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Emmanuel Wanyonyi to Battle Worku and Zhoya at World Athletics Rising Stars Award

World U20 800m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi has been nominated by World Athletics for Male Rising Stars Award.

The form two students at Kosirai High school won the 800m title during the world under 20 championships that was held at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani.

Wanyonyi was recognized as the world under 20 leading time and Kenyan national record holder in the junior category in 800m

He will be joining other four junior athletes led USA’s Sean Burrell, the world under 20 400m hurdles record holder, compatriot Erriyon Knighton, the Olympic Games runner, world under 20 200m record holder and world under 18 800m best.

Others include world under 20 3,000m champion Tadese Worku, who also won silver in 5,000m at the world under 20 and the Ethiopian Senior 10km record holder. Finally is Sasha Zhoya, the French international who holds the world under 20 110m hurdles title, European under 20 110m hurdles and world under 20 110m record.

Tadese Worku to face off with Weldon Langat at 10k Valencia Ibercaja

World U20 3000m Champion Tadese Worku from Ethiopia will battle for the top honors at the 10k Valencia Ibercaja that will be held on Sunday (3) in Paseo de la Alameda, Valencia.

Worku comes to this race with the second fastest time this year of 26:56 that he got at the Adizero Road to Records and will be yearning for the glory after finishing second behind Rhonex Kipruto the world 10km record holder.

The Ethiopian teenager will not have an easy race as he has been named alongside Kenyan Olympian in 5000m, Weldon Kipkirui Langat who also comes with the personal best of 27:40 that he got at the same race as Worku.

Worku has had a good season as he also piped Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion Soufiane El-Bakkali from Morocco  in the 3000m race at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial, which is a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting

The two have been lined up against Collins Kipkorir Koros who also carries a pb of 27:27 that he got when he finished sixth at the Adizero Road to Records.

Others include Spain’s Juan Antonio Chiki, Ronald Kiprotich from Kenya and Uganda’s Maxwell Kortek Rotich

Rhonex Kipruto runs away with 10km Road to Records title

Rhonex Kipruto the 10km world record holder was on target once again as he took the top honors at the 10km Road to Records race which was held on Sunday (12) at the Adidas headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

Kipruto failed to lower his own record but managed to run the second fastest time in history of the 10km race when he cut the tape in 26:43 which is also his season best.

Kipruto was followed by Tadese Worku from Ethiopia who crossed the line in 26:56 with Kennedy Kimutai taking the third spot in 27:09.

Nicholas Kimeli from Kenay and Ethiopia’s Bayelign Teshager came home in fourth and fifth place in 27:22 and 27:24 respectively.



  1. Rhonex Kipruto      (KEN) 26:43
  2. Tasede Worku         (ETH) 26:56
  3. Kennedy Kimutai   (KEN) 27:09
  4. Nicholas Kimeli      (KEN) 27:22
  5. Bayelign Teshager  (ETH) 27:24

Tadese Worku beats Soufiane El-Bakkali at World Continental Tour

World Athletics U20 3000m Champion Tadese Worku continued with his great shape in the 3000m at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial that was held on Sunday (5) in Silesia, Poland, a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting.

Worku piped 3000m steeplechase gold medallist Soufiane El-Bakkali from Morocco who could not match the kicks of the young teenager.

The Ethiopian sensation took the race title when he crossed the line in a new Meet Record of 7:36.47 with El-Bakkali coming home in second in 7:37.18.

The 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games champion, Mohammed Tindouft closed the first three podium finishes in a new personal best of 7:38.92.

Ethiopia’s Haftu Teklu and Elzan Bibic from Serbia took fourth and fifth place in 7:39.62 (pb) and 7:39.95 respectively.

Kenya’s Mark Lomuket finished in a distant ninth place in 8:01.11.

3000m MEN

  1. Tadese Worku                 (ETH) 7:36.47 MR
  2. Soufiane El-Bakkali       (MOR) 7:37.18
  3. Mohammed Tindoufti  (MOR) 7:38.92 PB
  4. Haftu Teklu                     (ETH) 7:39.62   PB
  5. Elzan Bibic                      (SER)  7:39.95

Selemon Barega to battle Soufiane El Bakkali at World Continental Tour

Olympic 10,000m champion Selemon Barega will battle for honors with Soufiane El Bakkali from Morocco in the 3000m race at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial that will be held on Sunday (5) in Silesia, Poland, a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting.

Barega who was beaten last week in Lausanne Diamond League by the Olympic 1500m champion Jacob Ingebrigtsen will come face to face with the Tokyo 3000m steeplechase champion El Bakkali, who in his last engagement at the Diamond league meet got injured when he hit the first water barrier.

