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Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala joins the Kenya Police

Kenya’s sensational sprinter and Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala has joined the National Police Service (NPS).

The 25-year-old athlete a 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 Akuni Sembine from South Africa at the Kip-Keino Classics that was held at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani in September.

Omanyala was briefed on his new role this morning when he called on the Inspector General, Mr. Hilary Mutyambai at his Jogoo house office.

The Kenya National Record holder joins a pool of other elite athletes in the National Police Service including the likes of David Rudisha, Joshua Kamworor, Vivian Cheruiyot, Julius Yego, and the legendary Ezekiel Kemboi etc.

Speaking at the brief ceremony, Omanyala thanked the National Police Service and the Government for supporting talent and he promised to repay this kindness with success in the track events.

‘It is an honor to serve the National Police Service and I promise to give my best as an athlete,” he added, ‘I also understand that there is life after sprinting.”

The IG urged Omanyala to maintain his sporting discipline for him to utilize his full potential and at the same time deliver on his new role as a police athlete.

Zablon Chumba smashes the Porto marathon course record

Kenya’s Zablon Chumba smashed the race course record at the 17th edition of the Porto marathon Portugal that was held on Sunday (7) in Porto, Portugal.

The 30 year-old came to this race with a personal best of 2:10.38 that he got at the 2019 Marathon of Toulouse Métropole, ran as if he will not compete again cutting the tape in a new personal best and course record time of 2:08.58 smashing the previous record of 2:09.05 by eight seconds, that had been set by Robert Chemonges from Uganda.

Chumba led 1-2 Kenyan podium finish as he was followed by Bernard Kiprotich a distant later who crossed the line in 2:09.42.

Ethiopia’s Asnake Dubre closed the first three podium finishes in 2:10.14.

Sila Kiptoo and Ezekiel Kipruto Kemboi came home in fourth and fifth place in 2:13.16 and 2:15.27 respectively.

In the women category, it was an Ethiopian affair as they took all the three podium positions. Kidsan Alema ran a personal best as she took the top honors in 2:28.01 with Shewarge Alene Amare coming home in second in 2.28.16 and Motu Megersa finishing in third place in 2.28.56.

LEADING RESULTS

42KM MEN

  1. Zablon Chumba      (KEN) 2:08.58
  2. Bernard Kiprotich   (KEN) 2:09.42
  3. Asnake Dubre          (ETH) 2:10:14
  4. Sila Kiptoo               (KEN) 2:13.16
  5. Ezekiel Kemboi       (KEN) 2:15.27
  6. Emmanuel Kibet     (KEN) 2:16.31
  7. Ezekiel Kimeli          (KEN) 2:20.48

42KM WOMEN

  1. Kidsan Alema            (ETH) 2:28.01
  2. Shewarge Amare      (ETH) 2:28.16
  3. Motu Megersa           (ETH) 2:28.56
  4. Feyne Gemeda          (ETH) 2:29.32
  5. Meselech Tsegaye    (ETH) 2:29.38
  6. Lydiah Mathati         (KEN) 2:29:42
  7. Caroline Jepchirchir (KEN) 2:29:45

Ezekiel Kemboi shifts to Marathon

Three times world 3000m steeplechase champion Ezekiel Kemboi has officially shifed his focus to running marathons from next season.

The track master started his athletics career in 2002 said he has done enough in track but wants to face another challenge in marathon running.
“I have achieved what many athletes in the world have not achieved on track. I have won all major world championships in my category and this is the new challenge I want to venture in,” said the former Olympic Games champion.
With his focus to compete in marathon come 2019 in Europe, Kemboi, without naming the raw title said he is optimistic for clinching his first marathon.
“I have run 10km across the world winning seven of them, meaning I have a great future in road running. Before competing in marathon, I will compete in few half marathons as part of endurance for the April marathon,” added Kemboi.
Speaking during the Isuzu D-max handover to world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge in Eldoret, Kemboi said they started running together and has an opportunity to showcase the world that Kenya is running nation.
“Kipchoge has been great on both track and marathon, meaning his achievements can be tracked same like me,” added Kemboi.

