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Athletics Kenya sets rules and Criteria for selection of World X-Cross Country

Athletics Kenya has released rules, guideline and criteria for the forthcoming trials for World Athletics Cross Country Championships that will be held on Saturday (10) at the Kenya Prisons Training College, Ruiru.

INVITATION CRITERIA

1. Athletes invited to participate in 6km U20 women, 8km U20 men and 10ñm senior men and women must have:

A) Competed in at least one AK Cross Country weekend Meet and emerged among top 12.

B) Or competed in international cross-country and emerged in top 10 finishers.

C) Or officially requested to participate and must have competed in an event which was held in November 2022 with credible results

2. Athletes invited to compete in the 2km Senior Men and Women must have:

A) Competed in the relays in either Machakos, Kapsokwony or Sotik, and emerged

B) Or competed in the 2km Senior Men and Women in Olkalau or lten and emerged top 8 finisher

3.Only athletes with Valid Electronic Passports will be allowed to compete.

SELECTION CRITERIA

  1. For 6km U20 women, 8km U20 men and 10km senior men and women, the first 6 athletes to cross the finish line will be automatically selected. The Seventh and eighth athletes will be selected as reserves.
  2. The 2km senior men and women events will be used to select the mixed relay team. The first 3 athletes to cross the finish line for both will be automatically selected. The 4th and 5th athletes will be selected as reserves.

 REQUIREMENTS

  1. All U20 athletes should have been born between the year 2004 to 2007.
  2. All Selected Athletes are required to report to the call room at 7AM on l 110th December 2022.
  3. Selected athletes, (Team Kenya) will be accommodated for one night (101h December) for visa application and documentation.
  4. All athletes invited for trials must come with their electronic passports and a Covid -19 vaccination certificate.
  5. All Athletes should meet their own travel and accommodation costs.

Mondo Duplantis and McLaughlin-Levrone named the World Athletes of the year

World pole vault record holder Mondo Duplantis and World 400m hurdles record holder McLaughlin-Levrone were named the 2022 World Athletics’ athletes of the year.

Duplantis, 23, broke three world pole vault records and quite literally raised the bar. His first two marks – 6.19m and 6.20m – came in Belgrade, in the warm-up meet to and then the World Indoor Championships. The Swede then equaled his world outdoor best in front of a partisan home crowd at the Stockholm Diamond League before clearing 6.21m at the World Championships in Oregon.

“You want to peak physically at the right time,” Duplantis says. “Mentally as well, having a nice set of competitions before a big meet is crucial. My event is so technical and you need to get that practice in and figure it out.

“From the beginning I was never really competing against anybody other than myself. I set goals for myself and what I’m capable of. I’m grateful for what I’ve done but I have hunger and I still feel like I can jump higher.

“I need to work on speed in the take-off and I’m still trying to build upon that, being aggressive on the approach.”

The USA superstar, McLaughlin took apart her own world record not once but twice in Hayward. The first came at the USATF trials when she clocked 51.41 before breaking the 51-second barrier to run 50.68 at the World Championships on home soil.

McLaughlin, 23, has now broken the world 400m hurdles record on four occasions in the space of two years. Before fellow American and double Olympic and world champion in the discipline Dalilah Muhammad set the world record in 2019, it had lasted for 16 years.

“In my head both distances are remaining options,” she says. “I think there’s so much more in the 400m hurdles but a lot of it is what my coach wants to do and he’s still figuring it out.

“Bobby [Kersee] is an established coach and an amazing talent. He knows the sport inside out and about me as an athlete. He has helped me mentally grow as a woman as well as an athlete and it’s showed in the performances we’ve had.”

Sebastian Sawe beats Nicholas Kimeli at Iten Cross Country

Reigning Sevilla Half Marathon champion, Sebastian Kimaru Sawe took the top honors at the Iten Cross Country Meeting held on Saturday (03) at Iten Grounds, Elgeyo Marakwet County.

The 27 year-old who is also a one time Diamond League meeting winner beat a strong field that included Former African Cross Country Champion, Nicholas Kimeli and the reigning Cardiff Half Marathon champion Geoffrey Koech.

Sawe took the honors in 30:35.7 with Koech crossing the finish line in second in 30:38.7.  Kimeli who is the Romanian 10K all-comers record holder, was left with no choice but to settle in third place in 30:47.5.

Newton Club runners, Dennis Kipngetich and Asbel Kiprop came home in fourth and fifth place in 30:54.4 and 31:00.4 respectively.

World 10km record holder, Rhonex Kipruto and the World U20 3000m steeplechase Champion Amos Serem finished in a disappointing tenth and twentieth place in a time of 31:20.7 and 31:39.9 respectively.

LEADING RESULTS
10KM SENIOR MEN

  1. Sebastian Sawe      30:35.7
  2. Geoffrey Koech      30:38.7
  3. Nicholas Kimeli     30:47.5
  4. Dennis Kipngetich 30:54.4
  5. Asbel Kiprop           31:00.4

Irene Cheptai beats Jackline Chepkoech at Iten Cross

The 2017 World Cross Country Champion, Irene Chepet Cheptai beat the reigning Commonwealth Games 3000m steeplechase champion, Jackline Chepkoech in the 10km senior womens race at the Iten Cross Country Meeting held on Saturday (03) at Iten Grounds, Elgeyo Marakwet County.

The 30 year-old cut the tape in a time of 34:52.0 with the 2021 World U20 3000m steeplechase Champion coming home in second in 35:19.4.  The 1500m specialist, Millicent Kemboi closed the podium three finishes in 35:30.9.

