Author: BM Koech

Joyciline Jepkosgei Breaks Four World Records

Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei broke four world records as she powered to victory at the Prague Half Marathon. The 23-year-old completed what was just her fifth half marathon in one hour, four minutes and 52 seconds – 14 seconds quicker than the record set by Peres Jepchirchir earlier this year. And she also clocked splits of 30:05, 45:37 and 1:01:25 to break the 10km, 15km and 20km world records on the way. “I only wanted to improve my time. This is a surprise for me,” Jepkosgei said. “I didn’t know I would break the world record today. “But the conditions...

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Jemimah Sumgong Fails Drug Test

Reigning Olympic and London marathon champion Jemima Sumgong is the latest Kenyan athlete to fail a drugs test. The 32-year-old tested positive for banned substance EPO in an out of competition test carried out by athletics’ governing body the IAAF. Sumgong – the first Kenyan to win Olympic marathon gold – was due to defend her London title on 23 April. Kenya was last year declared in breach of anti-doping rules, and athletes underwent special testing for Rio 2016. The East African country was deemed “non-compliant” by the World Anti-Doping Agency, but was reinstated before last summer’s Games. Between...

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Ezekiel Kemboi

Olympic Medals: 2 Gold; 0 Silver; 0 Bronze Ezekiel Kemboi Cheboi is currently Kenya’s most famous athlete, known for his eternal eccentrics, his victory dancing routine and his comradery. Born in Elgeyo-Marakwet County, he came into the limelight after winning the 2001 3,000mS Africa Junior Championships. His personal best of 7:55.76, set in Monaco in 2011, makes him the sixth fastest runner in this discipline of all time. He is a four time World Champion, and the most decorated steeplechase athlete in history. He won gold at the 2004 and 2012 Olympics, running in 8:05.83 and 8:18.56 respectively. He...

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David Rudisha

Olympic Medals: 2 Gold; 0 Silver; 0 Bronze David Lekuta Rudisha is one of the world’s greatest ever 800m runners. He currently holds the top three, six of the top ten and ten of the top twenty fastest times over the distance. After winning the World Junior Championship in 2006, the 6”3’ entered athletic folklore on 22 Aug 2010 after he broke the 13 year old 800m world record in 1:41.09, and one week later broke his own record by running a 1:14.01. Rudisha won his first Olympic gold medal in London 2012, breaking his world record again in...

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Introducing Kenya’s Olympic Medallists

Kenya’s Olympic Medallists: 1964 – 2016 is our new book, and as the title implies, is a book about every Kenyan who has ever won an Olympic Medal. In this book, we feature each of the medallists, giving a brief bio of every athlete. By reading it, you learn a little about each of these athletes. We feature every athlete’s date of birth, special event, medal summary and a bio, with specific focus on their Olympic achievement. Kenya is, by far, Africa’s most successful country at the Olympics, winning a total of 100 (31 gold, 38 silver and 31 bronze) medals. Since Kenya’s first participated at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, the country has won at least one medal at the 1964 Olympics, apart from the boycotted games in 1976 and 1980 games in Montreal and Moscow respectively. This book will be available on the Athletics of Kenya Store and on Amazon in soft copy, and within outlets in Nairobi in hard copy. Payment for the book has been made easy. You can purchase it easily using any of the Kenyan mobile payment systems (MPESA, Airtel Money, Yu Money), Paypal, MasterCard or Visa. You can also order and have a copy delivered to you within Nairobi free of charge, and with shipping fees depending on where you are in the world. If you’d like a copy signed by...

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