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Sha’Carri Richardson to battle Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce at Kipkeino Classic

Three-time Olympic and nine-time world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is the latest high profile athlete confirmed at the 3rd edition of the Absa Kip Keino Classic Continental Tour that will be held on May 7, at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani, Nairobi.

The Jamaica will face the fast rising American sprinter Richardson during the one day event.

Shelly Ann Fraser’s whose first medal was at the World Championships back in 2007 when she won silver in the 4x100m relay event has been the stand out performer in women’s athletics sprint events for the last 14 years.

The Jamaican added Olympic 100m silver to that collection at the delayed 2020 Olympics, finishing behind compatriot Elaine Thompson-Herah in the sprint final in Tokyo, but finished the season with a personal best of 10.60s, the third-fastest time in history.

The meet Director Barnaba Korir says the presence of the legendary Jamaican athlete whose medal collection has a total of 18 gold, 7 silver and 2 bronze medals in events ranging from the Olympics, World Championships and World Athletics Final among others is a big plus for the event that enters the third year.

“We have a big event lined up for next month, bigger than the previous two editions. I can confirm that there are a high number of entries that have expressed interest for our event,” said Korir.

Korir is confident that Africa’s highest-ranking one-day meeting, successfully established in 2020, will be able to host a big number of fans at the stadium with the other two editions having been held behind closed doors.

“We are prepared for the crowds. We are going to make this a very successful and entertaining event, and we are blessed and happy that this is the moment fans will be coming back to the stadium,” Korir said, adding that once again the country intends to showcase the top athletics talent from all over Africa along with those from other continents

He went on, ” We have support from the government of Kenya so that the security of the athletes and the spectators is catered for, of the numbers supersedes what the stadium can carry, definitely we have to have mechanisms to limit the number. On the other had we are going to have a small entry fees for the fans we be coming to watch the event,” he added.

On the other had Korir says they will soon be announcing who will face the home favorite Ferdinand Omanyala, who during the previous event last year clocked 9.77s to break Kenya’s 100m National record

“The men’s edition will equally be bigger than last year when top athletes like Trayvon Bromwel and Justin Gatlin competed,” added Korir.

Kipchoge Keino Wins Superbrands Personality of The Year Award

Kenyan sporting hero the legendary athlete Kipchoge Keino was awarded with the ‘Superbrands Personality of The Year Award’.

This year, and for the first time since its 2006 inception in East Africa, the program introduced the ‘Superbrands Personality of The Year Award’. The accolade was presented to the Kenyan sporting icon and legend Kipchoge Keino to be the first recipeint of the award.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist, Keino was among the first in a long line of successful middle and long distance runners to come from the country and has helped and inspired many of his fellow countrymen and women to become the athletics force that they are today.

Superbrands East Africa celebrated 40 of the region’s top brands at a Tribute Awards Ceremony held on Thursday 31st March 2022 at the Trademark Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.

Receiving the award, the esteemed Keino noted that his hard work and focus made him a world-class competitor and urged brands to come together and support sports in the country.

“Let us work and improve sports in this country. Sports unite the youths of this country and the world and I’m sure we have a lot of talents in this country. Let us prepare and build facilities in various schools to support our youth. We can do it if we’re united and build facilities for our youths”

Amongst the many brands awarded with the Superbrand 2022 seal of excellence: Safaricom, Betika, Elgon-Kenya, Kenya Red-Cross, Supaloaf, The Guardian (TZ) and Bank of Baroda (UG).

Brands recognised in this 7th edition were derived from a 100% consumer insights survey conducted by TNS Kantar.

Keino won 1,500 metres gold at the Mexico 1968 Olympic Games, before winning the 3,000m steeplechase title four years later in Munich.

He also won two Olympic silver medals, three Commonwealth Games gold medals and two African Games titles in his career.

Keino was among the first athletes inducted into the World Athletics Hall of Fame, while he was awarded the Olympic Laurel at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony for his service to the Olympic movement.