Elgeyo Marakwekt County, Doris Jerop and Zenah Jeptoo from the Nandi County finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 35:35.8 and 35:53.0 respectively.

LEADING RESULTS

10km Senior Women

  1. Irene Cheptai           34:52.0
  2. ackline Chepkoech  35:19.4
  3. Millicent Kemboi     35:30.9
  4. Doris Jerop               35:35.8
  5. Zenah Jeptoo           35:53.0

Emmanuel Wanyonyi beats Abel Kipsang at Iten Cross Country

Reigning world U20m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi beat the World Indoor 1500m bronze medallist, Abel Kipsang in the 2Km Senior Mens’ at the Iten Cross Country Meeting held on held on Saturday (13) at Iten Grounds, Elgeyo Marakwet County.

The 17 year-old edged out the newly crowned Africa 1500m champion at the tape to take the title in a time of 5:47.5 with Kipsang crossing the line in second three seconds later.

Daniel Kosen from IkaIka Club closed the podium three finishes in 5:49.6.

Mathew Kipsang of Kenya Defense Foerces and Geoffrey Rono from, Torongofinished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 5:52.1 and 5:57.6 respectively.

This race will be used to select the mixed relay team. Athletics Kenya will select the first 3 athletes to cross the finish line for both women and men will be automatically selected to represent the country at the World Cross Chmapionships that will be held in Australia in February 2023.

The 4th and 5th athletes will be selected as reserves.

More to follow…

 

World Athletics Council: Forty percent of Global Dopers are from Kenya

The World Athletics Council spared Kenya from being banned from active competitions by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) due to rampant doping problem in the country.

World Athletics President Seb Coe said reports about a possible full-scale ban for the country were misguided, and that increased funding and vigilance from the Kenyan government and the pledge of investing $5 million per year into anti-doping efforts over the next five years, persuaded authorities to stop short of the most radical sanctions.

‘World Athletics has been concerned,’ said Coe. ‘Kenya has been on the watch list for a few years already.

The country has been in panic for the last few weeks that they would be blacklisted in the style of Russia by World Athletics, given that the country has 55 athletes who are serving the doping bans.

The World Athletics president who was speaking in Rome said, “In one year 40 per cent of all the positive tests in global athletics have been in Kenya and this is not a situation that World Athletics was prepared to sit and watch develop.”

Athletics Integrity Unit Chairman David Howman (right) and AIU Head Brett Clothier addressing the World Athletics Council meeting in Rome, Italy. Photo: AIU

All stakeholders internationally and domestically are now aligned to resolve this situation and I am pleased we have a united response. But my instinct tells me it will be a long journey.’ He said.

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 and this has subjected its athletes to increased testing in the last ten months leading up to a major event to be eligible. “I know the Kenyan government feels this has been a disfiguring period in what should have been a Herculean period for Kenyan athletics,” Coe said. “But I’m really delighted, because actually, all the stakeholders that matter, both domestically and internationally, are now aligned in coming together to really do everything we can to resolve this situation.”

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.

Athletics Kenya changes date for World Cross Country trials

Athletics Kenya has made changes for the upcoming trials for the World Cross Country Championships that will be held in Bathurst, Australia due to the Visa timelines that have been set by the Australian Embassy.

This change has necessitated Athletics Kenya to change the dates of the previous Cross-Country Calendar affecting the 5th leg of AK Cross Country weekend meet that was earlier scheduled to take place on Saturday 10th December 2022, has been moved to Saturday 3rd December 2022 at the same venue.

The trials which will take place on Saturday 10th December 2022 at Kenya Prisons Training Collage in Ruiru, will be strictly on invitation basis.

The AK will pick athletes from all the five cross country weekend meetings and those that have taken part in international cross countries competitions.

The trials will include the events below:

  • 2Km Senior Women
  • 2Km Senior Men
  • 6km U20 Women
  • 8Km U20 Men
  • 10Km Senior Women
  • 10Km Senior Men

The selection criteria which has been laid down by AK will feature the 6km U20 women, 8km U20 men and 10km senior women and men, the first 6 athletes to cross the finish line, will be automatically selected. The 7th and 8th athletes will be selected as reserves.

The 2km senior women and men events will be used to select the mixed relay team. The first 3 athletes to cross the finish line for both women and men will be automatically selected. The 4th and 5th athletes will be selected as reserves.

All athletes invited for trials are advised to come with their passports (Travel Documents) and a covid 19 vaccination certificate.

The dates for the County, Regional and National Cross-Country Championships will remain unchanged

Stephen Soi released from Prison

The 2016 Rio Olympics Chef De Mission Stephen Soi, is a free man after the High Court quashed his conviction over Kshs 55 million Rio 2016 Olympics case scandal.

The former National Olympics Committee of Kenya (NOCK-K) walked free after the High Court Judge Esther Maina set aside the 17 years’ sentence imposed on him by trial magistrate Elizabeth Juma and ordered he be set free.

Soi was in September last year found guilty and slapped with Sh105 million fine or serve a 17-year jail term with unlawfully approved payments over dollars 151,500 as allowances to the members of the team.

The trial court found that Soi being part of the steering committee failed to disclose there was double payment of NOCK officials and that he also authorised the cancellation of air tickets resulting in a loss of Sh9.7 million in public funds.

While setting him free, Justice Maina said she subjected the evidence before the trial court through a fresh evaluation as required.

The judge said the trial magistrate did not take into consideration the defence that was put forth by Soi.

“If it had done so, it would have arrived at a different conclusion,” she said.