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Kenyan Tactician to Coach Africa in Continental Cup

Kenya’s head coach at the 2018 Africa Athletics Championships in Asaba has been appointed as the tactician of Africa’s squad for the Continental Cup in Ostrava, Czech Republic on September 8-9.

Kenya stamped their mark under Stephen Mwaniki,  by overcoming all  the odds in an event, filled with sideshows ranging from athletes arriving in Asaba, the hosting venue, just three hours to kick-off due to failure to secure the connecting flights from Murtala Muhammad International Airport.
Mwaniki a Kenya Prisons officer first led Kenya to victory when the Africa Senior Athletics Championships were hosted in Nairobi as a head coach in 2010.
After a rather slow pace on the opening day of the championships, Team Kenya under Mwaniki’s inspiration and guidance produced a scintillating show on the final day to top medal standings during the Championships in Asaba, Nigeria.
The victory was Kenya’s fourth since the inaugural edition in 1979.
Boasting World Champions and record holders, Team Kenya topped the medal table with 11 gold, six silver and two bronze medals.
The Continental Cup is held every four years since 2010, replacing the previous Athletics World Cup and involves teams from Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe.
The four teams competing in the event were Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe.
The two-day competition comprised a programme of 20 track and field events for men and women, giving a total of 40 events. Each team shall enter two athletes in each event, except for relays where one team competed, with a maximum of one athlete from each country per event. No athlete shall be allowed to double in the 3000 m and 5000m.

Zakayo to skip Diamond League meeting

Kenya’s Edward Zakayo will skip the Birmingham Diamond League meeting in England next week to take a deserved rest after he won the Africa Senior athletics championships.

Zakayo, 18, will however stage a short training camp in Italy and compete in one race before returning home to continue with his studies at the Kapsait Secondary School in Marakwet.

His coach Eric Kimaiyo, a two-time Honolulu Marathon champion, said Saturday, “We were hoping to prepare Zakayo for Birmingham Diamond League but that has been cancelled. He will now compete in one race in Italy before schools open in September.”

Another athlete also likely to skip the meeting in Birmingham is Africa javelin champion Julius Yego, who is keen to replenish his energies and focus on the IAAF Continental Cup where he looks forward to a challenge from Germany world leaders Johannes Vetter, Andreas Hofmann and reigning Olympic champion Thomas Rohler.

Chepkoech leads a podium sweep for Kenya in steeplechase

World 3000m steeplechase record holder Beatrice Chepkoech led a 1-2-3 Kenya sweeps on the final day of the Africa Senior Athletics Championships at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Nigeria.

Chepkoech took gold and the world U20 steeplechase record holder Celliphine Chespol took silver with Fancy Cherono closing the podium three finishes.

Stacy Ndiwa bags another gold medal for Kenya

Commonwealth Games silver medallist Stacy Ndiwa out sprinted former 10,000 metres African champion Alice Aprot in the final lap to win Kenya her fifth gold medal at the 21st edition of the Africa Senior Athletics Championships going on at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Nigeria.

Ndiwa outsprinted Aprot in the final lap to win Kenya’s fifth gold medal in 38:30.38 while Aprot settled for position.

Through her twitter handle the African Champion said, “Stacy Ndiwa ‘s Win is Kenya’s Win.. Looking forward to Representing Africa and Kenya in more Competitions”.

ASABA 2018: Kenya settles for 4x100m bronze

Kenya won its first ever Africa 4x100m relay medal as the Kenyan quartet settled for bronze at the Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria on Friday.

The quartet of Eunice Kadogo, Millicent Ndoro, Joan Cherono and Freshia Mwangi held on for the last podium finish place relay in 45.58 seconds.

Five times Africa gold medalist Blessing Okagbare led Nigeria for the gold medal in 43.77 as Cote d’Ivoire settled for silver in 43.77.

Team Nigeria consisting of Joy Udo-Gabriel, Blessing Okagbare, Tobi Amusan and Rosemary Chukwuma got the home crowd cheering to their highest decibes as they brought home the coveted gold.

Kenya’s men’s 4x100m relay team of Peter Mwai, Mike Mokamba, Alphas Kishoyan and Mark Otieno finished fifth to go home empty handed.

Kipruto wins Kenya second gold

World and Olympics 3,000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto  took top honors at the 21st edition of the Africa Senior Athletics Championships at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Nigeria.

Kipruto cut the tape in 8:26.38 and was followed by his fierce rivalry Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali who crossed the line in 8:28.01 with Getnet Wale Bayabl from Ethiopia closing the podium three finishes in 8:30.87

ASABA 2018: South Africa’s Simbine wins his First Africa Title

Commonwealth Games champion South Africa’s Akani Simbine came through to win the men’s Africa Senior Athletics Championships 100m title in Asaba, Nigeria on Thursday afternoon.

Simbine who settled for bronze during the continental championships hosted in his home country of South Africa in Durban in 2016 improved his performance to win gold with a time of 10.25s (-2.1) to secure his first ever African title.

All Africa Games champion Ivory Coast’s Arthur Cisse held on to settle for the silver medal in 10.33 to deny South Africa for a 1-2 finish as South African Simon Magakwe completed the last podium finish for bronze.

ASABA 2018: Kenya’s Korir beats Botsawana’s Nijel Amos to Reach 800m Finals

Africa Indoor record holder Emmanuel Korir led Kenyans into qualifying into the finals of the men’s 800m at the Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria on Thursday.

Korir a United States of America (USA) based University student timed 1:46.91 to eclipse defending champion and Continental Cup winner Botsawana’s Nigel Amos who had to contend with the second spot in heat two of the event.

The 2014 World IAAF  4x400m relay gold medalist in Nassau, Bahamas,  Kenya’s Ferguson Rotich wọn heat 1 comfortably in a time of 1:48:18.

In the final heat, the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games fourth place finisher, Kenya’s Jonathan Kitlit claimed victory winning in 1:46.55 which was the fastest time by a winner in the heats.