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Kenya Government Declares full scale War on Doping

The Kenyan Government has moved in with speed on the fight against doping after the leniency by the World Athletics Council of not suspending the country from active athletics events.

The Cabinet Secretary for Youth Affairs, Sports and Arts Ababu Namwamba, said the government wants the resources it deploys to the Athletics Kenya and the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) for testing, investigating and enforcement issues across the spectrum be used in taking decisive action against doping.

The Cabinet Secretary who was addressing the media at the at Maktaba House on Thursday, thanked the World Athletics and Athletics Integrity Unit for allowing Kenya the chance to freely race and participate in international events.

“We want to bring in all the stake holders that include the public, athletes, coaches, agents, managers and athletes’ managements to fight this war which we will win by all means. We will also partner with investigative and Judicial agencies, so that they can prosecute and jail the culprits. This a war we must win and we will,” said Ababu.

Accompanied the CS during the presser were Athletics Kenya President, Jack Tuwei, Athletics Kenya Chief Administrative Officer, Susan Kamau, Athletes Representative, Milcah Chemos with athletes Mary Moraa, Maximillla Imali and Dan Kiviasi.

This announcement follows what the World Athletics said yesterday that they have let Kenya be but they will be closely watching the country.

‘World Athletics has been concerned,’ said Sebastian Coe. ‘Kenya has been on the watch list for a few years already.

The World Athletics president who was speaking in Rome said, “In one year 40 per cent of all the positive tests in global athletics have been in Kenya and this is not a situation that World Athletics was prepared to sit and watch develop”.

The country has been in panic for the last few weeks that they would be blacklisted in the style of Russia by World Athletics, given that the country has 55 athletes who are serving the doping bans.

Ferdinand Omanyala wins LG Sports Personality of the month Award

Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala has been named the LG SJAK Sports Personality of the month of August 2022.

The 26-year-old star athlete became the first ever Kenyan in 60 years to win the Commonwealth Games 100m title after blistering through the final on August 3.

He emulated Seraphino Antao who was the first and only Kenyan to win the 100m sprint at the Club games in 1962 back then when the race was 100 yards.

Omanyala clocked 10.02 seconds to restrict defending champion Akani Simbine from South Africa to second place in 10.13 sec.

Omanyala, who walked away with an LG Artificially Intelligent 8kg washing machine retailing at Ksh.105, 000, achieved the feat after winning gold in 100m during the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

To win the August gong, Omanyala beat a strong field of nominees among them rugby star Billy Odhiambo who racked up his 100th career try at the World Rugby Sevens in Los Angeles, 800m runner Mary Moraa who won Kenya’s fourth gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth, as well as Hellen Wawira who claimed bronze in the para-power lifting competition also in Birmingham.

1500m runner Faith Kipyegon was also in the list of nominees with the second fastest time in history, a World Lead and a Kenyan record with 3:50.37 on the fast Louis II track at the Herculis EBS in Monaco where the 11th leg of the Wanda Diamond League took place.

Other nominees included netball player Beatrice Bucho, Jackline Chepkoech for winning the 3000 Metres Steeplechase Gold at the Commonwealth Games, Faisal Aden of Equity basketball team and Faith Cherotich for winning the 3000m Steeplechase gold at the World Athletics U20 Championships in Pascual Guerrero Stadium.

Omanyala has won the award twice after his initial feat in September 2021 and hopes to break Angela Okutoyi’s record of three in the LG East Africa-sponsored award.

“It’s such a great feeling winning the award twice within a space of 12 months. My success in Birmingham will no doubt continue to inspire and encourage many Kenyans over and above paving the way for many other local sprinters to come through,” he said, adding: “I feel a lot motivated to keep improving my personal best of 9.77 seconds given that I have two gold medals and an Africa record.”

Maureen Kemunto, Corporate Marketing and communication manager LG East Africa on her part said: “LG has been actively supporting the identification and recognition of sporting talent in Kenya through a partnership with SJAK. The purpose of this award is to recognize exceptional Kenyan sportsmen and women for their achievements across diverse disciplines each month and also to signify our commitment to contribute to the development of sport in the country.

SJAK President Chris Mbaisi, on his part, thanked LG for their continued support over the past eight years.

