How FIFA corruption is killing Kenyan and African football


The FIFA motto: For the good of the game” is rich in irony

The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) recently slapped 6 year bans on three officials : Sammy Sholei and Hussein Terry.  The lengthy bans are supposedly because the trio violated rules and regulations. The bans came at the recomendation of FKF Disciplinary Committee chairman Prof Moni Wekesa but were more likely architected by FKF chairman in order to prevent them from running for FKF elections in 2015. Of the three, Sholei and Shikanda were prominent footballers. Sholei played for Rivatex, Tusker and the national team Harambee stars. Shikanda played for both AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia.

Sholei who was elected as FKF Vice Chairman in 2011 has been a thorn in Nyamweya’s flesh. He has tried for years to bring a level of transparency to an organization that is run in an opaque manner. Upon being elected FKF Vice Chairman, Sholei called numerous press conferences accusing Nyamweya of running FKF with lack of transparency. Terry even went as far as taking their case to the Kenya anti-corruption commission. Nyamweya for his part has been trying to sideline Sholei since 2011.

It is interesting to note that the trio were not availed an opportunity to defend themselves or appeal the decisions as required by statutes. A six year ban seems ridiculous. The only logical reason for such a harsh sanction is to prevent them from running for FKF office in the future.

FIFA sets the example for how to eliminate “troublemakers”

However Nyamweya is safe in knowing that neither FIFA, the global governing body nor CAF the continental governing body will intervene. The tactics he used to sideline Sholei, Shikanda and Terry are also used at CAF and FIFA. In 2011, FIFA chairman Sepp Blatter was facing a re-election challenge from Asian Confederation chairman Mohamed bin Hamamm. In the run-up to the election, FIFA launched an investigation in which Bin Hamamm was found guilty of bribing Carribbean delegates for votes. He was thus forced to resign from FIFA thus ruling him out of contention. Blatter was then elected unopposed.

At CAF, president Issa Hayatou was facing a challenge from Ivorian Jacque Anouma in 2013. In the run-up to that election, an amendment to the rules that restricted the race to voting members of the Caf executive committee was created. This in effect ruled out Anouma and four attempts to overturn the decision were rejected by the Court for Arbitration in Sports. The amendment was approved by Presidents of the national federations. As you can see therefore, all the members of national federations, FIFA and CAF look after each other.

FKF is no different. Even Moni Wekesa who was once seen as a reformer has been co-opted. It is for this reason that Nyamweya and FKF can get away with anything. They are protected by FIFA and CAF in exchange for votes.

Is FIFA funding meant for development ?

To begin with, FIFA sends an annual grant of $250,000 and never demands any accountability. In the case of Kenya, nobody knows where this money goes. As far as FIFA is concerned, this is a bribe to federation officials to ensure they vote for Blatter at the next FIFA congress so that he can keep his position as FIFA president. Yet this is money that should be used for activities that raise the standards of football in each respective country.

FIFA’s penchant for propping up corrupt, incompetent and negligent football leaders is the reason African football has stagnated. Note that the performance of African teams at the world cup has stagnated perhaps even regressed. The performance of African teams in the last three world cups has been nothing to write home about. In 2014 two out of five African teams reached the knockout phase of the world cup. The two however benefited from lucky draws and Nigeria limped into the second round having benefited from referee errors during their match with Bosnia Herzegovina. Nigeria above all typifies the decline of African football considering the star studded sides they had in the 1990s.

African teams were doing much better between 1986 and 2002 often recording big upsets, and prompting the legendary Pele to predict that an African team would win the world cup before the year 2000. That prediction has been derailed by the incompetence, greed and corruption that bedevils FIFA and causes it to prop up equally corrupt African football leaders in exchange for votes.

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Kenya rugby records 1st ever win over Madagascar in emphatic fashion

Kenya continued its march towards the 2015 rugby world cup when they pumelled Madagascar 34-0 in emphatic fashion. The margin of victory is impressive. But even more impressive is the fact that Kenya fielded what was essentially a second string side after coach Jerome Paarwater opted to rest 11 players who featured against Namibia. Also impressive is the fact that Kenya faced did this in the face of huge raucous amd partisan crowd of 30,000 at the Mahamasina stadium in Antananarivo.

