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Manangoi and Cheruiyot win gold and silver in 1500m race in Asaba

World and Commonwealth games champion Elijah Manangoi led 1-2 Kenyan finish for men’s 1,500m final at the 21st African Athletics Championships at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba,Nigeria.

Manangoi gave a powerful kick with about 300m to go and leading his training partner Timothy Cheruiyot, who has run this season five world leading time this season to give Kenya two medals.

Caster claims gold, smashes 18-year old 400m national record

Team South Africa was off to the perfect start on day three of the 21st African Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria on Friday with Caster Semenya winning gold in the 400m event.

Semenya stopped the clock in a national record of 49.96. The record, previously held by Heide Seyerling, had stood for 18 years.

Semenya now holds national records in the 400m, 800m, 1 000m and 1 500m events.

She was followed home by Christine Botslegwe of Botswana in second while Nigeria’s Yinka Ajayi took third.

The men’s relay team of Akani Simbine, Henricho Bruintjies, Simon Magakwe and Emile Erasmusadded the second gold of the night when they won the 4x100m relay event in 38.25 beating Nigeria and Ivory Coast into second and third respectively.

Thapelo Phora added to South Africa’s medal tally by taking silver in the men’s 400m race with Cornel Fredericks claiming silver in the men’s 400m hurdles.

Linique Prinsloo Beneke then claimed bronze in the women’s long jump with a leap of 6.38 metres.

Ischke Senekal added another bronze, this time in the women’s discuss with a best throw of 53.82 metres.

South Africa lead the medal table with five golds, 7 silver and 5 bronze.

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ASABA FIASCO CONTINUES

Africans on twitter have resorted to social site twitter to voice their frustrations and disappointment at the level of incompetence and disorganization that the African Athletics championships have seen.

The hashtag has seen Africans from different countries resort to their twitter handles to deride the Nigerian Athletics Federation.

Led by Olympic 800m silver medalist, Francine Niyonsaba from Burudi they poured their frustration on twitter.

Below are some of the tweets;

Francine Niyonsaba‏ @FrancineNiyons4 Aug 1-From Burundi

without uniform of Burundi and Allowance ,we are ready to represent our country #burundi team #Asaba2018 #FIRECINE thanks for support

Carol Radull from Kenya had this to say @carolradull -How exactly did Nigeria win the right to host the Africa Athletics Championship? From the transport and accommodation fiasco and now the summary results of the “MEN’S” 10,000m final has some women’s names #SomeoneTellNigeria

There was no media Centre to host the Media houses who opted to use the floors to write their articles. Photo: Courtesy

 

Wesley Botton‏ @wesbotton Aug 1 from South Africa

No hotel rooms available and no accreditation for us to get into the stadium, less than an hour before the start of the African Athletics Champs. This mess keeps getting messier. That’s my grumpy face #Asaba2018

EiE Nigeria‏Verified account @EiENigeria Aug 1

Athletes and Media waiting to be accredited. Photo: Courtesy

Athletes from various African countries who are billed to compete today at the Africa Senior Athletics Championship #Asaba2018 are still stranded in Lagos. This is a national disgrace. When will our administrators learn to plan properly?

james oluwatosin‏ @iam4james 10m10 minutes ago

This #Asaba2018 Athletics competition shows everything that is wrong with our country and it so sad because we are confidently washing our dirty lining outside. From preparation to organization is shambolic and… https://www.facebook.com/olwatosin.james/posts/1915848425145175 …

Asaba Metro‏ @AsabaMetro 10m10 minutes ago

The summary results of the “MEN’S” 10,000m final has some women’s names. Photo: Courtesy

Delta Stadium Water Tank Disaster: #Okowa Orders Immediate Investigation – #AfricanSeniorAthleticsChampionship #Asaba2018 #StephenKeshiStadium #SubstandardProject #WaterTankhttp://www.asabametro.com/2018/08/delta-stadium-water-tank-disaster-okowa-orders-immediate-investigation/ …

David Rudisha, Vivian Cheruiyot and Ezekiel Kemboi inducted in Hall of Fame

World 800m record holder David Rudisha, four-time world champion Ezekiel Kemboi and Olympics 5,000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot have been inducted into the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Hall of Fame.

The three athletes who have one thing in common besides their feats at both national and international, they are all Olympic gold medalists in their respective races.

This accolade was bestowed at the welcoming Dinner for athletes and officials participating at the 21st edition of the African Athletics Championships that is being held in Asaba, Nigeria.

According to Nigerian newspaper The Punch, out of the 16 inductees only two were in attendance – Nigerian Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor and Olusoji Fasuba.

The publication continued saying that the event started five hours late, which forced athletes to stay away.

The Publication further reported that the Ethiopians and Kenyans did not attend as they arrived in Asaba late on Tuesday after being stranded in Lagos for two days.

International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe, CAA President Kalkaba Malboum and members of his executive committee, State Governor Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, and top government officials at Federal and State level, diplomats and the LOC led by its Chairman Solomon Ogba graced the occasion.

