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Sandrafelis Chebet and Leonard Bett lift South Rift Cross Country titles

Former WorldU20 3000m steeplechase champion Leonard Kipkemoi Bett and World under 20 silver medalist Sandrafelis Chebet were the winners of South Rift Cross Country championships that were held today (Saturday 8) at the Njoro Boys High school in Nakuru County.

The 21 year-old was pushed to the wire by Geoffrey Kimutai who pushed him to the tape with the latter cutting the tape in 28:23, one second ahead of Kimutai. Andrew Mangati came home in third place in a time of 28:34.

Chebet who is fresh from winning the Sao Silvestre de Sao Paulo cross country ran away with the women title 32:03 ahead of Viola Chepngeno in 32:11 with Fancy Cherono taking in bronze medal in a time of 32:21.

Faith Cherono came home in fourth with the 2013 World silver medalist Champion, Mercy Cherono finishing in fifth in 32:54 and 33:07 respectively.

LEADING RESULTS

10KM MEN

  1. Leonard Bett       (BMT)- 28:23
  2. Geoffrey Koech   (KRH)- 28:24
  3. Andrew Mangat  (NKR)- 28:34
  4. Mathu Samberu  (KJD)- 28:37
  5. Shem Tolu           (KRH)- 28:37

LEADING RESULTS

10KM WOMEN

  1. Sandrafelis Chebet (KRH)- 32:03
  2. Viola Chepngeno   (KRH)- 32:11
  3. Fancy Cherono       (KRH)- 32:21
  4. Faith Cherono        (NKR)- 32:54
  5. Mercy Cherono       (KRH)- 33:07

Norah Jeruto to battle Peruth Chemutai in Zurich

Former Africa 3,000m steeplechase champion Norah Jeruto will be leading a star-studded field at the Zurich Diamond League at the Letzigrund stadium on Thursday.

Following her good show at the Eugene Diamond League, the former World Youth 2,000m steeplechase champion will be taking on her Ugandan neighbor and Peruth Chemutai, the Tokyo Olympic Games 3,000m steeplechase champion.

The Kenyan born turned Kazakhstan international, Jeruto who failed to shine at the Olympic Games will be up against Chemutai who won gold in 9:01.45 which is a national record.

The former Commonwealth Youth 2,000m steeplechase champion will also be up against Tokyo silver medalist Courtney Frerichs from the United States who comes to this race with a season best of 8:57.65 that moved her to No. 4 on the all-time list and lowering her own North American and U.S. record of 9:00.85 from Monaco in 2018.

But the battle will with her compatriot and former World 3,000m steeplechase champion Hyvin Kiyeng, who enters this race after winning bronze at the Tokyo in the water and barriers race after narrowly missing dipping under that barrier in Eugene, where she finished third with a season best of 9:00.05 will also be on the line to fight for glory.

Kiyeng the 2015 world champion and a silver medalist in Rio five years ago, will be hoping for gold this time as she faces the best of the best over this distance in Zurich.

Kenyan born-Bahrain runner Winfred Mutile Yavi will be also the star to watch as she carries a season best of 9:02.52. The Asian Champion in both both 5000m and 3000m steeplechase will be out to claim a podium finish as she yearns to end the season on high note.

The World U20 Champion Celliphine Chepteek Chespol has also been included in the field though she has been having a nagging knee injury that has kept her out of the race for almost the whole season.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2010 World Junior Champion Purity Kirui and Fancy Cherono are other Kenayans that have been lined up for the race. Kirui and Cherono both comes to this race with season best of 9:16.91 and 9:27.30 respectively.

Ethiopia will be represented by the 2019 African Games gold medallist Mekides Abebe who carries on her shoulder a season best of 9:02.52.

The 2019 World bronze 3000m steeplechase Champion Gesa Felicitas Krause from German will also be fighting for the podium as she comes with a season best of 9:07.61.