Kenya had never beaten Madagascar before. The two teams had faced each other three times before resulting in 1 draw and 2 wins for Madagascar. The first time these two teams met was at the 1987 4th All African games that was held in Nairobi. In football, Kenya beat Madagascar 2-1. Rugby fans expected the same. Kenya was fielding a strong team that had among others Michael “Tank” Otieno at full back and loose forward “Mad” Max Muniafu and other legends. But Kenya were shocked the pacy Madagascans who ran away 22-16 winners much to the surprise of the crowd at RFUEA grounds.

The second time they met was in 2001 at the Mahamasina stadium during the qualifiers for the 2003 world cup. Kenya put on a valiant effort but Madagascar, buoyed by the large home crowd won 27-20.


Kenya vs Madagascar in Antananarivo in 2001

The two teams met for a third time in 2005 during the qualifiers for the 2007 rugby world cup. The match was played in Kenya. The home crowd expected Kenya to record their first ever win over the Indian ocean islanders. But they were disappointed again as the Madagascans fought valiantly to force a 24-24 draw.

Kenya rugby fans have thus had to wait for 27 years to beat pacy islanders and when it finally , it came in emphatic fashion with a spectacular 34-0 win.

The Match

Kenya were dominant in the set piece and up front as they battered the hosts with Joshua Chisanga, Maxwell Adaka and Oliver Mangeni leading the onslaught.

Their dominance paid dividends in the 12th minute when Chisanga picked up the ball from the scrum and evaded two tackles before touching down. Andola kicked over the conversion to widen the lead to 12-0.

Madagascar had no answer for the power Kenya had in the forwards and tried to play a running game midway through the half. They were, however kept in check by the Kenyan defence led Humphrey Kayange. Mwenesi, who had a superb game in the pack and in the lose, scored his second try from a line-out as Kenya extended the lead to 17-0.

Former Kenya Sevens skipper Humphrey Kayange then intercepted a loose pass from the hosts to touch down for an unconverted try. Mwenesi completed his hat-trick just before the interval with a well taken try to extend the lead to 27-0 at the break. On resumption, Madagascar put up a fight and but the Kenyans had other ideas and looked dangerous with ball in hand in attack.

The game then degenerated into an ugly brawl as match referee Luke Pearce sent Madagascar hooker Hasina Rakotoaveli and winger Dennis Muhanji to the sin bin in the 57th minute with both sides reduced to 14 men. Muhanji suffered thew consequences after retaliating to punch thrown at him by Malagasy player in the melee.

From then on, the match was scrappy with neither team dominating, though Kenya came close with substitute Martin Owila almost scoring a try. Chisanga completed the scoring in the closing minutes from a rolling maul with Lyle Asiligwa kicking over the conversion to close out the match. In the early match, Namibia revived their hopes of qualification with a 24-20 win over Zimbabwe.
Kenya line-up: 15. Michael Agevi, 14. Collins Injera, 13. Humphrey Kayange, 12. Nick Barasa, 11. Dennis Muhanji, 10. Ken Andola, 9. Lyle Asiligwa, 8. Joshua Chisanga, 7. Davis Chenge (Martin Owila), 6. Andrew Amonde (captain), 5. Oliver Mang’eni, 4. Ronnie Mwenesi, 3. Moses Amusala, 2. Maxwell Adaka (Sammy Warui), 1. Curtis Lilako.

Additional reporting courtesy of the The star

 

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Momentous Historic win for Kenya over Namibia

Kenya recorded what is perhaps the biggest win in its rugby history when they beat Namibia 29-22 in a crucial rugby world cup qualifier. It was the opening match of the CAR Division-1A which also doubles as the final qualifiers for the 2015 rugby world cup.

The win is momentous for several reasons. Firstly, Namibia has a much stronger rugby tradition than Kenya. They were ranked number 22 in the world, far ahead of Kenya which is ranked number 34.

Past matches played between Kenya and Namibia have often been lopsided. The only times Kenya beat Namibia was in matches played in Kenya where the outcome of the match was not crucial. In those instances, Namibia did not send all their best players. Such was the case when Kenya beat Namibia for the first time ever in 2006. The score was 30-26 and is the only time Kenya had ever beaten Namibia.

Meanwhile Namibia had beaten Kenya 5 times often with lopsided scores. The graphic below displays results of matches between Kenya and Namibia with Namibia victories marked in red.

The very first time these two teams was in 1993 at the RFUEA grounds. The 60-9 score actually flattered Kenya. Namibia could have scored a lot more points had they tried. But toward the end of the game, Namibia passed up opportunities to score tries and kick penalties.

