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Emmanuel Korir targets David Rudisha’s record next season

Tokyo Olympic 800m champion, Emmanuel Korir has set his focus on breaking the World record in the coming season.

The 27 year-old wrote his name in the history books, when he took the top honor in Tokyo and became the fifth Kenyan man (Paule Ereng, William Tanui, Wilfred Bungei and David Rudisha) to win the 800m title at the summer Games .

Korir who is also the reigning world 800m champion has had brilliant season and is ranked as the sixth fastest athlete of all time over the 800m, holding a lifetime best of 1:42.05 and is also the three-time Diamond League champion.

Korir who burst into the limelight at the 2016 Kenyan Championships where he secure a personal best of 1:46.94 that opened his doors for scholarship at the University of Texas in El Paso (UTEP) under the stewardship of his current coach, the 1988 Olympic 800m champion, Paul Ereng.

Korir has hinted that he will be going after two times Olympic 800m champion, David Rudisha’s World Record of 1:40.91 that he set at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

“I think next year, I would like to get to 1:41.00. If I can maintain the shape we can push to the World Record, It can be achieved, nothing is impossible. It just needs a proper plan,” said Korir.

The Elgeyo-Marakwet County born athlete who also holds the World Indoor 600m record was first discovered by renowned coach Brother Colm O’Connell, in 2011 while schooling at St. Francis Kimuron, the same high `school that Rudisha attended. At this particular time he was doing the 100m and 200m sprints but was convinced by the coach to take short races which suited him.

Korir who resides now in El Paso is the 2018 4×400m relay African champion. He also holds the second fastest time ever run on Kenyan soil of 44.21 that’s just 0.03 seconds shy off the 26 year long-standing 400m Kenya National Record that was set in 1992 in Barcelona by Samson Kitur.

The man who once almost fell into depression after a calf injury that put him out of active competition and lost sponsors, then dealing isolation after many of his friends dropped him, is planning to create more athletics history in the coming season and beyond as he targets to become the fourth man (Billy Konchellah,Wilson Kipketer and David Rudisha) to win two gold medals in 800m race at the World Championships.

Athletics Kenya Nominated For World Athletics Membership Awards

Athletics Kenya has been nominatedamong six countries that will fight for this year’s World Athletics Awards.

The six memeber federations finalists for the Award Include:

Athletics Kenya

The Member Federation Award honours a national governing body that has gone above and beyond to serve its athletes, fans and greater community. The shortlisted federations were nominated by each of the six area associations.

AK was nominated in Africa after becoming the first member federation to sign the Sport for Climate Action Framework, underlining the governing body’s position at the forefront of climate action in Kenya.

Since August 2021, when it signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Athletics Kenya has installed four air quality sensors in the Kasarani Stadium, Nyayo Stadium, Nairobi National Park and Nakuru Athletics Club, with more to come.

As well as staging the only Continental Tour Gold meeting in Africa, Kenya also hosted a media development programme for the African region in 2022.

At the elite end of the sport, Kenya topped the medals table at the African Championships, winning 10 gold medals, five silver and eight bronze. Eliud Kipchoge also lowered his own marathon world record, while Faith Kipyegon and Emmanuel Korir added world titles to the Olympic gold medals they won last year.

Brazil (Confederacao Brasileira de Atletismo, South America)

Brazil hosted six international events successfully in 2022, including the South American U18 and U23 Championships, the South American Cross Country Championships, the Pan-American Cross Country Championships, a World Athletics Continental Tour Bronze meeting, and an international grand prix.

The federation secured two revolutionary sponsorship deals, benefitting the country’s elite athletes as well as providing a boost to the sport at grass roots level.

Guam (Guam Track and Field Association, Oceania)

Significant governance reforms at Guam Track and Field have led to an athletics resurgence within Guam, as underlined by the country’s performance at the U18 and U20 Oceania Championships, as well as at the Pacific Games.

Guam will host the Oceania Cross Country Championships at the end of 2022, the country’s first area championships for more than 10 years and a direct result of the hard work the federation has done in governance over the past year.

The federation has also signed multiple sponsor and partnership agreements for the national kit and local competitions.

Jamaica (Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, NACAC)

In the face of difficult health and economic circumstances, Jamaica stepped forward to host the 49th Carifta Games. The record-breaking performances at the event were reflective of the preparations and commitment of the local organising committee, which was put in place by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA).

