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Ruth Mwihaki launches her 5000m running career bare footed

Ruth Mwihaki has joined a number of growing list of athletes, both Kenyan and the international class, running and winning in various races barefoot.

On Saturday, Mwihaki launched her racing career, running barefoot to win the Athletics Kenya Nairobi Region under 20 championships ahead of World Under 20 championships in Cali, Colombia.
The Kiambogo secondary school form two student won the 5,000m race that were held on Saturday (18) at Nairobi West Prisons Grounds.
Coming from Nakuru County she joins the growing list of top athletes who have won at the international level running without shoes. Olympic Games marathon gold medalist Abede Bikila, Zola Buddi, Herb Elliot, Bruch Tullow among others.
Locally, Faith Kioyegon and other runners have attained similar feet and she ran to victory in a time of 16:59.13 ahead Cynthia Chepkirui who crossed the line in a time of 17:17.07 to claim the second spot.
Mwihaki was happy for her coach who brought her to Nairobi to participate in the race.

“I had to convince my coach to bring us and I’m glad it paid off, the weather was favorable to me, which is a good thing because the trials will be held here. Now I will go back to Longonot and continue my training,” said Mwihaki.
Reginah Naiserian closed the podium three finished in a time of 17:40.3


  1. Ruth Mwihaki            16:59.13
  2. Cynthia Chepkurui   17:17.07
  3. Reginah Naiserian    17:40.3

IAAF told to investigate how widespread abuse and harassment of athletes is

Athletics chiefs have been told to investigate how widespread the abuse and harassment of competitors is.

The IAAF Council has approved a position statement on protecting athletes as part of an ongoing athlete welfare campaign.

It comes after more than 500 teenage athletes were surveyed at the World Under-20 Championships in July.

The resulting preliminary findings found the incidence is “in line” with the wider community.

“The first thing we need to do is establish how big an issue this is within the sport,” said Dr Paolo Emilio Adami, medical manager of the IAAF’s health and science department.

“It would be neglecting the reality if we concluded that these events are not happening in sport because an individual’s behaviour tends to be consistent across all parts of their life.”

The results of the athlete survey will be presented to the IAAF Council in December.

New generation of rising stars hoping to emerge at IAAF World Under-20 Championships

Athletics will continue its hunt for a fresh megastar when the World Under-20 Championships begin tomorrow in the Finnish city of Tampere.

A total of 1,466 athletes – 782 men and 684 women – are entered spanning 158 federations plus an Athlete Refugee Team and an Authorized Neutral Athletes team of eligible Russians.

This means it is the third largest edition of the showpiece International Association of Athletics Federations-organised junior event.

Only the 2012 edition in Barcelona and the 2016 event in Bydgoszcz have involved more athletes.

Competition is due to take place over six days at the Ratina Stadium.

Major contenders include Ethiopian distance runner Selemon Barega, who finished second over 5,000 metres at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne on Thursday (July 5) despite his fellow countryman Yomif Kejelcha grabbing him by his shorts and attempting to pull him into lane three with a lap to go.

He will start as 5,000m favourite after winning the 3,000m at last year’s World Under-18 Championships in Nairobi.

Other reigning world youth champions including Jamaica’s 400m rising star Christopher Taylor and South Africa’s 400m hurdles hope Sokwakhana Zazini are being billed as other big hopes to make the step up.

Swedish pole vaulter Armand Duplantis, who has already cleared 5.93 metres, and Cuban triple jumper Jordan Diaz are other headline entries.

Samantha Watson is among top US contenders in the 800m while Kenya’s Celliphine Chepteek Chespol will be the favourite in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase.

Sweden will target more pole vault success courtesy of Lisa Gunnarsson while Moldova’s discus star Alexandra Emilianov is a big throwing hope.



Manangoi to excel despite the grief

Reigning world U18 1,500m champion George Manangoi will overcome the grieve he suffered and win the title at the World Under 20 championships set for July in Tampere, Finland.

According to Kenya Junior coach Robert Ngisirei, George, who competes alongside his elder brother Elijah Manangoi, the youngster will be fit for the world showpiece that kicks off in less than two weeks.

Manangoi was second during the Kenya trials but had to leave the camp after he lost his sister during the trials and his brother Elijah was given a wild card by Athletics Kenya after he missed the finals following his win in the 1,500m semifinals during the national trials ahead of Africa senior Athletics championships to be staged in Assaba, Nigeria.

The siblings lost their elder sister Bena.

“Manangoi will overcome the grieve. I want him to look at it as inspiration and win [at the] IAAF World U20 Championships for his sister. He is a strong athlete and we want him to be at his best form mentally and physically for the championships,” said Ngisirei.

Kenya’s George Meitamei Manangoi celebrates his win in the 1500m finals during the World Under 18 Championship at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, July 14, 2017. Picture: LOC/Noor Khamis (Kenya)

Speaking on Thursday, the coach was optimistic that all shall be well in Tampere and the boy will come home with gold, the same way he did during the world U18 championships where he gave Kenya team the first gold at Kasarani.

Athletics Kenya named a squad of 27 member team for the championships but the coach was forced to give the 1500m youth champion time off to travel home.

Ngiserei said the country must be wary of the danger posed by the USA, Germany, Ethiopia, Uganda, Jamaica and China. China has selected four Under-18 world champions from the team that took part in the World U18 Championships in Nairobi last year.