Sunday, 27 November 2016

2016 Tuskys Wareng Cross Country top ten results; senior men

Senior men:
1. Ronald Kiprotich
2. Moses Mukono
3. Timothy Ronoh
4. Josphat Korir
5. Leornard Lang'at
6. Benard Kipkemoi
7. Noah Kipkemboi
8. Harnington Kirui
9. Felix Kandie
10. Josphat Bett

Tuskys Wareng Cross Country 2016 Top ten results; senior women

Irene Cheptai leads the senior women's race.

Top ten Senior women:
1. Irene Cheptai
2. Gladys Chesir
3. Vivian Jemutai
4. Jackline Adodonyang
5. Magdalene Maasai
6. Beatrice Chepkoech
7. Miriam Maiyo
8. Georgina Ronoh
9. Faith Cheruto
10. Mary Mununu

Friday, 25 November 2016

The most favorite athletics event in Kenya (polls)

The Senior men's race at the Nike Discovery Cross Country

To appreciate the races that are well organized and meet the expectations of athletes and fans in Kenya, Kenyan athlete gives out an opportunity for athletes and fans to vote for their favorite event. With the emergence of new races in the country, this will help athletes know which race is the most favorite among other athletes and plan in advance which race they would wish to run. It also brings a healthy competition among the races that will try to create the best experience for runners and fans in their races.

Tuskys Wareng Cross Country happens this Sunday in Eldoret

Josphat Bett on his way to winning last year's race at the Tuskys Cross Country event
Last year, it was spectacular. I don't know which word will be used to describe this year's event that is going to take place this weekend (Sunday, November 27th) at the Huruma Grounds in Eldoret. Three months from now, the IAAF world cross country event is going to happen in Kampala, Uganda. There is more interest now in the Tuskys event, especially among the athletes who hope to make the national team to the World championships in March.
Every edition of this event has seen races, especially the senior men's race, being exciting from the start to the finish. The first 800m often would seem to be a different race altogether of sprinters and renowned pace setters.

Kenyan athlete; Alfred Koech, uses running to get education in Australia

The news of him being named as the athletics captain in Edith Cowan University (ECU), one of the leading universities in Australia, were great and overwhelming. It went viral on the social media amongst his fans, his community of runners in Australia and friends back here in Kenya.
"I even got a live radio interview after the announcement," he said. "This has motivated me so much to an extend that I am now working very hard, completely focusing and aiming to participate and make an impression at the Commonwealth Games that will be held here in Australia in 2018."
Alfred Koech comes from Itigo village in Kenya, a vicinity where most of Kenya's top long distance runners grew up, including Sammy Korir and Martin Lel . He was a bright pupil in Primary school, but lacked enough school fees to enable him attend some of the best high schools in the country to continue his studies. Fortunately, due to his talent and interest in running, he was enrolled to take his secondary education at Kosirai High School. The school, situated between Eldoret and Kapsabet in Kenya. Kosirai High School is well known for being one of the few schools that admit and support students who show athletic talent and help them hone their talents to become world beaters.
"At Kosirai High, I had to run to represent my school in order to benefit in getting part of my fees paid by the school. This is also where I met and trained with a number of current world class athletes that include Peter Some, James Magut and Mathew Kisorio. I was often their pace setter during speed workouts," he said.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

What Eliud Kipchoge once said on competing against Kenenisa Bekele in the Marathon

After winning the New Dheli half marathon in 59:44 minutes last weekend, fans are now looking forward to watching Kipchoge run the London Marathon in April. The marathon will be greatly exciting if Kenenisa Bekele,who now holds the fastest time in marathon this year, will be also part of the elite field. It will be one epic battle. Here is what Kipchoge had said the last time I asked him about how he intented to deal with Bekele over the 42km distance.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

The other side of Ezekiel Kemboi, the King of the 3000m steeplechase

I, with Ezekiel Kemboi, the king of 3000m steeplechase

I cannot count the number of times I have come across Ezekiel Kemboi, the king of the men's 3000m steeplechase - two times Olympic and four times world champion, but every time I meet him, I get impressed by how he relates well with whoever he happens to know, especially his fellow athletes. I have seen him in the local track meetings here cheering on members of his training group as they compete. I have seen him on TV dancing for Usain Bolt and hugging the French athlete, Mekhissi-Benabear, who ran behind him to win the silver medal at the London Olympics. I have also seen him give out his Olympic gold medal to the president of Kenya.