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Jeremiah Azu: Sprinter and church singer – the next big star

Jeremiah Azu is a sprinter with big ambitions – and his coach believes he can win an Olympic medal.

The 21-year-old from Cardiff has the World Championships and Commonwealth Games in his sights this summer and he’s aiming to become the fastest Welshman of all time.

But on Sundays he forgets about athletics and sings in his family’s church – the reigning European U23 men’s 100m champion puts his sporting success down to his faith in God.


Stella Chesang Lead Foreign Athletes Training In Iten for Commonwealth and World Champs

The 5000m Commonwealth Games champion, Stella Chesang is leading a number of foreign athletes training in Iten ahead of Commonwealth Games that will be held in Birmingham and world championships in Oregon.

The 25 year-old outshone Kenyans at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia to win gold extended her lead when she competed at the North Rift Athletics Kenya championships last Saturday at Tambach Teachers Training College beating the hosts to win the 5,000m title.

The world mountain running championships champion said she is training in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County ahead of the Commonwealth Games and the world championships.

“Iten is a good place for training ahead of many championships across the world. I have been training here as part of my preparations to retain my Commonwealth Games title,” said Chesang.

During the Saturday championships, she clocked 16:08.03 for the 5,000m title beating hosts Maureen Chepkoech who came second in 16:07.08 with the world U20 3,000m silver medalist Zena Jemutai Yego coming home in third in 16:36.05.

The 2015 Africa Junior bronze medallist said that competing in Kenyan championships is the best way to train with champions who can provide the basis for the titles.

“I came here to run with great athletes in Kenya since the majority of them train together in Iten. This is my route map to Commonwealth games and world championships,” said the former Africa Championships 5,000m bronze medalist.

Chesang was not the only foreign but a few South Sudanese Nationals, Ugandans among other nations who are camping in Iten.

Laura Muir abandons indoor season

Olympic silver medalist Laura Muir has been forced to abandon her indoor season after suffering a back injury.

The Scot won 1500m silver behind Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon in Tokyo last summer and had planned to run indoors this month as she builds towards a packed summer, which includes world and European championships, as well as the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

However, the 28-year-old has now pulled out of this weekend’s Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham as well as the British Indoor Championships, though she had never intended to compete at the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade next month.

“I am sad to announce that I am not going to be able to compete at this weekend’s Muller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham,” Muir wrote on Twitter. “After further investigation on Friday into an injury I sustained a few weeks ago, I have to take some time off running to recover.

“Unfortunately this means my indoor season will not happen this year. I am gutted to miss the Muller Indoor Grand Prix especially as I have such fond memories of the event from previous years.

“My training had been going very well and I was really excited to get back racing in front of a home crowd. Sorry you won’t see me racing on Saturday. The athlete line up at the Grand Prix is as world class as always and it is set to be a fantastic competition to spectate.”

Source: standard.co.uk

Get vaccinated or else you won’t participate at Commonwealth and World Championships

The United Kingdom Government has drawn up plans for dramatic crackdown on anti-vaxx athletes, excluding them from any ‘elite-sport quarantine exemptions.

Plans were being drawn up on Friday (7) night to those who refuse to be vaccinated against coronavirus from the Government’s “elite sport exemption”.

The dramatic crackdown on anti-vaxx athletes would prevent them being able to train or compete for between five and 10 days while they quarantine upon their return to Britain from a foreign country.

The new rules could prevent unvaccinated track-and-field athletes competing at this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham if they travel to the World Championships in Eugene. The two events are days apart. Like footballers, unjabbed athletes would face a torrid time regardless if they would usually return to the UK to train between competitions that take place across the world.


Bahrain’s Birhanu Balew, representing Asia-Pacific, and US runner Paul Chelimo, representing the Americas, look the two likely leaders here.

Both men chased home Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha in the hottest 3000m race of the season so far at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rabat, with Balew finishing second in 7:34.26 – the second fastest time run this year – and Chelimo fourth, both in the race and the list, with 7:34.83.

Chelimo may not be the fastest on paper, but he is the tried and tested man for the big occasion, having won 5000m silver behind Mo Farah at the 2016 Olympics and bronze at last year’s IAAF World Championships in London.

Chelimo finished sixth in the superfast 5000m at last Friday’s IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels in 12:57.55, two places ahead of Ethiopia’s Getaneh Molla, representing Africa here, who clocked 12:59.58.

Chances are there also for Balew’s teammate, Stewart McSweyn of Australia. It’s been a long season for him, but he was also in the Rabat race and finished between Balew and Chelimo in 7:34.79.

