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Sebastian Sawe beats Nicholas Kimeli at Iten Cross Country

Reigning Sevilla Half Marathon champion, Sebastian Kimaru Sawe took the top honors at the Iten Cross Country Meeting held on Saturday (03) at Iten Grounds, Elgeyo Marakwet County.

The 27 year-old who is also a one time Diamond League meeting winner beat a strong field that included Former African Cross Country Champion, Nicholas Kimeli and the reigning Cardiff Half Marathon champion Geoffrey Koech.

Sawe took the honors in 30:35.7 with Koech crossing the finish line in second in 30:38.7.  Kimeli who is the Romanian 10K all-comers record holder, was left with no choice but to settle in third place in 30:47.5.

Newton Club runners, Dennis Kipngetich and Asbel Kiprop came home in fourth and fifth place in 30:54.4 and 31:00.4 respectively.

World 10km record holder, Rhonex Kipruto and the World U20 3000m steeplechase Champion Amos Serem finished in a disappointing tenth and twentieth place in a time of 31:20.7 and 31:39.9 respectively.

LEADING RESULTS
10KM SENIOR MEN

  1. Sebastian Sawe      30:35.7
  2. Geoffrey Koech      30:38.7
  3. Nicholas Kimeli     30:47.5
  4. Dennis Kipngetich 30:54.4
  5. Asbel Kiprop           31:00.4

Kenya might be banned tomorrow by World Athletics

Kenya might be suspended from ALL Athletics activities tomorrow (Friday, 25) by the World Athletics (WA) and Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) due to that rampant doping cases that have engulfed the country this year by Kenyan runners.

Our source a senior official at Athletics Kenya, on condition of anonymity request told Athletics.co.ke, “From where I seat and the information am getting directly from AIU top officials, it’s a done case.” We are at their mercies as from now and we should prepare ourselves for the worse which is being suspended for a minimum of two years or a maximum of three years, so that we can put our house in order,” he said.

The senior official said that there are many top elite athletes that AIU is on their radar and soon they will be unmasked and this will be the end of their running careers.

“Many athletes and the country at large will be affected and it will be an expensive affair that will cost jobs and many lives will be affected directly and indirectly,” he said.

This year alone the country has had 17 athletes sanctioned by AIU for a range of doping violations with eight athletes currently on provisional suspensions, with the outcomes of their cases pending.

The newly appointed cabinet secretary for Youth Affairs, Sports and the Arts, Ababu Namwamba, has been vocal on the intentions that government is going to take in the fight against the doping menace, “We are going to criminalise doping to levels you cannot imagine. We are going to be very, very harsh.

Ten Kenya athletes have tested positive since last year, for a banned substance called triamcinolone Acetonide, while two others from other nations tested positive for the same substance.

“It is a synthetic corticosteroid medication administered through injection into joints to treat various joint conditions. It is also used topically to treat various skin conditions, such as relieving the discomfort of mouth sores,” he said.

The late Athletics Kenya president Isaiah Kiplagat in 2015, suspended Rosa Associati management stable run by Dr. Gabrielle Rosa and Gerard Van de Veen of Volare Sports.

Athletes who have been banned at Rosa stable include, three-time Boston marathon winner Rita Jeptoo, two-time world champion Asbel Kiprop and the 2016 Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong while at Volare Sports include Wilson Kipsang.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) now World Athletics included the distance-running superpower on a list of nations most at risk of doping in July 2018.

It came as part of new regulations by the WA Council put more responsibility on National Federations to deal with the problem.

Kenya is among four countries included in Category A – member federations the World Athletics believe are most likely to have doping problems – along with Ethiopia, Belarus, hosts of next year’s European Games, and Ukraine.

Athletics Kenya staring a ban

Athletics Kenya, athletes and athletic fans will be waiting patiently when World Athletics (WA) and Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) will be making an announcement whether Kenya will be struck off from competing in international events next season due to rampant doping cases reported by Kenyan runners.

With alarming doping cases reported in the country with top brass athletes, from track to field and road running, the country may face suspension or a ban for a period of time in order to put their house in order.

