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Mary Moraa the star to watch at Iten Cross Country Championships

World Under 18 400m silver medalist Mary Moraa will be the star to watch at the second leg of Athletics Kenya (AK) Cross Country Championships that will be held on Saturday (13) in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County.

The 800m Tokyo Olympian will be setting the pace for other athletes, both elite and untested ahead of world cross country tour.

The AK North Rift region secretary Boniface Tiren said that they are expecting over 1,000 athletes because of the nature of the county.

“This is the county that has produced top runners and an event will be coming home to its owners. This day will be great among the locals as well as internationals who train here,” said Tiren .

The event will attract seven events; will include 10km senior men and women, 8km junior men, 6km junior women, 5km under 18 women and 6km under 18 men and mixed relays.

Faith Kipyegon receives another award

Faith Kipyegon, the double Olympic 1,500m champion was named the LG Sport’s Personality for the month of August.

The mother-of-one successfully defended her 1500m gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Games in a new Olympic record of 3:53.11, beating Great Britain’s Laura Muir and Netherland’s star Sifan Hassan.

Kipyegon went home with a state-of-the-art LG Artificial Intelligence washing machine worth Ksh92,000 and a glittering trophy engraved with her name.

Kipyegon, who was awarded by the LG Electronics Managing Director, Sa Nyoung Kim on Tuesday morning at her Global Sports Communication Training Camp in Kaptagat said the award will motivate her to more success ahead of next season.

“I am so surprised about this award. It has never happened before. Being the off season, Coach Patrick Sang called me and said that there is an urgent meeting. Little did I know I was to receive this award. It is an inspiration for me and my teammates at the camp,” Kipyegon said.

The LG Managing Director appreciated the partnership, saying that the electronic firm is committed to developing sports in the country.

“I am humbled to be at such a humble camp which has so many championships. LG and SJAK will continue working together to support and motivate sports personalities achieve their dreams,” LG boss Sa Nyoung Kim said.

Kipyegon was voted the best ahead of world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge, Peres Jepchirchir Olympics as well as Olympic 800m gold medalist Emmanuel Korir.

Also in the nominees were World Under-20 Walk champion Heristone Wanyonyi, 100m sensational Ferdinand Omanyala and World Under-20 800m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi.

Kipyegon also becomes the third female athlete in 2021 to lay hands on the coveted award, previously won by the likes of Kipchoge, Geoffrey Kamworor, Mary Moraa, Milan marathon winner Titus Ekiru and the world marathon women champion Ruth Chepng’etich.

Edward Zakayo is back as Kenya lines up its best at the Kip Keino Classic

Kenya will be lining up the best field ever at the second edition of Kip Keino Classic, the World Athletics Continental Tour set for Saturday (18) at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani.

Two time Olympic 1,500m champion Faith Kipyegon leads Kenyan list that has world Under-20 1,500m champion Purity Chepkirui, Continental Cup 1,500m champion Winnie Chebet, former World 5,000m silver medallist Mercy Cherono and The 2017 World Athletics Under-18 Championships 1,500m bronze medallist, Edinah Jebitok.

The Kenyans will be battling for the title against former world indoor 1,500m silver medallist Axumawit Embaye, African Games 800m champion Hirut Meshesha, Gela Hambese, Uganda’s Winnie Nanyondo.

In the men’s field, reigning world under-20 champion Vincent Keter, Abel Kipsang alongside Olympic silver medallist Timothy Cheruiyot.

Former world under 20 5,000m champion Edward Zakayo, who is back after a long time and he will be battling with former Africa junior champion Nicholas Kimeli and Jacob Krop for the honors in 5,000m.

After setting 10km world record, two time World 10,000m bronze medallist Agnes Tirop will have a date with former World Cross Country bronze medallist Lilian Kasait, and world 5,000m silver medallist Margaret Chelimo will be in women’s 5,000m as well as world under-20 3,000m champion Teresiah Muthoni gateri and Eva Cherono

Fresh from winning an Olympic Games 3,000m steeplechase title in Tokyo, Moroccan Soufiane El Bakkali El Bakkali will be taking on Tokyo Olympics Games 3,000m bronze medallist Benjamin Kigen, world under-20 champion Amos Serem, Commonwealth Games silver medallist Abraham Kibiwott and 2016 world under-20 champion Amos Kirui as well as Ethiopia Chala Beyo, Samuel Firewu and Abraham Sime.

In women steeplechase race, Olympic champion and Ugandan Peruth Chemutai will lead the contingent that has two-time world under-20 3,000m steeplechase champion Celliphine Chespol, and 2014 Commonwealth Games champion Purity Kirui, world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech and Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Hyvin Kiyeng.

National 100m record holder Ferdinand Omanyala Omurwa will be up against two time world 100m champion Justin Gatlin in the 100m title chase.