LEADING TIME

3000M STEEPLECHASE

  1. Norah Jeruto                     (KEN) 8:53.65
  2. Courtney Frerichs            (USA) 8:57.65
  3. Hyvin Kiyeng                    (KEN) 9:00.05
  4. Peruth Chemutai             (KEN) 9:01.45
  5. Mekides ABebe                (ETH) 9:02.52
  6. Winfred Yavi                     (BAH) 9:02.64
  7. Celliphine Chespol          (KEN) 9:07.07
  8. Gesa Krause                      (GER) 9:07.61
  9. Purity Kirui                       (KEN)  9:16.91
  10. Rosefline Chepngetich   (KEN) 9:22.30
  11. Fancy Cherono                 (KEN) 9:27.30

Youth Olympics: IOC locks out Kenyan Athletes

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has rejected a list of athletes that never took part in the Africa Youth Games from participating in the fourth coming Youth Olympics.

Team Kenya Chef de Mission to the Games, Anthony Kariuki, said that efforts by the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) to have athletes who attained qualifying marks from other championships besides the Africa Youth Games were rejected by IOC.

“The IOC insisted that the selection of athletes drawn from various disciplines be based on those that participated at Africa Youth Games held July 18-28 in Algiers, Algeria which they consider as the Youth Olympics qualifiers.

Disclosed Monday that the team was selected exclusively from disciplines that took part

Kariuki noted that their efforts to lobby for athletes who attained qualifying marks from other championships besides the Africa Youth Games hit a snag after the organisers turned down their request.

That effectively locks out plans by

IOC’s decision means that plans by Athletics Kenya (AK) to include athletes who have qualifying times away from the Africa Youth Games has hit a snag.

Consequently, the decision means that Kenya will now be represented by five boys and five girls in athletics.

They include javelin throwers Martha Nthanza Musai, winner of gold in girls’ category at the Africa Youth Games and silver medalist Ita Nao.

They include gold medalist at the Africa Youth Games including Fancy Cherono (2,000m steeplechase), World Under-18 1,500m bronze medallist Edinah Jebitok (1500m, girls) and Nickson Pariken (1500m, boys).

Silver medalists Dennis Mutuku Matheka (2,000m steeplechase) and Angela Ndungwa (800m)

The bronze winners in the team are Mercy Chepkorir (3000m) who missed out on World Under-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland owing to faulty traveling documents, Jackson Kavesa (3000m) and East Africa Secondary Schools champion Francis Leshoo (800m).

At the previous Youth Olympics in Nanjing in 2014, China, Kenya secured five medals which included two gold, two silver and one bronze all from athletics.

The third edition of the Youth Olympics will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 6-18. It will be the first Summer Youth Olympic Games to be held outside of Asia (also first in the Southern and Western Hemispheres), and the first Youth Games for either summer or winter to be held outside Eurasia.

World 3000m Steeplechase record holder takes on Chespol and Cherono in Brussels

World 3,000m steeplechase world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech will headline the Final Zurich Brussels Diamond League Meeting that will be held on Friday (31) in Brussels, Belgium.

The 27 year-old who became the first woman to break 8:50 and 8:45 will face off with with Africa silver medallist Celliphine Chespol and bronze medallist Fancy Cherono.

Other Kenyans on the start list are former world champion Hyving Kiyeng, Caroline Tuigong, Daisy Jepkemei and Norah Jeruto for company in the water jump event.

The Kenyans water champions will battle for the honors with World champion Emma Coburn of the United States and Commonwealth Games champion Aisha Praught of Jamaica.

Africa 1,500 meters champion Winny Chebet is lined up for the event, where she faces stern test from several world beaters including England’s Laura Muir and Laura Weightman, Netherlands’ Hassan Sifan and Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia.

Commonwealth Games 800m champion Wycliffe Kinyamal faces off with Africa silver medallist Emmanuel Korir, Ferguson Rotich, Cornelius Tuwei, with Marcin Lewadonski of Poland also in the mix.

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.

GOLD MEDALISTS:

  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.

 SILVER MEDALISTS

  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

BROZE

  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.

 

Chepkoech leads a podium sweep for Kenya in steeplechase

World 3000m steeplechase record holder Beatrice Chepkoech led a 1-2-3 Kenya sweeps on the final day of the Africa Senior Athletics Championships at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Nigeria.

Chepkoech took gold and the world U20 steeplechase record holder Celliphine Chespol took silver with Fancy Cherono closing the podium three finishes.

Chemutai against world’s best in steeplechase final

The 3,000m steeplechase race was made for Kenya. It is the only event where they successfully get a 1-2-3 and even the world records are held by Kenyan born runners.

