Thomas Kiptoo Charged For Impersonation as ADAK Official To Con Paul Lonyangata

Kenyan and Ugandan passport holder, Thomas Kiptoo has been charged in an Eldoret court with eight counts of charges including falsely pretending to be an employee of the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK).

Kiptto who was arrested on Monday and arraigned today before Eldoret Senior Principal Magistrate Richard Odenyo charged with others not before the court.

He was arrested by officers drawn from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) after falsely obtaining money on diverse dates from Two-time Paris Marathon champion Paul Lonyangata.

Lonyangata was suspended for 19 months by Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) in February this year after admitting that he had used a prohibited substance Furosemide.

According to the charge sheet, the accused holds both Kenyan and Ugandan citizenship, is said to have convinced Lonyangata to give him money ranging between Sh. 5,000 and Sh. 500,000 on diverse dates in 2021 to get his name expunged from the AIU list of suspended athletes.

Kiptoo who goes with two other aliases as Ali Thamer Kamal and Thomas Kiprotich denied all the charges and was released on a sh. 200,000 bond with an assurity of a similar amount or a cash bail of sh. 100,000.

Kenya to know her doping fate tomorrow

Kenya will know her fate when the World Athletics general Council seats to have its deliberation on the status of the doping menace that has engulfed the country this year in a meeting that will be held tomorrow (Tuesday 29) in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

The World Athletics, World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) and the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) are part of the council that will determine if the country will be sanctioned or not.

This comes as the world Athletics president Sebastian Coe gave Kenya a thumbs up for the effort that the country is putting in place to curb the erratic doping violations and the more resources that the government is adding to aid the fight.

The WA president was responding to a communique that was released by the Cabinet Secretary for Youth Affairs, Sports and the Arts, Ababu Namwamba on Saturday.

“I welcome the additional resources provided by the Government of Kenya in the fight against doping. The only way we can reduce the magnitude of this problem is the collective commitment of all sports stakeholders in Kenya,” said Coe.

Kenya might be the main discussion in the meeting after more than Fifty-five Kenyan athletes who are currently banned and eight provisionally suspended, according to the data from the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).

The newly appointed CS has had a series of night meetings trying to mitigate the situations before the said meeting happens. The CS applauded the World Athletics president for acknowledging the countries efforts in the fight against doping.

Namwamba last week revealed that the government had pledged to increase funding of over Kshs 600 million for the period of five years.

“The government of Kenya respects and upholds the right of all athletes to participate in sports without using stimulants. Additionally, our authorities support the promotion of health, justice and equality for all people participating in sports and recreation,” said Namwamba

“We are therefore alarmed and saddened by the increase in Kenyan athletes using doping agents, which has tragically resulted in the most unfortunate downgrading of Kenya’s premium status and led to classification as a Doping Rules in Athletics. This “Category A” violator under the World Anti-doping Rules in athletics. This is despite the existing legal framework enacted to tame the doping vice,” Namwamba stated.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) now World Athletics included the distance-running superpower on a list of nations most at risk of doping in July 2018.

It came as part of new regulations by the WA Council put more responsibility on National Federations to deal with the problem.

Kenya is among four countries included in Category A – member federations the World Athletics believe are most likely to have doping problems – along with Ethiopia, Belarus, hosts of next year’s European Games, and Ukraine.

Athlete breaks his leg at Kakamenga Marathon due to the race course (PHOTOS)

The organisers of the sixth edition of the Kakamega Forest Marathon have come under criticism because of the course that was used in this year’s edition after a number of athletes suffered severe injuries and with one breaking his leg.

This race which was held on Saturday (26) in Shinyalu, Kakamega County returned back after two years’ cancellation due to the coronavirus pandemic that rocked the world of sports.

The race participants raised the concerns after one athlete who broke his leg waited for more than two hours on the roadside to get help while waiting for an ambulance.

Our source an athlete, on condition of anonymity told Athletics.co.ke, “ It could have been worse if not for some good Samaritans who rushed to pull him out of the main road and had to give the athlete some first aid to ease the pains that he was going through until the arrival of the Ambulance with paramedics who took over.”

The Kakamega Marathon has produced top athletes led by the reigning world marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei, who won the 2018 edition and thereafter took down the World Women Marathon record.

Shadrack kipchirchir wins the Tespok Autism 10K Race

Shadrack kipchirchir took the top honors at the second edition of the Tespok Autism 10K Race held on Sunday (27) at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi.