The country’s athletes – particularly the women – produced outstanding performances at the elite end, namely at the World Athletics Championships Oregon22, the World Athletics U20 Championships Cali 22, the Commonwealth Games, and on the Wanda Diamond League circuit.

Jamaica’s O’Dayne Richards, meanwhile, was elected Chair of the NACAC Athletes’ Commission.

Korea (Korea Association of Athletics Federations, Asia)

Years of investment finally paid off for the Korea Association of Athletics Federations in 2022 as high jumper Woo Sanghyeok won world indoor gold – the country’s first global indoor title. He went on to take silver at the World Championships in Oregon and performed consistently on the international circuit.

The country is preparing to host the Asian U20 Championships in June next year and is bidding for the 2025 Asian Championships.

They also continue their fine work in the grass roots of the sport, including building and launching their own national development centre which aims to host training camps for national and international athletes.

Spain (Real Federacion Espanola de Atletismo, Europe)

The inaugural European Off-Road Running Championships, a continental championship that combined trail and mountain running, took place in El Paso on the Spanish island of La Palma in July. Despite the odds – including a volcano eruption in the lead-up to the event – the championships was a tremendous success.

Spain also hosted the inaugural Dynamic New Athletics (DNA) European U20 Clubs competition, where more than 200 athletes representing teams from 11 countries took part in what was billed the ‘Clash of the clubs’.

Showcasing all they learned in the hosting of these events, Spain staged an international conference in October entitled ‘Team Athletics: The Sport’s New Offer’.

Jake Wigh beats Emmanuel Korir in Brussels

World 1500m champion, Jake Wightman beat the Olympic 800m champion Emmanuel Korir to clinch victory at the Brussels Diamond League Meeting held on Friday (02) in Brussels, Belgium.

Wightman pulled clear in the final 200m to claim an impressive victory running under one minute and 44 seconds for the first time in his career and setting a new Scottish record and personal best of 1:43.65.

World silver medallist, Djamel Sedjati, from Algeria came home in second place in 1:44.12 with the race favorite Korir who was also chasing for the third Diamond League trophy closing the podium three finishes in 1:44.12.

The 2018 World U20 bronze medallist, Eliot Crestan from Belgium and Sudan born now Canadian Marco Arop came home in fourth and fifth place in a time of 1:44.24 and 1:44.48 respectively.

Emmanuel Korir chasing third Diamond League Trophy

Olympic 800m champion, Emmanuel Korir will be the star to watch at the 12th leg of the Wanda Diamond League that will be held on from Thursday through Friday in Brussels, Belgium.

Korir proved himself when he cemented his name in the history books of the Diamond league last year when he lifted his second trophy in style beating the best of the best over the distance, will be looking to ink his name as the fourth athlete to lift the Diamond Trophy three times over the distance after Nijel Amos, David Rudisha and Mohammed Aman.

Korir who last season had been beaten twice by Sudan born now Canadian Marco Arop at the Prefontaine Classic and Lausanne Diamond League but he turned the tables in Zurich.

Korir will face the World bronze medallist together with the World silver medallist, Djamel Sedjati, from Algeria as they square it out for the final point-scoring opportunity ahead of the series finale that will held in September in Zurich.

The three will also face the wrath of the two times Commonwealth Games 800m champion, Wycliffe Kinyamal and the world 1500m champion, Jack Wightman from the Great Britain.

The organisers have assembled this deep field to try and chase the world-leading mark of 1:43.52 which has stood since mid-June.

Over ten former Kenyans return to haunt Kenyan athletes in Oregon

Siblings Norah Tanui Jeruto, the former Commonwealth Youth Games 2,000m bronze medalist and Daisy Jepkemei, the former world junior 3,000m steeplechase champion are some of the huge athletes’ talents exported to other nations.

The duo will simply be Kenyans versus former Kenyans affair at this year’s World Athletics championships that will be held in Eugene, Oregon, in the United States of America.

With most exports lining up on track and road running where over 1900 athletes from 192 World Athletics (WA) member federations will be battling out for 43 gold medals at the Eugene Hayward Field between July 15th to July 24th.

According to the list released by WA, Jeruto. Who won the World Youth 2,000m steeplechase in 2011 and succeeded by Jepkemei who won the title in 2013 as the race became a family affair will be representing Kazakhstan.

