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Hellen Obiri to battle Francine Niyonsaba in Zurich meeting

Olympic silver medallist Hellen Obiri will battle Francine Niyonsaba  from Namibia at the finals of the Wanda Diamond League that will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, as the world’s best athletes descend on Zurich for a two-day feast of athletics to decide who will get their hands on the Diamond Trophy 2021.

Niyonsaba has had a successful reinvention as a long-distance runner with a new Burundian national record of 14:25.34, almost 30 seconds inside her previous personal best, to win the 5000m.

The Rio 2016 800m silver medallist switched to longer distances after being found to have elevated testosterone levels.

Obiri was beaten by Francine in Brussels over the same distance and it will be a tough call for her to overturn this in regard to Namibia’s current form.

Three more Kenyans have been lined up for the final including the 2017 World Cross Country senior Champion Lilian Kasait Rengeruk. Kasait comes to this race with a seasonal best of 14:30.32.  Beatrice Chebet who is the 2018 World U20 Champion is also in the list as well as Eva Cherono who is also the 2019 World Cross Country silver medallist Champion.

Ethiopia will be represented by Elgayehu Taye who holds the fastest time on paper of 14:14.19 and Fantu Worku who has a season best of 14:26.80



  1. Elgayehu Taye                (ETH)   14:14.09
  2. Francine Niyonsaba      (NAM) 14:25.34
  3. Hellen Obiri                     (KEN)  14:26.23
  4. Fantu Worku                    (ETH)  14:26.80
  5. Lilian Kasait Rengeruk   (KEN) 14:30.32
  6. Beatrice Chebet                (KEN) 14:34.55
  7. Eva Cherono                      (KEN) 14:30.77


Ferdinand Omanyala to debut at Brussels Diamond League

National 100m champion Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala will be making his Diamond League debut at the Brussels Diamond League meeting on Friday evening.

After making his debut at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021, Omanyala will be up against American Fred Kerley, South African Akan Simbine, American Trayvon Bromell and Michael Norman.

Omanyala, who failed to advance to the final, made history as the first Kenyan to reach the semis at the Olympics.

The 25 years-old Enjoys the National Record that he set twice in 9.86 during the final at the International Josko Lauf Meeting at Pramtal Stadium, Andorra, Austria a fortnight ago.

Olympic 5,000m silver medallist, Hellen Obiri, who is also the reigning World 5,000m champion, Margaret Chelimo, Lilian Kasait, Beatrice Chebet, Eva Cherono and Daisy Cherotich are the Kenyans who will compete in women’s 5,000m.

They will be up against Tokyo Olympic 10,000m silver medallist, Ethiopia’s Gidey Letensebet and fast-rising Francine Nyonsaba from Burundi.

Francine Niyonsaba breaks three records in Paris

Burudi’s Francine Niyonsaba became the sixth fastest woman over the 3000m in history at the Paris Diamond League Meeting that was held on Saturday (28) at the Stade Charlety in Paris.

The 2017 World 800m silver medallist Champion produced the most eye-catching performance of the day when she  held of the challenge of the 2018 World U20 Championships silver medallist, Ejgayehu Taye from Ethiopia, crossing the line in a world lead of 8:19.09.

The 2016 and 2017 World Indoor gold medallist Champion broke three records in this race which is a world-leading time, national record and Meet Record and made history’s sixth fastest outdoor performer.

Taye who is also from the Tokyo Olympics and could not qualify to the finals as she finished fourth in heat held on to come home second in National Record and personal best of 8:19.8.

Margaret Chelimo kipkemboi from Kenya closed the podium three first finishes with a personal best of 8:21.53.

United States Elise Cranny and Ethiopia’s Fantu Worku came home with personal bests in fourth and fifth place in 8:30.30 and 8:30.76.

Another Kenyan Beatrice Chebet finished in tenth position in 8:44.27

Ethiopia’s Girmawit Gebrzihair raises AGE issues at the World U20 Championships

The World U20 championships that is happening in Tampere, Finland is producing trailblazers who will light the athletics scene for the next generation while at the same time, controversy on the actual age  of Girmawit Gebrzihair raises eyebrows on participants.

How old is 16 years really in Ethiopia because we know what a 16 year old invariably looks like all over the world? Gebrzihair looks older than her purported age of 16 years. To a lay man, she can easily pass for 30 year old but because junior championships are less stringent in terms of checking the veracity of age claims by athletes, such contestants claim an age that might not be truly theirs.

For fairness purposes, if Gebrzihair is not 16 then this is an indictment on IAAF which is supposed to verify athletes ages.

Ejgayehu Taye of Ethiopia (L) Beatrice Chebet of Kenya (C) and Girmawit Gebrzihair of Ethiopia (R) celebrate with their medals following the final of the women’s 5000m on day one of The IAAF World U20 Championships on July 10, 2018 in Tampere, Finland.

In 2017 according to information from the IAAF athlete profile, Gebrzihair ran an astonishing time of 32:33 in the 10 KM race, such an astounding feat for a young person for a 14 year old. This matter will be left in the court of public opinion until further notice but it does raise some eyebrows as to the fairness of such competitions.

Kenya’s Beatrice Chebet won the race while writing history as Ethiopian duo of Ejgayehu Taye and  Girmawit crossed the line in second and third place in 15:30.87 and 15:34.01 respectively.

Chebet writes history as she wins the 5000m women race at World U20 Championships

Kenya’s Beatrice Chebet gave Kenya her first gold medal when she won the 5000m women race at the ongoing World U20 Championships that is happening in Tampere Stadium in Finland.

Chebet became the first Kenyan woman to win this race as she cut the tape with a personal best of 15:30.77.

The Lodiani based athlete was appearing for Kenya for the third time after she finished fourth in the 3,000m at the World Under-18 Championships and ninth during the Africa Cross Country Championships in March this year.

“I am happy to win the gold medal for my country,” said Chebet. “It was tough racing the two Ethiopians as they are strong but I had a good fight with them.”

The Kenyan was closely followed by Ethiopia’s Ejgayehu Taye who crossed the line in a personal best of 15:30.87. Girmawit Gebrzhihair also from Ethiopia closed the podium finish in also a PB of 15:34.01.

Uganda’s Sarah Chelangat and Hellen Ekarare Lobun form Kenya finished in fourth and fifth place in 15:43.01 and 15:45.07 respectively.