Author: BM Koech

Silver for Paul Tanui

Paul Kipngetich Tanui became Kenya’s first male Olympic medalist at the 2016 Rio Olympics when he produced a stellar performance to win silver in the event. The 25 year-old from Nakuru was in the leading pack for most of the race, with pace setters Geoffrey Kamworor and Bedan Karoki setting a relatively fast pace in the opening 5,000m of the race. Tanui finished the race in 27:05.64. British ace and strong favourite Mo Farah won gold in 27:05.17, less than half a second ahead of Tanui. Speaking after the race, Tanui was grateful for the silver medal, but rued the slow pace that the team set early in the race that allowed defending champion Farah to keep in step with them. Farah, who won Olympic Gold in Beijing 2008 and London 2012, was a strong favourite to win the race, and looked comfortable until midway through the race when he was tripped by his American training partner Galen Rupp. At that point, his dream to win a third straight Olympic gold in 10,000m looked all but over. However, much to his credit, the 33 year old Brit got back up on his feet and surged back up to the front of the pack, where he kept in step with the Kenyans and Ethiopians. In the last 200m, he delivered his customary burst of speed to power ahead of the pack...

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Vivian Cheruiyot Wins Silver

Vivian Cheruiyot smashed the National 10,000m record on her way to bringing  Kenya’s first Olympic medal. In a blistering race, and surely one of the greatest 10,000m Olympic races ever, Cheruiyot ran the race of her life but came second to Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia, who broke the World 10,000m record by a scarcely believable 14 seconds. Dirunesh Dibaba powered through the last lap to finish third, with Kenya’s Alice Nawuwona and Betsy Saina finishing fourth and fifth respectively. From the start, the runners set a searing pace, with Ayana, Nawuwona and Saina leading from the front, with  Cheruiyot and Dibaba clipping their heels a few meters behind. Evidence that the pace was going to be unbelievable came as early as the fourth lap, when the leading pack began to lap nearly the entire last half of the runners. Ayana showed early intent to win the race when she broke free of the leading pack after 5,000m. Vivian Cheruiyot followed suit, with Nawuwona and Dibaba not far behind. With every passing lap, Ayana’s gap ahead of Cheruiyot opened up ever so slightly, and by the 8,000m mark it was clear she was going to win the race comprehensively. Her time of 29:17.45 smashed one of athletics longest standing records, set by China’s Wang Junxia in 1993. Cheruiyot crossed the line at  29:32.53, over ten seconds ahead of Dibaba, who...

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Kenya 7s team loses second Match 

Kenya 5 –  28 New Zealand  Kenya has lost its second Group C match against New Zealand. Tries by Ioane, Pulu and Kaka, with conversions by Pulu and Kaka condemned the team to a crushing loss, these coming after a controversial penalty try.  Kenya’s only try was scored by Collins Injera.  More to...

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Kenya 7s Men Lose Opening Match

KENYA 7 – 31 GB Kenya has lost its opening match against Team GB at the Rio Olympics 2016. First half tries by Dan Norton, Phil Burges, Mark Bennett and Dan Bibby, as well as a second try by Dan Bibby and three conversions by Tom Mitchell condemned the Kenyan team to a 31-7 loss. Kenya scored one try early in the second half, with Billy Odhiambo crossing the white line, and Biko Adema converted. After the women’s team lost all their opening matches, all hope was on the Kenyan team as they took on a strong GB side.  However, the match never started  well for the Kenyans, who were five points behind in less than two minutes, with Dan Norton crossing the line for team GB’s opening try. Shambolic defense by the Kenyans allowed Burges, Bennett and Bibby to add further tries. Mitchell could only convert two of the first half tries, meaning the team was 24-0 at half time.  Kenya started brightly in the second half, with Billy Odhiambo powering through to score. Biko Adema converted easily, but what promised to be a comeback try eventually became a consolation try for the Kenyans. Team GB added more sparkle to their  scoreline with a closing try by Bibby. Mitchell made no mistake with the conversion.  The Kenya Sevens team faces New Zealand next, who suffered a shock defeat...

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Kenya Lionesses Lose Third Match

RESULT KEN 10 – 19 SPA TRIES: Nziwa D; Okelo J. (KEN ) | Pla, B.; Bravo, M. (2); (SPA) CONV: Garcia, P (2) The Kenyan Women’s Rugby team continued with their rocky start to the Rio 2016 Olympics when they lost 19-10 to Spain in their third Group B match. Tries by Doreen Nziwa and Janet Okelo in either half were not enough to stop a determined Spanish side. The Spanish side exploded into action with a first minute try through Barbara Pla, bringing back memories of yesterday’s matches where Kenya lost heavily to New Zealand and France. However, the Lionesses roared back with a try from Nziwa, but missed conversions from either side meant the teams were locked at 5-5 by half time Spain added a second try right after kickoff, Bravo Marina crossing the line in the first minute of the half, with Patricia Garcia converting. Marina and Garcia struck again in the fourth minute of the second half, condemning the Kenyans to a third straight defeat. Janet Okelo scored a consolation try in the second half, but it was too little too late for the Kenyans....

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