Category: Olympics

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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Vivian Cheruiyot Breaks Record 

Vivian Cheruiyot has won gold and broken the Olympic Record by winning the 5000m final. Helen Obiri takes silver. The Kenyans ran a perfect race and took advantage of Ethiopian Almaz Ayana’s erroneous tactic to beat the 10,000m Gold Medallist.  Coming into the race full of confidence after her record breaking performance in the 10,000m final, Ayana started strongly, going to the front of the pack and opening up a significant lead over the rest of the field.  Cheruiyot and Obiri, however, were not tempted to race after the Ethiopian, choosing instead to run at a controlled pace.  With 800m to go, the Kenyan duo picked up the pace, and two hundred meters later caught up with the  Ethiopian, who’d run out of gas. At this point, the Kenyan win was a formality, the duo running in 14:26.17 and 14:29.77 respectively to clinch an Olympic 1-2 for Kenya.  Congratulations, Cheruiyot and...

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Boniface Mucheru Makes History

Boniface Mucheru Tumuti has made history by becoming the first Kenyan runner ever to win an Olympic medal in the 400m hurdles. He came second to Kerron Clement of the USA, running in 47.78, his personal best and the new Kenyan record. Boniface ran a blistering race from start to finish, keeping up well with Clement and Yasmani Copello of Turkey, as well as Kenyan compatriot Haron Koech. However, with Koech fading in the final 100m, Mucheru pushed hard and nearly caught up with the American gold medallist, losing to him in 0.05 seconds. Copello came third in 47.92, while Koech eventually finished seventh in 49.09. It was a nervous start to the race, when one of the favourites and Olympic Bronze medallist, Javier Culson, made a false start and ended up getting disqualified, leaving him in tears. This is the first time ever Kenya has won an Olympic medal in the 400m hurdles. Kenya won silver in the 4 x 400m Relay at the 1968 Olympics and gold in the same event in 1972, as well as bronze in 1972 and 1992 in 400m. Congratulations, Mucheru. Kenya is...

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Kemboi Disqualified

Reports from Rio indicate that Kenyan bronze medallist in the 3000m steeplechase, Ezekiel Kemboi, has been disqualified and stripped of his medal after running off the track during his race. According to an official report in the IAAF website, Kemboi’s has been denied his medal after the French team presented a complaint that he stepped outside the line at the curve after clearing his water jump in the fourth lap of the race. The IAAF found that Kemboi had indeed committed an infringement, but it is not clear if it affected his time of 8:08.47. Kemboi had finished the race third, with Consenslus Kipruto winning gold and breaking the Olympic Record in 8:03.28. American Evan Jagger won silver. Before he learned about his disqualification, Kemboi had announced his retirement. The Bronze medal has now been awarded to France’s Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad, who crossed the line...

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