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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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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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