Kenya's 2015 world 400m Hurdles champion Nicholas bett dies in a car accident.IAAF World Champion in Beijing,2015

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Kenya’s 2015 world 400m hurdles champion Nicholas Bett, 28, died in a car accident on Tuesday (7).

Bett produced one of the biggest surprises of the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 when he took the gold medal in the 400m hurdles, setting a Kenyan record of 47.79, the fastest time in the world that year.

Few had touted him as a medal prospect heading into those championships, but he had won the Kenyan Trials in a PB of 48.29 just a few weeks prior and, despite carrying a foot injury at the time, had earned bronze medals in the 400m hurdles and 4x400m at the African Championships in 2014.

During his youth, Bett had started out in volleyball before switching to athletics. He initially showed promise in the 110m hurdles but then gravitated towards the longer event and coached himself for a number of years, improving from a 53-second runner into a 49-second performer.

It was in 2014 when his potential caught the eye of coach Vincent Mumo. He introduced Bett to Jukka Harkonen, who became Bett’s agent and organised a link-up with South African coach Hennie Kotze.

Bett’s training stints in Finland and South Africa led to significant technical changes in the way he approached the event. Although he still lacked consistency, Bett showed in Beijing what he was capable of when he got it right.

Various challenges on and off the track prevented him from reproducing his best form in the years that followed. He hit a hurdle in his heat at the Olympic Games in Rio and was duly disqualified but ended his season on a high when winning at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Paris in 48.01.

Injury cut short his 2017 season, but he returned to form in 2018, recording a season’s best of 48.88 and reaching the 400m hurdles finals at both the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast and the African Championships in Asaba.

Bett, whose twin brother Aron Koech is also an international 400m hurdler, was himself a father to two-year-old twins.

Kenya to bring home six more titles from Asaba on the final day of African Athletics championship 2018. Top with 11 Gold

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Kenya captured six more titles on Sunday (5) to claim bragging rights as the winningest squad in Africa as the 21st edition of the continent's championships concluded in Asaba, Nigeria.

Competing before another raucous near-capacity crowd at the Stephen Keshi Memorial Stadium, Kenya took home titles on the track and on the field on the final day of competition to up their gold medal haul to 11.

Many of those were delivered in most impressive fashion, beginning with the women’s steeplechase where freshly-minted world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech, clearly in the rarest of forms, led a medal sweep for the east African powerhouse. The 27-year-old dominated the race en route to an 8:59.88 run, near the top of the short list of fastest un-paced performances in history.

As the field, led by three Kenyans, approached the end of the opening lap, Chepkoech said she had to make a choice: to decide with medal was hers. As she broke away and turned the race into a solo exhibition, her decision became obvious.

"After the world record and now the African title, this will open many doors for me," she said. Behind the first door is a spot on Team Africa for next month's IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018.

Celliphine Chespol was a distant second nearly 10 seconds back, clocking 9:09.61, with Fancy Cherono taking bronze.

Zakayo triumphs again in Asaba, barely a month after a show of his now familiar winning ways in Tampere. 5000m Men

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Next came the men’s 5000m where it was Edward Zakayo, the 16-year-old who emerged prominently on the scene after winning the world U20 title over the distance last month, to take centre stage.

Third at the bell behind Yemane Haileselassie of Eritrea and Ethiopian Getaneh Molla, Zakayo bolted off the final turn to finish unchallenged, crossing the line with his tongue wagging and arms spread wide, in 13:48.58.

Molla was second in 13:49.06 with Haileselassie an exuberant third in 13:49.58 to capture one of Eritrea's two medals at these championships.

About 20 minutes after Zakayo crossed the line, the gun sounded the start of the men’s 1500m, a tactical affair largely driven by Kenyan aces Elijah Manangoi, the world champion, and his training partner Timothy Cheruiyot, this year's world leader who's chiseled together an unbeaten season on the IAAF Diamond League circuit.

Manangoi made his move with about 300 metres to go, unleashing a long, sustained kick that Cheruiyot couldn't meet or beat. Manangoi clocked 3:35.20 to take his first continental title, Cheruiyot 3:35.93. Uganda's Ronald Musagala closed strong to take bronze in 3:36.41.

Meanwhile on the infield, 2015 world javelin throw champion Julius Yego won his specialty with a second round 77.34m effort, defeating South African Philmar Van Rensburg (76.57m) with Kure Adams of Nigeria taking bronze with 75.69m.