The 21 year-old won the race in a time of 30:43 with Benard Kibet Yegoo taking second place in 31:03 and Jonathan Kipkoech closing the podium three places in 31:11.

LEADING RESULTS

10KM MEN

  1. Shadrack Kipchirchir   – 30:43
  2. Benard Kibet Yegoo     – 31:03
  3. Jonathan Kipkoech      – 31:11

Jesca Chelangat beats Vicoty Chepng’eno in Nairobi

The reigning Durban 10k champion, Jesca Chelangat beat Vicoty Chepng’eno at the second edition of the Tespok Autism 10K Race held on Sunday (27) at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi.

The 24 year-old beat a strong deep elite field that included Chepng’eno who was the fastest runner on paper with a time of 30:14 that she got early this year at the 10K FACSA Castelló where she took the silver medal.
Chelagat took the honors in a time of 33:43 with Chepng’eno coming home in second in 34:06.

Eddy Chemchor closed the podium three finishes in 34:56.

LEADING RESULTS

10KM WOMEN

  1. Jessica Chelagat      – 33:36
  2. Vicoty Chepng’eno  – 34:02
  3. Eddy Chemchor        – 34:56

Agnes Ngolo wins the Tespok Autism Half Marathon

The reigning CRDB Bank Half Marathon champion Agnes Mumbua Ngolo took the top honors at the second edition of the Tespok Autism Half Marathon held on Sunday (27) at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi.

The 27 year-old won the race with her third fastest time of 1:10.27 with the Kenya Prison constable Lilian Chebii taking second place twenty nine seconds later.

Beatrice Cheburet finished in third with a time of 1:10.57

LEADING RESULTS

21KM WOMEN

  1. Agnes Mumbua – 1:10.27
  2. Lillian Chebii – 1:10.56
  3. Beatrice Cheburet – 1:10.57

Lawi Kosgei wins the Tespook Autism Half Marathon

The 2015 World U18 1500m bronze medallist, Lawi Kosgei won the second edition of the Tespook Autism Half Marathon held on Sunday (27) at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi.

The 23 year-old who is the reigning Sparkassen Citylauf 10km champion,came this race with the fastest time on paper of 1:02.12 that he got at the Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon where he finished in ninth place.

Kosgei took the honors in a time of 1:01.49 with Meshack Lelgut coming home in second in 1:01.51.

Victor Chepkwony closed the podium three finishes in 1:02.32.

LEADING RESULTS

21KM MEN

  1. Lawi Kosgei             – 1:01.49
  2. Meshack Lelgut      – 1:01.51
  3. Victor Chepkwony – 1:02.32

Marion kibor wins Rochelle marathon

The 2013 Africa U20 3000m steeplechase silver medallist, Marion kibor took the top honors at the 31st edition of the Rochelle marathon held on Sunday (27) in Rochelle, France.

The 28 year-old who was also the 2017 National women champion over the water and barrier race, ran with ease as she was too familiar with this course after winning the 2019 edition.

Kibor who was the race favorite, came to this race with the fastest time on paper of 2:28.30 that she got at this year’s Generali Geneve Marathon where she finished in second,

Kibor commanded the race with her pacer, Maxime Bargetto from France from the early stages of the race until the very end as no one could keep up with her pace as she surged ahead alone, improving her time as she cut the tape in a new personal best of 2:25.15.

France’s Agate Violleau who hails from a running family came home a distant second in a time of 2:40.06 with Kristin Colard who finished in fifth in last year’s edition, closing the podium three finishes.

Rebbeca Tanui breaks the San Sebastian marathon course record

Kenya’s Rebbeca Tanui smashed the race course record at the 44th edition of the San Sebastian marathon held on Sunday (28) in San Sebastian, Spain.

Tanui who was making her marathon debut beat a strong deep elite field that included race favorites, Ethiopia’s Gulume Tollesa Chala and her compatriots Gladys Chepkurui and Euliter Jepchirchir Tanui.

Tanui who came as the under dog suprised many when she took charge of the race at the 35km and surged ahead to erase the old course record of 2:24.17 that was set in 2018 by Kenyan born Israeli Lonah Salpeter with a new course record and personal best of 2:23.08.

She was followed a distant later by Euliter Jepchirchir Tanui who crossed the finish line in 2:28.18.

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