Kiprop was thus elevated to gold.

Race Video

3000m Steeplechase: Brimin Kipruto saves Kenya’s pride

Once again Kenya had the three top atheletes in this event: Ezekiel Kemboi, Brimin Kipruto and Richard Mateelong. All three made the final. Ezekiel Kemboi appeared to be in fine form has he led for most of the last 3 laps. With 250 metres to go, Kemboi suddenly developed a limp, leaving Kipruto and Mateelong to battle. With 100 metres to go, two Kenyans were neck and neck with Makhiedine Benakhissi of France. Kipruto had an extra gear and was able to beat the Frenchman to the finish line. Mateelong took bronze.

Race Video

Marathon: Wanjiru wins Kenya’s first ever marathon gold

By 2008, No Kenyan had ever won a gold medal in the Olympic marathon. This despite Kenyans dominating every city marathon. The closest a Kenyan had come to winning was in 2008 when Japan based Douglas Wakiihuri took silver. 20 years later Kenya had very high hopes as theu fielded a strong team. Luke Kibet, the reigning world champion was there was multiple London Marathon champion Martin Lel. Kibet succumbed to the intense heat and humidity and dropped out midway through the race. It was left to another unknown Kenyan, Sammy Wanjiru who surged away from the leading pack at the 40 kilometre mark to win in an Olympic record time of 2:06:32. Despite the heat and humidity, Wanjiru looked very strong as he entered the stadium for the final lap, waving from side to side then raising his arms in triumph at the finish line.

Race Video

800m: 1-2 Finish for Jelimo and Jepkosgei

Hopes were extremely high that Kenya would gain its first ever gold medal by a woman in this race. Janeth Jepkosgei had won the world championship gold in commanding style in 2007. And in 2008 19 year old Pamela Jelimo had emerged as the most dominant runner of this event since Jarmila Kratochilova in the 1980s.

Jepkosgei set the early pace as is her style. Jelimo took over in the last lap and attacked the 400m to 600m section, establishing a significant gap that no one was able to close. She took gold in 1:54.87 , a new World Junior Record. Jepkosgei took silver in 1:56.07.

Race Video

 

1500m: Nancy Lagat with a storming run

Nancy Jebet Lagat had shown a lot promise as a Junior. In 1998 as 16 year old she won a silver medal at the IAAF World Junior championshiops.  In 2000, she won the gold medal at the IAAF World Junior Championships in the 800m. But her promise from junior level had not translated to senior level. After 8 years of running, she had not won a single medal be it in a global event or continental event.

In this race, she was not considered a strong contender. That honour belonged to Ethiopian turned Bahraini Miriam Jamal who had dominated this race for the previous two years. In the final lap, Lagat settled behind Jamal who was setting the pace. In the back straight, Lagat suddenly shifted gears and passed Jamal who tried to respond but did not have a similar gear. Lagat powered on to win the race by nearly 10 metres over the next competitor for a surprise gold medal.

Race Video

Other Medals.

Eliud Kipchoge and Edwin Soi took silver and bronze respectively in the 5000m. Micah Kogo took bronze in the men’s 10,000m. Eunice Jepkorir took a silver medal in the women’s 3000m steeplechase. Sylvia Kibet and Linet Masai took bronze medals in the women’s 5000m and 10,000m respectively. Catherine Ndereba won a silver medal in the women’s marathon.

 

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2004 Olympics: Kenya sweeps the steeplechase

Background

The 2004 Summer Olympics were held in Athens Greece from 13 to 29 August. Kenya finished with 1 gold 4 silver and 2 bronze. The 2004 games came at a time when a test for EPO had just been formulated but had not been approved for out of competition testing. As such Kenya had a torrid time in the distance events.

3000m Steeplechase: Kenyans occupy top 4 positions

This event was the only bright spot for Kenya. It was a very strong team consisting of Ezekiel Kemboi, Paul Kipsiele Koech and Brimin Kipruto. Perhaps the strongest team Kenya has ever fielded in this event. The trio did most of the front running. They were occassionally challenged by Kenyan born Qatari, Musa Abeid Omer (formerly Moses Kipkirui and by Spaniard Eliseo Martin. In the end, Kemboi finished well ahead of everyone, Kipruto was second while Koech did enough to fend off Omer for bronze.

Race Video

Other Medals

Isabella Ochichi took silver in the women’s 5000m behind Meseret Defar. Catherine Ndereba took silver in the marathon.Bernard Lagat finished second to Hicham el Guerrouj while Eliud Kipchoge took bronze in the 5000m behind El Guerrouj and Kenenisa Bekele.

 

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