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Benjamin Kigen to defend his title as Kenya names team for Africa championships

Reigning Olympic Games 3,000m steeplechase bronze medallist Benjamin Kigen will be seeking to defend his water and barrier title at the 22nd edition of the Africa championships that will be held from 08 June to 12 June  in Reduit, Mauritius.

Kigen who is the World Military Games champion has named alongside the 2015 African Junior Champion Abraham Kibiwott and Geoffrey Kirwa

The 2015 Africa Games Athletics championships silver medalist Boniface Mtunga Mweresa is back into the National team after serving his two-year ban for use of higenamine, a prohibited substance in sports.

The 28 year-old will be competing in 400m alongside two time’s National champion, Collins Omae Gichana and William Rayan.

Athletics Kenya named the final squad of 68 athletes, 34 men and 34 women that will be representing Kenya at the bi-annual championships.

The team will be under the tutelage of Julius Kirwa where Kenya will have teams in men and women’s 4x100m and 4x400m relay races.

Three-time World 10,000m bronze medallist Paul Tanui will be chasing his maiden win.

Final team


  1. 100m -Maximilla Imali, Monica Safania, Eunice Kadogo
  2. 100m hurdles -Priscilla Tabunda
  3. 200m -Maximilla Imali, Millicent Ndoro, Eunice Kadogo
  4. 400m – Veronica Mutua, Jacinta Shikanda, Hellen Syombua
  5. 400m hurdles -Jane Chege, Ann Mwangi
  6. 800m -Jarinter Mawia, Naomi Korir, Vivian Chebet
  7. 1500m -Purity Chepkirui, Winny Chebet, Brenda Chebet
  8. 3000m SC- Jackline Chepkoech, Cellphine Chespol, Carren Chebet
  9. 5000m – Beatrice Chebet, Caroline Nyaga, Nesphine Jepleting
  10. 10,000m -Alice Aprot, Judy Komen, Brilliant Chepkorir
  11. 4x100m -Maximilla Imali, Monica Safania, Eunice Kadogo, Millicent Ndoro, Mercy Chebet
  12. 4x400m- Veronica Mutua, Jacinta Shikanda, Hellen Syombua, Joan Cherono
  13. 20km Race Walk- Sylvia Kemboi, Emily Ngii, Grace Wanjiru
  14. Hammer- Lucy Omondi, Linda Oseso, Roselyne Rakamba
  15. Javelin- Martha Musai


  1. 100m- Ferdinand Omanyala, Samuel Imeta, Dennis Otieno
  2. 110m hurdles -Wiseman Were, Michael Musyoki,
  3. 200m -Ferdinand Omanyala, Dan Kiviasi, Mike Mokamba
  4. 400m-Collins Omae, William Rayan, Boniface Mweresa
  5. 400m hurdles-Wiseman Were, William Mbevi, Rotich Kipkorir
  6. 800m -Noah Kibet, Nicholas Kebenei, Elias Ngeny
  7. 1,500m -Abel Kipsang, Kumari Taki, Daniel Munguti
  8. 3,000m SC -Abraham Kibiwott, Geoffrey Kirwa, Benjamin Kigen
  9. 5,000m -Daniel Simiu, Ismael Kirui, Michael Kibet
  10. 10,000m-Kenneth Kiprop, Julius Chepkwony, Paul Tanui
  11. 4x100m –Ferdinand Omanyala, Samuel Imeta, Dennis Otieno, Dan Kiviasi, Hesbon Ochieng
  12. 4x400m- Collins Omae, William Rayan, Boniface Mweresa, Kennedy Kimeu, Nathaniel Kipng’etich
  13. 20km Race Walk -Samuel Gathimba, Heristone Wanyonyi, Simon Wachira
  14. High jump –Mathew Sawe, Asbel Kiprop
  15. Triple Jump- Gilbert Pkemoi, Isaac Kirwa, Philip Mwendwa
  16. Hammer- Dominic Abunda
  17. Javelin –Julius Yego, Alexander Kiprotich, Methusela Kiprop
  18. Decathlon-Edwin Too, Gilbert Koech
  19. Team manager- Ainsworth Maragara

Expect fireworks at kasarani

Fireworks will be expected as the Africa’s fastest man in 100m, Ferdinand Omanyala will highlight this week’s Athletics Kenya National Championships that has been brought forward to Tuesday, 26th April and will run until Thursday 28th at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

The selected athletes from these championships will lead the country at the Senior Africa Athletics Championships in Reduit, Mauritius.