“With the monthly award, we are seeing a growing number of upcoming and talented sports personalities among them Angela Okutoyi who won the Wimbledon Open Junior category and won this award for a record three times. Rewarding sportsmen and women is an important step towards whipping up the enthusiasts of sports personalities across all disciplines.”

Mary Moraa wins her first Diamond League trophy

Commonwealth Games 800m champion, Mary Moraa won her first Diamond League trophy when she defeated the defending champion Keely Hodgkinson at the Zurich Diamond League Meeting held on Thursday (08) in Zurich, Switzerland.

The 22 year-old, who is also the World Under 18 400m silver medalist, lived to her expectations as she trounced European champion, Hodgkinson and the 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, Natoya Goule from Jamaica, as she ended her track season on high note with her fourth fastest time of 1:57.63.

Goule came home in second in a time of 1:57.85 with American Sage Hurta closing the podium three finishes in 1:58.47.

The 2019 World 800m Champion, Halima Nakaayi from Uganda finished in fourth place in 1:58.82 with Hodgkinson coming home a distant fifth in 1:59.06.

LEADING RESULTS

800M WOMEN

  1. Mary Moraa            (KEN) 1:57.63
  2. Natoya Goule         (KEN) 1:57.85
  3. Sage Hurta              (USA) 1:58.47
  4. Halimah Nakaayi   (UGA) 1:58.82
  5. Kelly Hodgkinson   (GBR) 1:59.06

Mary Moraa smashes 22 years 400m Record

World 800m bronze medallist, Mary Moraa set a new Kenyan National Record in the women 400m at the Brussels Diamond League Meeting, which is the 12th leg of the Wanda Diamond League series held on Friday (02) in Brussels, Belgium.

The 21 year-old smashed the old Record of 51.56 which was set by Ruth Waithera 22 years ago with a new National and Personal best of 50.67.

Moraa finished in fourth place behind the World Mixed Relay champion, Fiordaliza Cofil from the Dominican Republic who took the honors in 49.80 with World 400m bronze medallist Sada Williams from Barbados taking second place in 50.15 and the 2019 European Indoor silver medallist Cynthia Maduengele Bolingo Mbogo from Belgium closing the podium three finishes in 50.19.

Mary Moraa outclass Keely Hodgkinson as she wins her first gold medal

World bronze medallist, Mary Moraa stunned Olympic and World silver medallist Keely Hodgkinson in women 800m finals on day nine of the Commonwealth Games held at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

The 22 year-old, who is also the World Under 18 400m silver medalist, pulled a powerful kick down the home straight to outlast Hodgkinson and cross the finish line in 1:57.07 with the latter taking silver in 1:57.40.

Scotland’s Muir closed the podium three finishes ahead of Jamaica’s Natoya Goule in 1:57.87

After seven years of waiting, Mary Moraa gifts Kenya her sixth medal

World Under 18 400m silver medalist, Mary Moraa gifted Kenya her first 800m medal since 2015 as she elevated her status in the World ranking when she banged her first major medal at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon.

The race was won by Olympic champion, Athing Mu from United States who ran a world leading time of 1:56.30.

This is also the first gold medal for the United States in the women’s 800m, although it was their seventh medal in the event.

Great Britain’s Keely Hodgkinson came home in second, winning her Country the second silver medal in the event, after Kelly Holmes in 2003. It was also the fourth medal for Great Britain in the women’s 800m and their first since Jenny Meadows’ bronze in 2009.

Moraa closed the podium three finishes in a new personal best of 1:56.71.

The three medalists bettered the 2022 world leader (Mu at 1:57.01), moving them to 1-2-3 on the 2022 world list.

Mary Moraa on fire in Stockholm as she beats Keely Hodgkinson

World Under 18 400m silver medalist, Mary Moraa was on fire as she beat Olympic silver medallist Keely Hodgkinson at the Stockholm Diamond League Meeting held on Thursday (30) in Stockholm, Sweden.

 The 21 year-old clocked her second fastest time of 1:57.88, following up her impressive victory at the Athletics Kenya National Trials in Nairobi last week where she set her life time best of 1:57.45.

“I am very happy with the win and the way I ran. I came here to win, but it wasn’t easy. I will be representing the Kenya in the 400m and the 800m at the World Championships in Oregon”. said Moraa

Moraa was followed Hodgkinson, who beat Olympic 1500m silver medallist Laura Muir at the Oslo meeting last month when she crossed the finish line in 1:58.18.

