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Buhari Rewards Athletes with National Honours and Kshs 56M cash

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, in Abuja approved conferment of national honours and cash awards of N200 million for Team Nigeria contingents to the 2022 Commonwealth Games and World Athletics Championships.

Speaking at a presidential reception in honour of the athletes, the President reaffirmed his government’s commitment to rewarding excellence, no less for members of Team Nigeria, who ignited the spirit of victory in the nation through stellar performances at international competitions.

Congratulating all the awardees and recipients, he expressed confidence that the gesture will spur them to greater heights. The president, who described the athletes as champions, worthy ambassadors, national heroes and heroines, praised them for proudly flying the Nigerian flag in nine sporting events.

Tobiloba Amusan, Ese Brume conferred with Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) award

“I watched with millions of Nigerians those exciting moments when you all brought smiles to us and our homes by breaking world, national and games records, as well as achieving personal best in your careers.

“Your outstanding performances in recent times are consistent with the determination of a nation always yearning for excellent performance.

“You all, members of Team Nigeria, have ignited the spirit for victory in our nation, but even more, you have been victorious in major sporting championships and games.

“I have followed keenly your achievements at the World Championships in Oregon, U.S. and indeed your remarkable performance at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom. And I am very pleased that you displayed at both the personal and group levels great sporting talents and delivered for your country great podium performances,” he said.

President Buhari called out the names of the gold winners and other medal winners, including the world champion in the 100m hurdles, Tobiloba Amusan, Ese Brume, Blessing Oborodudu , Oluwafemiayo Folashade, Taiwo Liadi, Ikechukwu Obichukwu, Bose Omolayo, Favour Ofili, Nasiru Sule, Ifechukwude Ikpeoyi, Ebikewenimo Welson, Hannah Rueben and Elizabeth Oshoba.

Reiterating the commitment of this administration in providing the enabling environment for youths to ascend to the pinnacle of their chosen careers, the president expressed satisfaction with the impact the Adopt-An-Athlete Initiative of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports had on the performance of athletes.

He urged more private individuals and corporate organisations to support government’s investment in sports, which has been reclassified from being a recreational activity to being a business in line with modern practices worldwide.

Where to watch Lausanne Diamond League live

The 2022 Lausanne Diamond League meeting will be streamed live on the organizer’s YouTube channel and broadcast live in a number of countries around the World.

More than 50 medalists and gold medal winners from the most recent World Championships in Oregon have been confirmed for the Wanda Diamond League.

 Top Live stream and TV channels:

  • Worldwide – YouTube
  • The United States – NBC Sports and Peacock
  • The United Kingdom
    – BBC Sports website (UK IP)
    – BBC iPlayer and BBC 3 (UK IP)
  • Canada – CBC (Canada IP)
  • Australia – Fox Sports
  • Caribbean Countries – Flow Sports
  • Norway – NRK 2 (Norway IP)
  • Sweden – C-More
  • Switzerland (SRF) (Swiss IP)
  • CT Sports – Czech Republic
  • Germany – Sky Deutschland
  • Kenya- Supersport
  • Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania -TV 3

Marcell Jacobs strikes gold at Euro Championships

Olympic 100m champion Marcell Jacobs proved the naysayers wrong when he striked to gold at the ongoing European Athletics Championships held in Munich.

The world Indoor 60m champion was kept out of action due to a virus that laid him low at the start of the outdoor season, and he arrived at last month’s World Championships in Eugene having raced at just two Italian meetings all summer, withdrawing from multiple Diamond League appearances at short notice due to various physical problems. After advancing from the heats in a season’s-best 10.04 sec, he pulled out before the semi-finals, citing a muscular thigh injury.

The European record holder brought the showdown when he clocked a championship record-equaling time of 9.95 seconds.

