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Geoffrey Kamworor the star to watch at Agnes Tirop World Cross Country Tour

Three-time world half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor will be on startline at the Agnes Tirop World Cross Country Tour that will be held on February 12 at the Lobo village in Kapseret, Uasin Gishu County.

Kamworor carries on his shoulders two senior world cross country titles that he won in 2015 and 2017 after the 2011 World Under 20 title.

The announcement was made during the launch of the World Athletics Cross Country Tour Gold by the event organizer Barnabas Korir who is also the Athletics Kenya Youth and Development chairman.

The meet will attract forty top notch athletes who have been to the event with many Kenyan athletes expected to join the list once they are selected after the AK National Cross Country Championships that will be held in Eldoret on January 22, 2022.

“Kenya will select up to ten athletes for the event. This will be part of the 40 athletes: 20 women and similar number for men that will take part in the competition. Expect a stiff competition since all athletes will be battling for points,” said Korir.

The guests present during the launch included Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Sports Dr. Amina Mohamed, Athletics Kenya President (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei, Uasin Gishu Governor, Jackson Mandago and Eliud Kipchoge, the world marathon record holder. Other top notch athletes included Kamworor, Faith Kipyegon, Jonathan Korir, Alice Aprot and Rhonex Kipruto.

The race category will the 10km senior men and women, 8km junior men, 6km junior women, U18 6km boys, U18 4km girls, 2km boys and 1km for children and masters race.

The winners will pocket $400,000 (Sh43m) prize money and $75,000 (Sh8m) will be set aside for the best male and female runners in the cross country tour.

Rhonex Kipruto sets his eyes on world record in Germany

Rhonex Kipruto the 10km world record holder will target to lower his own record at the Road to Records race which will be held on Sunday (12) at the Adidas headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

The battle to lower the record has been dubbed, “Road to Records” after their signature racing shoe.

Kipruto who is also the World under-20 5,000m champion came within two seconds of the world record at the 2018 Birell Prague 10km race an IAAF Gold Label road race. His winning time of 26:46 is the second-fastest 10km performance in history behind Leonard Komon’s 26:44 world record from 2010.

Muktar Edris, the two-time 5km world champion from Ethiopia who of late has been in great shape, beat Mo Farah a two-time double world champion and two time double Olympic champion at the 2017 World championships in London.

The two have been paired together to try and lower the current world record set by Kipruto of 26:24 in January 12, 2020 in Valencia Spain.

Other assembled athletes to look after include Weldon Langat who has a personal best of 27:24.73 that he got early this year in Nairobi, Nicholas Kimeli from Kenya who also has a personal best of 12:51.78that he got in 2020 in Monaco, Italy and Birhanu Balew from Ethiopia who has a personal best of 27:07.49, which is also national record, that he got at the 60th Ostrava Golden Spike in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Italy will be represented by Eritrean born Italian Eyob Faniel who holds the Italian record over the half marathon of 1:00.07.

Olympic Marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir will be a special guest.

World Champ Rhonex Kipruto to Vie for Ndalat top Honours

World under-20 5,000m champion Rhonex Kipruto will be bidding for the Safaricom Isaiah Kiplagat Memmorial Ndalat Gaa cross country in Nandi County on Saturday (October 13).

Kipruto who is also the Africa Cross Country Under-20 is expected to star in the men’s junior race.

On September 8, the Kenyan fast-rising Kipruto came within two seconds of the world record at the at the Birell Prague 10km race an IAAF Gold Label road race. His winning time of 26:46 is the second-fastest 10km performance in history second-fastest 10km performance in history behind Leonard Komon’s 26:44 world record from 2010.

Isaiah Kiplagat Memmorial Ndalat Gaa cross country defending champions Noah Kipkorir and Sandra Chebet will lead 4000 athletes expected as they defend their titles in this year’s Ndalat Gaa Cross country set for Ndalaat Gaa Girls high school.

The organisers have set aside Sh3 million in total prize money will be up for grabs, with the winners in the elite  senior men 10km and  women covering 8 kilometres each receiving Sh50,000 each, runners up Sh45,000 each and third-placed finishers Sh40,000.

According to the organizers the races will feature all the way from school children to veterans with hundreds of runners expected to participate.

The race will feature different categories: Boys and Girls, 2km 4-6 years boys and girls (school teams), 4km 7-10 years boys and girls (school teams), 6km secondary school girls (school teams), 8km secondary school boys (school teams), 4km senior women (elites), 4km senior men (elites), 6km senior women (elites), 10km senior men (elites), 4km senior women (35-45 years), 2km senior women (46 years and above), 4km senior men (40-50 years), 2km senior men (46 years and above).

Event organising committee chief executive officer Kennedy Tanui, said routes will remain unchanged from last year but spectator areas will be enhanced to accommodate the expected larger numbers.