The worst loss to Namibia came in 2006 in the return leg for the 2007 rugby world cup qualifiers. During the return leg in Windhoek, Namibia now had a full complement of players and beat Kenya 84-12 with winger Oscar Osir scoring both Kenya’s consolation tries.

For years the gap between Kenya and Namibia in rugby was massive and looked insurmountable. However Kenya has been steadily improving and in the past 2 years has taken massive leaps. Even when Kenya lost to Namibia in Windhoek last year by a score of 55-35, it was readily apparent that the gap was closing fast. Kenya pushed Namibia all the way in that game. But as is often the case, home ground advantage helps.

This Saturday’s match in Madagascar was thus going to be a true test of how far Kenya since the game was to be played in a neutral site and Namibia were sending their best players and had been under intense preparations including friendly matches against twp South African sides, Western Province and Blue Bulls.

Beating Namibia 29-22 when the stakes are this high shows that Kenya rugby has finally arrived. When Kenya won the African championships in past years, it seemed like an incomplete victory since Namibia did not participate. This was the case even last year when Kenya beat Uganda 51-11 and Zimbabwe 29-17.

However despite this momentous win, Kenya cannot rest on its laurels. There are still two big games to play.

The match

Namibia raced into a 12-0 thanks to two tries from left wing Heinrich Smit and a conversion from Willem Kotze.

But Kenya took advantage of prop Jaco Engels’ yellow card on 38 minutes to score a converted try on the stroke of half-time through one of their Rugby Sevens contingent, Humphrey Khayange.

Kenya scored a further 12 points while Namibia were a man down, flanker Michael Okombe being joined on the scoresheet by scrum half Edward Achayo. With Lavin Asego landing his second conversion Kenya found themselves 19-12 up with the second half six minutes old.

However Namibia hit back to level the scores when full back Chrysander Botha scored a try that Kotze converted.

Kotze and his opposite number Asego then traded penalties before Sevens skipper Andrew Amonde came off the bench to score the match winner with 16 minutes to go.

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Its time Kenya fifteens arrived on the world stage


Brian Nyikuli and team-mates in training

For the first time ever, the Kenya rugby fifteen a side team has a realistic chance of qualifying for the rugby world cup for fifteen a side teams. The qualifiers will kick off in Madagascar on June 28

Whereas Kenya has qualified for the seven a side world cup four times in a row and has reached the semi-finals twice, they country has never had a realistic chance of qualifying for the fifteen a side world cup which brings with it far more recognition.

In addition, a number of African countries have been to the rugby world cup. Zimbabwe were there in 1987 and again in 1991. In 1987, Zimbabwe boasting the legendary Tsimba brothers came within a hair of beating Romania, succumbing to a late try and losing 20-21. Cote’d Ivoire were Africa’s representatives in 1995 when they shocked Namibia in last qualifier. On that occasion, Namibia had badly underated the Ivorians and sent a weakened team to Abidjan only for them to lose and miss out on a chance to qualify for the 1995 RWC that was held in neighbouring South Africa. However since then, Namibia has dominated the qualifiers, going to the world cup three times in a row (2003, 2007 and 2011).

Kenya are better prepared to take on the Namibians, Zimbabweans and Madagascans than they have ever been. To begin with, Kenya are the reigning African champions, having won the tournament in dominating fashion in 2013, including a massive 52-11 win over Uganda.

Secondly, Kenya played in the 2014 Vodacom cup and managed one win and six losses. The experience they gained in that tournament was invaluable. They played against test calibre opposition and acquited themselves well. In 2014, Kenyan teams thoroughly and utterly dominated the Bamburi super series leaving Ugandan teams as a non-factor. And in their final build-up match, Kenya narrowly lost to Western province of South Africa, a team that reached the quarter final of the Vodacom cup.

Sevens Players

Kenya have beefed up their squad by including members of the succesful sevens team who will add pace and guile. Three siblings Humphrey Kayange, Collins Injera and Michael Agevi headline the squad that also includes Michael Wanjala and Patrice Agunda. Skipper Andrew Amonde, Tony Awuor and Billy Odhiambo will start from the bench with Wilson Kopondo retaining the arm band.