World under 18 400m silver medalist Mary Moraa will take on world 800m champion Halimah Nakaayi from Uganda in the women’s 800m.

Olympic 800m silver medalist Ferguson Rotich will run alongside Cornelius Tuwei and Collins Kipruto.

Mary Moraa ready for Kip Keino Classic

World Under 18 400m silver medalist Mary Moraa has set her focus for the 2021 World Athletics Continental Tour meeting that will be held on 18th September at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani.

Dubbed KipKeino Classic, the encounter will see top world track athletes converge at the facility to mark the end of the track and field season.

Moraa, who made her debut in Diamond League at Brussels meeting, said she is gaining confidence in the two lap race.

The Olympic Games 800m semi-finalists will be hoping to win at the KipKeino classic to add on her Palio Citta della Quercia in Rovereto title won late last month.

She said that after turning to 800m from her well established 400m, she has not gained enough experience but slowly, she will be on course for better results.

“It was a good experience competing in Diamond Leagues and because I have not gained much experience in the series I have hope of doing well in future,” said Moraa.

At the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial, the World Athletics Continental Tour in Silesia, Poland, Moraa competed in 1,000m away from her usual 800m where she finished 10th position timing 2:39.47 in a race won by Great Britain’s Jemma Reekie in 2:35.47.

“In Silesia, I was looking for endurance to compete well in 800m and that is why I had to run 1,000m in Poland. Next will be competing at home and I have to try my best,” added Moraa.

Mary Moraa wins 800m women race in an Italian Meet

World under 18 400m silver medalist Mary Moraa won women’s 800m at the 57th edition of the Palio Citta della Quercia in Rovereto, the world Athletics Continental tour in Italy yesterday-night.

Hoping to make her debut in the Diamond League series, Moraa took the two lap race timing 2:00.40 seconds at the World Athletics Continental Silver Tour event.

The Olympic 800m semifinalists led Uruguayan Deborah Rodriguez to second in 2:00.50 and the USA’s Chanelle Price for third timing 2:00.89.

As Moraa battled in women Cornelius Tuwei finished 4th in men’s category in 1:46.25 while former Commonwealth Games 5,000m champion Mercy Cherono clocking 8:40.76 and finishing in third in women’s 3,000m.

Moraa sets her eyes on the medal as qualifies for the 400m finals at World U20 Championships

World U 18 silver medalist Championship Mary Moraa qualified to the final round of the women 400m race at the World U20 Championships that are being held in Tampere, Finland.

Moraa, an orphan and a form three student at Mogonga Mixed Secondary School in Kisii crossed the line in 52.98.

Australian Ella Connolly leads the lineup with a season best of 52.78 while Ireland’s Davicia Patterson is placed third on the leader board with 53.57.

World U18 winners exude confidence ahead of National World U20 trials a Kasarani Stadium

Kenyan junior internationals have intensified their preparations ahead of the World U20 trials set for Moi Stadium, Kasarani on June 11 and 12.

World U18 1,500m gold medalist George Manangoi remains confident of making Team Kenya for the youth championships to be held in Tampere, Finland from July 19-24 following a 3:41.75 performance at the Rome Diamond League last Thursday.

Manang’oi’s coach Bernard Ouma revealed that the youngster suffered a slight knock in Rome but should be up and running in a week.

“He suffered a slight knock on the knee during the Diamond League in Rome but it’s being fixed. I am confident that he will make to the Kenyan team. He was supposed to run in Turk, Finland on June 7 but it’s not possible because Athletics Kenya changed the dates for the trials,” said Ouma.

In Rome, Manangoi finished 14th in a race won by his training mate, Timothy Cheruiyot, in 3:31.22 while George’s brother Elijah came second in 3:33.79.

World junior race walking bronze medalist Dominic Ndigiti said he is ready for the trials and is confident of making the team to Finland.

“My preparations have been very smooth. I have won three AK weekend meets in Mumias, Mombasa and Kisii against senior runners. The bronze medal I won in Nairobi inspired me to continue working hard,” said Ndigiti, student at Kiendege Secondary in Nyamira.

Mary Moraa, who won a silver medal in 400m during the world U18 championships in Nairobi last year is also upbeat on her chances of bagging a ticket to Finland.

The national secondary schools 200m and 400m champion said: “We have been training for the trials and I want to board a plane to Finland. It will be a nice experience for me.”

Moraa is a student at Mogonga Secondary, whose coach, Haron Onchong’a, revealed that they will send at least 15 athletes to the trials.

“My athletes have not participated in many events since we finished the national secondary school games in Embu. We decided to focus on training for the world U20 trials,” said Onchong’a.

Africa Cross Country junior champion Rhonex Kipruto and silver medalist Stanley Waithaka, alongside Commonwealth 5000m bronze medalist Edward Zakayo are expected to renew rivalry during the two day trials.