Category: Olympics

Kipruto Sets Olympic Record

This was possibly the most anticipated race in the Olympic games, along with the 800m final and the sprint events. After qualifying easily for the final, the three Kenyans in the race, Brimin Kipruto, Conseslus Kipruto and Ezekiel Kemboi, lined up to take the world on and possibly win a Kenyan 1-2-3. Right from set off, Conseslus Kipruto showed his intent to win gold in the race, with Kemboi and Brimin Kipruto keeping up a few positions behind. As expected, the three Kenyans were closely followed by Frenchman Mehiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad and American Evan Jager. However, the battle was mostly between Kemboi and Kipruto, who have been competing against each other strongly over the last two years. With 400m to go, Conseslus began to pull clear of the field, with Kemboi, wearing a flamboyant haircut, chasing him down the first bend. American Jager was close behind Kemboi, and it remained that way until the final 100m. By this time, Kipruto had pulled clear of the rest of the field, and began to celebrate with over 50m to go, sure of his gold medal and overjoyed that he had eventually beat his arch nemesis, Ezekiel Kemboi, finally. Kipruto broke the Olympic record in 8:23.08, and had he kept his blistering pace in the final stretch, he possibly would have broken the world record as well. Kemboi, the self proclaimed greatest steeplechase...

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Faith Kipyegon: Gold Medalist

Faith Chengetich Kipyegon overcame strong competition from the world record holder Genzebe Dibaba to win a gold medal for Kenya in the final of the 1,500m. The diminutive Kenyan was overjoyed and collapsed in tears after crossing the line in 4:08.93, the first Olympic medal for the 22 year old from Bomet County, Kenya. The race was a relatively slow one, and it was clear in first half of the race that Dibaba’s World Record time was in no danger. Both Kipyegon and Dibaba stayed in touch with the leading pack. With 600m to go, however, the pace increased considerably. At the bell, Kipyegon and Dibaba took off, with Dibaba leading, and Americans Jennifer SImpson and Shannon Rowbury close behind them. Kipyegon overtook Dibaba with 300m to go, and although the pace by the two athletes was very fast, it was clear that the Ethiopian would not keep up with the Kenyan, the latter stretching her lead in the final stretch to cross the line in victory. This is Kenya’s third Gold medal for Kenya, and the second in the last 24 hours, after 800m ace David Rudisha won gold last night. American Jeniffer Simpson finished third in 4:10.53, finishing less than a second slower than Dibaba, who clocked 4:10.27. Congratulations, Faith...

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Rudisha Defends 800m Gold

David Rudisha became the first man in over half a century to successfully defend his 800m Olympic gold medal, running in 1:42.16 to beat a strong field of challengers. In one of the quickest 800m races in recent history, he surged past his rivals to win impressively, running with his usual poise and grace all through the race. It was always going to be a difficult race for the 27 year old, who has struggled with injury since winning his last Olympic gold in London. The 6″3′ runner started his race by attempting to run at the front of the pack, as usual, but was challenged by Kenyan compatriot Alfred Kipketer, a real contender for the gold this year having beaten Rudisha twice in the last two years. He took off at an unbelievable (and unsustainable) pace, running the first 200m in 23 seconds. However, Rudisha kept up with him, and Kipketer was leading at the bell, having done the lap in 49.23 seconds. However, he soon began to fade after miscalculating his starting speed, With 300m to go, Rudisha overtook Kipketer and never looked back. He powered through and finished the race in his usual commanding style. Algeria’s Taoufik Makhloufi won silver in 1:42.61, with American Clayton Murphy finishing third in 1:42.93. Rudisha’s Kenyan compatriots Ferguson Rotich and Alfred Kipketer finished fifth and seventh in 1:43.55 and 4:46.02 respectively. Congratulations,...

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Hyvin Works Hard for Silver

Hyvin Jepkemoi Kiyeng was made to work hard to get her Olympic 3000m Steeplechase silver medal when she ran a 9:07.12 to win, less than half a second ahead of American 9:07.63 Emma Coburn. Running in a very quick race, the Kenyan runner was nearly beaten at the end, but hang on to win a second silver medal for Kenya by a female runner. Her compatriot, Beatrice Chepkoech, finished fourth after the Coburn powered past her in the final 400m of the race, finishing in 9:16.05. The headlines were dominated, however, by Kenyan-born Bahrain runner Ruth Jebet. The 19 year old ran the fastest time over the distance this year, and built up a near 60m lead to finish in 8:59.77, about a second slower than the Olympic record. With less two laps to go, Jebet was already assured of a win, having raced well clear of the rest of the field. The diminutive figure raced past everyone, and after the race Kiyeng admitted the pace was impossible for them to keep up with, especially in Rio’s hot and humid conditions. However, she was grateful for getting her first Olympic medal in her first appearance at the games. The other Kenyan, Lydia Rotich, came a distant thirteenth in 9:34.20. Congratulations, Ms....

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Sumgong Wins First Gold 

Jemima Sumgong, 31, is Kenya’s first Olympic Golf medalist at the Rio Olympics 2016. Crossing the line at 2:24:04, the London Marathon winner beat Kenyan born Bahraini Eunice Kirwa to Silver and Mare Dibaba to Bronze. In so doing, Sumgong became the first Kenyan woman to win an Olympic Marathon Gold medal ever. Kenya won silver in 2012,2008 and 2004. Running in hot conditions, Sumgong started the race strongly and by the halfway mark was in the leading pack, staying close to Dibaba who pulled away around the 20km mark. With ten kilometers to go, the top three runners, along with Tsegaye and Mazuronak of Ethiopia and Belarus respectively pulled clear of the rest and began to push hard for podium places. At the two hour mark, it was clear that Sumgong was set for a podium finish, having pulled clear of the rest of the pack with Kirwa and Dibaba. She picked up her pace and raced clear to finish as her two compatriots faded, eventually finishing nine seconds ahead of Kirwa. Speaking to the Associated Press after the race, Sumgong said, “I was never worried I’d lose this. At 40km, I knew the gold was mine.” Congratulations, Sumgong, and all the best in your future races. Kenya is...

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