Ethiopia inductees were led by world record holder and champion Genzebe Dibabaa, Almaz Ayana an Olympics and World Champions and long distance legend Kenenisa Bekele.

Other Ethiopians who were inducted are World Champion Tirunesh Dibaba and former world 5000m record holder Mesert Defar.

South Africa duo of Caster Semanya and Wayde van Niekerk both Olympics and World Champions were also inducted though Nieker is still is still recovering from a knee injury, which he sustained during a celebrity rugby match last year.

KENYAN GOVERNMENT – CONCENTRATE AND WIN DESPITE CHAOS

The Kenyan government has issued a statement concerning the fiasco that has become the 21st African Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria.

In a letter issued to the press, through the Chief Administrative Officer, Ministry of Sports, the government said that athletes should concentrate on posting a good result in spite of the logistical challenges they have experienced.

Hassan Noor, the Chief Administrative Secretary said that Nigerian Athletics Federation (AFN) and the Nigerian Local Organizing Committee had failed in organizing a successful event and that not only Kenyan athletes who had suffered but also athletes from other African countries.

“Team Kenya was last night put in golden Tulip hotel in Lagos awaiting special chartered flights to Asaba.

 

Rudisha, Vivian Cheruiyot and Ezekiel Kemboi to be inducted in Hall of Fame

World 800m record holder David Rudisha, four-time world champion Ezekiel Kemboi and Olympics 5,000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot, will be inducted into the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Hall of Fame.

The three athletes have one thing in common besides their feats at both national and international, they are all Olympic gold medalists in their respective races.

This accolade will be bestowed at the welcoming Dinner for athletes and officials participating at the 21st African Athletics Championships, Asaba 2018.
The event, organised by CAA and Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency is slated for July 31, 2018 at the Event Center, Asaba.

Nigeria’s golden girl, Blessing Okagbare and her team members who won Nigeria’s 4×200 gold at the 2016 IAAF World Relay in Bahamas will be inducted into the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Hall of Fame.

International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe, CAA President Kalkaba Malboum and members of his executive committee, State Governor Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, and top government officials at Federal and State level, diplomats and the LOC led by its Chairman Solomon Ogba will grace the occasion.

Ethiopia follows Nigeria with the highest number of athletes to be inducted. The list includes world record holder and champion Genzebe Dibabaa, Almaz Ayana an Olympics and World Champions and long distance legend Kenenisa Bekele.

Other Ethiopians on the list are, World Champion Tirunesh Dibaba and former world 5000m record holder Mesert Defar from Ethiopia will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

South Africa duo of Caster Semanya and Wayde van Nieckert both Olympics and World Champions will also be inducted.

Julius Yego returns from European training camp

Kenya’s javelin sensation Julius Yego and world 5,000m champion Hellen Obiri will be among the elite athletes eyeing a return to the African Athletics Championships having skipped competition two years ago.

Olympic silver medalist Yego has been training in Europe and returned to Kenya for final preparations ahead of the national championships in Nairobi from Thursday, which will serve as trials for the Africa Championships.

Only the top two athletes in each discipline will secure their tickets to the competition in Asaba, Nigeria. This year’s event, which runs from August 1st to 5th, will be the 21st edition and will feature athletes from every one of Africa’s 54 states.

Speaking in Nairobi, Yego said he had gained tremendous ground since returning to action, after he battled groin and ankle injuries that saw him lose the world title last year in London.

“I have returned to action and managed to throw the javelin over 80 meters twice in Ostrava and Finland. Now the focus will be to make the Kenya team, compete in one more Diamond League event and head to Nigeria to try and win the Africa title,” he said on Tuesday.

However, for Obiri, the allure of competing at the Athletics World Cup in Ostrava, Czech Republic in September is what motivates her to return to the continental championships. Four years ago, she made the cut, but ultimately failed to win the 1,500m race.

“In my two previous appearances at the Africa Championships, I always competed in the 1,500m race. This will be my first time at the Africa Championships as a 5,000m athlete. In 2014 I won the 1,500m title in Mauritius but did not manage a podium finish during the World Cup,” said Obiri on Tuesday in Nairobi.

A sabbatical from competition to give birth to her first child and loss of form in 2018 have taken the wind out of Obiri’s sails.

However, she is confident of returning to top form ahead of Kenya’s trial this weekend and hopes she will go on to excel in Nigeria and also in Ostrava for the IAAF World Cup on September 8th and 9th.

“I’m confident in my training and I can see good results ahead, especially during the IAAF Athletics World Cup. I hope when I compete in the 3,000m it will erase the disappointments of 2014 when I finished fourth (4:08.15) and out of the medal bracket,” added Obiri.

Other athletes to look out for include Elijah Manangoi, the World and Commonwealth Games 1,500m champion, 400m hurdler Nicholas Bett, defending high jump champion Mathew Sawe and walking race duo Samuel Gathimba and Grace Wanjiru.

Kenya will be hoping to form a strong team to wrest the overall title from South Africa and hosts Nigeria, who have dominated the competition in recent years.

Ethiopia, Uganda and Morocco are also expected to feature strongly in the quest for medals.

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