Namibia and Zimbabwe stand in the way

“Namibia is Kenya’s biggest roadblock to the World Cup,” Mwangi Muthee, Chairman Kenya Rugby Union said on Thursday. The vastly experienced Namibians played their final build up match against Blue Bulls on June 21 loosing 34-13. Blue Bulls which once featured Daniel Adongo were semi-finalists in the 2014 Vodacom cup. Earlier Namibia had played Western Province and won 30-28 thanks to a last gasp try. Namibia will also be able to call upon half a dozen players who play professional rugby in places like South Africa.

Zimbabwe for their part have also been in intense training. But their build-up has been hampered after a trip to South Africa for build matches was aborted at the last moment due to lack of funds. Coach Cyprian Madenge has expressed confidence in his charges. That we narrowly lost to Namibia last year, with just a week of training, has given a reason to believe to the boys that we can go and conquer because some of the guys had (other) commitments,” said Mandenge.

Namibia will go into this tournament with a dose of confidence since they beat both Kenya and Zimbabwe 55-35 and 35-26 respectively at the 2014 Tri Nations cup.

Hosts Madagascar cannot be forgotten. The “Makis”  as they are called, beat Namibia the last time those two teams met in Madagascar. The partisan crowd in Antananarivo always turns out in large numbers to support the Makis.

Qualification format

The three teams (Kenya, Namibia, Madagascar, Zimbabwe) will play each other once in a league format. Points will be awarded as follows:

Win – 4 points
Draw – 2 points
4 or more tries – 1 point
Loss within 7 points – 1 point
Loss greater than 7 points – 0 points

The winner earns a direct ticket to the world cup while the runner up will play in the repecharge (playoff) against a European team.

Qualification would be a massive boost

Aside from creating exceitement about the sport of rugby in Kenya, qualifying for the rugby world cup could be the financial shot in the arm that could take Kenya to the next level in rugby “We need to develop structures to ensure we go to the World Cup to compete. Building such structures is costly, and funding from IRB will come in handy. Should we qualify, we stand to get a minimum of Sh87 million from the IRB to prepare for the World Cup. Afterwards, we could get the same amount annually for development,” said Muthee.

 

Kenya squad

Moses Amusala, Sammy Warui, James Kangethe, Oliver Mange’ni, Wilson Kopondo, Michael Okombe, Davis Chenge, Martin Owila, Michael Wanjala, Lavin Asego, Patrice Agunda, Humphrey Kayange, Collins Injera and Michael Agevi, Duncan Mwangi, Curtis Lilako, Isaiah Nyariki, Emmanuel Mavala, Ronnie Mwenesi, Brian Nyikuli, Andrew Amonde, Tony Owour, Llye Asiligwa, Kenny Andola, Billy Odhiambo, Nick Barasa, Fabian Olando, Tony Onyango, Cyprian Kuto and Leonard Mugaisi, Joshua Chesanga, Maxwell Adaka, Isaac Adimu and Joseph Kang’ethe.


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NCAA roundup : Suzzy and Lizzy Dimba

Twin sisters Suzzy and Lizzy Dimba are freshmen at Abilene Christian University, the same University that at one time featured Kenyan stalwarts Peter Kiganya and Alex Aluga among others.

Suzzy Dimba during the 2013-2014 season

Suzzy played in all 30 games during the season. She played 27 minutes again while averaging 11.3 points per game which is a superb number for a freshman and was the fourth highest on the team. But where she excelled was on the defensive side of the court. She recorded an amazing 42 blocks which was by far the highest on the team, for an average of 1.4 bpg. She also recorded 11.9 rebounds per game which was the highest on the team. Her 1.5 steals per game ranked 3rd highest on the team. For those amazing statistics, she was named to the Southlands conference All Defensive team, the only freshman to earn such an accolade.

Suzzy recorded a field goal percentage of 44.1% and a three-points shooting percentage of 34%.She also had 11 double-doubles during the season.  She was named Southlands conference player of the week on Dec 23 and was honorable mention All Southland Conference. She was also named to the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll for her academic achievements.

Lizzy Dimba during the 2013-2014 season

Lizzy appeared in all 30 games and was a starter in 25. She scored 9.8 points per game on an amazing 50.2 % shooting percentage. Her best performance came on Feb. 17 when she scored a career high 21 points on 9-11 shooting  for an 81.8% shooting percentage which was the highest at Abilene Christian since 2010. She averaged 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game. She was also named to the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll for her academic achievements.

