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David Rudisha’s coach honored

World 800m record holder’s coach Bro Colm O’Connell was yesterday honored by the Elgeyo Marakwet county government by naming one of the Iten’s street under his name.

O’Connell who Arrived in the country 42 years ago, has been training many Kenyan runners who have conquered the world that includes David Rudisha.

Christened as Home of Champions, Iten’s street, O’Connell bears a similarity with a street in Dublin, Ireland where Bro Colm hails from.

According to O’Connell, he feels appreciated by naming of the street that leads to St Patrick’s Boys High School Iten where he has been living since he set foot in Kenya in 1976.

Uleerlaag wins Rift Valley Marathon Experience

Netherlands International Remko Uleerlaag won the first edition of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Rift Valley Marathon Experience charity race held on Friday (18) in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County.

With 30 Dutch athletes in the special race, raised over kshs 20 million in fundraising drive to help in several schools in Kenya under Unicef programme.

The 2014 Berlin marathon runner Uleelaag ran 3:17.17 in a race that started at Kessup Centre, along the meanders of Iten-Baringo road, going through the hard murram road in the villages before ending at Iten’s monumental “jogoo” area near High Altitude Training Centre.

The 43 year old Uleelang, who was making his maiden visit to Kenya, declared himself Kibet due to his superlative performance.

“I had a great race in a nice environment. It was the best course of my life,” said the 2008 Beijing marathon runner who holds best marathon time of 2:38.20 set in Rotterdam marathon in 2014.

After arriving in the country on Monday, he had to take a rest to get used to the environment before embarking on training that paid off.

“Most of time I run for recreation since I am a Physio-therapist and today’s course was good for recreation. Running in up and down hill and tough terrain course. Remember it was rainy at night but above all, achieving the goal of collect a lot of money to support Kenyan children,” added Uleelaang.

Experienced Uleelaang led the podium with Malko Koers coming in second, half an hour later clocking 3:47.44 as Aiter Heymans completed the podium in 3:56.31.

Race organizer led by former world half marathon champion Lornah Kiplagat and Dutch Unicef, said ten schools have been identified and put under the project to ensure that they get clean water, enhance hygiene

“The money collected in this project will be used by Unicef supply some schools with clean drinking water.



  1. Remko Uleerlaag  (NED) 3:17.17
  2. Malko Koers          (NED) 3:47.44
  3. Aiter Heymans      (NED) 3:56.31

Asbel Kiprop acknowledges failed drug test

Former Olympic 1,500m champion Asbel Kiprop says he has tested positive for doping and is alleging officials who collected his drug-test sample extorted money from him.

Kiprop wired funds to one of the doping control officers by mobile phone while they were still in his house in Iten, Kenya, collecting his urine sample last November, he said in a statement released via his lawyer Thursday.

The 2008 Olympic gold medalist and three-time world champion said he learned in February the sample tested positive.

“I remain perplexed on how my innocent sample could turn positive on the only time when money was extorted from me,” Kiprop said. “It is not beyond my suspicion that my sample turned positive because I might have remitted less money than I was expected to remit.”

News of a failed test for Kiprop was first reported Wednesday by the Daily Mail. The IAAF anti-doping unit would not comment on Thursday on the report.

Kiprop’s statement did not specify what substance he tested positive for. However, he appeared to suggest it might be the banned blood-boosting hormone EPO, saying: “I am told EPO is put into the body using injection. The last time I had an injection was in 2014 when I was given a yellow fever vaccination before travelling to Bahamas for a competition.”

Kiprop’s failed test deals another damaging blow to Kenya’s reputation as a middle and long-distance running superpower. Dozens of Kenyans have tested positive for an array of doping substances in recent years. They’ve included big names, among them Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong. Like four other elite Kenyan runners who also failed doping tests, Kiprop worked with Italian agent Federico Rosa. The other four are Sumgong, Rita Jeptoo, Matthew Kisorio and Agatha Jeruto.

Sumgong and Jeptoo tested positive for EPO and were banned for four years. Kisorio and Jeruto tested positive for traces of steroids and were banned for two and four years, respectively.

Rosa said he was “shocked” by the news of Kiprop’s failed test.

“It is very, very strange to me after so many years of such an incredible career,” Rosa told The Associated Press in a phone interview.

Rosa said he was travelling when the story broke and that he has since been trying unsuccessfully to speak to his athlete.


Kipruto targets World Junior Championships

Rhonex Kipruto is set to take part in the 2018 World Junior Championships in July after winning New York Road Runners 10km race on Sunday.

Kipruto clocked 27:08 smashing 27:35 course record set by Leornard Komon in 2011 and setting the fastest 10K record on the US soil.

His coach Brother Colm O’Connel disclosed that Kipruto will take part in the competition that will go down in Tampere, Finland.

“Our goal is to ensure Kipruto makes it to the Kenyan team to World Junior Championships. He will be competing in the 10,000 metres race,” Colm said.

Colm said Kipruto’s preparation for the junior competition will be done through well-spaced races ahead of the world competition.

The 18-year-old 2018 U-20 African cross country champion and his training compatriot Mathew Kimeli scooped the first and second places in the New York’s Central Park duel. Kimeli cut the tape in 27:19 ahead of Teshome Mekonen, who clocked 28:10 to take the third position. The duo’s win put Iten in the spot light and more so Brother Colm, who described the winner as the world’s new stars. “Kipruto and Kimeli will represent the country in the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan if stay focused,” Colm said.

Colm has trained Kipruto and Kimeli for four and six years respectively in the country’s oldest athletics training camp at St. Patrick’s High School Iten.

“It is a fantastic encouragement. It motivates me to nurture more athletes and it gives credibility to my programme,” Colm said about performance.

He said the duo have demonstrated consistency in their performances throughout their junior athletics duels. Kipruto pocketed Sh3 million for breaking the course record and an additional Sh1 million for the win. Kipruto and Kimeli comes from Keiyo South, Elgeyo Marakwey county.

Diriba Mergia from Ethiopia clocked 32:04 to win the women’s 10K race, beating Monicah Ngige (32:15) of Kenya and Ethiopian Sinke Dessie Biyadgilgn (32:56).