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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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Wario Disbands Olympic Committee

Hassan Wario, the Cabinet Secretary for Sport, has officially disbanded the National Olympic Committee of Kenya. This comes after the NOC was accussed of grossly mismanaging the team that competed at the just-concluded 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Furthermore, the Cabinet Secretary has called for an investigation into the matter, and transferred the duties of the Committee temporarily to the Sports Kenya Management Board. The investigating team is required to present its findings by Sept 30. The athletes at the games were treated very unprofessionally, and there have been various complaints. Among them are the ‘mishap’ that...

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Isaiah Kiplagat Passes Away

Suspended head of Athletics Kenya, Isaiah Kiplagat, has passed away aged 72. He passed away this morning after losing his battle with cancer. Isaiah Kiplagat died in his Nairobi home this morning at about 10:30am. He has been battling cancer for a while now, but over the last four months his condition had deteriorated significantly. Acting head of Athletics Kenya, Susan Kamau, confirmed the passing of Kiplagat, and told Capital Sport that they were waiting for more information from the family. Kiplagat was Kenya’s longest serving AK chief, and was involved with the body for over 40 years. He was responsible for a lot of the success that Kenya has enjoyed both locally and internationally, and was among the pioneers of the development of Athletics in Kenya on the international scene. The embattled CEO was suspended in November last year, along with AK officials David Okeyo and Joseph Kinyua, while investigations were carried out on various doping and bribery allegations. May his soul rest in peace. Our prayers go out to him and his...

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Olympic Marathon Gold for Kenya 

Eliud Kipchoge has won the Olympic Marathon Gold, running in 2:08:44. Running under the rainy RIo sky, the 31 year old controlled the race throughout, and never looked under threat. Eliud Kipchoge has now become one of the most dominant marathon runners in the world since switching to the event, winning 7 out of the last 8 marathons he has entered. Just like his female counterpart, Kenya’s Olympic gold medal chances were always under threat from perennial rivals Ethiopia, with Feyisa Lilesa pushing the Kipchoge all the way. However, with three kilometers to go, it was clear that no one was going to keep up with him, and he pulled clear to finish 70 seconds ahead of the Ethiopian. American athlete Galen Rupp, who finished in 2:10:05. Kipchoge is a former Olympic medallist. He won silver at the 2008 games in Beijing, China, and bronze at the 2004 games in Athens, Greece, both in 5,000m. Speaking after the race, Kipchoge was delighted with his performance. “I was coming here for gold. “It feels great. I felt I had a little bit in the tank and it was comfortable, it was very comfortable. This is the best win of my life.” Congratulations, Eliud...

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Julius Yego makes history 

Julius Yego has become the first ever Kenyan to win an Olympic medal in Javelin after throwing a Season Best of 88.24 to win the Silver Medal at the Rio Olympics. it was a night of mixed emotions for Yego, who in the first round of the final had his best throw, as an injury to his ankle in his fourth round prevented him from making one last attempt at the gold medal. Just after his injury, German Thomas Rohler made a 90.30m throw to win gold, and a helpless Yego could only look on in tears, unable to respond to the German’s effort. Julius Yego, 27, is most certainly one of the greatest Olympic stories of all time. Growing up in Kenya, he always wanted to become a javelin athlete, but did not have access to coaching or equipment to take part in the competition. However, this did not deter him, as he turned to YouTube, the internet video sharing website, to learn how to throw. Many years of studying, training and sacrifice led him to the Olympic finals, earning him the nickname the YouTube Athlete. His achievement is no small feat. He is the first Kenyan not only to represent Kenya in Javelin, but the first to win a medal in it. He is the current world champion, and his story has inspired people across the world. Congratulations,...

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