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Kenya’s Police Boss Arrests Burundi’s Athletics President in Nairobi

Kenya’s Police Commander Francis Kooli beat Burundian Athletics president Cassie Ntahipmera to take home gold in the 13th edition of the Africa Masters Athletics championship in Nairobi on Thursday November 25th, 2021.

Kisii County Police boss Francis Kooli dashed to win the 60m race in 8.12s to demote the Burundian Masters athletics chief to silver in 9.76s in the 50-54 age category.

This was the Police boss’s second gold medal for Kenya after opening Kenya’s gold rush by sprinting to the 100m win in on day one of the event on Wednesday.

“I was inspired by Kenya’s police motto “Utumishi Kwa Wote” ( Service to All) by serving my country in flying our country’s flag high above other countries in the continent,” said Kooli in a post race interview.

Kisii Police Commandand Francis Kooli in action during the long Jump finals session at the African Masters Championships. PHOTO: Erick Barasa

Ntamphera conceded to defeat and said that Kooli  was very fitter than him owing to the disciplined forces physical training.

Kenya’s national women’s Javelin record holder Cecilia Kiplagat settled for silver in the competition’s day two major upset.

Kiplagat managed a throw of 33.43m to lose to her Kenya Prisons workmate Agnes Kilundo who speared 36.19m for gold in the 45-49 category.

Tunisia’s Said Mourali who beat Kenya’s Joseph Mosonik coach to former World Javelin champion Julius Yego on day one,  two more gold medals to his chest in the age category of 60-64.

Mourali started the day by claiming gold in the men’s 60m by timing 9:37s before leaping  1.45m to High Jump victory.

Kenya’s national  heptathlon record holder Caroline Kola sprinted to African glory by clocking 87.72 in the women’s 400m final in category 60-64.

World Military ‘General’ Mark Kiptoo Conquers Africa

World Military Games champion Mark Kiptoo added another feather to his hat of crowns by banging the continental title by winning the Africa Masters Athletics title at the Nyayo National Stadium on Wednesday. November 24th, 2021.

Kiptoo returned 32:26.04 to win the 10,000m race in the 45-49 age category.

Georgina  Mbinya wife to the 2014 Delhi Commonwealth Games 4x400m silver medalist Vincent Mumo won two gold medals by winning in the women’s 100m (13.7s) and long jump (4.48m).

Two times Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Ines Chenonge was earliest casualty of the championship by unsuccessfully failing to defend her African Masters Athletics 10,000m  title by not finishing the race by retiring midway through competition in the 50-54 category.

Joseph Mosonik coach to former World Javelin champion Julius Yego stumbled after the third hurdle to take home silver in the men’s 100m hurdles won by Tunisian Said Mourali in 20.03 in the 60-64 category.

Samuel Ndereba a younger brother to four times Boston Marathon champion Catherine ” The Great” Ndereba followed in his sister’s footsteps of running glory by winning the men’s 10,000m in 32:28.03 in the 40-44 age category.

National shot-put record holder Elizabeth Olaba struck gold by managing a throw of 10.55m in the 65-69 categories.

World Masters Champion Joyce Kirui won the continental title in 40:02.7 in the women’s 10,000m in the category of 45-49.

America Goes Wild over Olympian Athing Mu Arrival (VIDEO)

When the New Jersey native arrived at Easterwood Airport, Olympic champion Athing Mu found a crowd gathered to welcome her.

More than 200 people gathered at Easterwood Airport  to watch Tokyo Olympics double gold medallist Athing Mu come back to her native Aggieland.

As she came through the doors, the Olympian became overwhelmed by the support and enthusiasm of the crowd, and graciously thanked them for welcoming her as the crowd began chanting “USA, USA!”

Texas A&M track star and Olympian Athing Mu broke records and won two gold medals in the Tokyo Olympics, which came to an end last week.

Only 19 years old, Mu was one of the breakout stars of the Tokyo Olympic games, by winning the gold medal in the 800m with a record time of 1:55.21, becoming the first American woman to win the race in 53 years.

She also became the first Aggie, regardless of gender, to win gold in an individual track game.

Her smile was infectious as she dominated a talented 800 meter field to win the gold in that event.

Then, not long before the closing of the games, she anchored Team USA in the 4×400 meter relay to win gold alongside Sydney McLaughlin, Allyson Felix and Dalilah Muhammad. With a final time of 3:16.85, Team USA beat runner-ups Poland and Jamaica by nearly four seconds.

Though she had a lead when she took the baton, Mu ran the fastest leg in the race and crossed the finish line with no other runners even close to her.

In her Aggie tenure, Mu finished a collegiate record of 49.57 at the NCAA Championship back in June.

Mu, 19, is a New Jersey native and plans to continue her track tenure outside of the NCAA and into the professional arena after the Olympics.