EZekiel Kemboi Dropped from World Championships Squad

Team Kenya captain for the World Masters Athletics Championships a four times World 3000m steeplechase champion Ezekiel Kemboi has been dropped from Kenya’s team.

The two times Olympic water and jump champion was dropped for failing to turn up in the Team Kenya training camp and his whereabouts being unknown for the World Masters Athletics Championships slated for September 6-16 in Malaga, Spain.

Consequently, Kemboi has been replaced by the 2010 Commonwealth Games champion Mark Muttai as the team captain.

Muttai will be deputized by the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games women’s 5000m gold medallist Isabella Ochichi.

However, Kemboi will be allowed to join the team if he foots all his own costs which include travel fare and accommodation and will not be entitled to any allowances.

The team includes 2002 and 2010 Commonwealth Games 5000m bronze medallist Innes Chenonge, national heptathlon record holder Caroline Kola

Former Africa shot put record holder and the current national holder Elizabeth Olaba, the 2008 Africa heptathlon silver medalist Florence Wasike are in the team.

Others are hurdler Georgina Mbinya wife to the 2011 All Africa Games 4x400m relay gold medallist Vincent Mumo and former national 100m record holder Tom Musinde.

This will be the second time Kenya will be featuring at global level of Masters are formerly known as veterans since the formation of Athletics Kenya Masters (AKM) which is headed by the legendary and two times Olympic champion Kipchoge Keino as its patron.

At the World Masters Athletics Championship in Australia in 2016, Kenya was the top placed African country in position 18 overall out of 180 nations that participated in the championship that took place on October 26 to November 6 in Perth, 2016 at the WA Athletics Stadium and Ern Clark Athletics Track.

Kenya which was participating for the first time at the World stage in Australia two years ago, amassed ten medals which included three gold, four silver and three bronze medals.

Gold medalists were, Team Kenya captain Francis Komu (21km) Paul Kibet Yego (10,000m, M40) and Joshua Kipchumba (10,000m,M45).

Silver medals were won by John Birgen (Half Marathon, M40), Stephen Kamande (Half Marathon, M60), John Sang (Half Marathon, M45) and Stephen Kihara (M50).

Bronze winners were Joshua Pondo (Shot put, M55), Philip Metto (Half Marathon, M40) and Joseph Some Koskei (10,000m, M60) brought home bronze.

Masters Athletics Championship is designed for retired athletes from the age of 35 onwards.

Team Kenya to Spain

William Bett – (5,000m and Half marathon), Peter Bii –(5,000m, 8km cross country and 10km road) race, Joshua Bondo –(Shot Put, Discuss), Innes Chenonge –(5,000m, 10km road race), Nelly Jeptanui –(800m, 1,500m), Stephen Kamande –(5,000m, half marathon), Ezekiel Kemboi –(1,500m, 3,000m steeplechase), Rebecca Kerubo –(shot Put, Discuss and hammer throw), Isaac Kiberenge –(800m, 1,500m), Francis Kimeli –(5,000m, half marathon, Robert Kimutai -5,000m, 3,000m steeplechase, 8km cross country), Joshua Kipchumba –(5,000m, 10km road race), Dennis Kirui –(800m and 1,500m), Eliud Kirui –(5,000m, 3,000m steeplechase), Joyce Kirui –(5,000m, 8km cross country, 10km road race), Carolyne Kola –(long jump, tripple jump), Francis Komu –(5,000m, half marathon), David Langat –(5,000m, 8km cross country, 10km road race), Mark Mutai –(400m, 200m), Tom Musinde –(100m, 200m), Elizabeth Muthuka –(400m), Samuel Ndereba –(5,000m, 10km road race), Susan Nyakeriga –(1,500m, 2,000m steeplechase), Isabella Ochichi –(5,000m, 10km road race), Elizabeth Olaba –(Shot Put, hammer, discuss), Stephen Oyaro –(5,000m, half marathon), Silas Sang –(5,000m, half marathon), Khadijah Shungi –(5,000m walk, 10km walk), Erick Sikuku –(5,000m walk, 10km walk), Irene Wamuyu –(200m, 400m), Florence Wasike –(200m, 400m), Paul Yego –(5,000m, 8km cross country, 10km road race).