Our source, on anonymity request told Athletics.co.ke said: “ From the look of things its just a matter of when, because where we are now is at a danger zone. We may be suspended by AIU this year and this week might be the much awaited announcement. We pray that we be given time because of the efforts we and the Govrnment have put in to fight this menance,” he said.

He said that there are many top elite athletes that AIU is on their radar and soon they will be unmasked and this will be the end of their running careers.

“Many athletes and the country at large will be affected and it will be an expensive affair that will cost jobs and many lives will be affected directly and indirectly,” he said.

This year alone the country has had 17 athletes sanctioned by AIU for a range of doping violations with eight athletes currently on provisional suspensions, with the outcomes of their cases pending.

The newly appointed cabinet secretary for Youth Affairs, Sports and the Arts, Ababu Namwamba, has been vocal on the intentions that government is going to take in the fight against the doping menace, “We are going to criminalise doping to levels you cannot imagine. We are going to be very, very harsh.

Ten Kenya athletes have tested positive since last year, for a banned substance called triamcinolone Acetonide, while two others from other nations tested positive for the same substance.

“It is a synthetic corticosteroid medication administered through injection into joints to treat various joint conditions. It is also used topically to treat various skin conditions, such as relieving the discomfort of mouth sores,” he said.

Senate majority leader Aron Cheruiyot is proposing a stringent measure to curb doping menace in the country to ensure that Kenyans run clean and regain the global reputation the country has been enjoying.

“Doping is one of the biggest issues that the new CS has to deal with, the fact that we reach a point where all our athletes will be screened more thoroughly than anybody else in the world. It is very terrible because it means that the glory that Kenya has enjoyed will be put in question and doubt because the world will see us as good at doping. That is really unfortunate,” said Cheruiyot.

The late Athletics Kenya president Isaiah Kiplagat in 2015, suspended Rosa Associati management stable run by Dr. Gabrielle Rosa and Gerard Van de Veen of Volare Sports.

Athletes who have been banned at Rosa stable include, three-time Boston marathon winner Rita Jeptoo, two-time world champion Asbel Kiprop and the 2016 Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong while at Volare Sports include Wilson Kipsang.

He said that the CS should also take on the agents in the country who are misleading young athletes by trying to show them the easier way into the global stage yet it is known that there are no easier routes to success and one has to sweat it out.
“As a country, we must re-register afresh these agents. Those that have been found to have athletes that have doped must be banned from this country because those are the people responsible for the mess that we find ourselves in,” he said.

Asbel Kiprop involved in a motor bike accident

Three times World 1500m champion, Asbel Kiprop is nursing head injuries after being involved in an accident on Wednesday in Eldoret.

Kiprop becomes the third athlete to be involved in a motorbike accident after three-time world half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor and the two time world Youth 3,000m steeplechase champion, Celliphine Chespol were both knocked while on their morning runs.

While speaking exclusively to Athletics News, the former Olympic 1500m champion who returned this year from his suspension, said the motorbike that was carrying him slide around his home area.

“A slide motorbike accident at my locality home. Nilikua nabebwa na pikipiki” said Asbel.

 

Benjamin Kigen to defend his title as Kenya names team for Africa championships

Reigning Olympic Games 3,000m steeplechase bronze medallist Benjamin Kigen will be seeking to defend his water and barrier title at the 22nd edition of the Africa championships that will be held from 08 June to 12 June  in Reduit, Mauritius.

Kigen who is the World Military Games champion has named alongside the 2015 African Junior Champion Abraham Kibiwott and Geoffrey Kirwa

The 2015 Africa Games Athletics championships silver medalist Boniface Mtunga Mweresa is back into the National team after serving his two-year ban for use of higenamine, a prohibited substance in sports.

The 28 year-old will be competing in 400m alongside two time’s National champion, Collins Omae Gichana and William Rayan.

Athletics Kenya named the final squad of 68 athletes, 34 men and 34 women that will be representing Kenya at the bi-annual championships.

The team will be under the tutelage of Julius Kirwa where Kenya will have teams in men and women’s 4x100m and 4x400m relay races.

Three-time World 10,000m bronze medallist Paul Tanui will be chasing his maiden win.

