Kamworor rising to legendary status, wins despite falling

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Geoffrey Kamworor, the reigning world cross country champion, and reigning world half marathon champion, retained the latter title in grand style.

But it took quite some effort on his part as he had to stave off a strong challenge from Briton Mo Farah and compatriot Bedan Karoki. He also had to overcome a fall early in the race: He tripped and fell and was on the ground for 7 seconds, being trampled by other runners.

It was Karoki who set a searing pace through the first half of the race, thus shedding most of the field. After 5km it was left to Kamworor and Karoki. The duo covered 10 km in an incredible time of 27:31. With 2km to go, Kamworor made his move and Karoki had no answer. He went on to create a 20 second gap.

Kenya regained their team title ahead of the Ethiopians, while defending champions Eritrea had to settle for bronze.

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK
1 559 Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor KEN KEN 59:10 SB
2 562 Bedan Karoki Muchiri KEN KEN 59:36 SB
3 538 Mohamed Farah GBR GBR 59:59 SB
4 528 Abayneh Ayele ETH ETH 59:59 PB
5 531 Tamirat Tola ETH ETH 1:00:06 PB
6 558 Simon Cheprot KEN KEN 1:00:12 SB
7 523 Abrar Osman ERI ERI 1:00:58 SB
8 532 Mule Wasihun ETH ETH 1:01:11 SB
9 560 Edwin Kiprop Kiptoo KEN KEN 1:01:21
10 579 Stephen Mokoka RSA RSA 1:01:27 SB

 


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Kenya sweeps womens half marathon championships

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Kenya women swept all three podium positions at the 2016 world half marathon championships. For the first 10 km of the race it appeared the Ethiopian duo of Gudeta and Yalew would challenge the Kenyan trio of Jepchirchir, Limo and Ngugi. However as the pace increased over the last 3 km, the Ethiopians fell off the pace. Limo then made a move but Jepchirichir closed her down in the driving rain to win in 1:07:31, well off the personal best she set earlier this year.

For the sixth time in the past eight editions, Kenya took team gold. Their aggregate time of 3:22:59 is the second-fastest in the history of the championships. Ethiopia, team winners in the past two Olympic years, was second this time round. And for the ninth successive edition, Japan took team bronze.

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK
1 156 Peres Jepchirchir KEN KEN 1:07:31
2 159 Cynthia Jerotich Limo KEN KEN 1:07:34
3 160 Mary Wacera Ngugi KEN KEN 1:07:54
4 129 Netsanet Gudeta ETH ETH 1:08:01 SB
5 130 Genet Yalew ETH ETH 1:08:15
6 158 Gladys Chesir Kiptagelai KEN KEN 1:08:46
7 157 Pascalia Chepkorir Kipkoech KEN KEN 1:09:44 SB
8 126 Dehininet Demsew ETH ETH 1:10:13 PB
9 171 Gladys Tejeda PER PER 1:10:14 AR
10 151 Yuka Ando JPN JPN 1:10:34

 


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Chemos promoted to silver after cheating Zaripova busted

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Kenya’s 3000 metre steeplechase star Milcah Chemos Cheywa has been upgraded to bronze and silver medals at the 2012 London Olympic and the 2011 IAAF World Championships respectively after Russian Yuliya Zaripova was stripped of the Olympic and world titles by the Court of Arbitration for Sport for doping violations.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld an appeal from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) against the “selective” disqualifications handed down by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) to six of their athletes. Apart from Zaripova, Sergey Kirdyapkin has also been stripped of his world title as CAS revises bans for the six Russian athletes. Zaripova’s disqualification means that Tunisia’s Habiba Ghribi is elevated to the gold medal and Ethiopia’s Sofia Assefa of Ethiopia moves up to silver as Chemos is upgraded to bronze. And since the World Championships fall within the ban period, Ghribi will be declared the 2011 world champion with the Kenya’s duo of Chemos and Mercy Wanjiku promoted to silver and bronze respectively.

Zaripova has had all her results between July 20, 2011 and July 25, 2013, annulled, while her compatriots Olga Kaniskina, Valeriy Borchin, Vladimir Kanaykin and Sergey Bakulin have also had their suspensions revised.

A culture of cheating?