They will fly the Kazakhstan at the world championships and are expected to give a competitive race against fellow Kenyans running for Kenya.

Jeruto is also the 2016 Africa Senior Athletics 3,000m steeplechase champion while Jepkemei is the former Africa Youth 2,000m steeplechase champion.

Another Kenyan born Winfred Mutile Yavi will be running for Bahrain in the same race against Kenyans led by world 3,000m record holder Beatrice Chepkoech, Jackline Chepkoech, Celliphine Chespol Chepteek and Purity Kirui.

In the recent past, Kenyan athletes’ have switched their allegiance has seen their new nations claim a big share of Kenyan glory as they are spread across the world.

Just like in 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Ruth Jebet won gold in the 3,000m steeplechase and Eunice Kirwa won silver in the marathon behind Jemimah Sumgong.

Despite Kenyans switching nationalities, their love is not lost since they can communicate in Swahili and still train in their country of origin.

Eunice Chebichii Chumba will be representing her new found lover Bahrain where she will be competing in a marathon. Just Chebichii, Lonah Chemtai Salpeter will be representing Israel in the marathon.

The two former Kenyans will be chasing the marathon title against reigning champion Ruth Chepngetich, Olympic marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir, Paris marathon champion Judith Jeptum Korir and Vienna City marathon champion Angela Tanui.

In men, Jonah Koech will be representing the hosts in the 800m competing against Kenyans led by reigning world under 20 800m bronze medalist Noah Kibet, reigning Commonwealth Games 800m champion Wycliffe Kinyamal, Olympic 800m champion Emmanuel Korir and world under 20 800m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi.

In a crowded 10,000m, Belgium’s Isaac Kimeli will be up in arms for his new nation, competing against Commonwealth Games 10,000m bronze medalist Rodgers Kwemoi Chumo, Daniel Mateiko and Stanley Waithaka Mburu.

Two former Kenyan athletes will be flying the American flag in the 3,000m steeplechase. Hillary Bor and Bernard Keter will face former country mates Leonard Bett, Abraham Kibiwot, Benjamin Kigen and reigning champion Conseslas Kipruto.

Others who have switched allegiance include, Bahraini Benson Kiplagat Seurei, the son of 1987 All Africa Games 1,500m champion James Seurei who competes in 1,500m, Mike Ozbilen Kigen in marathon representing Turkey, Abraham Rotich (800m) and Albert Rop (5,000m), Rose Chelimo, Isaac Korir and Abraham Cheroben (10,000m).

Lucy Kimani, Yasemin Can, Tarik Langat Akdag run in 3,000m steeplechase, Ali Kaya, Ilham Tanui, Ozbilen, Meryem Akda, Bernard Lagat, Paul Chelimo, Leonard Korir and Shadrack Kipchirchir, Evans Kiplagat.


Cornelius Tuwei dropped from 800m team for Worlds

Former All-Africa Games Silver medallist, Cornelius Tuwei was dropped from team Kenya for the World Athletics Championships that will be held from next week in Portland, Oregon.

The 29 year-old was named in the team after finishing fifth at the Kenyan Trials for World Championships and Commonwealth Games that were held in Nairobi.

Tuwei was replaced on the list by the World Indoor silver medallist Noah Kibet who finished a distant seventh at the trials.

The team Kenya 800m men will now be made up of the Olympic 800m champion Emmanuel Korir, the 2018 Commonwealth Games champion Wycliffe Kinyamal, Reigning World U20 800m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi.

Emmanuel Wanyonyi beats Nijel Amos and Emmanuel Korir in Rabat

Reigning world U20m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi continued with his great form as he beat a stellar deep field ever assembled this year at the Rabat Diamond League held on Sunday (5) in Rabat, Morocco.

The 17 year-old beat the three top high profiled 800m athletes that included the 2012 Olympic silver medallist Nijel Amos and the reigning Olympics champion and silver medallists Emmanuel Korir and Ferguson Rotich.

Wanyonyi has continued with his superb performance after beating Rotich in Nairobi at the Kip Keino Classic and Amos in Vitovice Stadium, made a second confirmation to them as he them when he crossed the finish line in a time of 1:45.47 with the latter coming home in second place in 1:45.66.