Rio Olympics: NOCk and Government officials charged for Embezzlement

National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK)  officials and senior Kenyan government officers were arraigned in court  over embezzlement of monies meant for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

NOCK Secretary General F.K Paul, former NOCK’s  assistant treasurer Stephen Arap Soi appeared in court on Monday to face six counts of abuse of office and four counts of willful failure to comply with the law relating to the management of public funds.

Others are former Sports Principle Secretary  Richard Ekai and two ex-senior officials in the ministry.

Appearing before Nairobi Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogot denied graft charges arising from the Sh55 million Rio Olympics scandal.

The were also charged with embezzlement of Sh22.5 million, Sh16.8 million in underutilised air tickets, Sh15.9 million in overpaid allowances, and Sh6.5 million expenditure on unauthorised persons.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) approved their prosecution citing sufficient evidence to warrant the same.

“Upon independent review and consideration of evidence contained in the inquiry file, I am satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to charge the above suspects for misappropriation of over Sh55 million,” said.the DPP Noordin Haji.

They were released on a Sh2 million bond each or Sh1 million bail.

However, legendary athlete Kipchoge Keino a former NOCK chairman and the the then Sports minister Hasan Wario now serving as Kenya’s ambasadeur in Austria did not appear as they are out of the country.

Court Summons Legendary Kipchoge Keino to face Graft Charges

The legendary and Kenya’s celebrated athlete Kipchoge Keino has been summoned to appear in court over the 2016 Rio Olympics scandal over misappropriation of Ksh.55 million.

Anti-Corruption court Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti directed Keino a former National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) chairman to appear in court on Friday, (October 19) alongside ex Sports minister Dr Hasan Wario.

Keino and Wario, who is currently Kenya’s ambassador to Austria, are set to face graft charges alongside other NOCK officials and Ministry of Sports officers  implicated in the misappropriation of funds that were set aside for the Rio Olympic games.

Keino and Wario were expected to appear in court on Monday together former Principal Secretary Richard Ekai, the then Rio Games Chief De Mission Stephen Soi and NOCK Secretary General Francis Kinyili. To face graft charges but the duo were not available.

According to Keino, through his lawyer asked to be excused from Monday’s appearance because was out of the country and will be back on Thursday.

The Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti issued an arrest warrant for Wario’s arrest through Interpol.


Half a Million up for Grabs in Madoka Half Marathon

The winners of 13th edition of the Safaricom Madoka half marathon set for October 20 at Ngerenyi Farmers Training center in Taita Taveta County will pocket Sh500, 000.
The prize money is one of the best paying in the country for winners running a 21km race.
The winners of the 21kilometre race will receive a cash prize of 500, 000 shillings each, with second and third-placed finishers getting 250,000 shillings and 100,000 shillings respectively.
Athletics Kenya (AK) Coast branch chairman Dimmy Kisalu said the organizers have set aside Sh2.5 million which will be used to gift winning runners in various categories.
In addition to the 21Kilometres race, the competition will have 5 other categories; 12Kilometres for juniors, 8Kilometres for men over 45years, 8kilometres for women over 35 years, 6Kilometres for boys under 12years and 4Kilometres for girls under 12years.
“Preparations are running smoothly with registration ending on 20th October.  We thank our sponsors and urge everyone to come witness this great event,” said Marsden Madoka, the race founder.
The marathon will be held on the Mashujaa day and is seeking to increase participation from foreign athletes in a bid to raise standards of the competition.

Senegal Emerges as first African country to host Olympic Games

Senegal will be the first African host of any Olympics, after formally being awarded the 2022 Youth Games by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The decision in favour of Senegal against bids from Botswana, Nigeria and Tunisia was unanimously passed during the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

After long deliberations, the evaluation commission and the executive board confirmed that Senegal presented the best value proposition and greater opportunities at this moment in time.

IOC vice president Ugur Erdener pointed to Senegal’s “booming economy” and better conditions than the other bidders.

The Youth Olympics games in Senegal are likely to be held in late May. This would be at the end of the dry season to “greatly reduce the prevalence of tropical diseases,” Erdener told the membership.

Sall was present  to see International Olympic Committee members confirm the executive board’s preference from the four candidates.

The country will host the youth games in three places: Dakar; a new city of Diamniadio, close to the capital; and the coastal resort of Saly.

The games budget is estimated at $150 million, the IOC executive director of Olympic Games, Christophe Dubi, said at a news conference.

Senegal President Macky Sall said a 50,000-seat Olympic Stadium will be built for the government-backed project.

The construction project includes a rail link and an athlete’s village which will become university accommodation.

World Champ Rhonex Kipruto to Vie for Ndalat top Honours

World under-20 5,000m champion Rhonex Kipruto will be bidding for the Safaricom Isaiah Kiplagat Memmorial Ndalat Gaa cross country in Nandi County on Saturday (October 13).

Kipruto who is also the Africa Cross Country Under-20 is expected to star in the men’s junior race.