Every nation has cheaters. However the Russians have taken cheating to extreme levels. So bad is the cheating in Russia that in November 2015 the Russian Federation was given an indefinite ban after a report by a German TV station did an exposee showing the existence of systematic doping (doping that is sanctioned and controlled by the suthorities) in Russia.

Russia has won more medals at the world athletocs championships than every country except the USA. The women are especially dominant in middle and long distance events. Many times, a Kenyan athlete has been denied a medal by Russians. At the 2008 Olympics, Eunice Jepkorir finished second and a good nine seconds to Russian Gulnara Galkina who clocked 8:58 for a new world record. At the 2009 World championships, Chemos finished behind another Russian Yuliya Zarudneva.

 


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Kenya boxing team results at the 2016 African championships

Rayton Okwiri, Africa champion 2016

The 2016 African boxing championships were held in Yaounde Cameroon in March of 2016. The     championships doubled up as the qualifiers for the 2016 Olympics with the top three finishers in each weight categories being granted a place at the Olympics.

Rayton Nduku Okwiri was the only Kenyan to earn a direct berth to the Olympics. In the process, he became the 2016 African champion. Kenya won a total of seven bouts.

 

 

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Kenya results at the 2016 Vancouver sevens


Dennis Ombachi and his team-mates bulldozed past Portugal. But it went downhill from there

Preliminary Round

Kenya 43 Portugal 5
Tries:Injera, Ayodi, Amonde, Ouma, Oliech Lugonzo, Adema
Conversions: Adema(3), Oliech

Kenya 19 Samoa 26
Tries: Odhiambo, Injera, Ouma
Conversions: Adema(2)

Kenya 19 Fiji 24
Tries: Oliech, Injera, Ouma
Conversions: Adema(2

Bowl Semi Finals

Kenya 21 France 24
Tries: Ambaka, Injera, Oliech
Conversions: Adema(3)

Shield Semi-Finals

Kenya 7 Russia 24
Tries: Ouma
Conversions: Adema

Squad

Leonard Mugaisi
Oscar Ouma
William Ambaka
Oscar Ayodi
Dennis Ombachi
Collins Injera
Andrew Amonde
Biko Adema
Humphrey Kayange
Samuel Oliech
Billy Odhiambo
Augustine Lugonzo

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Kenya results at the 2016 Las Vegas sevens


Kenya celebrate after beating New Zealand 22-0.
In this picture: Oscar Ouma, Andrew Amonde and Willy Ambaka

Preliminary Round

Kenya 24 Russia 21
Tries: Injera, Kayange, Bill Odhiambo(2)
Conversions: Biko Adema (2)

Kenya 38 Portugal 0
Tries: Kayange, Oscar Ouma, Injera(2), Adema, Mugaisi
Conversions: Adema(4)

Kenya 22 New Zealand 0
Ayodi Ouma, Ambaka
Penalty: Adema
Conversions: Adema (2)

Quarter-Final
Kenya 14 USA 26
Tries: Injera, Bill Odhiambo
Conversions: Adema (2)

Plate Semi-Final
Kenya 14 Japan 19
Tries: Ambaka, Kayange
Conversions: Adema (2)

 

Squad

Leonard Mugaisi
Oscar Ouma
William Ambaka
Oscar Ayodi
Dennis Ombachi
Collins Injera
Andrew Amonde
Biko Adema
Humphrey Kayange
Samuel Oliech
Billy Odhiambo
Augustine Lugonzo

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Kenya dominates Africa cross country Championships

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Kenya thoroughly and utterly dominated the 2016 African championships, leaving arch rivals Ethiopia, Uganda, Morocco and Eritrea biting the dust. Alice Aprot Nawowuna from Turkana county, continued her meteoric rise to the top when she won the women’s senior race finishing 52 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. James Rungaru needed a late burst to pass Uganda’s Philip Kipyeko in the last 50 metres.

