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Asbel Kiprop Quits 1500m Race

Three times World 1500m champion, Asbel Kiprop has quit his favourite race, the 1,500m following his four year return from the doping ban.

Speaking at the Kipchoge Keino stadium in Eldoret during his first track training after four years, Kiprop, without naming his next move, said it has been a while competing in the 1,500m and it is time to move.

He said that Kenya will be safe in the hands of Elijah Manangoi and Timothy Cheruiyot among other junior athletes who have proved their worth on track.

“I want to say that Kenya is safe in the hands of Manangoi, and Cheruoyot in 1,500m. Kenya is in safe hands at the moment but I don’t want to say much about myself because I am thinking of the next race after doing enough in the 1,500m. Am now trying to gauge myself in 800m race which I am going to compete in,” said Kiprop.

The former Olympic 1500m champion warned that in the 1,500m, there is much development as far as the championships are concerned.

“I have seen that gradual change from junior to senior level and looking back at the Tokyo Olympics, among the seniors, there was only Cheruiyot but we have seen young stars emerge,” he said.

During his first training since 2018, he said he felt a different experience, which was a challenge compared to what he had been doing before.

“It has been a frustrating four years of ban and the allegations were not true and I had to wait for four years to elapse. I never felt comfortable training alone but I had got used to it and today being the first time to train with friends, it’s quite different because I do train alone in the bushes out there,” he said.

He said that training with colleagues was a relief for his life, appreciating his friends who have welcomed him.

Asbel Kiprop sets his Focus On Police Championships

Three time World 1500m champion, Asbel Kiprop has his focus on the coming Kenya Police Track and Field championships that will be held in April.

Kiprop who has consistently denied ever doping has joined a long list of athletes who have served their term out of competition after they were banned by Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) way back in 2018 said he will start from the local races before thinking of moving to major international races.

“Right now, I cannot be trusted by many people but am hoping to start from the beginning. These are the basics that led me to be a world champion. I started from the scratch and that is where I want to start again in this journey of returning to the track,” said Kiprop.

During an emotional interview in Eldoret, the former Olympic 1500m champion said that since he could not train with other athletes, he took his training sessions either at the Eldoret Sports Club or back at his Simat home in Uasin Gishu County.

“This journey is not as easy as people think. Isolation is not good and freedom that many people enjoy, once it has been taken away from you, life changes completely,” said Kiprop.

Kiprop  joins world champion Elijah Manangoi, ,(Whereabouts) Sammy Kitwara (Terbutaline), Suleiman Simotwo (Norandrosterone, Eliud Magut (Norandrosterone), Lucy kabuu Wangui (Morphine), Samson Mungai Kagia (Methylprednisolone), Hillary Kipkosgei Yego (Norandrosterone), Alex Korio Oloitiptip (Whereabouts), Philip Cheruiyot Kangogo (Higenamine), James mwangi Wangare (Testosterone), Nicholas Kiptoo Kosgei (Prednisone), Alfred Kipketer (Whereabouts) and Benjamin Ngandu Ndegwa (Norandrosterone).

Elijah Manangoi Completes his two years Ban

The 2017 World 1500m champion, Elijah Manangoi will be free (from today midnight Dec 22) to compete after serving his two years ban for “whereabouts failures” that was imposed on him by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).

The 28 years old was provisionally suspended after missing three tests from July 2019 to December 2019. The three missed tests in a 12-month span led to his suspension of two years which forced him not to defend his world title in 2019.

Manangoi is the 2015 World Champion silver medallist, 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist and he is also the 2018 African 1500m Champion.

Manangoi was cited as one of the Top 100 most influential Africans by New African magazine in 2017

The AIU was established by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) now World Athletics (WA) in 2017, has managed to conclusively handle over 250 doping cases with Kenya among those countries with most banned athletes.

Elijah Manangoi adds joy as he wins Africa another gold medal in Ostrava

World 1500m champion Elijah Manangoi closed the season in top gear as he won Africa gold on the second day of the Continental Cup that are being held in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Manangoi moved to the front on the next lap, hitting 800m in 2:03.56, but it was solely to secure prime position for the last lap burn-up.

The 25 year-old was joined by European 1500m and 5000m champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen and Marcin Lewandowski, who clung to Manangoi’s shoulder as the African hit 1200m in 3:01.19.

