All posts by John Vaselyne

John Vaselyne is the founder of Athletics News. Africa’s only Independent Athletics News website. He has covered World U20 Championships, World Cross Country Championships in Uganda and World U20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya. He has passion for the Sport and has over six years experience in this area of sport. He is also the Leading Athletics Pundit in the Country, having been hosted in ALL leading TV stations in Kenya.

Jackline Chepkoeh, Faith Cherotich and Betty Chelengat nominated for SOYA Most Promising Girl

Commonwealth Games 3,000m steeplechase champion Jackline Chepkoech, world U20 3,0000m champion Betty Chelangat, world U20 3,000m steeplechase champion Faith Cherotich, have been nomined for the 2022 SOYA awards for the Most Promising Girl.

Chepkoech, who at 18 years was the youngest athlete to win women’s 3,000m steeplechase at the Commonwealth Games after beating Briton Elizabeth Bird and Uganda’s Olympic champion Peruth Chemutai.

Chelang’at is a rising star after winning gold at the World Under-20 Championships in Cali Colombia in women’s 3000m.

Cherotich was named after winning gold at the world under 20 championships in Cali Colombia in 3,000m steeplechase before adding her name at the Brussels Diamond League Meet in 9:09.63 before setting a new personal best time of 9:06.14 in Zurich.

The three runners will battle for the award alongside Medina Okot who plays Basketball, boxer Jane Wangare who was the deputy captain for Team Kenya to the World Youth Boxing Championships in Alicante, Spain and Rachael Achieng who is a weightlifter.

MOST PROMISING GIRL NOMINEES:

  1. Faith Cherotich         (Athletics)
  2. Betty Chelangat        (Athletics)
  3. Jackline Chepkoech  (Athletics)
  4. Medina Okot             (Basketball)
  5. Jane Wangare            (Boxing)
  6. Rachel Achieng         (Weightlifting)

Pamela Jelimo receives her Olympic medal after waiting for 10 years

The first Kenyan woman to win an Olympic gold medal in the 800m women race, Pamela Jelimo, yesterday received her bronze medal that was presented to her at the historic pillars of the Kenyan heritage building.

The 2008 Africa 800m and 2012 World Indoor 800m champion, who finished fourth in 1:57.59 was emotional as she received her award,

The ceremony which was graced by Cabinet Secretary for Youth Affairs, Sports and Arts Ababu Namwamba, NOC_K president, Dr. Paul Tergat and International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Kipchoge Keino, IOC Olympic Solidarity Pamela Vipond and Gonzalo Barrio who are currently in the country to hold consultative meetings with NOC-K.

Three athletes so far have received an upgrade of their performance in the 2012 London Games, a result of winner Mariya Savinova from Russia, who was stripped of the gold medal for doping.

“My children can now watch me receive the bronze medal, 10 years later. This is like a dream; I initially didn’t believe it when I heard the good news. It’s truly a dream of every athlete to win a medal in the Olympics and I’m honored to have my parents accompany me and share this joy.” She said.

Following this, South Africa’s Caster Semenya and another Russian Ekaterina Poistogova, who had settled for silver and bronze moved to Gold and silver respectively.

This resulted in “Eldoret express”, World Champion in the race, Janeth Jepkosgei moving into 8th position and receiving an IOC Diploma certificate.

The third athlete to receive a certificate is 5,000 Olympic Silver medalist Hellen Obiri who scooped 8th position in the London Olympics.

“I remember 2012, since it was my first Olympics, my expectations were high honestly, however I didn’t sniff the medal bracket. So humbled to receive the upgrade and this is a motivation to fellow athletes to run clean.” She said.

On receiving this, the New York Marathon debutant told the NOC-K she’s liking her new career in Marathon and exclusively reported she will indeed be going for the Paris 2024 Marathon to ensure an Olympic Gold medal (the only medal she’s missing) is in her cabinet.

“Inspire a Generation.’’ Was the motto for the 2012 London Olympic Games, and indeed the first Kenyan woman to win an Olympic gold medal in the 800m women race, Pamela Jelimo, has proven the theme as she received her bronze medal in her home country surrounded by the Olympic family under the historic pillars of the Kenyan heritage building.

 

Reynold Kipkorir and Felix Korir nominated for SOYA Most Promising Award

World U20 1500m champion, Reynold Kipkorir has been nominated for the Most Promising Award at the 19th edition of SOYA Gala Award that will be held on January 20, 2023 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).

The 18 year-old who took the World Junior Championships title in Cali when he lead from start to finish and winning the title in a time of 3:35.83, has been nominated alongside the reigning World U20 3000m silver medallist, Felix Kiptarus Korir. The 19 year-old who had finished in third place at the Kenya National trials also holds a personal best of 13:07.99 in 5000m race.

The two will square it out with the 16-year old Andrew Wahome of Nyali Golf and Country Club, Karamveer Singh from Motorsports and David Katana of Judo.