Final team

Women

  1. 100m -Maximilla Imali, Monica Safania, Eunice Kadogo
  2. 100m hurdles -Priscilla Tabunda
  3. 200m -Maximilla Imali, Millicent Ndoro, Eunice Kadogo
  4. 400m – Veronica Mutua, Jacinta Shikanda, Hellen Syombua
  5. 400m hurdles -Jane Chege, Ann Mwangi
  6. 800m -Jarinter Mawia, Naomi Korir, Vivian Chebet
  7. 1500m -Purity Chepkirui, Winny Chebet, Brenda Chebet
  8. 3000m SC- Jackline Chepkoech, Cellphine Chespol, Carren Chebet
  9. 5000m – Beatrice Chebet, Caroline Nyaga, Nesphine Jepleting
  10. 10,000m -Alice Aprot, Judy Komen, Brilliant Chepkorir
  11. 4x100m -Maximilla Imali, Monica Safania, Eunice Kadogo, Millicent Ndoro, Mercy Chebet
  12. 4x400m- Veronica Mutua, Jacinta Shikanda, Hellen Syombua, Joan Cherono
  13. 20km Race Walk- Sylvia Kemboi, Emily Ngii, Grace Wanjiru
  14. Hammer- Lucy Omondi, Linda Oseso, Roselyne Rakamba
  15. Javelin- Martha Musai

Men

  1. 100m- Ferdinand Omanyala, Samuel Imeta, Dennis Otieno
  2. 110m hurdles -Wiseman Were, Michael Musyoki,
  3. 200m -Ferdinand Omanyala, Dan Kiviasi, Mike Mokamba
  4. 400m-Collins Omae, William Rayan, Boniface Mweresa
  5. 400m hurdles-Wiseman Were, William Mbevi, Rotich Kipkorir
  6. 800m -Noah Kibet, Nicholas Kebenei, Elias Ngeny
  7. 1,500m -Abel Kipsang, Kumari Taki, Daniel Munguti
  8. 3,000m SC -Abraham Kibiwott, Geoffrey Kirwa, Benjamin Kigen
  9. 5,000m -Daniel Simiu, Ismael Kirui, Michael Kibet
  10. 10,000m-Kenneth Kiprop, Julius Chepkwony, Paul Tanui
  11. 4x100m –Ferdinand Omanyala, Samuel Imeta, Dennis Otieno, Dan Kiviasi, Hesbon Ochieng
  12. 4x400m- Collins Omae, William Rayan, Boniface Mweresa, Kennedy Kimeu, Nathaniel Kipng’etich
  13. 20km Race Walk -Samuel Gathimba, Heristone Wanyonyi, Simon Wachira
  14. High jump –Mathew Sawe, Asbel Kiprop
  15. Triple Jump- Gilbert Pkemoi, Isaac Kirwa, Philip Mwendwa
  16. Hammer- Dominic Abunda
  17. Javelin –Julius Yego, Alexander Kiprotich, Methusela Kiprop
  18. Decathlon-Edwin Too, Gilbert Koech
  19. Team manager- Ainsworth Maragara

Athletics Kenya: Former dopers will be allowed to compete for Kenya

Athletics Kenya have dropped their hard stand on athletes who have been for anti-doping rule violation and will now compete for the country at the international level.

This is a U-turn on the federation that some years back said that anybody who had been found guilty for breaking the rule, will not be allowed to wear national colours.

Today, during the press conference at Riadha house said that all athletes, who have served their full doping sentence will compete at the global stage if they qualify in their individual races.

With Kenya still placed in category A by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), ten Kenyan athletes have been suspended this year according to AK data and statistics.

Addressing journalists, the federation president Lt (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei gave detailed information on progress on the war against doping menace in the country.

“All athletes who have served their full doping ban will be allowed to compete in Kenya and internationally if they qualify within their disciplines,” Tuwei said.

He questioned why anyone should deny an opportunity to a hard working athlete and their investment to reach higher grounds.

“Why should we deny anyone the chance and he or she has served the punishment? We will allow them to compete and walk with them through all the doping processes,” said Tuwei.

The president reiterated that no athlete will be allowed to compete for the country if they fail to attend at least three doping education sessions.