Kenyan Quartet earns sets Championships record in the 4x400m relay, Men.African Athlectics championships 2018,Asaba

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An inspired Kenyan quartet of Aron Koech, Alphas Kishoyian, Jared Momanyi and Emmanuel Korir brought the curtain down on Asaba 2018 with victory in the 4x400m relay in 3:00.92, a championships record. South Africa was second in 3:03.50 followed by host Nigeria in 3:04.88.

Kenya's medal haul began in the early morning hours with when Samuel Gathimba prevailed in the 20km race walk, clocking 1:25:14 to beat South African Lebogang Shange by 11 seconds. The battle for second was close, with Shange just holding off Hassanina Sebei of Tunisia. Both were credited with the same time of 1:25:25.

Ndiwa and Aprot victories earn kenya another gold and silver in Asaba,Nigeria. 21st African Athletics Championship 2018

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A dominant 1-2 finish in the 10,000m by Kenyans Stacy Ndiwa and Alice Aprot highlighted the fourth day of competition at the 21st African Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria, before another near capacity crowd at Stephen Keshi Memorial Stadium on Saturday (4).

Given the high late afternoon heat and humidity, the performance was as impressive as it was dominating. Such were the conditions that three of the 11 entrants dropped out well before the Kenyan pair forged on on their own with eight laps to go. That was when teammate Pauline Koriakwang, bothered by a troublesome Achilles, stepped off the track, taking Kenya's sweep ambitions with her.

For the next seven laps, Ndiwa and Aprot were in lockstep, with the taller Aprot, racing in a black hat, pushing the pace. But at the bell, Ndiwa bolted to the lead, one she extended down the backstretch before eventually reaching the finish in 31:31.17, a lifetime best for the 25-year-old. She immediately dropped flat on the track.

Mathieu Sawe puts on a performance to retains High Jump Title in African Championships 2018 , ASABA, Nigeria

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Sawe put out an outstanding performance in an event that Kenya has never done well in to win Gold in Mens Highjump during the African Championship, Asaba,Nigeria. In 2016, Sawe became the first Kenyan to win a continental event in this event in 2016 with a jump of 2.21 metres. He went on to retain it with a jump of 2.30m which equals the Kenya national record. In the process he relegated the two South Africans to silver and bronze. The jump puts Sawe among the world’s top high jumpers in 2018 and should warrant an invite to a Diamond League meet.

Gor Maul Yanga 4-0 in a flawless victory to second place in their caf-confed group ties at Moi Kasarani Sports Center

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A goal from Jacques Tuyisenge, a brace by Ephram Guikan and a Haji Mwinyi own goal was all Gor Mahia needed to register a 4-0 win against Tanzania side Yanga SC.

The win came in the right time for the Kenyan champions, who are also set to face rivals AFC Leopards in a derby on Sunday.

Midfielder Humphrey Mieno, who was crowned man of the match, is happy with the way his teammates played and the end result.Giants Gor Mahia were at their flawless best tearing Yanga of Tanzania apart in a 4-0 crushing win in a Caf-Confederations Group ‘D’ tie played at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on Wednesday evening.

Ivorian Ephrem Guikan, wasteful in the recent assignment in the Cecafa Kagame Cup led the rout; scoring a brace while Jacques Tuyisenge and Charles Momanyi were also on target to record the comfortable victory.

Tuyisenge opened the scoring sheet in the 22nd minute before Guikan found the mark shortly before the break as Gor romped to a huge victory, the first for the Dylan Kerr coached charges in their Group’ D’ matches.

Despite missing injured first team regulars Ernest Wendo, George Odhiambo and suspended Joash Onyango, Gor were too strong for the Tanzanians who now lie last in the group with just a point.

From three matches, Algeria’s USM Algers top the group with seven points, having beaten both Yanga and Rayon Sport of Rwanda, and drawing with Gor.

Kenya Sevens Melt down earns them a knock out in 2018 Rugby World Cup, AT & T Park San Francisco

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Hopes were high when Kenya Sevens team flew to USA for the 2018 Rugby World Cup.

Many expected the national team to carry the impressive World Series form into the global show piece in San Francisco and either replicate the semi-finals’ heroics in Dubai (2009) and Moscow (2013) or even go a place higher.

However, that never came to pass as two moments of madness in yesterday’s morning pre-quarter-final match against Scotland at the AT&T Park shattered their dreams and left many Shujaa fans across the globe heartbroken.

Hundreds of fans across the country, who were glued to their TV screens in pubs and homes in the wee hours, were forced to drown their sorrows as Kenya’s World Cup effort came to a dramatic end.

They threw away a 26-0 halftime lead to lose 26-31 in the round of 16 of the newly introduced ‘unforgiving’ innovative format.
The AT&T Park must have looked like the loneliest place ever for Samuel Oliech and Samuel Ngethe whose indiscipline cost Kenya a quarter-finals ticket on their World Cup debut.