The 2020 Summer Olympics 800m finalist, Gabriel Tual closed the podium three finishes in 1:45.71.

Korir came home in a disappointing eighth place in 1:46.93 with Michael Saruni and Rotich finishing ninth and tenth place in 1:47.60 and 1:47.72 respectively.

Emmanuel Wanyonyi to battle Korir, Rotich and Amos in Rabat

Tokyo Olympic 800m champion, Emmanuel Korir will lead a stellar deep field ever assembled this year at the Rabat Diamond League that will be held on Sunday (5) in Rabat, Morocco.

The 26 year-old who is ranked the sixth fastest athlete over 800m of all time, with a personal best of 1:42.05 that he got at the 2018 Muller Anniversary Games where he took the honors will battle his compatriot the Olympic silver medallist, Ferguson Rotich who has not been in great shape in recent times as he has been beaten in the last four meetings he has taken part in.

Korir will have a test of his time as he will also face the World U20 800m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi who has been in great shape in recent times and he is also the world’s second-fastest man this year.

The 17 year-old last night beat the 2012 Olympic silver medallist Nijel Amos at the Ostrava Golden Spike Meeting with a time of 1:44.15. Amos, who finished a disappointing fifth place in 1:44.92, will also be on start line to battle for honors after his dismal performance in Ostrava.

Wanyonyi has continued with his superb performance after beating Rotich in Nairobi at the Kip Keino Classic and Amos in Vitovice Stadium.

The AIC Kosirai high school student who is coached by former World 800m Champion Janeth Jepkosgei, will be the star to watch as he will battle three high profiled and experienced athletes.

Ferdinand Omanyala beats Eliud Kipchoge to lift the Sportsman of the year Award

Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala defeated the double Olympic champion, Eliud Kipchoge to win the Sportsman of the year Award during the 18th edition of the Sports Personality of the Year Awards (SOYA) that were held on Tuesday night (25) at the Bukhungu stadium in Kakamega County.

The national 100m record holder floored Olympic 800m champion Emmanuel Korir and Africa and National rally champion Carl “Flash” Tundo for the men’s title.

The second-year Bachelor of Science student at the University of Nairobi rose to stardom in Lagos Nigeria where he clocked 10.01 seconds on 30th March 2021 at an athletic event dubbed the ‘Making of Champions (MOC) Grand Prix’ where he met the qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The rugby-player-turned-sprinter warmed up hearts of Kenyans by clocking an impressive African best time of 9.77 seconds breaking the 9.85s record that had been set by Akani Simbine from South Africa at the Kip-Keino Classics that was held at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani in September.

Faith Kipyegon receives another award

Faith Kipyegon, the double Olympic 1,500m champion was named the LG Sport’s Personality for the month of August.

The mother-of-one successfully defended her 1500m gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Games in a new Olympic record of 3:53.11, beating Great Britain’s Laura Muir and Netherland’s star Sifan Hassan.

Kipyegon went home with a state-of-the-art LG Artificial Intelligence washing machine worth Ksh92,000 and a glittering trophy engraved with her name.

Kipyegon, who was awarded by the LG Electronics Managing Director, Sa Nyoung Kim on Tuesday morning at her Global Sports Communication Training Camp in Kaptagat said the award will motivate her to more success ahead of next season.

“I am so surprised about this award. It has never happened before. Being the off season, Coach Patrick Sang called me and said that there is an urgent meeting. Little did I know I was to receive this award. It is an inspiration for me and my teammates at the camp,” Kipyegon said.

The LG Managing Director appreciated the partnership, saying that the electronic firm is committed to developing sports in the country.

“I am humbled to be at such a humble camp which has so many championships. LG and SJAK will continue working together to support and motivate sports personalities achieve their dreams,” LG boss Sa Nyoung Kim said.

Kipyegon was voted the best ahead of world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge, Peres Jepchirchir Olympics as well as Olympic 800m gold medalist Emmanuel Korir.

Also in the nominees were World Under-20 Walk champion Heristone Wanyonyi, 100m sensational Ferdinand Omanyala and World Under-20 800m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi.

Kipyegon also becomes the third female athlete in 2021 to lay hands on the coveted award, previously won by the likes of Kipchoge, Geoffrey Kamworor, Mary Moraa, Milan marathon winner Titus Ekiru and the world marathon women champion Ruth Chepng’etich.