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Five times World Cross champion the top highlight at Agnes Tirop World Cross

Five times World Cross Country champion, Letesenbet Gidey will be the star to watch at the Agnes Tirop World Cross Country meeting which is the fifth edition of World Athletics Cross Country Gold Tour that will be held in Lobo village in Kapseret, Uasin Gishu County.

The 23-year-old won four gold medals at the junior level and one at senior. Gidey had a memorable 2021 after running world records in both the women’s half-marathon and 10,000m plus claimed Olympic 10,000m bronze in Tokyo. The Ethiopian is also a world 10,000m silver medallist.

The fact that such high calibre of athlete is taking part in the Agnes Tirop Cross Country championships speaks of the volumes of how Tirop was thought of on the athletics circuit.

The organizers led by the local organizing Committee chairman Abraham Mutai and technical director Ibrahim Hussein said that they are putting on last minute touches to ensure that the race is a success.

“We are telling athletes to prepare to come to the course two days so that they know what they expect during the event so that they can tighten their shoe laces properly to avoid losing them in mud areas and water points. We want top athletes to come and understand the course of cross country very well,” said Hussein.

“Cross country events are mostly run in Europe and during this season people are running in snow where there is mud, water so we want to incorporate so that people coming to compete here are not left out. At the national championships it was the, most exciting place. Spectators really converged to that area where athletes lost shoes and that is the sweetness of a cross country,” he said.

The LOC chairman said that they are working hand in hand to ensure they that everything is at the top notch.

“We are expecting highest level of competition and we are inviting everybody to come and witness such a big race,” said Mutai.

The remaining World Athletics Gold Tour meetings will take place in Belgium on February 20, Portugal on February 27 and Spain on March 6.

World Cross Country Tour Preparations on top gear

World Cross Country Tour preparations have gone a notch higher after the Local Organizing Committee came out with the outline of the event set to be one of the most successful in all the series that has happened across the world.

The race will be held at the Lobo Hotel grounds in Kapseret, Uasin Gishu County on February 12th 2022.

The Athletics Kenya Nairobi Region chairman, Barnabas Korir chaired the meeting in Eldoret where he he held a consultative meeting with LOC team led by Central Rift chairman Abraham Mutai, coach David Letting, Joseph Chemuren, and technical team that will engage the community starting from the county governments of Elgeyo Marakwet, Nandi, Baringo and Uasin Gishu that covers Central and North Rift regions to organize meeting.

“This will be the final meeting on the World Athletics Cross country Tour series that we were awarded hosting rights, just like the Continental Tour track and field and we want to make sure we succeed. So today, we had to go through the list of activities that have to be done. The preparations of the venue are very important, organizing the broadcaster and finding out who will come on board to broadcast live locally and internationally. We are also doing the final budget so that we present it to the government,” said Korir.

He said that now with the venue already identified, the course already measured they have a plan that they are going to implement as soon as possible within this Christmas period, with a test event set for 27th January during the national cross country championship.

Work on the World Cross Country route begins

The World Cross Country Tour series that will be held in Kapseret, Uasin Gishu County next year in February will be all about creativity which will be the main attraction of the event.

Athletics Kenya technical director Ibrahim Hussein said, while on a tour of the venue at the Lobo grounds, said that the race, named after the late Agnes Jebet Tirop on February 12th will be wide and attractive.

Hussein, who had accompanied technical team from Golazo Sports to mark and approve the route, said they will complete the course in two days.

“With cross country it gives room for creativity to create the course which we are going to start to mark the course  in two days’ time ,as you have seen the course is wide and scenic .” said Hussein.

“Right now, the experts are marking and designing the course which we are going to seat down and make a good one. The event will host top cream athletes because there will be no world cross country next year,” said Hussein.

AK Vice president in-charge of competitions Paul Mutwii led the contingent to the venue that included Jimmy Geeraerts, Lennert Aldelhof, Greg Broekmans and Christopher Rwenji.

“This was a good plan to host such a big event in Africa and as a nation, we are happy to host the first edition of World Athletic Tour,” said Mutwii.

The sediments were echoed by AK, Central Rift region chairman Abraham Mutai said the event will be good for the local athlete to get opportunity to run in a world event.

2021 Ndalat Gaa Cross country cancelled

Organizers of the Ndalat Gaa Cross Country have cancelled this year’s edition, just like last years.

The meet director Abraham Mutai, who also serves as Athletics Kenya Central Rift chairman assured that the race will be held in 2022 after the COVID -19 pandemic affected their plans in two years running.

The race, which was renamed as Isaiah Kiplagat Memorial Ndalat Gaa Cross country is set to celebrate the late Isaiah Kiplagat who served as the president of the Athletics Kenya (AK).

