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Jackline Chepkoech lifts the Central Rift Region Cross Country title

Reigning world U20 3000m steeplechase champion Jackline Chepkoech won the Athletics Kenya Central Rift Region Cross Country Championships that were today (Saturday 8) at the Lobo Village in Uasin Gishu County.

The race was to be held by Nandi County in the three County competitions of Nandi, Uasin Gishu and Baringo but was moved to Uasin Gishu, the venue for both National Cross Country championships as well as the Agnes Tirop Memorial World Cross Country Tour.

The 18 year-old led a podium sweep for Uasin Gishu runners when she cut the tape in 34:39.20 and was followed by Jescah Chelagat who crossed the line in second in 35:18.50 with Agnes Keino sealing the first three podium positions in 35:59.40.

In the senior category Vincent Kiprotich took the honors in 30:16.50 ahead of Shadrack Kipchirchir came home in 30:20.60 while Josphat Kipchirchir settled for third position in 30:29.25.



  1. Jackline Chepkoech    34:39.2
  2. Jesicah Chelagat         35:18.5
  3. Agnes Keino                 35:59.4
  4. Zena Cheptoo              36:07.9
  5. Anastacia Chepkorir  36:25.2


  1. Vincent Kiprotich         30:16.5
  2. Shadrack Kipchirchir   30:20.6
  3. Josphat Kipchirchir      30:29.3
  4. Victor Togom                30:30.5
  5. Geoffrey Kiboi               30:30.7
  6. Fredrick Domongole    30:46.7

Geoffrey Kamworor the star to watch at Agnes Tirop World Cross Country Tour

Three-time world half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor will be on startline at the Agnes Tirop World Cross Country Tour that will be held on February 12 at the Lobo village in Kapseret, Uasin Gishu County.

Kamworor carries on his shoulders two senior world cross country titles that he won in 2015 and 2017 after the 2011 World Under 20 title.

The announcement was made during the launch of the World Athletics Cross Country Tour Gold by the event organizer Barnabas Korir who is also the Athletics Kenya Youth and Development chairman.

The meet will attract forty top notch athletes who have been to the event with many Kenyan athletes expected to join the list once they are selected after the AK National Cross Country Championships that will be held in Eldoret on January 22, 2022.

“Kenya will select up to ten athletes for the event. This will be part of the 40 athletes: 20 women and similar number for men that will take part in the competition. Expect a stiff competition since all athletes will be battling for points,” said Korir.

The guests present during the launch included Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Sports Dr. Amina Mohamed, Athletics Kenya President (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei, Uasin Gishu Governor, Jackson Mandago and Eliud Kipchoge, the world marathon record holder. Other top notch athletes included Kamworor, Faith Kipyegon, Jonathan Korir, Alice Aprot and Rhonex Kipruto.

The race category will the 10km senior men and women, 8km junior men, 6km junior women, U18 6km boys, U18 4km girls, 2km boys and 1km for children and masters race.

The winners will pocket $400,000 (Sh43m) prize money and $75,000 (Sh8m) will be set aside for the best male and female runners in the cross country tour.

Athletics Kenya: Give us athletes names on time

Athletics Kenya regions and affiliates have been given timeline to submit their list of athletes on time ahead of AK National Cross Country Championships that will be held in Eldoret on January 22,2022.

Athletics Kenya’s director of Competition Paul Mutwii said that the list should be submitted January 17 ahead of national championships that will be held at Kapseret in Eldoret.

Some of the regional cross country events that will be held fortnight include trials for the disciplined forces, regionals as well as universities.

Mutwii said the national event, which will be a dry run for the World Cross Country Tour, will go a long way in unearthing any mishaps that may occur on February 12.

The race was renamed Agnes Jebet Tirop Memorial Cross Country to commemorate the late former world cross country champion Agnes Tirop who was murdered in her house in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County in October last year.

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.

Bold Douglas Wakiihuri celebrated

Former world marathon champion Douglas Wakiihuri was the 4th Kenyan to win the Conferment of His Majesty Japanese Emperor’s decoration “the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays.”

The former London marathon champion had achieved a lot in his running career, specifically in marathon running as he serves Wakiihuri, who serves as the official coach for the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.

His conferment came on June 11th 2021 when H.E. Mr. Horie Ryoichi, Ambassador of Japan to Kenya, bestowed the Japanese decoration of “the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays” upon Mr. Wakiihuri on behalf of the Government of Japan, at the Official Residence of the Ambassador.
The award was first awarded to the Late Wangare Mathai, Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed and Ambassador Dennis Awori.

H.E. Mr. Horie Ryoichi, Ambassador of Japan to Kenya,CS Amina Mohammed, Athletics Kenya president Gen (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei, NOC Sec. Francis Mutuku and Douglas Wakiihuri pose for a photo during the awarding ceremony. PHOTO: Courtesy

The ceremony attracted top government and officials led by Amina, Athletics Kenya president General Jackson Tuwei and acting National Olympics Committee of Kenya Secretary General Mr. Francis Mutuku among others.
The decoration was conferred by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan on 29th of April, the 3rd year of Reiwa (2021) to acknowledge Mr. Wakiihuri’s great contribution to the development and promotion of the bilateral relationship between Japan and Kenya in the sporting and cultural fields.
Mr. Wakiihuri paved way for the practice of running for Japanese works team as a foreigner; being the first Kenyan to do so and now it has become common practice in Japan to see foreign athletes training with young Japanese athletes who go on to become world’s leading marathon runners.
This practice, till today, has provided a lot of stimuli and dreams for Japanese youngsters. And after retirement, Mr. Wakiihuri has been positively engaging in boosting the bilateral cultural relationship
between Japan and Kenya and extending cooperative support on various occasions, such as the organisation of the Nairobi Sotokoto Marathon.
During the conferment, Ambassador Horie conveyed his warm congratulations to Mr. Wakiihuri for his arduous and continuous engagement for the advancement of the bilateral relationship between the two countries.
Touching upon Mr. Wakiihuri’s unique talent for singing, Ambassador praised the exquisite incorporation of Japanese culture in his songs, which exemplifies his distinguished role of bridging the two countries.
Mr. Wakiihuri, in his remarks, expressed his gratitude to the people of Japan, saying that “I was passed a Tasuki (sash), a sign of responsibility from Japanese people to continue running in the race of life.

This decoration is not only for me but for all of you who cheered for me all through the race. As I stand on the podium today, I extend my sincere gratitude for His Majesty the Emperor of Japan, the Government of Japan, Ambassador Horie, those who are present here today and all the people who have supported me to date”.
Ambassador Horie Ryoichi wished Mr. Wakiihuri, a great athlete and a great singer, the continued success and good health.
After the ceremony, Ambassador Horie and Madam Yuko entertained the guests with several songs in English, Japanese and Swahili and in return Mr. Wakiihuri performed unique songs incorporating Japanese “Kansha”

Athletics Kenya Release Cross Country Calendar after suspension

Athletics Kenya has released the new calendar for cross country after their two weeks suspension to mourn former world cross country champion Agnes Tirop.

The federation released a revised calendar on Thursday, with the event kicking off with the Machakos Cross Country meet followed by Iten meet in Elgeyo Marakwet County.

After the Iten meeting on 12th November, Ol Kalou will be next on 20th November with Kapsokwony being held on November 27th and Sotik hosting the last event a week later.

After the meetings, the national County Cross Country Championships will be held on December 18 with the regional championships slated for January 8.

The National Cross Country Championships will be held on January 22 in Lobo Village, Eldoret, and the same venue that will host the Kenyan leg of the inaugural World Cross Country Tour on February 12.

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.