Deputy President William Ruto leads athletes as they bury Nicholas Bett

Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto led athletes drawn from across the country mourned the departed former world 400m hurdles champion Nicholas Bett who was buried today at his home in Simat, Uasin Gishu County.

When each athlete moved to watch the body, tears rolled freely prompting head coach Julius Kirwa to provide a crying shoulder.

IAAF athletes representative and multiple world steeplechase champion Ezekiel Kemboi, 400m runner Maximila Imali failed to control their emotions during their speeches.

Three time world 1,500m champion Asbel Kiprop and champion Eliud Kipchoge and Imali spoke on behalf of athletes who recounted on how Bett was an outing going runner.

Deputy President William Ruto leads athletes as they bury Nicholas Bett. Photo: Courtesy

Imali said that they suffered together in Nigeria but he managed to ensure that we were happy in the camp. It is painful to lose painful to lose such young talent.

“Despite his nagging injury, he was a man who determined to take on the rest. As athletes, we encouraged him and gave him confidence that he can run but he left us due to God’s plan. As a Christian, I encourage every athlete that bett has left us but that is our way,” mourned Imali.

She advised Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett, who was present to take one of the families to be recruited in the police to replace Bett.

“I am appealing to the IG that during police recruitment exercise, we would like to recruit one of the family member fill Bett’s gap,” added Imali.

Kiprop who was in the world Athletics championships in Beijing, China said it was a sad, moment to lose a neighbor whom they have been working together and the world, Africa and Kenya as a whole have lost a treasure.

We have lost treasure to every individual across the globe. As a member of Beijing team and coming from the same area, we won gold for this country and topped the world. That was the most memorable moment for both the country, athletes and the world at large,” said Kiprop.

Bett was a police officer based at the Kondele Police station in Kisumu County, was accorded the ceremonial police send off by his former comrades.

Source: dailysport.co.ke

David Rudisha, Vivian Cheruiyot and Ezekiel Kemboi inducted in Hall of Fame

World 800m record holder David Rudisha, four-time world champion Ezekiel Kemboi and Olympics 5,000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot have been inducted into the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Hall of Fame.

The three athletes who have one thing in common besides their feats at both national and international, they are all Olympic gold medalists in their respective races.

This accolade was bestowed at the welcoming Dinner for athletes and officials participating at the 21st edition of the African Athletics Championships that is being held in Asaba, Nigeria.

According to Nigerian newspaper The Punch, out of the 16 inductees only two were in attendance – Nigerian Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor and Olusoji Fasuba.

The publication continued saying that the event started five hours late, which forced athletes to stay away.

The Publication further reported that the Ethiopians and Kenyans did not attend as they arrived in Asaba late on Tuesday after being stranded in Lagos for two days.

International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe, CAA President Kalkaba Malboum and members of his executive committee, State Governor Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, and top government officials at Federal and State level, diplomats and the LOC led by its Chairman Solomon Ogba graced the occasion.

Ethiopia inductees were led by world record holder and champion Genzebe Dibabaa, Almaz Ayana an Olympics and World Champions and long distance legend Kenenisa Bekele.

Other Ethiopians who were inducted are World Champion Tirunesh Dibaba and former world 5000m record holder Mesert Defar.

South Africa duo of Caster Semanya and Wayde van Niekerk both Olympics and World Champions were also inducted though Nieker is still is still recovering from a knee injury, which he sustained during a celebrity rugby match last year.

Ezekiel Kemboi to Captain Masters team

Three time world 3000m steeplechase champion Ezekiel Kemboi will captain the Athletics Kenya Masters team that will represent the country at the 5th edition of the World Masters Athletics Championships that will be held in Malaga, Spain.

