Author: BM Koech

Ezekiel Kemboi won’t retire 

Following the controversial decision to strip Ezekiel Kemboi of his Olympic bronze medal, he has announced that he will not retire from athletics just yet. Kemboi was disqualified from the race and subsequently lost his medal to French runner Mahiedine Mekhisi-Benabbad after the Frenchman officially complained that Kemboi stepped off the track in the fourth lap of his race. On his official Facebook page, Kemboi posted, I had opted to retire right after the Olympics only if i had come home with this medal….now i feel that i have to bring back this medal not by protesting again but right on track. Kemboi is not retired i will be coming to London 2017 to re-claim my medal from France. No limits.   We wish him the very...

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Boniface Mucheru Makes History

Boniface Mucheru Tumuti has made history by becoming the first Kenyan runner ever to win an Olympic medal in the 400m hurdles. He came second to Kerron Clement of the USA, running in 47.78, his personal best and the new Kenyan record. Boniface ran a blistering race from start to finish, keeping up well with Clement and Yasmani Copello of Turkey, as well as Kenyan compatriot Haron Koech. However, with Koech fading in the final 100m, Mucheru pushed hard and nearly caught up with the American gold medallist, losing to him in 0.05 seconds. Copello came third in 47.92, while Koech eventually finished seventh in 49.09. It was a nervous start to the race, when one of the favourites and Olympic Bronze medallist, Javier Culson, made a false start and ended up getting disqualified, leaving him in tears. This is the first time ever Kenya has won an Olympic medal in the 400m hurdles. Kenya won silver in the 4 x 400m Relay at the 1968 Olympics and gold in the same event in 1972, as well as bronze in 1972 and 1992 in 400m. Congratulations, Mucheru. Kenya is...

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Kemboi Disqualified

Reports from Rio indicate that Kenyan bronze medallist in the 3000m steeplechase, Ezekiel Kemboi, has been disqualified and stripped of his medal after running off the track during his race. According to an official report in the IAAF website, Kemboi’s has been denied his medal after the French team presented a complaint that he stepped outside the line at the curve after clearing his water jump in the fourth lap of the race. The IAAF found that Kemboi had indeed committed an infringement, but it is not clear if it affected his time of 8:08.47. Kemboi had finished the race third, with Consenslus Kipruto winning gold and breaking the Olympic Record in 8:03.28. American Evan Jagger won silver. Before he learned about his disqualification, Kemboi had announced his retirement. The Bronze medal has now been awarded to France’s Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad, who crossed the line...

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Kipruto Sets Olympic Record

This was possibly the most anticipated race in the Olympic games, along with the 800m final and the sprint events. After qualifying easily for the final, the three Kenyans in the race, Brimin Kipruto, Conseslus Kipruto and Ezekiel Kemboi, lined up to take the world on and possibly win a Kenyan 1-2-3. Right from set off, Conseslus Kipruto showed his intent to win gold in the race, with Kemboi and Brimin Kipruto keeping up a few positions behind. As expected, the three Kenyans were closely followed by Frenchman Mehiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad and American Evan Jager. However, the battle was mostly between Kemboi and Kipruto, who have been competing against each other strongly over the last two years. With 400m to go, Conseslus began to pull clear of the field, with Kemboi, wearing a flamboyant haircut, chasing him down the first bend. American Jager was close behind Kemboi, and it remained that way until the final 100m. By this time, Kipruto had pulled clear of the rest of the field, and began to celebrate with over 50m to go, sure of his gold medal and overjoyed that he had eventually beat his arch nemesis, Ezekiel Kemboi, finally. Kipruto broke the Olympic record in 8:23.08, and had he kept his blistering pace in the final stretch, he possibly would have broken the world record as well. Kemboi, the self proclaimed greatest steeplechase...

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Faith Kipyegon: Gold Medalist

Faith Chengetich Kipyegon overcame strong competition from the world record holder Genzebe Dibaba to win a gold medal for Kenya in the final of the 1,500m. The diminutive Kenyan was overjoyed and collapsed in tears after crossing the line in 4:08.93, the first Olympic medal for the 22 year old from Bomet County, Kenya. The race was a relatively slow one, and it was clear in first half of the race that Dibaba’s World Record time was in no danger. Both Kipyegon and Dibaba stayed in touch with the leading pack. With 600m to go, however, the pace increased considerably. At the bell, Kipyegon and Dibaba took off, with Dibaba leading, and Americans Jennifer SImpson and Shannon Rowbury close behind them. Kipyegon overtook Dibaba with 300m to go, and although the pace by the two athletes was very fast, it was clear that the Ethiopian would not keep up with the Kenyan, the latter stretching her lead in the final stretch to cross the line in victory. This is Kenya’s third Gold medal for Kenya, and the second in the last 24 hours, after 800m ace David Rudisha won gold last night. American Jeniffer Simpson finished third in 4:10.53, finishing less than a second slower than Dibaba, who clocked 4:10.27. Congratulations, Faith...

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