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A Sprinting Showdown Looms between Olympic Champion Jacobs Against Africa’ Record Holder Omanyala

A looming showdown is on the cards between World’s best Lamont Morcell Jacobs and Africa’s finest Ferdinand Omanyala on May 7th in the 100m of the 2022 Kip Keino Classic at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani in Nairobi.

The clash is in the offing after Jacobs who is the Olympic champion confirmed his participation to face the Africa record holder Omanyala in the forthcoming Kip Keino Classic a leg of the World Athletics Diamond Tour.

Kip Keino Classic Chief Executive Officer, Barnaba confirmed the participation of Jacobs in the race in a press conference held on Sunday, May 1st, 2022 at the Athletics Kenya (AK) headquarters in Nairobi.

Jacobs and Omanyala will face Mike Rodgers, Fred Kerley and Isiah Young from the United States of America, Gift Tlotiso Leotlela and Sinesipho Dambile from South Africa and Tortu Filippo in the epic showdown.

Jacobs is the current Olympic 100m and 4×100 relays and World 60m champion.

Jacobs currently holds the 60m and 100m European records and is the first Italian to ever qualify and win the men’s 100m Olympic final.

Nairobi City Marathon Splashes Money to Become Highest Paying Race in Africa

The Nairobi City Marathon dubbed “Uhuru Classic” will be the highest paying event in Africa.

The winner will run away with US$ 6,000 dollars (Ksh6 million) for the winner of the 42km race with the top 20 earning cash prizes.

In the half marathon (21km), the winner will bag US$ 2,500 dollars (Ksh2.5 million), where the top six will win prize money.

Speaking during the launch of the marathon, Athletics Kenya (AK) Chief (Lt General retired) Jackson Tuwei said the event will be used to officially launch the Nairobi Express Highway and mark president Uhuru Kenyatta’s legacy of the road.

He said they are expecting athletes from 120 countries to turn up.

Three categories will be up for grabs including the full marathon (42km), half marathon (21km) and the 10km race and a fun run for recreation.

The marathon will begin at Nyayo stadium, head to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport then move to the City Centre which will be the spectators’ stage before heading to ABC Place in Westlands then back to Nyayo stadium for the finish.

The 21 km race will start at Nyayo Stadium then to Ole Sereni along Mombasa Road then move to ABC Place along Waiyaki Way before going back to the finish at Nyayo stadium.

The marathon will see runners compete 33km of the Express Highway and 9 outside while the half marathon will entirely be run on the express highway.

The 10km will start at the Nyayo National Stadium then head up to Capital Center along Mombasa Road, move to Museum Hill before heading back to the finish at Nyayo stadium.

Tuwei said the route has been certified by World Athletics (WA) and if a world or continental record is broken in any of the races it will be recognized.

Athletics Kenya Track and Field season kicks off

The first Athletics Kenya (AK) Track and Field Weekend Meeting will kick-off from 4-5th of January at the Nyayo National Stadium.

The two days meet will be used as the selection event for team Kenya that will head to the World Athletics Championships in Oregon and the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

The world championships will be held from July 14 to 24 in Oregon, United States, while the Birmingham Games will start from July 28 to August 8 in Britain.

Kenya finished 14th overall at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games medal standings, but fifth in Africa with 17 medals; four gold, seven silver and six bronze.

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Nandi To Host Mountain Running championships

Athletics Kenya (AK) Mountain Running Championship will be held on Sunday (2) in Tinderet, Nandi County.

The Tinderet meeting which is the second edition of AK National Mountain Running Championships will see winners pocket kshs 50,000, with second-placed athletes getting Sh30,000. Third-placed athletes will get Sh20,000 to the 10th positions.

The event will feature senior men and women’s 10km events while junior men and women will take part in the 6km races, according to Angwenyi Gichana the race coordinator.

He added that senior athletes will pay a registration fee of Sh100 while junior athletes aged U18 years will not pay anything.

The Longonot Mountain Running race initially scheduled for January 2 has been postponed indefinitely.

The Meru Mountain Running race will be held on February 26 according to AK’s calendar.

Former 400m champion Returns to Bring Kenya African Glory

Twelve years after completing her doping suspension Kenya’s former national 400m record holder Elizabeth Muthuka came back with a bang to claim African glory.

The Kenya Prisons officer won four gold medals at the ongoing Africa Masters Athletics Championship hosted at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Muthuka who was slapped with a two year ban won her first ever international medals in her athletics at the continental competition in Nairobi.

Muthuka sprinted to finish in 64.37s to win the 400m race before dashing in a time of 27.22 seconds for the 200m top honours in the women’s 45-49 age group.

Muthuka who is the Officer in Charge of Prison in Meru put the icing on the cake by anchoring Team Kenya 4x100m and 4x400m teams to victory.

Muthuka anchored the quartet consisting of the World metric mile champion Joyce Kirui Africa 1500m winner Nelly Cheptanui and the Africa Long Jump and triple Jump gold medalists Regina Mulatya in stopping the timer in 56.93 to win.

In 4x400m competition, Muthuka led the team of continent’s 400m gold medalist Charity Wandia, Cheptanui Africa 1500m champion Beatrice Chepchumba in posting a time of 4:31.09 to crown Kenya’s glorious moment.

In the year 2007, Elizabeth Muthuka representing Kenya Prisons at the Athletics Kenya (AK) national championships first lowered Ruth Waithera’s record to 51.53 before she set the 50.82 mark in 400m to qualify for the Beijing Olympics at Olympic trials at Nyayo stadium.