The British sprinter Zharnel Hughes who was also the defending champion was forced to settle in second place in a time of 9.99seconds with another Briton, Jeremiah Azu, taking bronze in 10.13

Marcell Jacobs sets sights on 100m European title with a point to prove

At the time, few people would even have noticed Marcell Jacobs’ two previous European Championships appearances. In 2016, he finished 11th in the long jump; two years later he failed to progress from the 100 metres semi-finals.

That he lines up in Monday’s 100m heats as Olympic champion shows how much life has changed for the Italian over the past year: from an also-ran to the event’s biggest star.

Not since Linford Christie in 1992 has a 100m Olympic champion hailed from Europe. Three decades on, the world’s premier sprinter returns to the European stage with huge uncertainty over what the week might entail for him.

If Jacobs’ stratospheric, unexpected rise to the pinnacle of the sport last year was not eye-catching enough, his subsequent performances – or lack of – have added layer upon layer of intrigue to a man whose sudden emergence prompted raised eyebrows worldwide.

His triumph at last year’s Olympics, in a European record time of 9.80 sec, came just three months after he had broken the 10-second barrier for the first time.

History has not always looked kindly on athletes making huge strides in short periods, and questions were asked of Jacobs, 27, when it emerged that he was associated with a nutritionist, Giacomo Spazzini, who was implicated in a police investigation into the distribution of anabolic steroids in March 2021. Spazzini has since been cleared of any wrongdoing by an Italian court, while Jacobs told Telegraph Sport this year that he had “absolutely not” taken any illegal substances.

“I understand that people were surprised, but that’s because for most people my name came into their homes at the Olympics,” he added. “My victories represent extreme hard work – hard work that nobody saw, hard work that was blood, sweat, tears and injuries.”

Marcell Jacobs shocked the world with his Tokyo 100m triumph CREDIT: REUTERS

Having opted to end his season immediately after that Olympic breakthrough, he returned to action at the start of the year when beating America’s defending champion, Christian Coleman, to the world indoor title. There has been little sight of him since.

A virus laid him low at the start of the outdoor season, and he arrived at last month’s World Championships in Eugene having raced at just two Italian meetings all summer, withdrawing from multiple Diamond League appearances at short notice due to various physical problems. After advancing from the heats in a season’s-best 10.04 sec, he pulled out before the semi-finals, citing a muscular thigh injury.

“A painful choice,” he said. “I am a fighter and this is why I decided to be in Eugene. Now, in order not to compromise the rest of the season by risking a more serious injury, I have to postpone the challenge.”

A few weeks on, Jacobs’ coach, Paolo Camossi, is optimistic. “He’s running free, he’s having fun,” he said, on the eve of the European Championships in Munich. “If we are here it is because he is fine and can compete.

“Marcell is the Olympic gold medallist and he is here to win, but it is not a race to be taken lightly. Falling is almost always the way to become stronger. “I would do it all again. Maybe I would recommend a double mask to avoid the rotavirus caught in Italy [in May].”

Source: telegraph.co.uk

World Marathon champion, Tamirat Tola withdraws from the London Marathon

World Marathon champion, Tamirat Tola has withdrawn from the London Marathon that will be held on October 02, 2022 in London.

Tola has not fully recovered from his victory in Oregon where he set a new championship record of 2:05.36 and went one better than the silver medal he won at the 2017 World Championships in London.

“It is with great regret that I am unable to run this year’s London Marathon. Unfortunately, since the World Championships I have had problems with muscle fatigue and have not yet been able to resume training,” said Tola.

The 31 year-old is unable to run at this year’s London Marathon, but  the silver and bronze medallists from the 2022 World Championships, Mosinet Geremew from Ethiopia and Belgium’s Bashir Abdi will still be on the Start Line along with home favorite Sir Mo Farah, defending champion Sisay Lemm and Kenenisa Bekele both from Ethiopia.

Japanese marathon record holder Kengo Suzuki has been added to the Start List as the replacement for Tola. Suzuki set his national record of 2:04:56 in Otsu, Japan, last February. He placed fourth at both this year’s Tokyo Marathon and last year’s Boston Marathon.