On September 8, the Kenyan fast-rising Kipruto came within two seconds of the world record at the at the Birell Prague 10km race an IAAF Gold Label road race. His winning time of 26:46 is the second-fastest 10km performance in history second-fastest 10km performance in history behind Leonard Komon’s 26:44 world record from 2010.

Isaiah Kiplagat Memmorial Ndalat Gaa cross country defending champions Noah Kipkorir and Sandra Chebet will lead 4000 athletes expected as they defend their titles in this year’s Ndalat Gaa Cross country set for Ndalaat Gaa Girls high school.

The organisers have set aside Sh3 million in total prize money will be up for grabs, with the winners in the elite  senior men 10km and  women covering 8 kilometres each receiving Sh50,000 each, runners up Sh45,000 each and third-placed finishers Sh40,000.

According to the organizers the races will feature all the way from school children to veterans with hundreds of runners expected to participate.

The race will feature different categories: Boys and Girls, 2km 4-6 years boys and girls (school teams), 4km 7-10 years boys and girls (school teams), 6km secondary school girls (school teams), 8km secondary school boys (school teams), 4km senior women (elites), 4km senior men (elites), 6km senior women (elites), 10km senior men (elites), 4km senior women (35-45 years), 2km senior women (46 years and above), 4km senior men (40-50 years), 2km senior men (46 years and above).

Event organising committee chief executive officer Kennedy Tanui, said routes will remain unchanged from last year but spectator areas will be enhanced to accommodate the expected larger numbers.

The Ndalat race was founded by the late former AK President Isaiah Kiplagat and has been sponsored by, among others, Safaricom Nandi County Government, Mosop Constituency Development Fund, Amaco Insurance, Skyward, Kenya Pipeline Foundation, Kenya Seed, Paramount Bank, New KCC, Kenya Dairy Board among others.

World Record Holder Eliud Kipchoge Named Race Ambassador

World marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge has been appointed the brand ambassador the Isaiah Kiplagat Memorial Ndalat Gaa Cross Country Championship.

Kipchoge who hails from Nandi County was named as the ambassador because he hails from area and his exceptional performance in athletics.

The event’s Local Organising Committee (LOC) chairman Abraham ‘Solo” Mutai said Kipchoge’s mandate will be to market the event, nurture and mentor upcoming promising athletes taking part in the race.

Kipchoge is fresh from winning this year’s Berlin Marathon on September 24, where set a new world marathon record of 2:01.39 in the German capital.

At the Ndalaat Gaa cross country championships, is where budding athletes are nurtured and sanctified to conquer the world.

Joseph Ebuya started the season by winning the 2009 Ndalat Gaa meeting before going ahead to bag the world cross-country title in Bydgoszcz, Poland, in 2010.

Ebuya’s win brought the individual senior men’s 12km title back to Kenya for the first time since Paul Tergat won in Belfast 1999.

The 2011 London Marathon winner Prisca Jeptoo won in 2012 after claiming silver medals at Daegu worlds while Vivian Cheruiyot went ahead to strike two gold medals in 2011 and crowned the world cross-country title.

Olympic, world and Commonwealth games 3000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto is another one among the many athletes who have developed and horned their talent in this annual run.

Philadelphia Champ Mkungo Eyes Madoka Marathon Record

The Philadelphia and Miami half marathon champion Panuel Mkungo will be seeking to equal the record of winning Madoka Half Marathon titles in Ngerenyi, Taita-Taveta County on October 20th.

The coast based athlete will be seeking is seeking to equal the record set by the 2012 World Half Marathon bronze medallist John Mwangangi of winning two races in the high altitude hilly course in Wundanyi.

The event which is organized by Tesia Isanga Organisation (TIO) will fete the winners of the half marathon with Sh500, 000, Sh250,000 for second placed runner as the third placed athlete will bag Sh100, 000.
Speaking at the launch, the race patron and founder Major (Retired) Marsden Madoka, noted that the race has produced world beaters and hinted that plans are under way to put up a high altitude training centre in Taita Taveta.

“This place has similar weather conditions to those in the Rift Valley hence the need to have a training centre in the Coastal region. We have the potential here,” said Madoka, who was accompanied by Athletics Kenya President Jackson Tuwei during the launch.
“Since its inception eleven years ago, this marathon has grown to greater heights attracting many athletes from across the country and the globe. But our main aim is to develop coastal region athletes,” said AK coast branch chairman Dimmy Kisalu.

Isaac Kipkoech and Vienna City Marathon winner Nancy Kiprop won the 12th edition of the Safaricom Madoka Half Marathon.

Kipkoech braved the hot weather at the coastal region to take the honours in the men’s race as Kiprop descended on the hilly course in Wundanyi to stop the timer in 1:14:05 for the women’s title.

The event’s key Sponsors are Safaricom Limited (Sh2 million), Kenya Ports Authority (2m, 250,000), Kenya Commercial Bank (Sh500, 000), Brookside Dairy (Sh350, 000), National Hospital Insurance Fund (Sh100, 000) and Taita Taveta County Government.