The Rongai Athleticc Club based athlete (RAC) stretched the field out behind him in a line. Around the last turn Lewandowski came charging at him but Manangoi had plenty up his sleeve, changing gears once he turned for home and surging away to win in 3:40.00.

Lewandowski turned the tables on Ingebrigtsen to cross the line in second place in 3:40.42, with the 17 year-old Norwegian closing the podium three finishes in 3:40.80.


Once again it appears a major men’s 1500m race will boil down to a clash between two family dynasties: the Manangoi’s of Kenya and the Ingebrigtsens of Norway.

At the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere earlier this summer, Jakob Ingebrigtsen was denied 1500m gold through an inspired run from George Manangoi, the Kenyan teenager edging him 3:41.71 to 3:41.89. But since then Ingebrigtsen has gone on to double European gold at senior level, and as he prepares to represent Europe for the first time in Ostrava, his chief threat will be George Manangoi’s older brother, Elijah.

The latter is the world 1500m champion and arrives off the back of his African Championships victory in Asaba last month which he followed up with a runner-up finish over 1500m at the IAAF Diamond League final in Zurich.

The chief threat to both Manangoi and Ingebrigtsen may well be Poland’s Marcin Lewandowski, who finished with a flourish in the European 1500m final to come up just 0.04 shy of the gold medal. He will be looking to utilize his searing finish once again to good effect.

The Asia-Pacific team is led by Australia’s Ryan Gregson, who finished 10th at the IAAF Diamond League final in Zurich last week.

Charles Philibert-Thiboutot of Canada and USA’s Drew Hunter will represent the Americas, the latter enjoying a breakthrough summer in which the 20-year-old clocked a PB of 3:35.90 for 1500m in London.

World Cup: Nine Kenyans in Africa’s Squad

Kenya, which topped the standings at the Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Asaba has nine athletes in Africa’s IAAF Continental Cup team for the championships to be held in Ostrava, Czech Republic on September 8-9.

Kenya with 19 medals, including 11 golds, will be represented by only nine athletes next month fewer than former champion South Africa which has the highest number of athletes, with 20.

The 2015 World javelin champion Julius Yego, who reclaimed his javelin throw title, and Mathew Sawe, who retained his high jump crown are the Kenyans in field events discipline that made it into the squad.

World, Olympics and Commonwealth Games gold medalist Conseslus Kipruto (3,000m steeplechase), World Hellen Obiri (5,000m) and Elijah Manangoi (1,500m) are in the team.

World record holder Beatrice Chepkoech (3000m steeplechase), who won women’s 3,000m steeplechase in Asaba, Wunderkind Edward Zakayo, who won the 5,000m title at the World Under-20 and Africa Championships, has been picked in his specialty.

The new Africa 1,500m champion Winny Chebet will square it off in the metric mile race with Emmanuel Korir, who settled for silver in 800m battling in the two-lap race.

The Kenyan quartet of Jared Momanyi, Alfas Kishoyian, Aaron Koech and Emmanuel Korir won the gold medal  in Asaba with a Championships Record time of 3:00.92, but none of the athletes were included in the African team.

Team Nigeria has 16 athletes; Morocco has a total of six athletes, while Egypt and Ethiopia both have four athletes on the team.

Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Burundi, Swaziland, Uganda and Djibouti only have one athlete each on the team.

The Continental Cup is held every four years since 2010, replacing the previous Athletics World Cup and involves teams from Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe.

Korir shows class at Birmingham 800m race

Emmanuel Korir continued with his brilliance performance when he won the men 800m race at the Birmingham Diamond Stadium in Alexander Stadium, Birmingham.

The 23 year-old took head on some of the best track runnesr that included World 1500m Champion Elijah Manangoi, 2014 World Relays gold Medalist Ferguson Rotich and Jonathan Kitilit.

Korir who won gold with the 4X400m team at African Senior Athletics Championships set a meter record at the event when he crossed the finish line in 1:42.72 with Kitilit coming in second in 1:43.53.

Manangoi the Rongai Athletics Club based runner closed the podium in third place with 1:44.15.

Kipruto,Obiri and Manangoi among the African Team Named for Continental Cup

The Confederation of African Athletics has announced the African team for the IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018 to be held on 8-9 September.

The team features many of the top performers from the recent African Championships in Asaba, including world and Olympic steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto, world and Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya, world 1500m champion Elijah Manangoi and world 5000m champion Hellen Obiri.

Not only will the athletes be aiming to secure team points and individual prize money, but the winning team will also share – quite literally – the IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018 trophy.