The Ndalat race was founded by the late former AK President Isaiah Kiplagat and has been sponsored by, among others, Safaricom Nandi County Government, Mosop Constituency Development Fund, Amaco Insurance, Skyward, Kenya Pipeline Foundation, Kenya Seed, Paramount Bank, New KCC, Kenya Dairy Board among others.

Joshua Cheptegei to defend his title at Dam2Damloop 10miles

Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei will head back to Netherlands to defend his title at the 34th edition of the Dam2Damloop 10miles road race that will be held on Sunday (23) Amsterdam, Holland.

The 22 year-old who won 5000m and 10000m at Commonwealth Games will not have an easy ride as he will face off with Belgian Abdi Bashir, Ethiopia’s Ayele Abshero and New Zealand’s Zane Robertson.

Bashir who is the 2018 European Championships silver medallist comes to this race with a personal best of 46:40 that he got at this course last year and will be looking to improve on his performance after finish second behind Cheptegei.

The 27 year-old Abshero who is the 2009 world cross country silver medallists champion, will be looking to bring down Cheptegei as carries a personal best of 45:24 over the distance.

The 2014 commonwealth games bronze medallist, Robertson, who recently withdrew from the Copen Hagen Half Marathon, will be on the front line to battle for top honors as he seeks to unseat Cheptegei.

Cheptegei got his 2018 campaign off to a flying start by winning both the 5000m and 10000m titles at the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane in April and was all set to compete at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond Leaque event in Oregon before a knee injury saw him withdraw the rest of the season.

“I picked up a knee injury just before I came to South Africa for the Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix Meeting in March while preparing for the Commonwealth Games. It wasn’t too bad in March and I was supposed to only do the 5000m in Brisbane, but the Uganda Federation asked me to do the 10000m too. Winning both the 5000m and 10 000m was very important for me as representing my country means a lot to me. But it did mean that I had to sit out the rest of the track season as we did not want to make the injury worse,” said Cheptegei.

“It was a precautionary measure,” confirms Cheptegei’s agent, Jurrie van der Velden of Global Sports Communication. “We have big plans for Joshua, which will culminate in 2020, so we thought it prudent that he heals completely and focuses on the road season towards the end of the year.”

The three athletes have been lined up to try and lower the course record of Leonard Komon of 44:27 that he set in 2011.

Leonard Komon Evades Militia, Runs and Preach Peace

Sports has been used in peace making process and coexistence among troubled communities across the world because of its connectivity and appealing to the masses.

Born and raised in tribal region  embarked on a piece mission as a man who athletics prowess saved from Sabaot Land Defence Forces (SDLF) militia that maimed residents of Mount Elgon in Bungoma County, Western Kenya.

Komon, who holds the two world records in 10km and 15km, survived joining the militia as of his family, friends and age-mates made a cut into the group that was associated with tribal and clan clashes, raping and killing people in the vast fertile land.

The former senior world cross country silver medalist defied the odds and pursued a career in athletics as most of his peers and even his family chose to join the militia.

Coming from a polygamous family, Komon’s elder brother Wycliffe Kirui Komon alias Matwakei was the militia leader commanding a wider area of Mount Elgon area.

But his focus on athletics career was God sent since he managed to evade the killer gang.

Matakwei, being a difficult Sabaot name, he was popularly called Matakwei was killed in 2008 by the Kenyan army.

With his focus in athletics, Komon, who completed his secondary education in 2004 at Cheptais Boys High school moved to a training camp in Kitale that saved him from the outlawed militia that was accused of killing more than 600 and committing torture, rape, theft and destruction of property.

“My whole life I had dedicated to running and I dream of one day I will run for Kenya and after High school, I went to Kitwamba training camp in Kitale as I was invited by athletes like James Kwambai and luckily I did very well,” said Komon.

Komon, who has held the two world records since 2010 has fond memories of his brother and says his death was a big blow to his family.

“The death of Matwakei was really painful for me to bear but I had to accept what happened to him. I respected my brother and as Komon family we loved each other and losing him through the gun was a bad thing to have ever happened. I personally don’t believe that he planned any killing. His death was a blow to the family,” said Komon.

In 2006, he represented the country for the first time winning silver in the world junior cross country championships in Fukuoka, a turning point in his career. Unlike his fellow athletes he never celebrated his victory back at home.

“After I won silver, I went back to Kitale and my parents organized a welcoming ceremony, but it was abruptly interrupted by a villager who said it was plan to attack a local,” said Komon, opening up on the lingering doubts and suspicions around his family that began  way before his brother was gunned down.

Komon has 10km (26:44) and 15km world record records that has stayed for years. At 30, had a successful debut into the seniors winning the silver at the world cross in Edinburg, after finishing fourth the previous year in the junior race in Mombasa.

He maintained his position in the team in subsequent world cross country championships but could only manage fourth in Amman (2009) and Bydgoszcz (2010).

Source: dailysport.co.ke