Cuban athlete defects after World Championships

A top Cuban athlete has defected while she was on her way back from the World Championships in Eugene, USA.

Olympic bronze medal discus thrower Yaimé Pérez, 31, abandoned the Cuban delegation while on a stopover in Miami.

Her defection comes just days after that of the 19-year-old javelin thrower, Yiselena Ballar.

Ballar had also used a stopover in Miami to escape, but had done so en route to the World Championships.

Another member of the Cuban delegation, physiotherapist Carlos González, absconded on the same day as Yaimé Pérez.

Cuban officials called their defections “serious indiscipline”.

Cuban athletes have a long history of defecting from the communist-run island while competing abroad, but the worsening economic crisis in Cuba has led to a raft of departures.

This year alone Cuba has lost its Olympic wrestling champion, Ismael Borrero, its silver medallist in the long jump at the Tokyo Olympics, Juan Miguel Echevarría, and gold-medal-winning canoeist Fernando Jorge.

Cuba has accused them of acting out of greed. “I feel sorry for them, because they change their jersey for any monetary reason,” Cuban Athletics Federation President Alberto Juantorena said last month.

The departure of top athletes has had a marked effect on Cuba’s position in the medal tables.

At the World Championship in Eugene, it registered its worst performance ever, leaving without a single medal.

Yaimé Pérez, who won a won a bronze medal at last year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, had been tipped as a medal contender. She had travelled to Eugene to defend her title as World Champion but ended coming only seventh.

Yiselena Ballar was also a bronze medallist, having placed third at the U20 World Championships in Kenya in 2019. She did not compete in Eugene following her defection.

Jacob Krop wins silver in 5000m race in Oregon

The reigning Africa junior 5,000m silver medalist Jacob Krop, made sure that he leaves an indelible mark at the World stage as he banged a silver medal at the just concluded World Athletics Championships in Oregon.

The 21 year-old came home second in 13:09.98 behind the Olympic 1500m champion Jacob Ingebrigtsen who gifted his country their first ever gold medal in the 5,000m race in a time of 13:09.24.

Uganda’s Oscar Chelimo won bronze, which is the countries second medal in the event, after a bronze medal by Moses Kipsiro in 2007.

Guatemalan Luis Grijalva finished in fourth place which is the best finish in the event by a Guatemalan runner, and he was aslo the first from his nation to make the final in this event. It is also the best finish by a Guatemalan athlete in any event in the World Championships, bettering the 6th-place finish of Erick Barrondo in the 20 km race walk in 2011.

Jake Wightman shocks the world as he snatches the 1500m gold in Oregon

Great Britain’s Jake Wightman send shock waves as he denied Kenyans their dominance in the 1,500m race when he ran the world leading and second fastest time in the World Athletics Championships in Oregon.

Former world champion Timothy Cheruiyot and World Indoor 1500m bronze medallist, Abel Kipsang could not match the great shape of Wightman.

This is the first gold ever in over the distance Wightman gold was since Steve Cram won the inaugural World Championship at Helsinki in 1983.

The 28 year-old held off Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen down the stretch to win the event in a time of 3:29.23 seconds with the latter taking silver in a time of 3:29.47.

World Indoor bronze medallist Mohamed Katir from Spain won his country the bronze medal with a time of 3:29.90.

“It probably won’t sink in until I have retired I don’t think,” he said. “It’s mad. I had such a disappointing year in Tokyo last year. I don’t think people realize how crushing it was to go in with such high expectations and come away hoping for a medal but end up tenth,” said Wightman.

Francine Niyonsaba withdraws from World Championships

Olympics games 800m silver medallist, Francine Niyonsaba has withdrawn from the World Athletics Championships that will be held from this week in Portland, Oregon.

Niyonsaba withdrew from the championship with a foot injury on Monday, just when she looked to be a good bet for her first major medal in the 5,000m after being forced to switch to long-distance events by the contentious testosterone rules.

