Monday, 25 July 2016

The world half marathon still happens weekly, every Monday, here in Eldoret.


“Were you coming here to stand?” A guy in yellow Adidas jacket asked and we all moved closer together, towards the middle of the road. Apparently, in the presence world’s big marathon winners in the group, no one wanted to be the first to speak and give out instructions regarding the program for the morning.
Another guy suggested that we should take the tarmac road because it had rained the previous night and the other roads would be muddy. The majority agreed, and so we were going to go out for ten kilometers and come back the same route making it a twenty kilometer run. No one spoke about the pace, but everyone knew that it was Monday, and as usual it was to be a hard run.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Should Kenya's athletics national trials be done in Eldoret again?

Men 3000m SC race at Kenya's Olympic trials in Eldoret

Should the trials be done again in Eldoret? The answer will depend on who you are asking the question. For fans, it definitely will be a yes. For press, it will be no given that they had to work in a small confined space in the open hot sun without a shade. It was far from what they are used to in Nairobi where they would have a press room complete with free internet, free lunch and computers to use. For athletes, it will be a no for others and a yes for others. For people who double up as press, athletes and fans at the same time, like me, it will be a yes.
These were the outstanding moments:
1. Gates were closed since all the fans who turned up could not fit in the stadium
Fans lined up in long queues to enter the stadium more than one hour before the first event on the second day of the Olympic trials began. Everyone wanted to get in first to get a vantage position in the stadium,

Friday, 15 July 2016

Kenya's medal prospects at the Olympic Games in Rio

Vivian Cheruiyot leads the women 10,000m field during Kenya's Olympic trials in Eldoret
Ezekiel Kemboi, Brimin Kipruto and Conseslus Kipruto are in Kenya's men 3000m steeplechase team to the Rio Olympic Games. So far, Kenyan runners are showing supremacy in their most favorite event; the men's 3000m steeplechase. Conseslus Kiruto is leading the diamond league point standings with 40 points, Jairus Birech follows him with 20, followed by Paul Koech with 14. There are a total of nine Kenyans among the diamond league's 12 leaders.

Friday, 10 June 2016

My amazing experience at an IAAF Gold Label event, the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend!


I am now back in Kenya after such a wonderful experience at the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend in Ontario, Canada. My special thanks go to Mr. John Halverson, the race director for organizing such a great race; Manny Rodrigues, the elite athletes’ coordinator for getting me the invitation; Annie Boucher, media relations for putting up my articles on their website and all the other officials and staff at the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend for making the weekend such a success.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Entry lists for distance events at the 2016 IAAF Doha Diamond League meeting


The IAAF Doha Diamond League event kicks off the 2016 IAAF diamond league season with great fields in the distance events: Asbel Kiprop and Silas Kiplagat line up the men’s 1500m race, Almaz Ayana faces Vivian Cheruiyot in the women’s 3000m, the men’s 3000m steeplechase event will most likely predict the podium podium positions at the Rio Olympic Games with Ezekiel Kemboi, Jairus Birech and Conseslus Kipruto among the competitors and Caster Semenya faces Eunice Sum in the women 800m event.