Ezekiel Kemboi most likely to run a marathon in 2019, and possibly become a world champion over the distance in Doha, Qatar


Ezekiel Kemboi celebrating another one of his many gold medals
The truth is, having been in his training group for almost a third year now, I fall somewhere around the fifth place when it comes to anyone who can guess whether Ezekiel Kemboi will be running a marathon next year, or not. There is God (who doesn’t guess, by the way), Kemboi himself, his coach and his management ahead of me. But, there are many signs already pointing towards the likelihood of this. In fact, if I was to place a bet right now, even before any country can name their teams, as to who will win the 2019 world championship gold medal in the men’s marathon, I would place my bet on Kemboi. Let me explain, before you throw your phone at me!

First of all, Kemboi has already hinted about moving to the marathon probably next year when asked by reporters in Kasarani Stadium during the national trials how the men’s 3000m steeplechase race he had run in had been. He replied that he was there in the race most importantly to represent the Police Service at the national championships and that his focus of late has been on the road races.

A 2,400m to 2,800m altitude run in Kaptagat forest, Kenya

Me, training in Kaptagat
Kaptagat is an area within the Kenyan highlands that is known world over as an ideal place for athletes to train. This area is some kilometers to the East of Eldoret town; some say it is 16km, others say it is 25km while others say it is 40km. I say, they are all right!

Kaptagat has been used to describe a very large area that comprise of a number of shopping centers, villages, many athletic training camps, vast farm lands and forests. Among the athletics training camps here include: Volare Sport's Global Camp, Ricky Simms' Pace Sports Management camp, Dr. Rosa's Nike camp, Complete Sports camp and Chepkero Athletics camp, among many others.

Even though all these camps are situated far apart, there is always one route you won't miss to find athletes, not only from the camps in Kaptagat, but from other nearby towns as well plying it. It is a route from Brocklyne junction to Kaptarakwa shopping center and beyond. Others just term it as Kaptagat forest, even though part of that route is not really in the forest. It is a route that begins at an altitude of around 2400m and climbs gradually up to over 2800m after Kaptarakwa shopping center.

Kenya's new national champions; Timothy Cheruiyot, Emily Cherotich, Beatrice Chepkoech and Jonathan Kitilit in Paris Diamond League

The top two finishers in the middle-distance events from the Kenyan national trials will get a chance to compete against each other again at the IAAF Paris Diamond League on Saturday.

If the IAAF Paris Diamond League event organizers did not use the results from the Kenyan national trials to invite runners for their middle-distance events, then anyone who thinks so should be forgiven. It seems too coincidental that the top two finishers from the trials that were done this past weekend in Kasarani Stadium to select the Kenyan team to the African Senior Athletics championships for August in Nigeria are all in the start lists of the women 800m, men 800m, men 1500m and women 3000m steeplechase events.

Emily Cherotich who won the women’s 800m at the Kenyan trials will be joined by Eunice Sum and Margaret Nyairera who had taken 2nd and 3rd positions in trying to break Caster Semenya’s winning streak in the event. Francine Niyonsaba, Ajee Wilson and Sifan Hassan will be the other big stars to watch here as well.

In the men’s 1500m, Timothy Cheruiyot, the other new national champion from the Kenyan trials, will be leading Elijah Manangoi and Charles Simotwo (second at the Kenyan trials) in one exciting race of the evening that will include the world indoor champion from Ethiopia, Tafere Samuel and Abdelaati Iguider, among others.

Sally Kipyego’s back again after the BAA 10K this weekend, she needs some time to fly

Sally Kipyego with daughter, Emma after BAA 10K
Olympic and world silver medalist, Sally Kipyego has been out of the limelight for a while now in matters running. She had been on a maternity leave and is now back to running again after her daughter, Emma now turns roughly 1 year. Her time of 34:31 which she ran to finish 10th, doesn't sound so impressive to everyone who knows her potential, but is understandable when she explains the circumstances leading up to the particular race.

Kipyego has been a runner-up to legendary athletes in her major championship races: She took silver medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games, behind the legendary Tirunesh Dibaba in the women 10,000m. Before that, at the 2011 IAAF World Athletics Championships, she was the silver medalist in the 10,000 m, finishing second to none other than her compatriot and legendary Vivian Cheruiyot. In 2016, she finished as a runner-up in 2:28:01 at the New York City Marathon behind another legendary runner, Mary Keitany who won it in 2:24:26.

Top ten results from the 2018 Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon


Stephen Kiprop, new winner of the IAAF Gold label Olomouc Half Marathon
Stephen Kiprop is the new winner of the IAAF Gold label Olomouc Half Marathon after beating a competitive field to emerge the winner as he set a new course record of 1:00:15. Netsanet Gudeta led the women’s race from gun to tape winning it in 1:07:30 in a comfortable margin from second placed Aselefech Mergia who finished in 1:09:45.

Here are the top results:

Kenya’s full team to the Asaba 2018 African Senior athletics championships, Nigeria

Beatrice Chepkoech will be running in the 3000m SC this time round

As expected, Kenya just selected an arguably stronger team than the last time to the African senior athletics championships. Fresh from being crowned Commonwealth Games champions, Hellen Obiri and Conseslus Kipruto comfortably won their events at the Kasarani stadium to head the team to Asaba. The two will be seeking to become Commonwealth Games and African champions within the same year.

Elijah Manangoi who is the other gold medalist from Australia got a wild card in the men’s 1500m team having been exempted from running at the trials as he was mourning the loss of his elder sister. Timothy Cheruiyot had ran a fast and a spectacular race to win the 1500m race. Wycliffe Kinyamal who was the first Kenyan to win gold in Gold Coast could not compete in the 800m race due to an injury and could not make the team. Emmanuel Korir got the wild card here and will be joining Jonathan Kitilit and Ferguson Rotich to form one of the strongest 800m teams to represent Kenya in an international competition.

Beatrice Chepkoech will be shifting to the 3000m steeplechase this time round while Edward Zakayo and Celiphine Chespol will be represented the country at the junior world championships next month in Tampere before joining the national team to Asaba.

Below is the full team that was selected:

The joy of running and finishing the 2018 Eldoret City Marathon together with my wife on the 22nd of April 2018

As I waited for my wife at the end of the finish chute where the officials had pushed me to, so that I would not cause more jam at the f...