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World record holder Chepkoech set Sights on next target

For most spectators in Friday’s steamy and spectacular IAAF Diamond Leaguemeeting in the Stade Louis II, Beatrice Chepkoech’s 3000m steeplechase world record looked on with about three laps to go. As far as Chepkoech was concerned, however, it was on from the moment the gun went…

What became clear soon after she had taken an extraordinary margin of eight seconds off the world record mark of 8:52.78 in running 8:44.32 was how little of a surprise the achievement was to this 27-year-old Kenyan – albeit that even she had not anticipated running quite as fast.

“I wanted to break the world record; that was the plan from beginning of the season,” she said. “And I was aware the biggest chance will be in Monaco due to weather, crowds and the whole environment. And this plan worked well.

“I was thinking maybe I can break 8:50 but not at all was I dreaming about 8:44. And this time still could be improved I’m sure.”

After pacemaker Caroline Tuigong, the 2006 world U20 champion, had led to the 1000-metre mark in 2:55.23 before veering off, Chepkoech pushed on relentlessly, running her next two laps in 68.6 and 70.5.

When she reached 2000 metres in 5:49.81, looking smooth and untroubled, something special was clearly on.

Chepkoech slowed on the penultimate lap, running 71.4, before accelerating to embrace her historic moment with a final lap which the meeting organisers gave at 66.8.

“On my last lap I watched the time and I knew that I was going to break the world record and that was what I wished for,” she told the IAAF.

“It is great feeling I brought back to Kenya the women’s steeplechase record, I’m very proud of it. And that after six years of running and three years with steeplechase.”

According to Kenyan news sources, the question of whether Chepkoech would be running the steeplechase this season was something of an issue following the debacle at last year’s IAAF World Championships. She put paid to her excellent chance of winning the title when she missed a water jump and had to double back and put it right before finishing fourth in a race that ended with unexpected success for the United States as Emma Coburn and Courtney Frerichs won respective gold and silver.

“Of course I was angry,” she said as she reflected on her gaffe on Friday. “But that did not stop me from continuing to believe in myself, on the contrary.”

Nevertheless, it seemed that some others were not convinced. It was reported that she had been obliged to run the 1500m rather than the 3000m steeplechase at this year’s Commonwealth Games – where she took silver in 4:03.09 behind South Africa’s Caster Semenya – and has since wanted to prove a point by running a “strong PB”.

But there is no doubt that Chepkoech is an unusually adaptable athlete in terms of events. She began as a road runner, switching to the track in 2015, when she set a 1500m personal best of 4:03.28 and earned a bronze medal at the African Games.

She finished that season with a run in the 2000m steeplechase at the ISTAF Berlin meeting and made a successful transition to the full-distance event the following year, finishing fourth and second respectively at the Eugene and Stockholm IAAF Diamond League meetings before missing out on an Olympic medal by one place.

Chepkoech, who runs for Kenya’s national police service, underlined her outstanding breadth of talent at last month’s service championships, where she retained her steeplechase title in 10:00.60 before winning the 1500m in 4:07.69 – beating the 2013 world champion Eunice Sum into second place – before completing a hat-trick of titles in the 400m hurdles, where she ran 60.70.

Coached by 2006 European 800m champion Bram Som and a training partner of world and Olympic 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon, Chepkoeche is now due to represent Kenya – this time back in the 3000m steeplechase – at the African Championships in Asaba, Nigeria from 1-5 August, along with the world U20 champion Celliphine Chespol, 10th in Monaco, and Fancy Cherono.

It was a measure of her superiority on the night that second-placed Frerichs broke Coburn’s US record of 9:02.58, finishing in 9:00.85 to become the sixth fastest woman of all time – and she was more than 16 seconds adrift of the Kenyan.

“That race was incredible!” said Frerichs. “Eight seconds under the world record – it’s such a huge step for the event, such a promotion.

“I’m so proud of this American record and what will keep us going is the nine minutes line and that’s what I’ll be aiming for. It feels amazing to be an American among all the Kenyans and I have to give so much credit to Emma for making this event what it is now in America. Who knows what’s coming next?”

On that subject, Chepkoech has already begun speculating: “Maybe my next target could be to run under 8.40.”