Chelimo’s teammate Mohammed Ahmed of Canada ran a 7:52.06 3000m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene, Oregon and finished ninth in Brussels in 13:03.08.

At 16, Kenya’s Edward Zakayo has already amassed a formidable record on the track, having won 5000m bronze at this year’s Commonwealth Games and gold at the African Championships in Asaba and the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere.

For Europe, Norway’s Henrik Ingebrigtsen was European 1500m champion in 2012 and took European 5000m silver in Berlin last month behind his 17-year-old brother Jakob.

Koech to Captain Kenya in Africa Championships

Aaron Koech a twin brother to the 2015 World 400m hurdles champion Nicholas Bett will captain Team Kenya for the Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria.

Koech who won a bronze medal in the men’s 400m hurdles before anchoring Kenya to winning silver in the 4x400m relay will lead the 61 Kenyan members’ squad’s  onslaught in the west African nation during the 21st Senior African Athletics Championships to be staged at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, Delta State.

He will be deputized by six times Africa champion and Commonwealth Games walk race medalist Grace Wanjiru who is a Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) officer.

After a poor outing at the last Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, Kenya are looking to make a big statement in Asaba with their ‘A’ athletes as the country seeks redemption.

Athletics Kenya President Jack Tuwei said they will take the Asaba 2018 event seriously since the top two runners from each discipline will qualify for the IAAF Continental Cup scheduled to hold in Ostrava, the Czech Republic on September 8th and 9th.

“The Intercontinental Cup is a big competition and we want most of our athletes to qualify. That is why we selected the strongest team selected on merit to travel to Nigeria”, Tuwei said.

Kenya finished second overall in the last edition of the championships two years ago in Durban, South Africa, securing eight gold, eight Silver and eight bronze medals.

Hosts South Africa reigned supreme with 33 medals, which included 16 gold, nine silver and eight bronze medals while Nigeria was third with 16 medals inclusive of four gold, five silver and seven bronze medals.


Nigeria ready to host Africa senior championships

Delta State in Nigeria is ready to host the 21st African Senior Championships, organisers have reported.

Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) technical director, Vivian Gungaram, expressed satisfaction with the level of preparedness of the country host the event.

Over 60 Kenyan athletes are expected to take part in the Championships to be staged in Asaba, from August 1 to 5.
Kenya was ranked second overall on the medal chart in the last edition of the championships two years ago in Durban, South Africa.
The country bagged eight gold, eight silver and eight bronze medals. Host South Africa reigned supreme with 33 medals, while Nigeria were third with 16 medals.

After inspecting the Stephen Keshi stadium where the competitions will be staged, Gungaram said the facilities meet the IAAF standards to host the championships.
“This is my second visit for inspection and a lot of work has been done and things are moving fast. I am sure it will be ready by this week,” she said.
After a not too encouraging outing at the last Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, Kenyans are looking to make a big statement in Asaba with their top athletes.
Last month, Athletics Kenya President Jack Tuwei said the federation will take the Asaba 2018 event seriously since the top two runners from each discipline will qualify for the IAAF Continental Cup scheduled for Ostrava, Czech Republic on September 8-9.

Manangoi, Cheruiyot Renew Rivalry in Monaco

Kenyan training partners World 1500m champion Elijah Manangoi and IAAF Diamond League champion Timothy Cheruiyot will take their 1500 metres battle to the Hercules Diamond League race in Monaco on Friday, July 20th.

The two teammates at Rongai Athletics Club, will renew their rivalry  at the IAAF Diamond League meeting, the tenth stop in the 14-tier series, saying say they will take no prisoners.

Cheruiyot who was recently promoted at the Kenya Prisons Service for his IAAF Diamond League success last season, his only loss this year was at the Commonwealth Games and he is looking to retain his Diamond League trophy.

In their last outing, Cheruiyot a World 1,500m silver medallist shook off a strong challenge to run away with the mile at the Prefontaine Classic in May by returning 3:49.87 as Manangoi settled for third place  in 3:52.18 behind second placed  Ethiopia’s Samuel Tefera in 3:51.26.

“I like running in Eugene! Every time I come here, I improve my time,” said an elated Cheruiyot in post race interview. “My goal for the season is to run under 3:28 in Monaco.”

At  last year’s IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco, the duo set 1,500m personal best times of 3:28.80 for Managoi and Cheruiyot’s 3:29.10 in a 1-2 finish respectively.

“It is a nice rivalry we have with Manangoi. He is strong and helps me bring out my best. Anyone can win the race, but there will be more than just the two of us,” said Cheruiyot.