In the year 2020, organisers of the Nairobi World Athletics Continental Tour event had announced the competition will be known as Kipchoge Keino Classic, in honour of Kenya’s athletics great.

“The committee settled on Kipchoge Keino Classic as the name of the Nairobi meet in honour of athletics legend,” event director Barnaba Korir said.

“We are glad and privileged that he has accepted the honour.”

The legend has two stadiums named in honour. Eldoret in Uasin Gishu county the town known as the “The City of Champions” its main stadium and Nandi which is commonly referred to as the “Source of Champions” both named their main stadiums as Kipchoge Keino.

The evening of March 31st, 2022, was a celebration of the leading brands that persevered and broke boundaries despite the COVID19 pandemic. Brand representation came from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

Kimutai and Jepkorir take top honors at Rabbis Free Kenya 10k Race

Marius Kimutai, the 2017 Rotterdam marathon winner and former world half marathon bronze medlilist Pascalia Jepkorir piped their opponents to win the 2nd edition of Rabbis Free Kenya 10km Road Run  that was held on Saturday (22) in Nandi Coounty.

title as former world half marathon bronze medlilist Pascalia Jepkorir led in women in a race ran today in Nandi County.

All athletes competing on home turf, Kimutai and Jepkorir proved their worthy in the campaign to eradicate rabbis in line with vision 2030 ahead of world Rabbis Day set for September 28th.

With his preparations to compete at the Valencia marathon, Kimutai cut the tape in 27:02.2 beating former double Africa junior champion Mathew Kisorio who finished second timing 27:04.06 and Edward Kibet completing top three positions by clocking 27:37.09.

The 2016 Amsterdam marathon champion, who enjoys marathon personal best of 2:05.47, said he understands the route very well since it is part of his training lane daily.

“I know this route very well and I utilized the hilly places to outsmart my opponent. This race is part of my preparations for Valencia marathon,” said Kimutai.

The race started at Kipsgak Junction along Kapsabet – Kericho road and completing at Tegat Primary school.

Kisorio returned second in 27:07.06 while upstart Edward Kibet completed the podium.

Jepkorir redeemed herself to win the women’s race following her second position at Chemususu Dam half marathon last Saturday.

She ousted Joyce Chepkemei to win the race in 32:12 as Chepkemei was second in 32:22 before Betty Lembus completed the podium clocking 32:42.

“I will be going to China for a marathon so this was part of my training. At the same time, this is my home and I had to compete well,” said Jepkorir.

Race director and Sharon Lives On director Barnaba Korir said time has come for Kenya to live a free rabbis life.

Korir lives with experience after he lost his daughter due to rabbis after he was bitten by a god.

“We need to end this and we are distributing drugs hospitals and villages to cure this disease. Nobody should die of rabbis in this country,” said Korir.



  1. Marius Kimutai- 27:07.2
  2. Mathew Kisorio- 27:04.06
  3. Edward Kibet-      27:37.9
  4. Solomon Boit-     28:42.6
  5. David Kiprotich- 28:49.8



  1. Pascalia Jepkorir-     32:12
  2. Joyce Chepkemei-     32:22
  3. Betty Lembus –         32:42
  4. Joy Kemuma-             32:47
  5. Bornes Jepchirchir – 32:48

Berlin Runner up Amos Kipruto for Rabies Free 10km race

A week after finishing second in the  will star in the Rabies Free Kenya 10km race at Kapsabet show ground on Saturday (September 22).

Kipruto who jetted back to the country on Wednesday a happy man after coming second in last Sunday’s Berlin Marathon by clocking 2:06:20, will be the star attraction in the race.

Nelly Jepkosgei , a second place finisher in the 2018 IAAF Diamond League in Doha has also confirmed participation.

The registration been pegged at Sh300 per athlete with the organisers urging runners to turn up in large numbers for this charitable course.