100m: Arthur Cisse (CIV), Akani Simbine (RSA)
200m: Divine Oduduru (NGR), Ncincihli Titi (RSA)
400m: Thapelo Phora (RSA), Baboloki Thebe (BOT)
800m: Nijel Amos (BOT), Emmanuel Korir (KEN)
1500m: Elijah Manangoi (KEN), Ronald Musagala (UGA)
3000m: Getaneh Molla (ETH), Edward Zakayo (KEN)
3000m steeplechase: Soufiane El Bakkali (MAR), Conseslus Kipruto (KEN)
110m hurdles: Oyeniyi Abejoye (NGR), Antonio Alkana (RSA)
400m hurdles: Cornel Fredericks (RSA), Abdelmalik Lahoulou (ALG)
High jump: Chris Moleya (RSA), Mathew Sawe (KEN)
Pole vault: Mohamed Amin Romdhana (TUN), Valco van Wyk (RSA)
Long jump: Yahya Berrabah (MAR), Ruswahl Samaai (RSA)
Triple jump: Godfrey Mokoena (RSA), Hugues Fabrice Zango (BUR)
Shot put: Chukwuebuka Enekwechi (NGR), Mohamed Hamza (EGY)
Discus: Victor Hogan (RSA), Elbachir Mbarki (MAR)
Hammer: Mostafa Al Gamal (EGY), Tshepang Makhethe (RSA)
Javelin: Phil-Mar van Rensburg (RSA), Julius Yego (KEN)
4x100m: Henrico Bruintjies (RSA), Arthur Cisse (CIV), Emile Erasmus (RSA), Simon Magakwe (RSA), Akani Simbine (RSA), Ncincihli Titi (RSA)
4x400m: Nijel Amos (BOT), Thapelo Phora (RSA), Baboloki Thebe (BOT)
Reserves: Larbi Bourrada (ALG), Ayanleh Souleiman (DJI)

100m: Janet Amponsah (GHA), Marie-Josee Ta Lou (CIV)
200m: Germaine Abessolo Bivina (CMR), Marie-Josee Ta Lou (CIV)
400m: Christine Botlogetswe (BOT), Caster Semenya (RSA)
800m: Francine Niyonsaba (BDI), Caster Semenya (RSA)
1500m: Rababe Arafi (MAR), Winnie Chebet (KEN)
3000m: Hellen Obiri (KEN), Senbere Teferi (ETH)
3000m steeplechase: Weynshet Ansa (ETH), Beatrice Chepkoech (KEN)
100m hurdles: Tobi Amusan (NGR), Rikennette Steenkamp (RSA)
400m hurdles: Lamiae Lhabz (MAR), Glory Nathaniel (NGR)
High jump: Hoda Hagras (EGY), Erika Nonhlanhla Seyama (SWZ)
Long jump: Ese Brume (NGR), Marthe Koala (BUR)
Pole vault: Dina Ahmed Al-Tabaa (EGY), Dorra Mahfoudhi (TUN)
Triple jump: Grace Anigbata (NGR), Zinzi Chambangu (RSA)
Shot put: Jessica Da Silva Inchude (GBS), Ischke Senekal (RSA)
Discus: Onyekwere Chioma (NGR), Ischke Senekal (RSA)
Hammer: Ogunrinde Temilola (NGR), Soukaina Zakkour (MAR)
Javelin: Kelechi Nwanaga (NGR), Jo-Ane van Dyk (RSA)
4x100m: Janet Amponsah (GHA), Tobi Amusan (NGR), Rosemary Chukwuma (NGR), Blessing Okagbare (NGR), Marie-Josee Ta Lou (CIV), Joy Uba-Gabriel (NGR)
4x400m: Christine Botlogetswe (BOT), Glory Nathaniel (NGR), Caster Semenya (RSA)
Reserves: Mercy Nti-Obong (NGR), Chidi Okezie (NGR), Besu Sado (ETH), Ajayi Yinca (NGR)


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.


Manangoi and Cheruiyot win gold and silver in 1500m race in Asaba

World and Commonwealth games champion Elijah Manangoi led 1-2 Kenyan finish for men’s 1,500m final at the 21st African Athletics Championships at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba,Nigeria.

Manangoi gave a powerful kick with about 300m to go and leading his training partner Timothy Cheruiyot, who has run this season five world leading time this season to give Kenya two medals.