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Athletics Kenya releases list of invited athletes for Commonwealth Games trials

Athletics Kenya has released the list of invited athletes for the trials to select the team that will represent the country at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The Kenya National trials will be held on 20th– 21st May, 2022 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani in Nairobi.

The 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held on 2nd – 7th August, 2022 in Birmingham, Great Britain.

The invited athletes include Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala, World 3000m Steeplechase champion, Conseslus Kipruto, Daniel Ebenyo Simiu, Timothy Cheruiyot et al.

The women team includes, Hellen Obiri, Mercy Cherono, Celliphine Chespol, Maximila Imali etc.

The invited athletes will participate in only 11 events.


  1. 100m Men and Women
  2. 200m Men and Women
  3. 400m Men and Women
  4. 400m hurdles Men
  5. 800M Men and Women
  6. 1500m Men and Women
  7. 3000m Steeplechase Men and Women
  8. 5000m Men and Women
  9. 10,000m Men and Women
  10. 10Km Walk Men and Women
  11. Javelin Men


Samuel Chebolei wins the Athletics Kenya National Cross Country championships

Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) runner Joyce Chepkemoi and newly graduated Samuel Chebolei triumphed at the 10km races during the Athletics Kenya National Cross Country championships ran today at the Kapseret, Uasin Gishu County.

Chepkemoi, who has competed in various national championships won the women title in 34:00.0 followed by World 5,000m silver medalist Margaret Chelimo from National Police Service in 34:01.8 and two time world under 20 3,000m steeplechase champion Celliphine Chespol to third in 34:23.3.

Coming from North Rift Chebolei who has graduated into the senior ranks, won the men’s title 29:28.9 beating Western’s Kennedy Kiprop to second after timing 29:35.2 and Vincent Kiprotich from Central Rift coming third in 30:02.6.

Top five leaders


  1. Samuel Chebolei                  (North Rift)   29:28.9
  2. Kennedy Kiprop                    (Western)        29:35.2
  3. Vincent Kiprotich                (Central Rift)  30:02.6
  4. Nicholas Kipkorir Kimeli   (Central Rif)   30:08.5
  5. Edward Zakayo                    (North Rift)    30:13.3



  1. Joyce Chepkemoi           (KDF)              34:00.0
  2. Margaret Chelimo        (Police)            34:01.8
  3. Celliphine Chespol      (Prisons)         34:23.3
  4. Faith Cherono              (South Rift)    34:27.5
  5. Sandrafelis Chebet       (South Rift)   34:29.5

Celliphine Chespol wins the 2020 Kenya Prisons Service Cross Country title

Two time world Youth 3,000m steeplechase champion, Celliphine Chespol took the top honors at the Kenya Prisons Service 10km Women Cross Country Championships that were held on Saturday (8) at the Kenya Prisons Staff Training College in Ruiru, Nairobi.

The 2018 Africa Cross Country champion battled for honors with Brilliant Jepkorir and Abigael Chelangat but she was too strong among the two to emerge victorious in a time of 32:48.82.

Jepkorir came home in second in 33:46.82 with Chelangat closing the first three podium finishes in 34:01.11.

Abigael Chelangat from Prisons Staff Training College (PSTC) and guest runner Brilliant Jepkorir for the better part of the race before bolting out in the last kilometre to triumph.

Jepkorir, who finished ninth during the 2020 World Half Marathon, dug deep to settle second in 33:46.82 as Chelangat, who led most of the time, came in third in 34:01.11.

The 2018 champion Alice Aprot, who is making her comeback after the maternity leave came home in fourth place in 34:24.28 with Betty Chelangat crossing the line fifth place in 34:39.28.



  1. Celliphine Chespol   32:42.82
  2. Brilliant Jepkorir       33:46.82
  3. Abigael Chelangat    34:01.11
  4. Alice Aprot                34:24.28
  5. Betty Chelangat        34:39.28

Ghebreyohannes beats Chebet as she runs away with Cross de Atapuerca title

Eritrea’s Rahel Ghebreyohannes beat Beatrice Chebet almost to the fire at the 17th edition of the Cross Internacional de Atapuerca that was held on Sunday (14) in Atapuerca, Spain.

Ghebreyohannes who raced most of the time behind the two Kenyans, Chebet who is the World U20 Cross champion and and Margaret Chelimo the World5000m runner-up. The Eritrean waited patiently as she was paced by the Kenyans but she took off at the 100m mark with one of her best kick to cut the tape in 25:03.2 as Chebet came home a second later in 25:04.3.  for the right moment before she took charge

Chelimo closed the first three podium finishes in 25:04.4.

