Tag Archives: Africa athletics Championships

ASABA 2018: Kenya’s Chebet Bags First Career Gold

Winnie “Silver Lady”  Chebet bagged her first ever running career title by securing gold medal in the women’s 1500m at the Africa Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria on Friday.

Chebet has always played second fiddle in championships blazed her way to victory for Kenya’s third gold at the Stephen Keshi Stadium to break her gold winning jinx with a time of 4:14.02.

When making her debut in 2005 in 800m she won silver at the World Youth Championships in Marakech, Morroco, and then settled for second place the following at the World Junior competition in Beijing, China.

Chebet’s last gold medal was in 2009 at the Africa Junior Junior Championships in Bambous, Mauritius in the women’s 800m.

In 2009, at the Africa Junior Championships in Bambous, Mauritius, Chebet secured silver in 800m.

Since 2009, she has never won any medal and in her last outing at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia she was 18th in the metric mile until today in Nigeria where she has emerged as the African Queen by breaking the lame duck.

“I’ve been trying for very long and now I have finally  gotten that elusive gold medal. Glory be to God and i know more are to come,” she said in a post race interview

Athletes Protest over Poor allowances

Team Kenya athletes for the CAA Africa Athletics Championships in Nigeria have protested over being paid meager allowances.

Africa javelin champion and record holder Julius “Youtube” Yego raised concern on behalf of the athletes terming their allowances as meager and unacceptable.

Yego raised the issue, before Athletics Kenya (AK) and government officials who had visited the team at their hotel in Nairobi on Monday ahead of their departure to Asaba, Nigeria for the continental championships.

I have taken issue with allowances paid to them while representing the country overseas terming it meagre and not worthy of runners flying the country’s flag. Africa javelin record holder Julius Yego stunned when he raised the allowance issue.

The athletes earn a paltry Sh5,000 (US$50) a day as overseas allowances while on duty for Kenya and Sh1,500 (US$15) when camping in the country.

For the eight days they will be in Asaba, the athletes will earn Sh40,000 (US$400).

“We would rather just represent the country for free than get such despicable and shameful amounts,” Yego said amid a thunderous round of applause from the athletes.

Commissioner for Sports Japson Gitonga revealed that a review of the allowance and reward scheme rates is underway and will be forwarded to the Salaries and Remuneration Commission for ratification and implementation

Gitonga promised that their overseas allowances will be paid by being channeled through their bank accounts by Wednesday next week (August 1st)

Chepkirui targets Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon course record

Former Commonwealth and African 10,000m champion Joyce Chepkirui of Kenya will face a stiff challenge as she returns to the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon in the Czech Republic on Saturday.

The Prague Half Marathon champion leads a horde of eight Kenyans at the race. The team departed Nairobi on Wednesday for the Czech capital.

Ethiopia’s world half marathon champion Netsanet Gudeta is fastest on the entry list but Chepkirui is banking on her endurance and speed to turn the tables and claim the title.

“I have had very good training and will be happy to see who the opposition lining up against me is. I want to run a fast time and look at making the Kenya team for the World Championships in 2019 in Qatar,” she said Wednesday in Nairobi.

Chepkirui said she will not be seeking a slot in the Kenya team at the Africa Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria, but will be keen to improve her performance on the road.

“I have no plans to compete on the track this season. My focus is on the road race and hopefully, I will string together good results and put my name up for selection to the marathon team for the World Championships next year,” she added.

Gudeta of Ethiopia is the leading athlete, based on time. She was second at the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon last year, running 27 seconds quicker than the 66:38 course record of Mary Keitany from 2015.

But Chepkirui, who ran 66:19 to win the Prague Half Marathon in 2014, will be the athlete to watch.

Alongside Chepkirui, Kenya will also have Antonina Kwambai (68:07) and Linet Masai (69:33) who are returning from maternity leave and are keen to restart their road racing careers.

Other athletes to watch out for will be Ethiopia’s Aselefech Mergia (67:21), and Trihas Gebre of Spain (69:57), who is the top European along with in-form Frenchwoman Clemence Calvin.