“It is unfortunate that we will not be hosting the event now heading into two years, which is a big blow to our upcoming athletes with the race well known for sporting and nurturing junior runners for future great athletes,” said Mutai.

He said that Safaricom as the main sponsor has not been doing much in sponsoring many activities.

“For us, we really base on junior athletes, that is why in our events, we have many junior categories unlike other events. Our purpose is not just running but what we can produce at the end of the day is what matters most,” he said.

This year’s edition could have been in its twelfth year.

Deputy President William Ruto to Attend Nicholas Bett’s Burial

Deputy President William Ruto will lead other top brass government and athletics fraternity during the burial of the late Nicholas Bett at his home in Simat village, Uasin Gishu County on Thursday.

Area MP Oscar Sudi confirmed that Deputy President William Ruto will be joining the mourners.

“Bett is a big man in this country and we are expecting DP to attend since he comes from this county,” said Sudi.

At the same time, Abraham Mutai, the Central Rift Athletics Kenya chairman said that top athletes across the world will be attending the burial ceremony.

“We are expecting International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), Confederation of Africa Athletics (CAA) officials tomorrow,” said Mutai.

He added that Bett was an international athlete and his latest assignment in Asaba, Nigeria was both an IAAF and CAA event.

“He ran well in Asaba and we are expecting top brass officials to grace his last day. Due to such dignitaries, we have planned for a VIP section,” added Mutai.

Kenya upbeat for medals in Asaba 2018 African Championships

Team Kenya is eyeing to top the tally of the 2018 African Championships in Athletics (ACA) in Asaba, Nigeria despite some delayed action on Wednesday.

The distance running powerhouse last topped the medal charts at their home event in Nairobi 2010 where they bagged 10 gold, seven silver and eight bronze medals to finish ahead of Nigeria and South Africa.

Despite falling victims to the travel chaos that saw the team stranded for 48 hours at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos before finally arriving at the Delta State city on Wednesday afternoon, the East African nation has set sights on dominating the biannual track and field showpiece.

“We are here to compete and win as many medals as possible despite the hiccups here and there, which is normal and it happens with a lot of people coming to Nigeria,” Kenya Team Manager, Abraham Mutai said upon arrival in Asaba.

“We are still focused to taking all the medals, this is a big team from Kenya, we are almost a team of 90 with around 65 athletes and we are ready. As a Team Leader, I’m ready, keeping my team together and focused on what we came to do here,” he added.

The country will be seeking to open their medal account in the men’s 10,000m final on the opening day later Wednesday that organisers reduced to only three events following the travel disorder that delayed the arrival of participating teams.

Reigning world and Commonwealth champions, Elijah Manangoi (men’s 1,500m) and Hellen Obiri (women’s 5,000m) lead a loaded cast of 61 Kenyan athletes that includes past and current world-beaters.

Among others to watch include Beijing 2015 world champions, Julius Yego (men’s Javelin) and Nicholas Bett (men’s 400m Hurdles) as well as London 2017 World Championships silver winner, Timothy Cheruiyot (men’s 1,500m) who is the fastest runner at his distance in the world this year.

“Team Kenya, welcome to Asaba Delta State. Let us take everything in our stride with our usual humility. Good luck and God bless,” Athletics Kenya (AK) President Jack Tuwei said in an earlier statement to the athletes upon their arrival in Asaba.

Kenya finished third at the last edition of the event, Marrakech 2014 in Morocco behind South Africa and Nigeria with seven gold, eight silver and 10 bronze medals.


Mwaniki re-appointed to handle team Kenya in Nigeria

Sprints coach Stephen Mwaniki has for the second time been appointed as the Team Kenya tactician for the Africa Senior Athletics Championships.

Mwaniki who is Athletics Kenya (AK) Kenya Prisons branch Public Relations Officer (PRO) will be leading Team Kenya at the Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria scheduled for August 1st-5th.

Mwaniki guided the country’s team to victory during Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Nairobi in 2010 when he was first appointed to the post.

Kenya won the overall title under Mwaniki by scooping 25 medals which included 10 gold, seven silver and right bronze medals at the Nyayo National Stadium.

The AK Central Rift chairman Abraham ‘Solo’ Mutai has been appointed as the Team Manager.

The trials for the Asaba bound team will be held on June 21-23 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

The AK supremo Jackson Tuwei said they expected to select a team of between 60-70 athletes during trials to go and do duty for Kenya in Nigeria.

He said the first two to cross the line and the third one to be determined by a technical team of selectors in their selection criteria.

The president said athletes who made Kenya’s team for the World under 20 will be allowed to compete and may be considered to join the senior team if they qualify during the trials.

Tuwei said AK expects several elite athletes to compete given that the this year’s event in Nigeria will be used to select Africa’s team for the Inter Continental Cup in Ostrava, Czech republic on September 8-9.