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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.

All Africa Games Medallist Nabbed for Doping

An All Africa Games medalist Kenyan sprinter has been busted ahead  of the forthcoming Africa Senior Championships in Nigeria for doping.

The sprinter who was headed to Nigeria for the Africa Senior Athletics Championships was nabbed by the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) officials after a failed doping test case.

However, the sprinter was sent packing from Team Kenya camp, three days before the Kenyan contingent travels to Asaba, Nigeria for the Africa Senior Athletics Championships.

A source at the camp, disclosed that the sprinter is one of two short distance runners who have been apprehended by ADAKfor using performance enhancing drugs since the National Championships held June 21-23 at the Moi International Sports, Centre,Kasarani in Nairobi.

The sprinter becomes the third high profile athlete to test positive of some banned performance enhancing in the last two months after three times World 1,500m champion Asbel Kiprop and Kenyan-born Olympic 3,000m steeplechase gold medallist Bahrain’s Ruth Jebet.

The athlete, who represented Kenya at the 2013 Moscow and 2017 World Championship, won a medal for Kenya from the 2015 All Africa Games in Brazzaville, Congo and was part of Team Kenya for the 2014 Glasgow and 2017 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

The runner also represented Kenya at the 2012 Barcelona World Under-20 Championships, the 2016 World Indoor Championships in Portland, USA and the 2016 Africa Championships in athletics in Durban, South Africa.

“The case is no longer a secret at the camp as it is known but its now up to Athletics Kenya to disclose and confirm the case,” said the source.

Team Kenya team manager Abraham ‘Solo’ Mutai for the Africa Championships declined to comment on the development and instead referred the media to Athletics Kenya chief executive officer Susan Kamau as the only person with the authority to shed light on the matter.

When contacted for comment, Kamau’s phone went unanswered