The 25 year-old ended Kenya’s rules over the water barrier race when he beat them at the just concluded Tokyo 2020.

The two will be squaring off over 3000m in a field that includes rising star Tadese Worku of Ethiopia, the world U20 champion, and Abel Kipsang from Kenya, who finished fourth in the Olympic 1500m final.

Benson Kiplagat gifts Kenya her first gold medal

Benson Kiplagat gave Kenya her first medal when he set up a sweet revenge against Ethiopians by winning the first gold medal for the country on the second day of world U20 chmapionships that are being held at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani in Nairobi.

Kplagat, fought off his fierce opponent Tadese Worku from Ethiopia, who took gold in 3000m on Wednesday to deny him another gold by putting on a fine kick to the much anticipated party winning gold in a personal best of 13.20.37.

Worku was forced to settle in second position coming home in 13:20.65. Levy Kibet took off with the bronze medal in 13:26.01.

The win ensured that Kenya retains the 5,000m title last won by Edward Zakayo Pingua during the 2018 championships in Tampere, Finland.

The champion said that he was exited with the win that he never expected.

“I didn’t know that I will win the race but it has just come as a surprise. I told my compatriot to pray before competing and God has really worked for us,” said Kiplagat.

Third placed Kibet said that he was satisfied with the bronze.

“Winning bronze medal was not and this is a good start for my career. I wanted to be in the podium and we had planned to push the pace in turns and it worked. We saw yesterday what they did in the 3,000m race and we couldn’t allow that today. It’s great to bag a gold medal,” Kibet.

Beatrice Masilingi goes for 100m gold in Nairobi

Namibia’s Beatrice Masilingi goes into Thursday’s women’s 100m final at the World Athletics Under-20s Championships in Nairobi as one of the favourites to win the title.

The 18-year-old, who was sixth in the Olympic 200m final, finished first in her 100m semi-final in Nairobi having earlier claimed a personal best time of 11.20 seconds in the heats.

“It’s crazy because just the other day I was competing with the world’s best athletes at the Olympics,” Masilingi told BBC Sport Africa.

“I would say I got a lot of experience there and more – and I think I can use all that Olympics experience here at the junior Championships, so I am here to show what I have got.”

Masilingi is blocked from running distances between her favoured 400m and one mile under World Athletics rules because her testosterone levels are beyond the allowed limit for female athletes to compete over that distance, unless she medically lowers her testosterone for a period of at least six months.

It is the same case for her compatriot Christine Mboma who features in the women’s 200m in Nairobi having picked up an Olympic silver medal in Tokyo.

Masilingi said the World U20 Championships were always her target this year.

“I didn’t really plan to take part in the Olympics – I was planning for the junior Championships, I mean as a junior, this is the biggest stage for us and this is every young athlete’s dream to show your skills – I really respect the World juniors.

“First of all it’s the love I have for athletics, so being here and competing here with the other athletes is so much fun – it’s really great and I am loving the experience so very much.

“I have been running my best times in Africa and winning the World junior title will be a bonus. I am really looking forward to running in the final,” Masilingi added.


All three gold medals that were on offer on day one of the World U20 Athletics Championships in the Kenyan capital went to Africa.

There was a one-two finish for Ethiopia in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase with Tadese Worku winning gold and compatriot Ali Abdilmana taking silver while Eritrea’s Samuel Habtom won bronze.

“This is a very good start for me – I get a lot of confidence from this win because it predicts my future,” Worku told BBC Sport Africa.

“Many of my friends like [Selemon] Barega, [Kenenisa] Bekele and Haile [Gebrselassie] have brought so much pride to Ethiopia and winning here means I am next in line following in their footsteps – I am very happy to know that my future is bright,” Worku added.

Elsewhere on Wednesday, South Africa’s Mire Reinstorf won gold in the women’s pole vault and Nigeria won gold in the 4x400m mixed relay with their quartet of Johnson Nnamani, Imaobong Nse Uko, Opeyemi Deborah Oke and Bamidele Ajayi setting a new championship record of 3 minutes 19.70 seconds.

The championships in Nairobi, which started a day later than scheduled because of the challenge that Covid has had on travel, finish on Sunday 22 August.


Ethiopia beats Kenya hands down in 3000m race

Ethiopians ruled the airwaves in 3000m flat race when they swept the first two podium places at the ongoing World U20 Championships at the Moi International Sports Centre in Nairobi.

Kenya’s hopeful of Benard Kibet Yegon who came to the race with a personal best of 7:55.01 and

Daniel Kinyajui of 7:55.96 could only manage for seventh and ninth place.

Tadese Worku and Ali abdilmana ruled the field as they pulled away from the Kenyans with  three rounds to go with Worku crossing the line in a new course record of 7:42.09 with Abdilmana coming in second with 7:44.55.