Battle of wits on track and field will headline the national champions at Kasarani cum Africa Senior Athletics championships that will be held in Reduit, Mauritius.

Battle of wits on track and field will start from the sensational Omanyala to Charles Yosei Muneria in 10,000m as well as the field events like Javelin where Julius Yego will be the star to watch.

The championships were initially scheduled for April 28-30 but have been brought owing to the burial plans for the late former president Mwai Kibaki.

Whereabouts ban is an Athletes Negligence

Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) Director of Education and Research Agnes Wanjiru Mandu has warned athletes that being banned for whereabouts is a sign of negligence by an athlete and should be avoided by all means.

Mandu was speaking in Eldoret during the second series of AK/ADAK anti-doping seminar that is geared towards the preparations of this year’s World Championships.

“Whereabouts is not like an athlete has doped but it is an issue of feeding their data and it is very sad for our athletes because that is negligence,” she said.

ADAK has been collaborating with Athletics Kenya for the sake of Kenyan athletes.

“We want to make sure that our athletes are clean to avoid doping issues. Some are tested and found to have doped without their knowledge.

The rules say before a major championship; they must have been educated at least three times. Before an athlete is tested, he must be educated. After testing positive, the first question will be if they have had any education that weakens the case but when you educate them, like today and you miss because AK has given out the list, we must have had three sessions for probable’s for World championships. For those who did not show up, their case will be weakened when they are prosecuted,” she said.

The session was led by Athletics Kenya Central Rift secretary Kennedy Tanui and some of the athletes who attended were led by the 2015 Javelin World Champion-Julius Yego, Richard Yator Kimunyan 5000m specialists, Michael Kibet, Josephen Chelangat and Boaz Kiprugut.

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.

Kenya’s Police Boss Arrests Burundi’s Athletics President in Nairobi

Kenya’s Police Commander Francis Kooli beat Burundian Athletics president Cassie Ntahipmera to take home gold in the 13th edition of the Africa Masters Athletics championship in Nairobi on Thursday November 25th, 2021.

Kisii County Police boss Francis Kooli dashed to win the 60m race in 8.12s to demote the Burundian Masters athletics chief to silver in 9.76s in the 50-54 age category.

This was the Police boss’s second gold medal for Kenya after opening Kenya’s gold rush by sprinting to the 100m win in on day one of the event on Wednesday.

“I was inspired by Kenya’s police motto “Utumishi Kwa Wote” ( Service to All) by serving my country in flying our country’s flag high above other countries in the continent,” said Kooli in a post race interview.

Kisii Police Commandand Francis Kooli in action during the long Jump finals session at the African Masters Championships. PHOTO: Erick Barasa

Ntamphera conceded to defeat and said that Kooli  was very fitter than him owing to the disciplined forces physical training.

Kenya’s national women’s Javelin record holder Cecilia Kiplagat settled for silver in the competition’s day two major upset.

Kiplagat managed a throw of 33.43m to lose to her Kenya Prisons workmate Agnes Kilundo who speared 36.19m for gold in the 45-49 category.

Tunisia’s Said Mourali who beat Kenya’s Joseph Mosonik coach to former World Javelin champion Julius Yego on day one,  two more gold medals to his chest in the age category of 60-64.

Mourali started the day by claiming gold in the men’s 60m by timing 9:37s before leaping  1.45m to High Jump victory.

Kenya’s national  heptathlon record holder Caroline Kola sprinted to African glory by clocking 87.72 in the women’s 400m final in category 60-64.

Kipchoge, Chemos, Yego and Jepkosgei urge athletes to go to school

World marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge, former world 3,000m steeplechase champion Milcah Chemos, former world javelin champion Julius Yego and former world 800m champion Janeth Jepkosgei have urged fellow athletes to balance between education and their running career.

During the prize giving ceremony in Eldoret, the athletes said they went to school to gain more knowledge as well as balancing education to ensure that they compete with the rest of the world.

In an interaction session during the Team Kenya reward ceremony for the Tokyo Olympic Games, Kipchoge challenged athletes not to go through the school but to work hard and earn the purpose of them being in school.

“I want to urge athletes not to go through the school but be in school with a purpose of passing and being relevant in their course. You can meet someone who has done form four but writing the name is a challenge. Those are not the type of education we want but the quality one,” said the double Olympic marathon champion.

Chemos, the athletes representative pointed out that she had to go to school too, “As a retired athlete, I want to tell athletes that they should go past running and further their education to build your future,” said Chemos.

