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Korir shows class at Birmingham 800m race

Emmanuel Korir continued with his brilliance performance when he won the men 800m race at the Birmingham Diamond Stadium in Alexander Stadium, Birmingham.

The 23 year-old took head on some of the best track runnesr that included World 1500m Champion Elijah Manangoi, 2014 World Relays gold Medalist Ferguson Rotich and Jonathan Kitilit.

Korir who won gold with the 4X400m team at African Senior Athletics Championships set a meter record at the event when he crossed the finish line in 1:42.72 with Kitilit coming in second in 1:43.53.

Manangoi the Rongai Athletics Club based runner closed the podium in third place with 1:44.15.

Korir urges Kenya to branch out to sprints, field events

A retired Kenyan international athlete on Thursday called on the country’s sports authorities to diversify in sprints and field events after Kenya proved its prowess in middle and long-distance events.

Barnaba Korir, who represented the athletics-mad East African nation in long distance events, said Kenya has nothing more to prove in the races it has dominated for years but should now cast its net wide in order to improve the medal tally during international competitions.

“Our sprinters performed well at the recently-concluded African Athletics Championship in Nigeria, whereas the field event athletes displayed remarkable improvements. As athletics stakeholders, we need to come together and find a way if how to take the team forward,” Korir said.

The former 10,000m runner, who is in charge of youth development at Athletics Kenya, said options must be explored to take the sprints team to the next level and proposed that this can be done through training abroad in the best facilities.

“Now with the 2019 World Championships in Qatar and 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo looming, it’s important for the country to start preparations early with a bias in sprints and field events,” he noted.

During the continental event, Kenya won gold medals in javelin and 4x400m relays, whereas other sprinters performed exemplarily during the preliminary stages.

Seraphino Antao is the most celebrated Kenyan sprinter, having won gold medals in several international competitions in the pioneer days, and no other sprinter of worth surfaced until the 1990s when the duo of Joseph Gikonyo and Kennedy Ondieki hit the scene where they dominated the continental scene in 100m and 200m competitions.

Mike Mwaniki, the Kenya sprint coach, said Athletics Kenya has shifted strategy and now wants to produce world class sprinters by exposing them to regular to high-level competitions.

“Our performance in sprints has been undermined by lack of competition. It is in long distance where there are many races and hence stiff competition,” Mwaniki said.

Source: xinhuanet.com

Asaba 2018 Report: Great spectatorship, poor mismanaged event and facilities

When the curtains fell at the Asasba 2018 event, Kenya had proved her dominance in athletics the Africa power house edging out defending champion, South Africa and host Nigeria to win the 21st edition of the African Senior Athletics Championships rounded that was held at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Niger Delta.

The East Africans, who hosted and won the 19th edition in 2014, beat defending champions, South Africa and host, Nigeria, to the second and third positions respectively.

The Kenyans swept six gold medals yesterday to bring their total medals to 19, made up of 11 gold, six silver and two bronze medals.

Kenya’s victorious 4x400m relay squad led by Emmanuel Korir, Aron Koech, Alphas Kishoyian and Jared Momanyi. Photo: Courtesy

The 22,000-capacity Stephen Keshi Stadium was always filled throughout the duration of the competition. There seems to be more tricycle operators in the city than cars.

However, the Asaba 2018 championship was not all a smooth sail in the area of facilities, as many athletes said the CAA-approved tracks was bumpy and could cause serious injuries to them.

Some of them preferred to run slower times to avoid injury, including the women’s 100m, which was won in 11.15 seconds by Cote d’Ivoire’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou, who had ran faster times this year.

The Ivorian said after winning the race that the track needs to be worked on for a smoother finish. “The surface appears good but when you run on it, you notice that it is bumpy and not smooth. There can be no fast times in this competition.”

South Africa’s speed star, Akani Simbine, who won the men’s 100m in 10.25 seconds, said: “I came with the aim to run a sub-9 seconds in Asaba, but that is really not achievable on this tracks. I have to be careful to avoid serious injuries.”

On his part, Nigeria national men’s 100m champion, Adeseye Ogunlewe, who finished fifth in the final of the event, lamented that he stumbled in each of his races.

“This tartan track is bad. You are running fast and all of a sudden you bump into a bad portion and stumble. I almost fell in each of the races. I ran in lane 5 and 6 and each of them was not good.”

Apart from the tracks, the toilets, which served both the athletes and journalists who covered the championship was an eye sore. The sanitary facilities at the stadium could not be effectively used, as there was no water supply to the toilets. To save the situation, the organisers had to detail over 10 sanitary workers to fetch water from a tank outside the main-bowl to cater for the athletes’ needs.

Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou celebrates after winning the 100m women gold at the Africa Senior Athletics Championships. Photo: Getty Images.

The television set provided inside the media center did not function throughout the duration of the championship. Until the end of the championship on Sunday, the facility imported to provide floodlight for the event were still lying on the ground, thereby forcing CAA officials to re-adjust the programme of event. The scoreboard till now is yet to be fixed.

Another setback recorded at the championship was accreditation of athletes and officials. Even journalists also found it difficult to get accredited and many were denied access to be part of the opening ceremony at the stadium.