The 29 year-old said on Instagram she had signs of a stress fracture a month ago, and although she was almost fully recovered, she missed too much training. She said she was “extremely sorry” to withdraw.

The 2016 World Indoor 800m champion finished fifth in the 10,000m final in Tokyo and was set to double in 5,000m and 10,000m at the worlds in Eugene, Oregon.


Over ten former Kenyans return to haunt Kenyan athletes in Oregon

Siblings Norah Tanui Jeruto, the former Commonwealth Youth Games 2,000m bronze medalist and Daisy Jepkemei, the former world junior 3,000m steeplechase champion are some of the huge athletes’ talents exported to other nations.

The duo will simply be Kenyans versus former Kenyans affair at this year’s World Athletics championships that will be held in Eugene, Oregon, in the United States of America.

With most exports lining up on track and road running where over 1900 athletes from 192 World Athletics (WA) member federations will be battling out for 43 gold medals at the Eugene Hayward Field between July 15th to July 24th.

According to the list released by WA, Jeruto. Who won the World Youth 2,000m steeplechase in 2011 and succeeded by Jepkemei who won the title in 2013 as the race became a family affair will be representing Kazakhstan.

They will fly the Kazakhstan at the world championships and are expected to give a competitive race against fellow Kenyans running for Kenya.

Jeruto is also the 2016 Africa Senior Athletics 3,000m steeplechase champion while Jepkemei is the former Africa Youth 2,000m steeplechase champion.

Another Kenyan born Winfred Mutile Yavi will be running for Bahrain in the same race against Kenyans led by world 3,000m record holder Beatrice Chepkoech, Jackline Chepkoech, Celliphine Chespol Chepteek and Purity Kirui.

In the recent past, Kenyan athletes’ have switched their allegiance has seen their new nations claim a big share of Kenyan glory as they are spread across the world.

Just like in 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Ruth Jebet won gold in the 3,000m steeplechase and Eunice Kirwa won silver in the marathon behind Jemimah Sumgong.

Despite Kenyans switching nationalities, their love is not lost since they can communicate in Swahili and still train in their country of origin.

Eunice Chebichii Chumba will be representing her new found lover Bahrain where she will be competing in a marathon. Just Chebichii, Lonah Chemtai Salpeter will be representing Israel in the marathon.

The two former Kenyans will be chasing the marathon title against reigning champion Ruth Chepngetich, Olympic marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir, Paris marathon champion Judith Jeptum Korir and Vienna City marathon champion Angela Tanui.

In men, Jonah Koech will be representing the hosts in the 800m competing against Kenyans led by reigning world under 20 800m bronze medalist Noah Kibet, reigning Commonwealth Games 800m champion Wycliffe Kinyamal, Olympic 800m champion Emmanuel Korir and world under 20 800m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi.

In a crowded 10,000m, Belgium’s Isaac Kimeli will be up in arms for his new nation, competing against Commonwealth Games 10,000m bronze medalist Rodgers Kwemoi Chumo, Daniel Mateiko and Stanley Waithaka Mburu.

Two former Kenyan athletes will be flying the American flag in the 3,000m steeplechase. Hillary Bor and Bernard Keter will face former country mates Leonard Bett, Abraham Kibiwot, Benjamin Kigen and reigning champion Conseslas Kipruto.

Others who have switched allegiance include, Bahraini Benson Kiplagat Seurei, the son of 1987 All Africa Games 1,500m champion James Seurei who competes in 1,500m, Mike Ozbilen Kigen in marathon representing Turkey, Abraham Rotich (800m) and Albert Rop (5,000m), Rose Chelimo, Isaac Korir and Abraham Cheroben (10,000m).

Lucy Kimani, Yasemin Can, Tarik Langat Akdag run in 3,000m steeplechase, Ali Kaya, Ilham Tanui, Ozbilen, Meryem Akda, Bernard Lagat, Paul Chelimo, Leonard Korir and Shadrack Kipchirchir, Evans Kiplagat.