Kenyan born turned Kazakhstan international, Norah Jeruto the 2021 steeplechase Diamond league winner crossed the line in fourth in25:06.5 with Two time world Youth 3,000m steeplechase champion Celliphine Chespol caming home in fifth in 25:18.0


  1. Rahel Ghebreyohannes (ERI) 25:03
  2. Beatrice Chebet               (KEN) 25:04
  3. Margaret Chelimo           (KEN) 25:04
  4. Norah Jeruto Tanui         (KAZ) 25:06
  5. Celliphine Chespol          (KEN) 25:18

Celliphine Chespol beats Daisy Cherotich to lift the 10km de Lille title

Two time world Youth 3,000m steeplechase champion Celliphine Chespol defeated Daisy Cherotich at the 10km de Lille Road Race that was held on Saturday (6) in Lille, France.

The Steeplechase specialist balled for the honors with her fellow country-mates that included the current Discovery Kenya Cross Country champion, Cherotich and Glorious Jepkurui as they out did each other in search of the title.

The World Junior record holder overpowered the two as she forged ahead to cut the tape in a new personal best of 30:31.

The 22 years-old led 1-2-3 podium finish as she was followed Cherotich who crossed the line twelve seconds later. Jepkurui closed the first three podium finishes in 30:50.



1 Celliphine Chespol    (KEN) 30:21
2 Daisy Cherotich         (KEN) 30:33
3 Glorious Jepkurui      (KEN) 30:50

Kalkidan Gezahegne destroys the 10km women world record

Tokyo Olympics silver medallist in 10,000m race, Kalkidan Gezahegne from Bahrain destroyed the women only 10km world record at the Giants Geneva 10K Race that was held on Sunday (3) in Geneva, Switzerland.

The 30-year-old who was running her fourth road race of her career, reached the half-way point in a time of 14:46 and she was five-second ahead of two Kenyans, Celliphine Chespol and Agnes Tirop, who last month set a women-only world record of 30:01 for the 10km distance.

The 30 year-old cut the tape in a new personal best of 29:38 to take five seconds off the women’s world record for a 10km road race.

Gezahegne who won silver behind Sifan Hassan at the Tokyo Olympics in August, bettered the mark of 29.43 set by Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei in 2017.

Agnes Tirop, who last month set a new record for women-only races at the distance in a time of 30.01 was forced to settle in second place in 30:20 with Celliphine Chespol crossing the line in third in 30:28.

World 3000m Steeplechase record holder takes on Chespol and Cherono in Brussels

World 3,000m steeplechase world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech will headline the Final Zurich Brussels Diamond League Meeting that will be held on Friday (31) in Brussels, Belgium.

The 27 year-old who became the first woman to break 8:50 and 8:45 will face off with with Africa silver medallist Celliphine Chespol and bronze medallist Fancy Cherono.

Other Kenyans on the start list are former world champion Hyving Kiyeng, Caroline Tuigong, Daisy Jepkemei and Norah Jeruto for company in the water jump event.

The Kenyans water champions will battle for the honors with World champion Emma Coburn of the United States and Commonwealth Games champion Aisha Praught of Jamaica.

Africa 1,500 meters champion Winny Chebet is lined up for the event, where she faces stern test from several world beaters including England’s Laura Muir and Laura Weightman, Netherlands’ Hassan Sifan and Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia.

Commonwealth Games 800m champion Wycliffe Kinyamal faces off with Africa silver medallist Emmanuel Korir, Ferguson Rotich, Cornelius Tuwei, with Marcin Lewadonski of Poland also in the mix.

Kenya Rules Africa in Athletics Championships

Kenya proved her dominance in athletics once again as the East African power house edging out defending champion, South Africa and host Nigeria to win the 21st edition of the African Senior Athletics Championships rounded up yesterday at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Nigeria.

The East Africans, who hosted and won the 19th edition in 2014, beat defending champions, South Africa and host, Nigeria, to the second and third positions respectively.

The Kenyans swept six gold medals yesterday to bring their total medals to 19, made up of 11 gold, six silver and two bronze medals.


  1. Hellen Obiri (5,000m),
  2. Conseslus Kipruto (3,000m steeplechase)
  3. Samuel Gathimba (20km race walk)
  4. Julius Yego (javelin)
  5. Elijah Manangoi (1500m)
  6. Winny Chebet (1500m),
  7. Edward Zakayo (5,000m)
  8. Beatrice Chepkoech (3,000m steeplechase)
  9. Mathew Sawe (high jump)
  10. Stacey Ndiwa (10,000m)
  11. Men’s 4x400m relay.