This is a requirement that must be met by any athlete failure to which you will not be selected to represent the country.

Top athletes like three-time world 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop and his counterpart the 2017 Elijah Manangoi are among the elite athletes who have finished their doping violation ban.

In a phone interview with Athletics News, former Olympic 1,500m champion Kiprop was full of joy and praise for AK for accepting him to compete if he manages to qualify.

“I Appreciate the AK decision for not double punishing me, because this means a lot to me after what I have gone through.” Said Kiprop.

“I had missed the running family, the track, and training with my fellow athletes. Am grateful and I applaud them.”

Kenya is still stuck in Category A of the World Anti-doping regulations. Tuwei said the federation will continue waging war on doping by educating athletes, facilitating mandatory testing, and helping them to fill their whereabouts.

Kenya, which was placed under this category in 2018 and is ranked alongside Ethiopia, Belarus and Ukraine, remains one of the countries AIU considers as having the highest risk level for doping or ADRVs and not just the risk of having more doping cases

The Athletics Kenya president says the federation will not relent in its bid to reduce doping cases among the athletes.

Asbel Kiprop Quits 1500m Race

Three times World 1500m champion, Asbel Kiprop has quit his favourite race, the 1,500m following his four year return from the doping ban.

Speaking at the Kipchoge Keino stadium in Eldoret during his first track training after four years, Kiprop, without naming his next move, said it has been a while competing in the 1,500m and it is time to move.

He said that Kenya will be safe in the hands of Elijah Manangoi and Timothy Cheruiyot among other junior athletes who have proved their worth on track.

“I want to say that Kenya is safe in the hands of Manangoi, and Cheruoyot in 1,500m. Kenya is in safe hands at the moment but I don’t want to say much about myself because I am thinking of the next race after doing enough in the 1,500m. Am now trying to gauge myself in 800m race which I am going to compete in,” said Kiprop.

The former Olympic 1500m champion warned that in the 1,500m, there is much development as far as the championships are concerned.

“I have seen that gradual change from junior to senior level and looking back at the Tokyo Olympics, among the seniors, there was only Cheruiyot but we have seen young stars emerge,” he said.

During his first training since 2018, he said he felt a different experience, which was a challenge compared to what he had been doing before.

“It has been a frustrating four years of ban and the allegations were not true and I had to wait for four years to elapse. I never felt comfortable training alone but I had got used to it and today being the first time to train with friends, it’s quite different because I do train alone in the bushes out there,” he said.

He said that training with colleagues was a relief for his life, appreciating his friends who have welcomed him.

Asbel Kiprop sets his Focus On Police Championships

Three time World 1500m champion, Asbel Kiprop has his focus on the coming Kenya Police Track and Field championships that will be held in April.

Kiprop who has consistently denied ever doping has joined a long list of athletes who have served their term out of competition after they were banned by Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) way back in 2018 said he will start from the local races before thinking of moving to major international races.

“Right now, I cannot be trusted by many people but am hoping to start from the beginning. These are the basics that led me to be a world champion. I started from the scratch and that is where I want to start again in this journey of returning to the track,” said Kiprop.

During an emotional interview in Eldoret, the former Olympic 1500m champion said that since he could not train with other athletes, he took his training sessions either at the Eldoret Sports Club or back at his Simat home in Uasin Gishu County.

“This journey is not as easy as people think. Isolation is not good and freedom that many people enjoy, once it has been taken away from you, life changes completely,” said Kiprop.

Kiprop  joins world champion Elijah Manangoi, ,(Whereabouts) Sammy Kitwara (Terbutaline), Suleiman Simotwo (Norandrosterone, Eliud Magut (Norandrosterone), Lucy kabuu Wangui (Morphine), Samson Mungai Kagia (Methylprednisolone), Hillary Kipkosgei Yego (Norandrosterone), Alex Korio Oloitiptip (Whereabouts), Philip Cheruiyot Kangogo (Higenamine), James mwangi Wangare (Testosterone), Nicholas Kiptoo Kosgei (Prednisone), Alfred Kipketer (Whereabouts) and Benjamin Ngandu Ndegwa (Norandrosterone).

