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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.

Manangoi and Cheruiyot sails to the 1500m finals

World 1500m champion Elijah Manangoi qualified for the finals of the 1500m race at the 21st edition of Africa Senior Athletics Championships at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Nigeria.

The Rongai Athletics Club based athlete won heat one of the race crossing the line in 3:48.59.

In heat two of the race World 1500m silver medalist, Timothy Cheruiyot took charge of it and pushing for a faster time of 3:43.19

Kenya upbeat for medals in Asaba 2018 African Championships

Team Kenya is eyeing to top the tally of the 2018 African Championships in Athletics (ACA) in Asaba, Nigeria despite some delayed action on Wednesday.

The distance running powerhouse last topped the medal charts at their home event in Nairobi 2010 where they bagged 10 gold, seven silver and eight bronze medals to finish ahead of Nigeria and South Africa.

Despite falling victims to the travel chaos that saw the team stranded for 48 hours at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos before finally arriving at the Delta State city on Wednesday afternoon, the East African nation has set sights on dominating the biannual track and field showpiece.

“We are here to compete and win as many medals as possible despite the hiccups here and there, which is normal and it happens with a lot of people coming to Nigeria,” Kenya Team Manager, Abraham Mutai said upon arrival in Asaba.

“We are still focused to taking all the medals, this is a big team from Kenya, we are almost a team of 90 with around 65 athletes and we are ready. As a Team Leader, I’m ready, keeping my team together and focused on what we came to do here,” he added.

The country will be seeking to open their medal account in the men’s 10,000m final on the opening day later Wednesday that organisers reduced to only three events following the travel disorder that delayed the arrival of participating teams.

Reigning world and Commonwealth champions, Elijah Manangoi (men’s 1,500m) and Hellen Obiri (women’s 5,000m) lead a loaded cast of 61 Kenyan athletes that includes past and current world-beaters.

Among others to watch include Beijing 2015 world champions, Julius Yego (men’s Javelin) and Nicholas Bett (men’s 400m Hurdles) as well as London 2017 World Championships silver winner, Timothy Cheruiyot (men’s 1,500m) who is the fastest runner at his distance in the world this year.

“Team Kenya, welcome to Asaba Delta State. Let us take everything in our stride with our usual humility. Good luck and God bless,” Athletics Kenya (AK) President Jack Tuwei said in an earlier statement to the athletes upon their arrival in Asaba.

Kenya finished third at the last edition of the event, Marrakech 2014 in Morocco behind South Africa and Nigeria with seven gold, eight silver and 10 bronze medals.


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.