Consequently, the athlete whose A and B blood samples tested positive for anabolic steroid Nandrolone, was slapped with a two-year ban by AK.

Muthuka was also compelled to return the Sh10, 000 she was awarded for lowering Waithera’s record and all earnings from the track.

Mary Moraa the star to watch at Iten Cross Country Championships

World Under 18 400m silver medalist Mary Moraa will be the star to watch at the second leg of Athletics Kenya (AK) Cross Country Championships that will be held on Saturday (13) in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County.

The 800m Tokyo Olympian will be setting the pace for other athletes, both elite and untested ahead of world cross country tour.

The AK North Rift region secretary Boniface Tiren said that they are expecting over 1,000 athletes because of the nature of the county.

“This is the county that has produced top runners and an event will be coming home to its owners. This day will be great among the locals as well as internationals who train here,” said Tiren .

The event will attract seven events; will include 10km senior men and women, 8km junior men, 6km junior women, 5km under 18 women and 6km under 18 men and mixed relays.

Athletics Kenya postpone Cross Country series

Athletics Kenya has postponed the first and second leg of the Cross Country Championships series that were set to be held in Machakos and Iten respectively in honor of world 10,000m bronze medalist Agnes Tirop who was found dead in her house at the free-area in Iten, Egeyo Marakwet County on Wednesday morning.

The AK president Gen (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei said the best thing is to postpone the competitions that were to be held at the Machakos People’s Park next this weekend, so they allow the athletics fraternity to mourn and prepare a proper send-off for Tirop.

“In view of the latest developments, in honor of our fallen athlete, we have postponed the first and second legs of the AK Cross Country Series. The same goes for any other athletics events that were planned within the next two weeks,” said Tuwei.

“As a federation and in our individual capacities, we once more, condemn this atrocious murder. Nothing justifies taking the life of another person. Albeit the circumstances leading to this incident remain unclear, this was a death that was quite unnecessary and a huge blow not only to the athletics fraternity but also the local sporting industry of which Tirop was one of the fastest rising stars” The AK president said.

AK will pay a visit to the family of the deceased tomorrow to condole with them.

AK Releases 2021/2022 Calendar with Machakos Cross Country being the First event

Athletics Kenya (AK) has released a busy calendar of events for the 2021/2022 season with Machakos Cross Country Championships being the first event.

The Cross Country will be held at the Machakos People’s Park next weekend, hoping to attract top athletes following the conclusion of track and field events at the Kip Keino Classic, the Word Athletics Continental Tour.

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2021 Ndalat Gaa Cross country cancelled

Organizers of the Ndalat Gaa Cross Country have cancelled this year’s edition, just like last years.

The meet director Abraham Mutai, who also serves as Athletics Kenya Central Rift chairman assured that the race will be held in 2022 after the COVID -19 pandemic affected their plans in two years running.

The race, which was renamed as Isaiah Kiplagat Memorial Ndalat Gaa Cross country is set to celebrate the late Isaiah Kiplagat who served as the president of the Athletics Kenya (AK).

“It is unfortunate that we will not be hosting the event now heading into two years, which is a big blow to our upcoming athletes with the race well known for sporting and nurturing junior runners for future great athletes,” said Mutai.

He said that Safaricom as the main sponsor has not been doing much in sponsoring many activities.

“For us, we really base on junior athletes, that is why in our events, we have many junior categories unlike other events. Our purpose is not just running but what we can produce at the end of the day is what matters most,” he said.

This year’s edition could have been in its twelfth year.

Youth Olympics: IOC locks out Kenyan Athletes

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has rejected a list of athletes that never took part in the Africa Youth Games from participating in the fourth coming Youth Olympics.

Team Kenya Chef de Mission to the Games, Anthony Kariuki, said that efforts by the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) to have athletes who attained qualifying marks from other championships besides the Africa Youth Games were rejected by IOC.

“The IOC insisted that the selection of athletes drawn from various disciplines be based on those that participated at Africa Youth Games held July 18-28 in Algiers, Algeria which they consider as the Youth Olympics qualifiers.

Disclosed Monday that the team was selected exclusively from disciplines that took part

Kariuki noted that their efforts to lobby for athletes who attained qualifying marks from other championships besides the Africa Youth Games hit a snag after the organisers turned down their request.

That effectively locks out plans by

IOC’s decision means that plans by Athletics Kenya (AK) to include athletes who have qualifying times away from the Africa Youth Games has hit a snag.

Consequently, the decision means that Kenya will now be represented by five boys and five girls in athletics.

They include javelin throwers Martha Nthanza Musai, winner of gold in girls’ category at the Africa Youth Games and silver medalist Ita Nao.

They include gold medalist at the Africa Youth Games including Fancy Cherono (2,000m steeplechase), World Under-18 1,500m bronze medallist Edinah Jebitok (1500m, girls) and Nickson Pariken (1500m, boys).

Silver medalists Dennis Mutuku Matheka (2,000m steeplechase) and Angela Ndungwa (800m)

The bronze winners in the team are Mercy Chepkorir (3000m) who missed out on World Under-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland owing to faulty traveling documents, Jackson Kavesa (3000m) and East Africa Secondary Schools champion Francis Leshoo (800m).

At the previous Youth Olympics in Nanjing in 2014, China, Kenya secured five medals which included two gold, two silver and one bronze all from athletics.

The third edition of the Youth Olympics will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 6-18. It will be the first Summer Youth Olympic Games to be held outside of Asia (also first in the Southern and Western Hemispheres), and the first Youth Games for either summer or winter to be held outside Eurasia.