That is a match, the duo would definitely not like to remember as their ‘silly’ errors allowed the Scots to round off one of the greatest comebacks in the tournament’s history.

Kenya had taken an early lead through four unanswered tries by Collins Injera, Nelson Oyoo, William Ambaka and Jeff Oluoch. Innocent Simiyu’s boys were in control and were indeed poised to set-up a quarter-final date with South Africa.

But a split minutes of malice, a knock out match spoiled for one side and saved for another as the an unexpected happened; two Shujaa players, Oliech and Ngethe were sin-binned in succession.

Oliech was sent off first for a high tackle before Ngethe followed for throwing the ball away.

And it seems that’s exactly the moment Scotland were waiting for.

The Europeans, who were then trailing 28-17 at the death, clinically capitalised on their numerical advantage to oust the former Singapore Sevens champions and relegate them to the Challenge Trophy.

Just like Shujaa fans across the world, a visibly dejected Collins Injera couldn’t believe as he held his head in his hands after Jamie Farndale scored the match-winning try in the last play of the game.

Kenya, who were due to play Ireland in the Challenge quarter-finals last night (12.04am) had made dream start to the tournament by beating Tonga 19-7 in the preliminary round.

Ethiopia's Alemaz Narrowly beats Miriam Cherop in women's 1500m to win win Gold, IAAF world under 20 Championship

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With a long and sustained run from the bell, Alemaz Samuel Teshale became the third successive Ethiopian winner of the women’s 1500m at the IAAF World U20 Championships.

On a blisteringly hot afternoon for the final session of the championships, Samuel covered the last lap of a tactical encounter in 61.04 to win the title in 4:09.67, finishing more than a second ahead of Kenya’s Miriam Cherop in 4:10.73.

Samuel was by far the fastest on paper with a lifetime best of 4:01.78 from the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Doha in May, but she was surprisingly beaten at the Ethiopian U20 Championships by Dinke Firdisa. There were high hopes of a third successive Ethiopian 1-2 but Firdisa, the second fastest on paper with 4:09.68, fell out of contention on the last lap and faded to sixth in 4:17.42.

But the plaudits in Tampere went to Samuel who now has her sights set on donning the Ethiopian vest in senior competition next year.

After taking silver in her final season in the U20 ranks, Cherop now harbours aspirations of making the Kenyan senior team for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark next March.

Delia Sclabas replicated her finishing position from the 800m by taking bronze in 4:11.98. The Swiss teenager will now target next month’s European Championships in Berlin full of confidence after earning her second medal of the championships.

Sclabas tore the tightly bunched field asunder with a hard burst with two laps remaining. Sclabas was mostly responsible for a lap of 63.37 from 800m through to 1200m and while she couldn’t match Samuel in the last 300 metres, Sclabas was safe in third place, nearly three seconds ahead of fourth-place finisher Mariana Machado from Portugal in 4:14.93.

Magical Lekuta blitzs past ngeno to win gold in the Men's 800m at the IAAF World U20 Championship, Tampere

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With a run that required speed, stamina and a sheer sense of self-belief, Solomon Lekuta of Kenya secured his nation their third consecutive gold medal in the men’s 800m at the IAAF World U20 Championships.

Taking the lead from the gun, Lekuta blitzed through the opening 200m in 25 seconds and steadied things slightly from there, passing 400m just behind Ethiopia’s Adisu Girma, who passed through in 52.17 with a horde of athletes stalking his footsteps close behind.

Britain’s Markhim Lonsdale came to grief just before the bell, a collision of legs immediately ending his medal hopes as he crashed to the track.

Down the back straight, Girma continued to turn the screw on those behind, with the second Kenyan, Ngeno Kipngetich, appearing best poised to launch a strike for gold along with Algeria’s Oussama Cherrad.

Halfway down the home straight it seemed Kipngetich’s move would be successful, the Kenyan hitting the front and drawing away from Girma, but soon he had unwanted company in the form of Lekuta, back from the dead, who came charging down the outside.

Lekuta had just enough left in his legs to carry himself to the lead as the line approached, and he crossed in 1:46.35. Kipngetich came home just behind in 1:46.45 to seal Kenya’s third successive one-two in the event.

Algeria’s Oussama Cherrad held on for bronze, or so it seemed.

Approaching the finish, Cherrad had moved wide to halt the run of Belgium’s Eliott Crestan, a move which got him disqualified and upgraded Crestan to bronze in 1:47.27.

Ethiopia’s Girma faded close to home and could only finish fourth in 1:47.58.

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