Background

The twin sisters who both stand at 5″11′ were born in Kenya and moved to Luboock Texas along with their parents Thomas and Hellen Dimba. They attended Coronado high school where they excelled at basketball. and volleyball.


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Rudisha win shows he is on the comeback trail


Rudisha holds off a strong field at the 2014 New York Diamond League

David Rudisha posted a confidence boosting victory in the New York leg of the IAAF Diamond league circuit when he won the 800m race in 1:44.63. The time recorded is far cry from 2012 when Rudisha stopped the clock at 1:41.74 to set a new world record. Still it is an important step. Coming back from a serious injury that kept you out for a year can be a long arduous process. Regaining confidence in your previously injured knee can also be challenging.

The Race

Rudisha started on the outer lane  and immediately put himself front and center, tucking in right behind rabbit Daniel Dye down the opening backstretch. Dye passed the 400 meters at 50.48. This is a classic Rudisha tactic. Duane Solomon followed close on Rudisha’s shoulder, as per his second game plan — and hung on throughand stayed there until 700 meters. Rudisha hit 600 meters at 1:18.03, followed by Solomon, then a fast-charging Mark English of Ireland.

Rudisha held off Ireland who settled for second place in 1:45.03 having passed Duane Solomon who then came third in 1:45.13

Rudisha’s Post race Interview

After the race, Rudisha was mobbed by reporters, a clear sign that despite a year away from the track, he is still a star attraction. In fact Rudisha drew far more reporters than any other athlete at the meet.

“I still need to do a lot, because I started a little late this year. I felt better today, but I need a few races to bring my body back.” said Rudisha to the media throng.

 


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Profile and Biography of Silalei Shani-Owuor


Silalei Shani-Owuor in action in the Kenyan league

Her full name is Silalei Agalo Shani-Owuor. She has been one of the most prominent players on the Kenya basketball scene and a key performer in the recent success of Kenya women’s basketball teams at regional and continental level. Early Days  She was born in Kenya but her family lived in several locations all over the globe including – Zambia  Mauritania, Senegal and eventually settled in the USA.  Owuor’s love of basketball began when she was only 7-years-old and she played with her father and brothers. It was at age 13 that she realized that she had a knack for basketball. When I was about 13 yearsold and I realized I could play and keep up with adult players during pick-up games. said Silalei in an interview with FIBA Africa.  Silalei credits both her parents with her success at basketball. My mum introduced it and encouraged us to play each day from school but my dad took it up to teach us the fundamentals at a very young age.Being a former player, he also used to join us in playing frequently. But my height comes from my mum’s side and my hop is from my day’s Maasai background”. said Silalei in an interview. Silalei’s mother is from Chemelil in Kisumu county whereas her father is from

 Silalei Shani at Messiah College

Upon completing high school, Silalei joined Messiah College and soon joined the basketball team. She did not see any action during her freshman season. “it was not until the second year that my coach started noticing my consistent and persistent performance” said Silalei.  In the 2006-2007 season, she appeared in 25 games, averaging 9.0 points per game with a shooting percentage of 51.3% . Her free throw percentage was 81.3%. Ge totaled 67 rebounds, 22 assists, 17 blocks During the NCAA Tournament game she led the team in rebounding.  During her junior season (2007-2008) she played a key role to help the team reach the national championship final. She came off the bench for all 33 games playing an average of 17 minutes per game and had a scoring average of 9.6 ppg which was second on the team. She was second in the team with 4.8 rebounds per game. She also led the team in blocks with 36 blocks in 33 games.  In her last season at Messiah College (2008-2009) , Silalei had now established herself in the starting five.   She played a pivotal role in helping her team to a record of 11 wins and one loss, a record that enabled them to finish at the top of the Commonwealth conference standings.  She started all 28 games. She led the team in rebounds (9.3 rpg) , led the team in blocks (57 blocks in 28 games) and was joint second in scoring (12.5 ppg). Her 57 blocks were also the highest in the entire Commonwealth conference.  From an academic perspective, Silalei left Messiah college with a degree in Human resource management.

In her last season at Messiah College (2008-2009) , Silalei had now established herself in the starting five. She played a pivotal role in helping her team to a record of 11 wins and one loss, a record that enabled them to finish at the top of the Commonwealth conference standings. She started all 28 games. She led the team in rebounds (9.3 rpg) , led the team in blocks (57 blocks in 28 games) and was joint second in scoring (12.5 ppg). Her 57 blocks were also the highest in the entire Commonwealth conference. From an academic perspective, Silalei left Messiah college with a degree in Human resource management.