22 Facts about Asbel Kiprop you need to know as the 1500m KING Returns

Three times World 1500m Champion Asbel Kiprop has ended his four years banning sentence that he got from Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) in 2018.

Below are his fact files:

  1. Asbel Kiprop Kebenei was born on 30 June 1989 and he a middle-distance runner, who specializes in the 1500 metres.
  2. He was the first Kenyan to be be a World 1500m Champion. 
  1. He is the First Kenyan to complete a 1500m hat trick.
  1. He is the youngest ever winner of the 2008 Summer Olympics 1500m gold, a record previously held by Arnold Jackson since 1912.
  1. Kiprop has won three World Championship titles in the event, in 2011, 2013 and 2015.
  1. Kiprop won his first major title at the 2007 All-Africa Games, taking the 1500 m gold medal.
  1. He won the 2010 African Championships in Athletics, improving upon a bronze medal performance from 2008. His personal best for the distance is 3:26.69.
  1. Kiprop breakthrough came at the 2007 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and then the 1500 m gold at the All-Africa Games.
  1. He won the Most Promising Sportsman of the Year category at the 2007 Kenyan Sports Personality of the Year awards (SOYA).

  1. Kiprop won his first Diamond League Meeting at the 2016 in Doha.
  1. He won bronze at the 2008 African 800m Championships
  1. He won silver medal at the 2008 IAAF World Athletics Final, finishing behind the African champion Haron Keitany.
  1. Kiprop is the 2010 African Championships gold medallist in Athletics, running a championship record time of 3:36.19 to win in Nairobi.
  2. Asbel Kiprop won his first 1500 m Diamond League title at the 2010 Memorial van Damme.
  3. Kiprop won silver at the 2011 Great Edinburgh Cross Country in January, in the short race behind Eliud Kipchoge.
  4. Asbel Kiprop won the 2011 world 1500m gold medal, defeating his Kenyan rival, Silas Kiplagat at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics.
  5. Asbel Kirpop had his best cross country race since he was a junior runner at the Edinburgh race in 2012, defeating a field which contained Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele.
  6. Asbel Kiprop in July 2013, won the Herculis (Monaco Diamond League) 1500 in a time of 3:27.72, making him the fourth fastest man ever at the distance yet still not achieving the meet record.
  7. Asbel Kiprop set in 2015, a meeting record for 1500 metres at the Monaco Diamond League event in a time of 3:26.69. This put him third on the all-time list over the distance.
  8. Kiprop is from Kaptinga village, near Eldoret. He is a son of David and Julia Kebenei. His father David Kebenei was also an athlete, who participated in the 1987 All-Africa Games in Kenya and finished fourth in the 1500 metres race.
  9. Kiprop started running at the age of 13, while at Simat School. Later he dropped out of high-school to concentrate on training.
  10. His younger brother Victor Kipchirchir Kebenei is also a 1500 metres runner.

 

Milcah Chemos: I was like a mother to Agnes Tirop…

Athletics Kenya athletes representative Milcah Chemos has admitted that the late Agnes Jebet Tirop was hardworking athlete and a very jovial person in her career.

It’s just too painful for me as Milcah, I have been like a mother to Agnes, and she calls me madam every time we talk.

On Monday at around 4:00pm, we talked for two minutes, “I congratulated her and told her that I have a present for you (which I still have it now) and we planned to meet in the course of this week,” said Chemos

We talked about her future on track and how she was ready to take over Hellen Obiri who has moved to the road race.

The reigning Tokyo 5,000m bronze medalist was found dead in her house at the free-area in Iten, Egeyo Marakwet County on Wednesday morning

The Athlete Rep led current and retired athletes to the home of the fallen hero to know exactly what befell their colleague. They included Janeth Jepkosgei, Asbel Kiprop, Kirwa Yego, Eunice Sum among others.

Tears flowed freely as it was hard to believe what they had seen. A young and brilliant soul had been taken away too soon.

Last month, Tirop set a new 10km new world record at the Adizero Road to Records in Herzogenaurach, Germany with the women-only record of 30:01 to win the race.

“I plead with the athletes not to suffer in silence, please open up and share, talk to someone, neighbor or a friend, help will come your way, if only you open up,” Chemos concluded.