Leading results

Senior men 10km
1 James Rungaru (KEN) 26:34
2 Phillip Kipyeko (UGA) 26:35
3 Charles Yosei (KEN) 26:46
4 Cleophas Ngetich (KEN) 26:52
5 Geoffrey Koech (KEN) 27:09
6 Getaneh Tamire (ETH) 27:13

Senior men team
1 Kenya
2 Uganda
3 Ethiopia

Senior women 8km
1 Alice Aprot (KEN) 29:52
2 Sheila Chepkirui (KEN) 30:44
3 Beatrice Mutai (KEN) 31:08
4 Dera Yami (ETH) 31:13
5 Daisy Chepkemei (KEN) 31:29
6 Nancy Nzisa (KEN) 31:30

Senior women team
1 Kenya
2 Ethiopia
3 South Africa

Junior men 8km
1 Isaac Kipsang (KEN) 21:33
2 Ronald Kiprotich (KEN) 21:44
3 Aron Kifle (ERI) 21:48
4 Anthony Kiptoo (KEN) 21:56
5 Andrew Lorot (KEN) 21:59
6 Nixon Kiplagat (KEN) 22:11

Junior men team
1 Kenya
2 Ethiopia
3 South Africa

Junior women 6km
1 Miriam Cherop (KEN) 18:31
2 Gloria Kite (KEN) 18:39
3 Winfredah Mbithe (KEN) 18:40
4 Lucy Cheruiyot (KEN) 18:42
5 Muliye Dekobo (ETH) 18:52
6 Tersit Desalgn (ETH) 19:02

Junior women team
1 Kenya
2 Ethiopia
3 Morocco

 


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Rudisha starts season with 1:44.78

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Each year David Rudisha starts his track season in Australia. 2016 was no different. Rudisha ran the IAAF challenge in Melbourne, Australia and won the 800m in 1:44.78. This isa good time considering it is only the beginning of the track season.

“Coming here I was hoping for something like 1:44, 1:45,” Rudisha said after the race. “So I was happy to start with that.” he said.

It is the fifth time Rudisha has run the Melbourne meet to start the season and he has never lost. His previous times were as follows:

2016: 1:44.78
2015: 1:45.01
2014: 1:44.87
2013: 1:43.87
2012: 1:44.33
2011: 1:43.88
2010: 1:43.15

His time from 2010 still stands as the meet record.
His 2016 time bodes well considering that it is his fastest start since 2013. He has been injury plagued since 2012.

Rudisha is aiming to retain the 800m gold medal he won at the 2012 Olympics in London. No runner has retained the 800m gold medal at successive Olympics since Peter Snell in 1964. Rudisha is already the greatest 800m runner ever. Another Olympic gold will cement his place as the greatest.

 


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Ndiku and Choge lead Kenya’s World Indoors team


Ndiku beat Lagat to win in 2015

The Kenya team for the 2016 world indoor championships has been named. Caleb Mwangangi Ndiku will be back to defend the title he won in 2015. Joining him in the 3000m will be resurgent veteran Augustin Choge who has been saddled by injuries in the past few years but appears to be rounding back to the form that saw him win the 2006 commonwealth games gold medal in the 5000m when aged only 19. Choge beat a strong field at the PSD Bank Indoor Meeting in Dusseldorf to win the men’s 3000m race in a world leading time of 7:39.23. In the process he beat current Commonwealth games champion Caleb Ndiku into second place. The win secured him a wildcard by topping the standings for that discipline in the IAAF World Indoor Tour. They will be joined by 2013 world 5000m bronze medallist Isiah Koech.

Betsy Saina, who recently clocked a world-leading time over 5000m, will contest the 3000m. World junior champion Margaret Wambui has been named in the 800m.

Timothy Kitum who looked like a promising runner when he won the bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics when aged only 18, will compete in the 800m. Margaret Wambui Nyairera a former junior world champion, represents Kenya’s hopes in the women’s 800.

Kenyan team for World Indoors

MEN
800m: Timothy Kitum*, Nicholas Kiplangat*
1500m: Vincent Kibet, Bethwell Birgen
3000m: Caleb Ndiku, Augustine Choge, Isiah Koech

WOMEN
800m: Margaret Wambui
1500m: Viola Lagat
3000m: Nancy Chepkwemoi, Betsy Saina

 


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Missile by Josky Kiambukuta (Lyrics and Translation)

The song Missile was released in 1983. It was recorded in Paris as part of the Choc Choc Choc sessions that featured musicians from both Afrisa and TPOK Jazz. Lyrically it is a classic Josky Kiambukuta song that laments the pain of love. Josky shows his full vocal range all the way from high notes to deep bass. Mavatiku Visi aka Michelino is on lead guitar.




 
 

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