The 2019 Summer Universiade champion, Catriona Bisset from Australia finished in third place in seasonal best of 1:58.54

World champion Halimah Naakayi and United States Sage Hurta came in fourth and fifth place in a time of 1:58.85 and 1:58.95 respectively.

This is Moraa’s second Diamond league victory in her career after the Rabat meet.

Jacob Kiplimo hunts for speed

One probably ought to be hearing the name Jacob Kiplimo quite a lot now. After all, the Oregon World Championships at the Hayward Field in Oregon, USA come in just under three weeks.

But the Olympic 10000m bronze medallist has been low key. The 21-year-old has not raced since expectedly winning the 21km race at the Rak Half-Marathon in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE on February 15.

So tonight, Kiplimo will be up his first track race of the year when he lines-up in a field of 15 men for the 3000m race during the Stockholm Diamond League (DL) in Sweden.

“Yes, I am going there just to run well because this is my first race,” Kiplimo told this paper before flying out this week.

The Kween-based runner should have already had a race or two in his body though. But, he pulled out of the 5000m race days before the Eugene DL leg stage on May 29 because he wasn’t ready.

Then, after confirmation from Beppe Picotti, one of his Italian managers at Rosa Associati, Kiplimo was entered for the 5000m at the Paris DL leg in France set for June 18. He again pulled out because he was sick.

Better health

Tonight, he is feeling much better. “Yes, somehow,” Kiplimo replied about his status. He is intent on getting his speed act together before competing over the 10000m final at the Oregon Worlds on July 17.

And he can win the race at the Stockholm Olympic Stadium considering he has the fastest personal best over the 3000m, at 7:26.64 which is a national record and the ninth fastest time ever.

Before Kiplimo, Ronald Musagala who has recovered from a terrible muscle problem, will also fancy a podium when he goes for his third 1500m outdoor race of the year.

Now based at the Global Sports Communication camp in Nijmegen, Netherlands, Musagala warmed up by posting 3:38.31 to finish third at the Marseille Meeting in France on June 15.

“At least, I am not bad. I am doing well,” he said after a workout with his training partners Winnie Nanyondo and Halimah Nakaayi in Nijmegen.

Musagala won the 1500m race at the Akii-Bua Memorial in Namboole on June 4 with 3:42.91 but in Stockholm, the 2018 Africa Senior bronze medallist wants more.

“3:35, that’s my target,” Musagala added. And he is capable. His personal best of 3:30.58 is the quickest in the 15-man field.

Personal goals

Meanwhile, Nanyondo will hope to break the four-minute barrier over the 1500m while world 800m champion Nakaayi is intent on a season best time over the 800m.

She posted 1:58.68 for fourth place after arguably her best push over the final 100m during the Bislett Games in Norway on June 16.

“No plan from my side. Field is strong again with (Keely) Hodgkinson and (Mary) Moraa,” Nakaayi’s coach Addy Ruiter noted.

Briton Hodgkinson won at Bislett in 1:57.71, the fourth fastest time over the two-lap distance this year. Kenyan Moraa clocked 1:57.45 – third fastest time this year – to win the National Trials in Nairobi last weekend.

Mary Moraa gets her sweet revenge in Rabat

World Under 18 400m silver medalist Mary Moraa got a sweet revenge after beating Prudence Sekgodiso at the Rabat Diamond League held on Sunday (5) in Rabat, Morocco.

Sekgodiso who is the second fastest in 800m with a time of 1:58.41 behind Caster Semenya beat Moraa last month at the Kip Keino Classic.

The 21 year-old clocked a personal best of 1:58.93, beating her previous time of 1:59.25 from last year. This time propelled her to attain the World Championships qualifying mark.

Sekgodiso who is the second fastest runner this season (1:58.41) after Anjee Wilson (1:58.18) was forced to settle in second place in 1:59.23.

The 2016 European silver medallist, Renelle Lamote from France finished in third place in 1:59.83.

Kenyans Naomi Korir and Jarinter Mawia Mwasya finished in ninth and twelveth place in a time of 2:02.14 and 2:10.27 respectively.

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.