Other award contenders included Joshua Amunga from weightlifting and the Kenyan Captain to the World Boxing Youth Championships, Joshua Clive.

Maru Teferi beats Abel Kirui at Fukuoka Marathon

The reigning European Athletics Championships marathon silver medallist, Maru Teferi beat a strong elite field at the 75th edition of the Fukuoka International Marathon held on Sunday (04) in Fukuoka, Japan.

 

The 30 year-old who was born in Ethiopia to a family of Ethiopian-Jewish background, and immigrated to Israel at the age of 14, took a strong deep elite field that had the 2012 Olympics marathon silver medallist, Abel Kirui and the race defending Champion,  Michael Githae.

Teferi who holds Israeli records in both the marathon and half marathon and was also the first man to represent Israel in Marathon in Olympics, took the top honors in a new Israel National Record and personal best of 2:06.01 with the 26 year-old Vincent Raimoi, who was making his debut over the distance coming home in second in a life time best of 2:07.01.

The reigning Commonwealth Games bronze medallist who was also the defending champion, was forced to settle in second place in a new personal best of 2:07.28

The Oceanian Marathon Record holder, Brett Robinson, went again in history books as he cut off two minutes from his previous personal best by setting another Australian National Record of 2:07.31 and taking the fourth place.

Double world marathon champion, Abel Kirui finished a distant fifth in a time of 2:07.38 with last year’s third place finisher James Gitahi Rungaru finishing in sixth place in a new personal best of 2:08.21.

The first Japanese to cross the finish line was Kiyohito Akiyama who finished in seventh place with a new personal best of 2:08.43.

LEADING RESULTS

42KM MEN

  1. Maru Teferi          (ISR)  2:06.43
  2. Vincent Raimoi  (KEN) 2:07.01
  3. Michael Githae   (KEN) 2:07.28
  4. Brett Robinson   (ASU) 2:07.31
  5. Abel Kirui            (KEN) 2:07.38
  6. James Rungaru  (KEN) 2:08.21

Amane Beriso threatens Brigid Kosgei World Record at Valencia Marathon

Ethiopia’s Amane Beriso threatened the Women World Record when she ran the second fastest time in the World at the at 42nd edition of the Valencia Marathon held on Sunday (04) in Valencia, Spain.

The 31 yerar-old who came to this race with lifetime best of 2:20.48 that she got at the Dubai Marathon where she finished in second. Beriso beat the race favorite Letesenbet Gidey when she cut the tape with a new course record  time of 2:14.58 erasing the old record of  2:17.16 that was set in 2020 by Olympic Marathon champion Peres Jepchichir.

Gidey who was making her debut over the distance, set two of her four world records in Valencia in the 5000m with 14:06.02 in 2020 and in the half marathon with 1:02.52 in 2021, was forced to settle in second place with a lifetime best of 2:16.49.

Kenya’s Shelia Chepkurui who was making her debut over the marathon distance after setting her half-marathon best of 1:04:36 in Ras Al Khaimah, set the fastest time indebut when she crossed the line in tird in atime of 2:17.29.

Another Ethiopian Tadu Teshome finished in fourth with Fancy Chemutai coming home in fifth in a time of 2:17.36 and 2:18.11 respectively. Both athletes pulled life time bests

Kelvin Kiptum runs second fastest time in world in Valencia Marathon

Kenya’s Kelvin Kiptum made his debut memorable when he ran the second fastest time this year in the world at 42nd edition of the Valencia Marathon held on Sunday (04) in Valencia, Spain.

The 23 year-old destroyed the entire field when he cut the tape in a new course record time of 2:01 54 destroying the previous course record time of 2:03.00 that was set in 2020 by Evans Kibet from Kenya.

The sixth fastest Tanzanian, Gabriel Geay also took the suprise second when he he crossed the line with a life time best of 2:03.29 with ALexander Mutiso from Kenya who was also making his debut closing the podium three finishes in a personal best of 2:03.40.

Reigning world marathon champion Tamirat Tola found going too tough as the new kids on the block punished him severly as he came home in fourth in 2:04.36 with former Kenyan now Turkeys citizen  Kaan Kigen Özbilen (Mike Kipruto Kigen) crossing the finish line in fifth in 2:04.36

 

Stanley Biwott to battle Shifera Tamru at Honolulu Marathon

The Former New York City Marathon champion, Stanley Kipleting Biwott will make his return to running at the 50th edition of the Honolulu Marathon that will be held on Sunday (4) in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

The 36 year-old who has not completed a marathon since 2018 when he was fourth at the Abu Dhabi Marathon, made a return to racing after a long layoff earlier this year, when he won the Pandova Half Marathon with a time 1:01.57.

Biwott will not have an easy ride as he will face-off with the reigning Daegu Marathon champion, Shifera Tamru from Ethiopia who comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 2:05.18 that he got at the 2019 Dubai Marathon, where he finished in fifth place. The 24 year-old who will be making his debut here, has three marathon wins and five podium finishes in eight starts and was most recently fifth at the Chicago Marathon with a time of 2:07.53.