Jepkosgei, who started her training camp, Kapchemoiywo Athletics Training Camp has also established a school to nurture others.
“As much as I love sports, my tertiary education, I did not do anything with sports but Social work to help me nurture young people very well,” said Jepkosgei.


It may not have been the perfect year for either of them, but Africa’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou and Julius Yego are hoping for an uplifting climax at the IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018.

Ta Lou will be attempting an ambitious double before a sell-out crowd this weekend over 100m and 200m, and few would bet against the 29-year-old Ivorian in either event.

“It’s a year when I have had some personal problems and some physical problems, a very long season, but I am generally happy with how I have competed,” said Ta Lou. “I have managed to stay motivated, to race with a smile and I have been very consistent.”

Since May Ta Lou has run 13 100m races, eight 200m races, and she has been consistently impressive across either distance. It’s in the shorter sprint that her ability has been seen to best effect, Ta Lou clocking a world-leading 10.85 to start her outdoor season in Doha back in May.

Having competed at the last edition of the IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakech in 2014 (where she finished fourth in 100m in 11.28 and fifth in 200m in 22.78), Ta Lou is hoping for far better here in Ostrava and to wear her continent’s colours with pride when she takes to the track tomorrow.

“I want to finish strongly for Team Africa. It’s an honour to be chosen and I am very happy to have the chance to help my team win this great trophy. I hope we will be successful.”

For her fellow Team Rep Julius Yego, it’s so far been a season to forget.

The 2015 world champion in the men’s javelin has been well off his best, hampered by a persistent groin problem. The 29-year-old won the Kenyan title in June with his season’s best of 80.91m and though he backed that up with the African title last month in Asaba, his winning distance of 77.34m left him far from satisfied.

“Of course you’re excited to win a championships but to see the distance, it was not pleasing. Seventy-seven metres is way, way, way down compared to my best and you know, that happens. This is sport and sometimes you have good years and sometimes you have bad years. This was the worst season of my career but hopefully I will be back again.”

Yego has been working hard with his medical team and believes he has got to grips with the injury, his training slowly climbing back towards the levels that saw him launch an African record of 92.72m in Beijing three years ago.

“Now the pain is going away, the Physio has done a really good job and the last few weeks I’ve been feeling okay – not quite fully ready but it’s good to keep trying.”

The format of the javelin will be a step into the unknown for Yego, with the event divided into three phases. The first phase, qualification, will see all eight athletes have three attempts after which they are ranked, with the highest ranked from each team proceeding to round four, the semi-final, where the two athletes with the longest throws in this specific round proceed to the final.

In the deciding fifth round, the athlete with the longest throw will take maximum points for their team, with countback to round four used to decide a winner in the event of both fouling, though the individual prize money will be awarded using typical IAAF rules to the athletes with the biggest throws across the entire competition.

On Friday afternoon in Ostrava Yego was hugely optimistic about the weekend ahead, and while he knows he’s far from his best physically he seems in a positive place mentally.

“If you never have an injury it means you don’t really train that much so I’ve been doing so well. My mind is really strong and I have come through my injuries. This year I’ve been watching the big boys and next year I want to be in the mix again. It’s a world championship year and I want to come back stronger.”

Africa’s Team Captain Nezha Bidouane raced in three IAAF World Cups during her competitive career but this time around the Moroccan will play a supporting role, one she is accepting with great pride.

“I feel very honoured to have been nominated,” she said. “Athletics is obviously an individual sport but the team spirit is so important in an athlete’s career, so to be able to be a part of a team is very special.”

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.

Zakayo to skip Diamond League meeting

Kenya’s Edward Zakayo will skip the Birmingham Diamond League meeting in England next week to take a deserved rest after he won the Africa Senior athletics championships.

Zakayo, 18, will however stage a short training camp in Italy and compete in one race before returning home to continue with his studies at the Kapsait Secondary School in Marakwet.

His coach Eric Kimaiyo, a two-time Honolulu Marathon champion, said Saturday, “We were hoping to prepare Zakayo for Birmingham Diamond League but that has been cancelled. He will now compete in one race in Italy before schools open in September.”

Another athlete also likely to skip the meeting in Birmingham is Africa javelin champion Julius Yego, who is keen to replenish his energies and focus on the IAAF Continental Cup where he looks forward to a challenge from Germany world leaders Johannes Vetter, Andreas Hofmann and reigning Olympic champion Thomas Rohler.

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.