  1.  Emmanuel Korir (800m)
  2. Grace Wanjiru (20km race walk)
  3. Timothy Cheruiyot (1500m)
  4. Celliphine Chespol (3,000m steeplechase)
  5. Alice Aprot (10,000m)
  6. Women’s 4x400m relay


  1.  Fancy Cherono (3,000m steeplechase)
  2. Women’s 4x100m relay team

South Africa, who hosted and won the last edition in Durban, won a total of 30 medals made up of nine gold, 13 silver and eight bronze medals. Team Nigeria got 19 medals made up of nine gold, five silver and five bronze medals.

Morocco, Ethiopia, Cote d’ivoire, Tunisia and Botswana followed in that order.
For the first time in the history of the African championships, athletes from Nigeria and other African countries will not just go home with their medals, but with monetary reward.

The Local Organizing Committee of the 2018 African Senior Athletics Championship yesterday revealed prize money for athletes who won medals in Asaba.

Speaking in Asaba, LOC Chairman, Solomon Ogba, announced that athletes who won gold medal will get a cash prize of $3000 each.

Ogba added that silver medalists will be rewarded with ($2000), while bronze medalists will smile home with ($1000).

Over 120 medals were won at the 2018 African Senior Athletics Championship, tagged Asaba 2018.

The next edition of the championship will be taking place in Algeria in 2020.


Nigeria confirm interest in bidding for Athletics World Championships

Nigeria confirmed its interest in hosting the 2025 International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships as the African edition closed with victories for Beatrice Chepkoech and Caster Semenya in Asaba.

World record holder Chepkoech led home a 1-2 finish for Kenya in the 3,000 metres steeplechase today at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, just two weeks after her stunning 8min 44.33sec clocking at the Monaco Diamond League.

She produced a more tactical performance to triumph in 8.59.88 as team-mate Celliphine Chespol crossed second in 9:09.61.

Weyeshet Ansa Weldetsadik of Ethiopia took bronze in 9.23.92.

South Africa’s Semenya then completed the 400 and 800m double with a time of 1:56.06 over the longer distance.

Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba took silver in an equally quick 1:57.97 and Bayih Habitam Alemu clinched another Ethiopian bronze in 1:58.86.

Marie-Josée Ta Lou, the silver medallist over 100 and 200m at last year’s World Championships in London, completed her domination of the two sprints in Nigeria.

The Ivorian won the 200m today in 22.50 to finish a huge 0.86 clear of second placed Bevina Abessolo of Cameroon.

Hor Halutie took Gambian bronze in 23.40.

There was home success for Nigeria in the women’s 400m hurdles as Glory Nathaniel won in 55.53.

South Africa’s Wenda Nel and Kenya’s Maureen Jelagat of Kenya took silver and bronze in respective times of 57.04 and 57.27.

South Africa also clinched gold in the men’s 200m as Ncincilili Titi won in 20.46 to beat Nigeria’s Oduduru Ejowvokoghene, second in 20.60, and another South African in Luxolo Adams, who was third in the same time.

It came at the end of a chaotic week of racing in which numerous organizational problems emerged.

These spanned the arrival of athletes, with many stranded in Lagos before arrival in Asaba, as well as the state of the track itself.

Nigeria’s still owe a missing $150,000 (£106,000/€121,000) mistakenly sent to the country last year by the IAAF and have so far only pledged to repay half.

Athletics Federation of Nigeria President Ibrahim Gusau insists Abuja will bid for the 2025 edition of the flagship IAAF event, however, after plans were announced to host the event in Africa.

Algeria, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa have all been mooted as potential hosts.

“The Abuja stadium will be renovated not just for the event but to prepare athletes, Abuja offers excellent traffic and road network complemented by standard hotels and hospitality facilities,” Gusau said, according to The Daily Trust.

“So by 2025, Nigeria will be ready to host the world.

“The Government has put not just Asaba, but Nigeria on the world map of athletics.

“There have been ups and downs, but the athletes ave been in high spirit.

“Spirit of athleticism kindled among startlets.”

source: insidethegames.biz

Chepkoech leads a podium sweep for Kenya in steeplechase

World 3000m steeplechase record holder Beatrice Chepkoech led a 1-2-3 Kenya sweeps on the final day of the Africa Senior Athletics Championships at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Nigeria.

Chepkoech took gold and the world U20 steeplechase record holder Celliphine Chespol took silver with Fancy Cherono closing the podium three finishes.