Author: BM Koech

Kimutai And Assefa Lead East African Rotterdam Sweep

Running in unseasonably warm conditions, Kenya’s Marius Kimutai and Meskerem Assefa of Ethiopia were the winners at the NN Rotterdam Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday 9th April. Kimutai won the men’s title in 2:06:04 while Assefa improved her personal best by almost a minute with her winning time of 2:24:17. In the men’s race, three pacemakers lead the way for a group of 14 runners who were targeting performances in 2:05 territory. The first passage of the Erasmus Bridge was rather fast, with the initial five-kilometre stretch covered in 14:39. At that point race organisers...

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Kenyan Couple Lonyangata and Rionoripo wins Paris Marathon

Kenya’s Paul Lonyangata won the 41st Paris marathon on Sunday with his wife Purity Rionoripo taking the women’s race. Lonyangata recorded his biggest career win with a time of two hours, six minutes and 10 seconds. His compatriot, pre-race favourite Stephen Chebogut, came in second at 2hr 6min 56sec, with Solomon Yego completing the all-Kenyan podium in third at 2hr 7min 13sec. With the French capital bathed in spring sunshine, Rionoripo made it a family affair, setting a new record time of 2hr 20min 55sec. The couple’s success put a smile back on the face of Kenyan athletics 48...

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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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