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Work on the World Cross Country route begins

The World Cross Country Tour series that will be held in Kapseret, Uasin Gishu County next year in February will be all about creativity which will be the main attraction of the event.

Athletics Kenya technical director Ibrahim Hussein said, while on a tour of the venue at the Lobo grounds, said that the race, named after the late Agnes Jebet Tirop on February 12th will be wide and attractive.

Hussein, who had accompanied technical team from Golazo Sports to mark and approve the route, said they will complete the course in two days.

“With cross country it gives room for creativity to create the course which we are going to start to mark the course  in two days’ time ,as you have seen the course is wide and scenic .” said Hussein.

“Right now, the experts are marking and designing the course which we are going to seat down and make a good one. The event will host top cream athletes because there will be no world cross country next year,” said Hussein.

AK Vice president in-charge of competitions Paul Mutwii led the contingent to the venue that included Jimmy Geeraerts, Lennert Aldelhof, Greg Broekmans and Christopher Rwenji.

“This was a good plan to host such a big event in Africa and as a nation, we are happy to host the first edition of World Athletic Tour,” said Mutwii.

The sediments were echoed by AK, Central Rift region chairman Abraham Mutai said the event will be good for the local athlete to get opportunity to run in a world event.

Uhuru Kenyatta Eulogise Paul Koech

Former World cross country champion Paul Koech received a heroic send off today in his home village of Kipsomba, Uasin Gishu County.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, the Commander in Chief sends his condolences message that was delivered by Brigadier Daniel Pyaban of Kahawa Barracks.

The president in his message described the late Koech as a ‘selfless man who served this country diligently.

“Koech was a determined and selfless man in the service. We have lost a great man who was ready to work for this nation,” read the speech.

Koech was the vice chairman of Kenya Defence Forces Athletics Association based at Kahawa Barracks and succumbed to brain tumour.

Uhuru said that he learnt about his death that was astonishing.

The former world cross country silver medalist has left behind a widow Zipporah Koech with Six children.

In his athletics career, Koech ruled in all surfaces, from track to cross country and road races.

On track, Koech won 10,000m bronze at the All Africa Games in Harare, in 1995 before claiming 5,000m African title in Yaounde the following year.

He then finished sixth in10,000m at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and fourth in the same event at the 1997 World Championships in Athens.

In road races, Koech claimed gold at the 1998 IAAF World Half-Marathon Championships in Uster (60:01). He would later run three marathons and finished second at the 2003 Chicago Marathon in 2:07:07

Source: http: dailysport.co.ke

Philemon Rono chases a hat trick at Toronto marathon

Philemon Rono will be seeking to win his third consecutive victory at the 19th edition of the Toronto marathon that will be held on October 21, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Rono, who trains under 1992 Olympic Games 3,000m steeplechase silver medalist Patrick Sang at Global Sports Communication in Kaptagat, Uasin Gishu County.

The runner who established himself globally as a pace maker, pacing for former world marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang (2:03.23), the former University of Eldoret won the title last year with a course record of 2:06.51 becoming the fastest marathoner on Canadian soil.

The 27 year-old broke Ethiopian Yemane Tsegay’s record of 2:06.54 that he set in 2014, will be on the starting line up to defend his title for the third time after winning in 2016, defended in 2017 and will be in Canada for a hat trick as he nears to break the Kenneth Mugara’s record of winning the race four times.

“I will try my best to defend my title and break the course record too because the course has become my home following the double wins I did in the last two years,” said Rono after Tuesday morning training at his camp.

In 2016, he won the race in 2:08.27 following an accident where he hit the guard rail.

The 27 year old runner failed to complete the 2018 Boston marathon race due to poor weather, trains alongside Olympic marathon champion Eliu Kipchoge, New York City marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor, two times world champion Abel Kirui among others said his training is in top gear and is happy to return to Toronto again.

Popularly called the ‘baby Police’ due to his shortness and glamorous police officer said he wants to run sub 2:04 or 2:05 this year and beyond.

“My training is great and am hoping for better time again on the course,” said Rono

Deputy President William Ruto to Attend Nicholas Bett’s Burial

Deputy President William Ruto will lead other top brass government and athletics fraternity during the burial of the late Nicholas Bett at his home in Simat village, Uasin Gishu County on Thursday.

Area MP Oscar Sudi confirmed that Deputy President William Ruto will be joining the mourners.

“Bett is a big man in this country and we are expecting DP to attend since he comes from this county,” said Sudi.

At the same time, Abraham Mutai, the Central Rift Athletics Kenya chairman said that top athletes across the world will be attending the burial ceremony.

“We are expecting International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), Confederation of Africa Athletics (CAA) officials tomorrow,” said Mutai.

He added that Bett was an international athlete and his latest assignment in Asaba, Nigeria was both an IAAF and CAA event.

“He ran well in Asaba and we are expecting top brass officials to grace his last day. Due to such dignitaries, we have planned for a VIP section,” added Mutai.