Biwott and Tamru will have to get past two fastest athletes, Ethiopia’s Asefa Mengstu, who comes with the fastest time on paper of 2:04.06 that he got at the 2018 Dubai Marathon and Branabas Kiptum from Kenya who holds a lifetime best of 2:04.17 that he got last year at the Milano Marathon. The Ethiopian has completed 13 career marathons with four wins and seven podium finishes whileKiptum has completed eighteen marathons in twenty starts with three wins and thirteen podium finishes.  Both athletes will also be making their debut in Honolulu.

The race organisers have put together this deep elite field to try and chase the race course record of 2:07.59 that was set in 2019 by Titus Ekiru from Kenya.

“We are excited to welcome top professional athletes to attack our incredible course records for the 50th anniversary race,” said Honolulu Marathon Association President Dr. Jim Barahal. “At its core the Honolulu Marathon is an athletic competition, whether against others or against oneself, and we are excited to see what transpires on December 11.

The winner will pocket a cool $25,000.

Iten Cross Country to host Battle of the titans

The last circuit of the Athletics Kenya Cross country meeting will be held on Saturday (13) at Iten Grounds, Elgeyo Marakwet County.

The race organisers have billed this to be the battle of the titans as they expect more than 1,000 athletes to feel the ground with top elite athletes gracing the event.

After this Cross Country Meeting the final leg will held in the capital Centre for the Athletics Kenya National Cross Country that will be held on Saturday (10th) at Kenya Prisons Training College in Ruiru.

Athletics Kenya will use the Ruiru Meet to select the team to represent Kenya at the World Cross country championships that will be held in February 18th 2023 in Bathurst, Australia next year.

The visa application timelines to travel to Australia forced Athletics Kenya to change dates as the deadline to apply for visa was set to be on 11th December 2022. Australia visa processing takes at least two months. This has necessitated Athletics Kenya to change the dates of the previous Cross-Country Calendar.

The North Rift Athletics Kenya Public Relations officer, Boniface Tiren said that all preparations have been finalized because they are expecting a big number of athletes seeking the national trials slot.

“As the last meet in the circuit, we may host over a 1,000 athletes and that needs better preparations and that we have done,” said Tiren.

With many athletes involved in other races across the world, Tiren said those who missed to compete in other races or meetings across the country, will have an opportunity to prove themselves.

“Some athletes have not had a chance to compete in other races and this will be their last chance to get that slot to compete at the national trials. So we expect a tough race with top athletes facing off,” he said.

Eliud Kipchoge to make his debut at Boston Marathon

World record holder Eliud Kipchoge will make his marathon debut at the 127th edition edition of the Boston Marathon that will be held in April 17, 2023.

Kipchoge, who  lowered his own world record by 30 seconds to 2:01.09 Berlin Marathon, boasts an incredible career, having secured four victories apiece in the TCS London Marathon and the BMW Berlin Marathon and also triumphed at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2014 and the Tokyo Marathon this year 2022.

“I’m happy to announce in April I will compete in the Boston Marathon. A new chapter in my Abbott World Marathon Majors journey,” said Kipchoge.

The 38-year-old has never raced Boston, the worlds oldest that dates back to 1897, nor New York City but has repeated in recent years a desire to enter both of them.

Typically, he has run the London Marathon in the spring and the Berlin Marathon in the fall.

Kipchoge’s raced last in Unites States at the 2014 Chicago Marathon, his second of 10 consecutive marathon victories from 2014 through 2019.

The two time Olympic marathon champion will become the first reigning men’s marathon world record holder to race the Boston Marathon in more than 40 years.

Kenya Government Declares full scale War on Doping

The Kenyan Government has moved in with speed on the fight against doping after the leniency by the World Athletics Council of not suspending the country from active athletics events.

The Cabinet Secretary for Youth Affairs, Sports and Arts Ababu Namwamba, said the government wants the resources it deploys to the Athletics Kenya and the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) for testing, investigating and enforcement issues across the spectrum be used in taking decisive action against doping.

The Cabinet Secretary who was addressing the media at the at Maktaba House on Thursday, thanked the World Athletics and Athletics Integrity Unit for allowing Kenya the chance to freely race and participate in international events.

“We want to bring in all the stake holders that include the public, athletes, coaches, agents, managers and athletes’ managements to fight this war which we will win by all means. We will also partner with investigative and Judicial agencies, so that they can prosecute and jail the culprits. This a war we must win and we will,” said Ababu.

Accompanied the CS during the presser were Athletics Kenya President, Jack Tuwei, Athletics Kenya Chief Administrative Officer, Susan Kamau, Athletes Representative, Milcah Chemos with athletes Mary Moraa, Maximillla Imali and Dan Kiviasi.

This announcement follows what the World Athletics said yesterday that they have let Kenya be but they will be closely watching the country.

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

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”.

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.