The event is the brainchild of Sharon Live On Foundation, meant to create awareness about rabies and on the need to vaccinate animals that spread the disease especially dogs.

Sharon Live On Foundation founder Barnaba Korir, whose daughter Sharon died from rabies in 2004 after she was bitten by a stray dog, said his vision is to eradicate rabies in the country, hence the initiative to pioneer the vaccination campaign.

Korir “Apart from the race, we will do education on the subject, and in the past, we have covered various areas. Our country will be free of rabies if its citizens get the correct information,” Korir said.

“We intend to make the race an annual event by hosting it in different counties to create rabies awareness. We first hosted in Kisumu and shifted to Kapsabet,” said Korir.

Among the sponsors of the event include SharonLive On Foundation , New Kenya Cooperative Creameries (KCC), County Government of Nandi and Golazo

There will be a 2km race for kids.

For registration and further information athletes and well-wishers can call 0723772643 or 071923939.

Last year, Emmanuel Bor and Judy Cherotich battled the punishing hot weather conditions to win the inaugural Sharon Live On 10km run in Kisumu.

Kapsabet-based Bor clocked 29:44.16 to emerge victorious beating Daniel Buret to second in 29:56.07 while Lameck Mwakio sealed the podium in 30:20.56.

Cherotich timed 36:35.82 for the victory while Esther Borura settled second in 36:36.92 as Emily Jemutai finished third in 37:47.62.

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

‘Abandoned’ Kiprop says he’s at AIU’s mercy

Kenya’s former Olympic and three-time world 1500-metres champion Asbel Kiprop said on Friday he will not fight doping charges against him and accused his country and management of abandoning him in his hour of need.

“I have filed my defence and it is upon them (Athletes Integrity Unit, AIU) to see what to do with it. I am at their mercy,” Kiprop, 28, told Reuters in his rural Simat home on Friday.

“People I thought were my supporters have abandoned me. The government is quiet… the federation (Athletics Kenya, AK) is quiet… my manager is quiet, athletes are only giving me moral support, yet the money required is huge.”

The AIU said in May that Kiprop had tested positive following an out-of-competition test in November last year.

The Kenyan’s sample was found with traces of blood booster EPO, an accusation he still denied on Friday.

“The AIU is desperate for relevance, to the extent of fixing an innocent (sic) person. I did not dope,” he said.

“How can it (AIU) be the tester, the prosecutor and the judge? Any person can see something is not right.”

The AIU could not be immediately reached for comment.

Athletics Kenya (AK) Executive Committee member, Barnaba Korir, defended his organisation and the government.

“What does he want the federation and government to do? The rules are very clear, the issue is with the AIU. They are the people driving the process. Neither the federation nor the government can do anything, even if we wanted,” he said.

“And why should he surrender if he knows he is innocent? You must fight for your right if you are innocent. I find many contradictions in his (previous) statements.”

A retired athlete who sought anonymity, fearing he may be perceived as condoning doping, wondered why the AIU should test, prosecute and judge the case all at the same time.

He thought Kiprop had a strong argument, saying, for instance, that since the AIU had confirmed the testers forewarned Kiprop of the testing, the case was compromised.

“I called my manager (Federico Rosa) the whole of last week and he did not pick my call,” Kiprop added.

“I thought they would support me financially, to no avail. Two lawyers I contacted wanted 50,000 pounds ($66,380) each, yet the case will go to appeal and, maybe, CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport). That is a lot of money.

“I will keep speaking against doping, that is why I supported Rosa when Rita (Jeptoo) doped. I don’t regret telling Rita to carry her own cross. But I did not dope. But he (Rosa) has abandoned me.”

Rosa represented Jeptoo when the marathon runner was banned for two years, later increased to four, for testing positive for EPO in 2014. Rosa did not respond to emails for comment.

(This version of the story corrects gender of Barnaba Korir in paragrahps 9 and 10).