The Kenyan duo finished first and second respectively at last year’s world championships in London and at the recent Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast with Manangoi emerging victorious on both occasions.

The duo managed to perform a rare feat of a coach to have the gold and silver medalists in the same training group (though Alberto Salazar had it in the 10,000 in 2012) but that was the case in at the 2017 London World championships and 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia in the men’s 1500 final , as both Manangoi and Cheruiyot who train under coach Bernard Ouma settled for first and second positions respectively.

“Anyone of us can win the race but its an interestiung rivalry we have with Manangoi. He is strong and helps me bring out my best. ,” said Cheruiyot.


The Commonwealth Games 800m gold medaslist Wycliffe Kinyamal beat Olympic and World champion Conseslus Kipruto and Commonwealth Games gold medalist Elijah Manangoi for the StarTimes/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) Sports Personality of the month of April, 2018.

The 21 year old emerging middle distance runner who stunned the world during 2018 event in Gold Coast, Australia becomes the tenth recipient of the monthly award.

In the vote by a panel of Sports Journalists, Kinyamal shook off stiff competition posed fellow athletes who included Conseslus Kipruto who won the 3000 metres steeplechase gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in a new Games Record.

The two lap runner also fended off opposition from World champion and Commonwealth Games 1500 metres gold medallist Elijah Manangoi.

Other nominees for the April award were boxer Christine Ongare who won a bronze, Kenya’s only medal outside track and field at the 2018 Commonwealth Games  and rally driver Manvir Baryan who became the first non-local to win the Rally of South Africa.

Kinyamal helped Kenya reclaim the 800m Commonwealth Games title after World Record holder David Rudisha was beaten to second place during the 2014 edition in Glasgow, Scotland.

His gold medal was the first for Kenya in the 2018 Commonwealth games.

A gold medalist at the 2016 East African Junior Athletics Championships in Dar Es Salaam Tanzania where he made his first impact in the 800m regionally, Kinyamal  took home a 42-inch digital television set and KSh100, 000 courtesy of StarTimes.

The fast rising athlete is affiliated to Global Sports Communication and is based in Kaptagat Uasin Gishu County.

An excited Kinyamal said he was surprised by the accolade which is his first.

“This surprise is truly an inspiration as I progress with my athletics career. Glasgow was a good outing for Team Kenya and for me winning Kenya’s first gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. I hope to deliver more medals for Kenya. Thank you SJAK and StarTimes for this award.” An elated Kinyamal added.

Nyairera out to make amends as she battles Semenya and Niyosaba in Lausanne

Olympic 800m bronze medallist Margaret Nyairera is seeking to bounce back at the Lausanne Diamond League meeting tomorrow after failing to finish in Paris a week ago.

Nyairera has had a mixed season so far at the circuit, finishing sixth at the Prefontaine Classic in Oregon, where she posted 1:58.67 in her first outing.
Nyairera hopes to find her form ahead of the Africa Championships slated for Nigeria next month. “The Diamond league races will enable me find the right form ahead of the Africa Championship,” she added.
Nyairera, who bagged silver the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast last April, said the early start to the season has contributed to her struggles on track. “The season started early with the Commonwealth Games but I hope come the Africa even,  I will be in peak condition,” she added. World and Commonwealth Games champion Caster Semenya won the two-lap race in Paris in 1:54.25. Former world champion Eunice Sum will also be in contention in the Swiss city after finishing ninth in 1:59.25 in Paris.
The two Kenyans will face off with Olympic silver medallist Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi, who was second in Paris behind Semenya in 1:55.86. Others to look out for include Ajee Wilson of the United States, home favourite Selina Buchel, Lynsey Sharp of the United States and Alemu Habitam of Ethiopia.
Davis Kiplangat leads a formidable strong Kenyan contingent in the 5000 metres alongside Collins Cheboi, Vincent Letting, David Bett, Sylvester Kiprotich and Richard Kimunyan in the 12-lap race.
They face stern test from Ethiopia’s World champion Muktar Edris alongside Yomif Kekelecha and world Under-18 champion Selemon Barega in a competitive field that is expected to produce fireworks.
Winny Chebet will lead Kenya’s hunt in the 1,500 metres alongside Nelly Jepkosgei and Emiliy Cherotich. The trio will be up against Hassan Sifan (Netherlands), Meraf Bahta (Sweden), Laura Muir (Great Britain), Dawit Seyaum, Gudaf Tsegay (Ethiopia), Liden Hall (Australia) and Arafi Rababe (Morocco).