 The Elgeyo Marakwet born athlete last month won the Trofeo Città di Telesia 10K Race in Italy, seems to have gotten into shape as he leads the 32 members squad to the Masters championships that kicks off from 4th to 15th September. in the 32 member squad.

The 35 year-old will be competing in both 1,500m and 3,000m steeplechase and will combine forces with 56 year old Robert Kimutai and former world cross country runner Eliud Kirui.

This will be the second time that Kenya is sending a team to the championships after taking the overall title at the 2016 World Masters Championships in Perth, Australia.

The 32 athlete’s are-

  1. William Bett – 5,000m and Half marathon
  2. Peter Bii -5,000m, 8km cross country and 10km road race
  3. Joshua Bondo -Shot Put, Discuss
  4. Innes Chenonge -5,000m, 10km road race
  5. Nelly Jeptanui -800m, 1,500m
  6. Stephen Kamande -5,000m, half marathon
  7. Ezekiel Kemboi -1,500m, 3,000m steeplechase
  8. Rebecca Kerubo -shot Put, Discuss and hammer throw
  9. Isaac Kiberenge -800m, 1,500m
  10. Francis Kimeli -5,000m, half marathon
  11. Robert Kimutai -5,000m, 3,000m steeplechase, 8km cross country
  12. Joshua Kipchumba -5,000m, 10km road race
  13. Dennis Kirui -800m and 1,500m
  14. Eliud Kirui -5,000m, 3,000m steeplechase
  15. Joyce Kirui -5,000m, 8km cross country, 10km road race
  16. Carolyne Kola -long jump, tripple jump
  17. Francis Komu -5,000m, half marathon
  18. David Langat -5,000m, 8km cross country, 10km road race
  19. Mark Mutai -400m, 200m
  20. Tom Musinde -100m, 200m
  21. Elizabeth Muthuka -400m
  22. Samuel Ndereba -5,000m, 10km road race
  23. Susan Nyageringa -1,500m, 2,000m steeplechase
  24. Isabella Ochichi -5,000m, 10km road race
  25. Elizabeth Olaba -Shot Put, hammer throw, discuss throw
  26. Stephen Oyaro -5,000m, half marathon
  27. Silas Sang -5,000m, half marathon
  28. Khadijah Shungi -5,000m race walk, 10km race walk
  29. Erick Sikuku -5,000m race walk, 10km race walk
  30. Irene Wamuyu -200m, 400m
  31. Florence Wasike -200m, 400m
  32. Paul Yego -5,000m, 8km cross country, 10km road race.

Rudisha, Vivian Cheruiyot and Ezekiel Kemboi to be inducted in Hall of Fame

World 800m record holder David Rudisha, four-time world champion Ezekiel Kemboi and Olympics 5,000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot, will be inducted into the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Hall of Fame.

The three athletes have one thing in common besides their feats at both national and international, they are all Olympic gold medalists in their respective races.

This accolade will be bestowed at the welcoming Dinner for athletes and officials participating at the 21st African Athletics Championships, Asaba 2018.
The event, organised by CAA and Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency is slated for July 31, 2018 at the Event Center, Asaba.

Nigeria’s golden girl, Blessing Okagbare and her team members who won Nigeria’s 4×200 gold at the 2016 IAAF World Relay in Bahamas will be inducted into the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Hall of Fame.

International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe, CAA President Kalkaba Malboum and members of his executive committee, State Governor Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, and top government officials at Federal and State level, diplomats and the LOC led by its Chairman Solomon Ogba will grace the occasion.

Ethiopia follows Nigeria with the highest number of athletes to be inducted. The list includes world record holder and champion Genzebe Dibabaa, Almaz Ayana an Olympics and World Champions and long distance legend Kenenisa Bekele.

Other Ethiopians on the list are, World Champion Tirunesh Dibaba and former world 5000m record holder Mesert Defar from Ethiopia will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

South Africa duo of Caster Semanya and Wayde van Nieckert both Olympics and World Champions will also be inducted.