Monday, 24 August 2015

Six Kenyans who sailed to the finals in 800m, 400mH and 1500m in action today!

If someone thought that he must have been dreaming when he watched Kenyan runners winning the heats of the men's 400n hurdles, I wonder what he will be thinking when he sees one winning the gold medal! Two Kenyans today are in the finals; one won in the first semi-final while the other took second in the third semi-final.
To give you a clear possibility of what may happen in the finals and save you from the possibility of you being unsure again Today whether you will be dreaming , consider that Kenya's Boniface Mucheru ran the fastest time in the semi-finals where many other athletes behind him were able to set personal best, seasonal best and national records. It shows that the semi-finals were as competitive as the finals will be.
All Kenyans in the men's 800m also went through to the finals. When Alfred Kipketer made it through in the first semi-final, it was imminent that the other two, David Rudisha and Ferguson Rotich, were going to make it too since they are being seen as the stronger of the three Kenyans having finished in the top two positions during the national trials. As expected, both made it. Rudisha won the second semi-final as Ferguson Rotich took second in the third semi-final behind Amel Tuka, who could be the huge threat to Kenya's chances of winning all the medals in the finals of this event on Tuesday.
The defending champion, Mohammed Aman could not make it to the finals having finished third and then getting disqualified for stepping inside the track (R 163.2). Another athlete who was seen by many to be another threat to beat Kenyans, Amos Nijel, also failed to reach the finals after finishing third in the second semi-finals. Everything seems to be promising for Kenyans in the finals of this event.
The semi-finals in the women 1500m had all the big names in it. It seems the finals of this will be one of the toughest races in Beijing. There are Sifan Hassan, Genzebe Dibaba, Abeba Aregawi, Jennifer Simpson, Dawit Seyaun and Laura Muir, among others, all making it to the finals. However, Kenya's Faith Chepng'etich also made it to the finals here and is one promising athlete. She has a possibility to surprise everyone and get away with the gold medal.

Eliud Kipchoge interview with Kenyan Athlete

Prior to this year's London marathon, the pre-race topic was almost entirely about the expected clash between Wilson Kipsang and Dennis Kimetto there. There were only a few people expecting Eliud Kipchoge to triumph out of the great lineup of stars in the race, but he eventually emerged the winner. 

Here is what he had to say about his victory when I caught up with him a few weeks ago at the newly refurbished Kipchoge Stadium in Eldoret during the last leg of the Safaricom Athletics Kenya's (AK) track and field meeting that was taking place.

"I felt happy. I was more than happy to win one of the biggest marathons in the whole world; you know, London Marathon is actually considered by many as the major of the marathon majors, so I was happy to be the winner in London," Kipchoge said. He added, "It was my best moment so far in my career on marathon running, but in the twelve years of my life in athletics, I still remember where I started from and I think that my best moment ever was when I won the gold medal in the 5000m event at the 2003 world championships in Paris."

My interview with Vivian Cheruiyot when she began her training for the Beijing WC

The 2011 Daegu double World Champion, Vivian Cheruiyot is also now the reigning world champion again, in the 10,000m, after a great run at the ongoing Beijing world championships.

During the 2013 Moscow World Championships, Vivian could not defend her two titles there, but, for her, the joy of expecting her first child outweighed the disappointment of having to miss the world championships. Below is extracts from an interview I had with her when she began her training last year in June.

"As an athlete whose body has gotten so used to running, one would definitely miss participating in competitions, especially when she watches other athletes run. But for me, I knew I was in an important stage of my life; that of expecting my baby. The prospect of having a child who will be watching me running and cheering me made me so happy. Now that I have a baby boy, I believe that I indeed took the best decision and step in my life," she said.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

ARD/The Sunday Times investigations reveal Kenyans are WAY LESS likely to dope than non-Kenyans

Kenyan medalists are WAY LESS likely to dope than other distance medallists — non-Russian medalists are 58% more likely to have suspect blood values than Kenyan medalists
This one gets its own bullet point because we’re sick of getting emails from visitors along the lines of “See, all the Kenyans are dirty.” Kenya, along with Russia, has been one of the biggest targets in recent media doping discussions. Some of that is because of the ARD documentary, which had some very troubling footage of athletes shooting up with EPO in Kenya, but let’s not let sensationalism get in the way of facts. Rather than single out Kenya for doping, the data easily could have been used to say the Kenyan medallists are way LESS likely to have suspicious blood values than other medallists. The Times wrote, “Kenya, renowned for producing great distance-runners, is also a doping hotbed, with questions over 18 of the country’s medals.” (What The Sunday Times did not mention was Kenyan won an amazing 92 medals during this time period).

How the last world championship year, 2013, was for Kenyan athletes

For a Kenyan athlete and a fan of Kenyan runners, 2013 was  a great year with great moments to remember and cherish. Such moments happened during the world championships in Moscow, during the IAAF Diamonds League series and world challenge events, on the roads during the world's major city marathons and on other gold and silver label road races across the world.

How Kenyan runners go for their long runs

Where there is a will; there is a way. Not all Kenyan athletes have vehicles to use in their long runs, but they still find ways to do that. Below are four typical ways in which most of the Kenyan athletes do their long runs.

What makes Kenyans the best runners in the world

There is an influx of tourists coming to Kenya usually from November to February. Most of them are sports tourists who are seeking to train with and like the Kenyans on the high altitudes of the Rift Valley regions, hoping that by the time they go back to their countries they will magically notice a big difference in their running. One thing these foreign runners get to learn and experience once they are here in Kenya is that they need to train harder than they had been doing.