 Silalei returns to Kenya joins Eagle Wings

In Mid 2010, Silalei returned to Kenya after having been away from the country for almost her entire life. “I wanted to come back to my native land to just immerse myself in my traditional culture, learn Swahili and understand the people better”.  In July 2010 she joined Eagle wings. “My I landed at Eagle Wings by accident in July 2010 courtesy of my cousin, he asked me whether I wanted to play basketball and having missed the game so much I accompanied him to their training base. Funny enough after the day’s training session, they took me in and requested me to join them for their league matches.”  Eagle wings has been one of the most positive story-lines in the sporting landscape of Kenya. Despite not having a sponsor, they have maintained their position as one of the best teams in Kenya in the past few years. It is a committed group of players who often pay for their own training yet have the wherewithal to beat corporate teams. They have represented Kenya well in several tournaments. Their crowning moment came at the 2013 Africa club championship for women where Eagle wings finished 3rd including a memorable win over First Deepwater of Nigeria.

 Silalei Shani in the national team

Silalei Shani off the court

In 2014, Silalei Shani was picked by pay TV company, Zuku to anchor a new TV show called BAQE. The show features commentary about the Zuku sponsored University basketball league.


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Harambee stars set for Brazil soon after U17 was disbanded.

The State House on Thursday announced President Uhuru Kenyatta has sponsored the national team to travel to Brazil to watch the World Cup. The President’s personal sponsorship is $120,000. The idea is that the players will become motivated by a trip to Brazil and will learn something

EABL Chips in

Following hot on the heels of the President’s announcement, The national team sponsors, East Africa Breweries limited announced that they have added US Dollars 40,000 (Approximately Kshs. 3.5 million) after the president together with his wife Margret Kenyatta cashing in US Dollars 120 000 (Approximately Kshs. 10.5 million).

 Under 17 team disbanded

The announcement came hot on the heels of the decision by FKF to withdraw the Kenya Under 17 team which was scheduled to host South Sudan in the first leg of the CAF Under 17 qualifiers. The team was withdrawn due to financial constraints. As a result, South Sudan received a walkover.

This is a classic case of misplaced priorities. No country can succeed without strong youth programs. If the president and sponsors want Kenya to succeed in football, they should invest heavily in youth programs.

The fact that Kenya rarely participates in youth tournaments is bad enough. But the utter and complete dearth of structured youth development is precisely why Kenya keeps failing at football.

Sending the national team to the world cup to watch one or two games is a good gesture but it will do nothing to advance football. And aside from youth football, there are several other initiatives that need funding. For example, the Kenya women’s league is basically dead due to lack of funds after the previous sponsors (UNICEF) pulled out.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is to be aplauded for even taking an interest in sports especially considering that his predecessor completely ignored sports. However we hope that in the future he will come up with initiatives that can actually help advance football.


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Julius Yego within one cm of DL win as Birech & Sum dominate

Kenya’s star javelin thrower Julius Yego, popularly known as the youtube man provided what is his best performance ever in the Diamond league on Wednesday at the Oslo Diamond League. Yego came second when he chucked the javelin a distance of 84.17m to finish behind former world champion Tero Pitakamaki who won with a throw of 84.18m. The performance bodes well for Yego who is gunning to finish at the podium during the commonwealth games.

Eunice Sum Stays perfect


Sum winning in Oslo

Eunice Sum had yet another commanding performance to win her third succesive diamond league win in Oslo on Wednesday June 11. After following the Australian pacemaker, Selma Kajan, through 400m in 57.45 Sum moved three metres clear down the back straight before Jessica Judd challenged around the final bend.

“It looks like I’m confident of winning but it is not true,” said Sum.

“I’m taking every competition one at a time especially as I am tired from recent competitions. I would like faster times, but I need to be more fresh. Maybe in Lausanne.”

Jairus Birech continues rapid rise

Kenya’s new steepechase sensation Jairus Birech added to his rapidly growing reputation with a commanding win in the 3000m steeplechase in 8:02.38; and Frenchman Pascal Martinot-Lagarde notched up his second 110m hurdles win on the trot, slicing 0.01 his world-leading time from Eugene with 13.12.


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