Author: BM Koech

Isaiah Kiplagat Passes Away

Suspended head of Athletics Kenya, Isaiah Kiplagat, has passed away aged 72. He passed away this morning after losing his battle with cancer. Isaiah Kiplagat died in his Nairobi home this morning at about 10:30am. He has been battling cancer for a while now, but over the last four months his condition had deteriorated significantly. Acting head of Athletics Kenya, Susan Kamau, confirmed the passing of Kiplagat, and told Capital Sport that they were waiting for more information from the family. Kiplagat was Kenya’s longest serving AK chief, and was involved with the body for over 40 years. He was responsible for a lot of the success that Kenya has enjoyed both locally and internationally, and was among the pioneers of the development of Athletics in Kenya on the international scene. The embattled CEO was suspended in November last year, along with AK officials David Okeyo and Joseph Kinyua, while investigations were carried out on various doping and bribery allegations. May his soul rest in peace. Our prayers go out to him and his...

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Five Highs, Five Lows: Kenya’s Olympic Report Part I

Medal Table GOLD SILVER BRONZE 1.       David Rudisha 1.       Boniface Mucheru Tumuti 1.       Margaret Wambui 2.       Conseslus Kipruto 2.       Julius Yego 3.       Eliud Kipchoge 3.       Paul Tanui 4.       Faith Kipyegon 4.       Helen Obiri 5.       Vivian Cheruiyot 5.       Vivian Cheruiyot 6.       Jemima Sumgong 6.       Hyvin Jepkemoi   Total: 13 medals Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s iconic city – but not the capital, as often mistaken – has provided a colourful, spectacular and intoxicating atmosphere that has completely captivated the world. Brazil put aside all their socio-political difficulties, and united to give the world one of the best Summer Olympic Games ever. Kenya has enjoyed relatively good success at the games, with several highs and lows. Here, we take a look at the top five things that stood out, and five things that we wish we could forget. The Highs 1: Rudisha Delivers As far as expectations go, none had more weight coming into the Olympics like David Rudisha. It was almost a question of whether or not he would break his world record, not whether or not he’d actually win the race. As much as he had serious competition in the shape of Alfred Kipketer, the only man to beat him recently over the distance, Rudisha’s place in history as a double Olympic gold medallist for Kenya was never really under threat. Kipketer pushed him hard for almost 600m, but Rudisha...

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Olympic Marathon Gold for Kenya 

Eliud Kipchoge has won the Olympic Marathon Gold, running in 2:08:44. Running under the rainy RIo sky, the 31 year old controlled the race throughout, and never looked under threat. Eliud Kipchoge has now become one of the most dominant marathon runners in the world since switching to the event, winning 7 out of the last 8 marathons he has entered. Just like his female counterpart, Kenya’s Olympic gold medal chances were always under threat from perennial rivals Ethiopia, with Feyisa Lilesa pushing the Kipchoge all the way. However, with three kilometers to go, it was clear that no one was going to keep up with him, and he pulled clear to finish 70 seconds ahead of the Ethiopian. American athlete Galen Rupp, who finished in 2:10:05. Kipchoge is a former Olympic medallist. He won silver at the 2008 games in Beijing, China, and bronze at the 2004 games in Athens, Greece, both in 5,000m. Speaking after the race, Kipchoge was delighted with his performance. “I was coming here for gold. “It feels great. I felt I had a little bit in the tank and it was comfortable, it was very comfortable. This is the best win of my life.” Congratulations, Eliud...

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Julius Yego makes history 

Julius Yego has become the first ever Kenyan to win an Olympic medal in Javelin after throwing a Season Best of 88.24 to win the Silver Medal at the Rio Olympics. it was a night of mixed emotions for Yego, who in the first round of the final had his best throw, as an injury to his ankle in his fourth round prevented him from making one last attempt at the gold medal. Just after his injury, German Thomas Rohler made a 90.30m throw to win gold, and a helpless Yego could only look on in tears, unable to respond to the German’s effort. Julius Yego, 27, is most certainly one of the greatest Olympic stories of all time. Growing up in Kenya, he always wanted to become a javelin athlete, but did not have access to coaching or equipment to take part in the competition. However, this did not deter him, as he turned to YouTube, the internet video sharing website, to learn how to throw. Many years of studying, training and sacrifice led him to the Olympic finals, earning him the nickname the YouTube Athlete. His achievement is no small feat. He is the first Kenyan not only to represent Kenya in Javelin, but the first to win a medal in it. He is the current world champion, and his story has inspired people across the world. Congratulations,...

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Vivian Cheruiyot Breaks Record 

Vivian Cheruiyot has won gold and broken the Olympic Record by winning the 5000m final. Helen Obiri takes silver. The Kenyans ran a perfect race and took advantage of Ethiopian Almaz Ayana’s erroneous tactic to beat the 10,000m Gold Medallist.  Coming into the race full of confidence after her record breaking performance in the 10,000m final, Ayana started strongly, going to the front of the pack and opening up a significant lead over the rest of the field.  Cheruiyot and Obiri, however, were not tempted to race after the Ethiopian, choosing instead to run at a controlled pace.  With 800m to go, the Kenyan duo picked up the pace, and two hundred meters later caught up with the  Ethiopian, who’d run out of gas. At this point, the Kenyan win was a formality, the duo running in 14:26.17 and 14:29.77 respectively to clinch an Olympic 1-2 for Kenya.  Congratulations, Cheruiyot and...

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