Category: International News

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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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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Women Rugby Team Have Tough Opening Day

Kenya’s start to the Olympic Games in Brazil got off to a rocky start with two humbling defeats in the hands of New Zealand and France. The Kenya Lionesses, playing at the 15,000 seater Deodoro Stadium, were no match for the New Zealanders, who beat them 52 – 0, and the French team, who beat the Lionesses 40 – 7. New Zealand got their match off to a flying start when Portia Woodman scored 13 seconds into the match, a move that started with a Kiwi kickoff and ended with a try without a touch of the ball from the Kenyans. The Kiwis, who currently are second in the world Seven’s Series 2015-16, went on to score eight tries, six of which were converted. The Kenyan Lionesses then took on France, who are currently ranked fifth in the World rankings, and despite a try from Celestine Masinde, which was converted by Janet Owino, France outscored the Kenyan ladies to win comprehensively. Kenya next face Spain at 5PM East African Time, who lost 31 – 5 to New Zealand earlier in the...

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Football to Kick Off Rio 2016

As much as the Rio Olympics 2016 will officially be opened on Friday 5th August, there will be Olympic football already underway by then.  Just like at the London Olympics four years ago, the Rio Olympics scheduling means teams get to kick off their summer games two days early. There will be 16 men’s teams and 12 women’s teams competing at the games for Olympic gold.  Notable players at the games include Brazilians Marquinos, Felipe Anderson, Rafinha and Captain Neimar. Nigeria will rely on the experience of Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel, while South Korea have Tottenham Hotspurs’ Son Heung-min.  Brazilian female superstar Marta will be joined by her 38 year old compatriot Formiga, while defending Olympic and world  champions USA will have goalkeeper Hope Solo and current world player of the year  Carli Lloyd.  The women will start their tournament on Wednesday 3rd as South Africa take on Sweden, and the men’s games begin the next day with Denmark facing Iran.  Men’s groups Group A: Brazil, South Africa, Iraq, Denmark Group B: Sweden, Colombia, Nigeria, Japan Group C: Fiji, South Korea, Mexico, Germany Group D: Honduras, Algeria, Portugal, Argentina Women’s groups Group E: Brazil, China, Sweden, South Africa Group F: Canada, Australia, Zimbabwe, Germany Group G: USA, New Zealand, France,...

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