Eva Vrabcova-Nyvltova leads the domestic entries. Organizers have invited seven athletes who have previously run under the 70-minute mark.

Ethiopia’s Jemal Yimer, who was second in Ras Al-Khaimah in United Arab Emirates in February in a time of 59:00 is the fastest of four sub-60 runners in the men’s field.

He will have to contend with Kenyans Gilbert Masai (59:31), Justus Kangogo (59:31), Stephen Kiprop (59:44) and Abel Kipchumba (60:05), while Jiri Homolac (63:23) is the top domestic entrant.

xinhuanet.com

Aprot targets 10,000m rebound at Africa Athletics Championships

World Cross Country silver medalist Alice Aprot of Kenya wants to atone missing the Commonwealth Games with victory at the Africa Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria in August.

Aprot, who won the 10,000m race during the Africa championships two years ago, but lack of form and poor planning have left her with no victory in major competitions in the last year and early this season.

“Injuries are part of the game to any athlete. I have suffered my share and hope to remain fit as the year progresses and win some medals,” Aprot said on Sunday.

Fatigue and loss of form forced Aprot out of the Kenya team to Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, but the 24-year-old is returning to her best and wants to explore every chance in the Diamond League to dominate and hopes her prospect will flow over to the Africa Athletics Championships.

“I took too much than what my body could withstand in the cross country season and I paid the ultimate price in missing out in the Kenya team. Now I have rested and regained momentum. The reconditioning has been great and have had enough time to recover fully. I want to race in selected Diamond League races and will be focused on winning the gold in Africa championships in the 10,000m race,” said Aprot from Eldoret.

The former African 10,000m champion will still have to curve her path through a battery of season runners all eyeing one of the three slots up for grabs in the Kenya team.

Challenges for Aprot will be the athletes that beat her to the ticket to the Commonwealth Games.

Top names Sandrafelis Chebet, Stacy Ndiwa and Beatrice Mutai denied Aprot the ticket to the Club Games, but failed to star in Gold Coast. Now Aprot is keen to show them who is the queen of long distance races.

“I want to define my season with gold from Africa championships,” she said. It is the biggest event this year and hopefully get selected to the IAAF Intercontinental Cup in Ostrava (Czech Republic).”

In March, Aprot failed to win the Africa Cross Country Championships in Algiers, Algeria.

Her problems magnified with a miss to the Commonwealth Games and now, with the continental track and field championships up next, she believes international championships will see her give best performance.

xinhuanet.com

Conseslus, Obiri upbeat as they seek to deliver medals

World and Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto is upbeat that his late arrival for the Commonwealth Games here in Gold Coast will translate into good results.

Kipruto said their delay back home was deliberate because they wanted to train in familiar environment.

“This kind of weather in Gold Coast is always tricky and that is why we preferred to stay back and train a bit longer at home,” he said.

He said they will use the next three days to acclimatise before swinging into action this Friday. “I am ready and as usual, I will be going for gold,” he noted.

He said he decided to honour the Commonwealth Games despite other elite athletes staying away because it was on his schedule from the word go.

“I always plan my schedule early and this time, Commonwealth Games featured prominently because it is a less busy year with no World Championships or Olympic Games,” he added.

He said there is no much this year and that is why he opted for the games. “From here, I am headed for the Diamond League and I intend to do around five meetings starting with Doha next month,” he added.

He said the Africa athletics Championships in Nigeria are also top on his agenda and if everything remains constant, he will honour the event.

As usual, he believes steeplechase will be a Kenyan affair and sees no much opposition here.

Obiri, who also arrived together with Kipruto, echoed the same sentiments.

She said Commonwealth Games hold a special place in her heart and that is why she is here.

Like Kipruto, she said she intends to honor the Diamond League series and the Africa Championships in the coming months.

She also said she is feeling great after delaying back home for the purposes of training.

Obiri and Kipruto arrived alongside Margaret Chelimo, Eva Cherono (5,000m); Amos Kirui, Abraham Kibiwott (3,000m steeplechase) and 10,000m trio of Rodgers Kwemoi, Jonathan Muia and Josphat Bett