After being overlooked for his exploits by the Kenya Police Service, three time World Half Marathon champion Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor caught the eyes of journalists and was feted for bringing honour to the country.

The athlete who also doubles up as a track star was a recipient of the StarTmes/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) Sports Personality of the month award.

Kamworor was recognized for his exploits in long distance running and specifically the 2018 World Half Marathon championships in Valencia, Spain where he successfully defended his title for the third consecutive time.

A panel of Sports journalists settled on the 25-year-old as the month of March, 2018, Sports Personality in favour of four times Africa Rally Championships (ARC) champion motorsports ace Carl Tundo who sealed his fifth Safari Rally title.

Kamworor becomes the ninth recipient of the award given in partnership between the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya and pay tv company StarTimes.

Kamworor who is managed by Global Sports Communication based in Kaptagat Uasin Gishu County received a  42-inch digital television set and KSh100, 000 courtesy of StarTimes.

“I want to thank journalists for recognising me with this award and Kenyans who have supported me all these years but I am unhappy that my employer has never seen anything good in me,” also the 2017 New York City Marathon champion.

Despite winning the World Cross Country Championships and World Half Marathon Championships titles thrice, and the World Championships’ 10,000 metres silver once, Kamworor, nicknamed “Man of all Surfaces” for his prowess in the track, cross country and road running competitions, is disappointed that his employer, the National Police Service, is yet to recognize and appreciate him for the honour he has brought to the country and Police force.

Kamworor complained that he has competed for the National Police Service for many years but has never promoted him despite his achievements.

“My Kenya Police colleagues have been promoted several times yet I have achieved more than them. It’s not about the money, but a pat on back in recognition of someone’s effort,” said Kamworor.

“The monthly award is a modest token to show that efforts by our athletes do not go unnoticed which will motivate other up and coming sportsmen and women to excel in their respective fields,” said SJAK President Chris Mbaisi.

Justus Soget beaten in Kitale

Justus Soget the much hyped was beaten in the 1,500m race in the last day of Rift Valley Secondary Schools Sports Association  (RVSSSA) held at Trans Nzoia County stadium.

Despite starting late due to a good slow by officials, athletes struggled with muddy track ahead of national games in Embu.

Representing Kirobon High school in Nakuru County, Soget finished second behind Michael Kibet of Chewoyet High School in West Pokot.

Kibet who said that he knew Soget was a threat worked his way out to claim the title but Soget blamed the condition of the field saying it was slippery.

Kibet said “Soget is an international athlete and I was really afraid but I got energy for the last kick and won the race.”

Hillary Mosop won 3,000m steeplechase timing 8:49.3 ahead of Abel Kiplimo in 9:02.26 before Samwel Limo completing the podium in 9:05.3.
In girls 3,000m Cynthia Chepngeno won in m 9:35.5 ahead of Viola Chepkorir (9:36.9) and Winny Kimutai was third with 9:47.8.

After winning Uasin Gishu County title last weekend, Shadrack Kipngeno won men’s 10,000m boys race easiky.

Coming from Tapsagoi High school, Kipngeno beat Kelvin Kibiwott (29:51.8) from Cheptongei High School in Elgeyo Marakwet County after winning in 29:46.3.


Eldoret City Marathon to become Kenya’s highest paying race

The Eldoret City Marathon set for April 22 will become the country’s most lucrative road race with a combined cash prize of Sh6.5m.

The race, which was launched at the Eldoret Golf Club yesterday, will see winners in both the men and women’s 42km events pocket Sh3m each.

Runner up and third place finishers in both then men and women’s categories will take home Sh1.5m and Sh1million respectively in a cash awards scheme that will trickle to the 1oth finishers.

Race director, Moses Tanui, a former two-time Boston marathon champion, said the event co-sponsored by Uasin Gishu County and Kenya Pipeline is themed ‘Climate Change’.

Uasin Gishu Governor, Jackson Mandago, said the primary objective is to support environmental conservation through sports as per the theme of the event.

“This is a unique marathon meant to celebrate the success of the county and North Rift athletes and as well place Eldoret City on the global map in regard to organisational capacity to supplement the success of the athletes,” said Mandago.

Tanui said he has been inspired to organise the race going by the number of talents in the region who have lacked a platform to showcase their prowess.

He said such talent has in the past gone to waste due to lack of proper structures and races of high calibre.

“Kenya has a glut of talent than the rest of Africa. To be precise, Uasin Gishu County and especially Eldoret City is home to many winners of big city marathons world wide. Ironically, we do not have a marathon of our own,” he observed.

Athletics Kenya (AK) chairman Jack Tuwei expressed optimism that the race will be a huge success and they will make sure it occupies a permanent slot in the AK calendar. “We are going to put this race in our calender of events and there is no doubt in my mind that it is going to be one of the best marathon in country,” he added.

Source: the-star.co.ke