At the Patrick Okpomo Football House in Asaba, venue of the accreditation exercise, many athletes, who arrived on Wednesday, were told to return to their hotels to await their accreditation. Many frowned at the facilities used in capturing their photographs because of poor outcome of the accreditation.

Though, the chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the competition, Chief Solomon Ogba, later apologised for the shortcomings that were experienced at this championships.

While athletics events were ongoing on inside the mainbowl of the stadium on Day 2 of the championship, a newly installed water tank at the swimming pool side of the complex crashed, destroying parts of the stadium fence. The tank tore the bonnet of a Sports Utility Vehicle while parts of the tank fell on another car. It was as a result of poor job by the contractor, as substandard equipment was allegedly used to erect the iron stands. It did not happen inside the mainbowl of the stadium, so the competitions were not disrupted.

The LOC tried in the area of security, protocol, medical, transportation and accommodation.

After the initial hiccup in moving athletes and their officials to Asaba, the state government moved in by providing a chartered flight. As at yesterday morning, the virtually all the visiting athletes and their officials had been evacuated from the city.

To avoid a repeat of such organisational setbacks witnessed in Asaba, the IAAF President, Sebastian Coe, has promised to assist the sport in Africa. “I am not just here for the ceremony, I brought a big team with me from our headquarters to understand the challenges countries face in delivering athletics events like this even at the regional level.

“My team is also here to observe to see how they can be more helpful in the delivering more opportunities. Africa has a great potential and we have to work together with the officials on the continent to understand how the IAAF can help to develop the sport. This is a great event and although there are some challenges, the athletes have been doing well and that is good for the sport.”

The IAAF boss is said to have awarded the hosting right for 2015 World Athletics Championship to Africa. Nigeria is one of the six countries in the continent now bidding to host the event.

Additional : guardian.ng

Kenya pip SA to take Africa athletics honours

Kenya edged out South Africa to finish top of the African Athletics Championship medals table after a five-day tournament blasted as “tedious” during its troubled build-up.

Kenya finished with 11 gold medals, six silver and two bronze with South Africa on nine gold, 13 silver and eight bronze.

Nigeria, the hosts of the championships staged in the southern city of Asaba, were third with nine gold, five silver and five bronze.

The 52-team showpiece event was not without some hiccups – from the delayed arrival of some countries to complaints of sub-standard facilities.

However, Ifeanyi Okowa, the governor of oil-rich Delta, said he was pleased that after the initial challenges, the championship lived up to its billing.

“We had only nine, 10 months to prepare for this championship and so it was a bit tedious at the start,” Okowa admitted.

“But we were committed to deliver a great event and we did and we are all happy.”

The next edition of the championships will be staged in Algeria in 2020.

Source: sport24.co.za

ASABA 2018: Obiri wins Kenya’s first Gold

World and Commonwealth Games 5000m champion won Hellen Obiri won  Kenya’s  first gold at the 21st African Senior Athletics Championships.

Obiri who won an Olympic silver medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and opted not to defend her African 1500m gold she won at the last edition to romp home with a win in the women’s 5000m by returning 15:54.17 to begin Kenya’s gold rush harvest.

“Congratulations to @hellen_obiri for winning Kenya’s first Gold Medal in women’s 5000” Athletics Kenya (AK)‏Verified account @athletics_kenya

“And it’s a gold for in the women’s 5000m final all the best Team Kenya.” Royal Media journalist 

Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi and Meskerem Hayile took second and third place in 15:54.48) 3 and 15:57.38 respectively.

The social media went abuzz with congratulatory messages by ecstatic Kenyans congratulating her led by Athletics Kenya

Reigning World Cross Country Champion Lilian Kasait came and Loice Chemning took fourth and fifth position in  16:04.51 and 16:25.78

Ethiopia rules in 10000m race at the Africa senior Championships

Kenya missed the podium place in the 10000m race as Ethiopian took the first and place at the 21st CAA African Senior Athletics Championships (ASAC) being held at the Stephen Keshi Township Stadium in Asaba, Nigeria.

Jemal Yimer Mekonnen took first position in 29.08.01.

“This wasn’t easy,” said Yimer, who was fourth at these championships two years ago and fifth over the distance at the World Championships last year. “There was a lot of competition from my teammates and the humidity made it difficult.”

Transportation and logistical challenges in recent days forced a massive revision of the competition timetable, this morning reduced to just three events in total for the opening day to allow time for the last remaining athletes who were stranded in Lagos Airport –some for nearly three days– to be transported the final 450 kilometres to the capital of Nigeria’s Delta State. That group included the Kenyan 10,000m trio of Vincent Kipsang, Josphat Bett and Kipsang Temoi, who finally arrived at their hotel just three hours before the gun sounded.

His fellow training mate Andamalak Belilu, took second place in 29:11.02 with Uganda’s Timothy Toroitich  closing the podium three in 29:14.52.

Kipsang and Temoi finished in fourth and fifth place with a time of 29:14.52 and 29:25.54 respectively. Another Kenyan Joseph Kipkoech Bett finished a distant sixth in 30:13.22

The championships record record of 27:10.74 that was set in 2012 by Kenya’s Kenneth Kipkemoi remains intact.