First Lady Launches IAAF World U18 Championships Website at MISC

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Kenya inched closer to hosting the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) W-U18 championships when the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta launched the official website for the iconic event.
With only 134 days to the kick-off of the 10th edition of the IAAF championships in Nairobi slated for July 12- 16, the First Lady said the website will serve as the nerve centre of the championships, providing information to all stakeholders.
She is the current patron of the Biennial IAAF world U18 championships
“The website will also serve the thousands of visitors who are planning to visit our country for the championships-many of them for the first time”, said the First Lady during the colorful launch ceremony of the website at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, today.
Besides being the primary point of contact for the participants and attendees, said the First Lady, the website will also serve as their connection to Kenya.
“So I want to thank the developers and designers who created this website for their fantastic work, and urge those in charge of maintaining the platform to ensure it reflects the very best of our country’, she said
A total of 2000 athletes of various disciplines are expected in Nairobi in July where they will be representing over 150 countries from all over the world.
Besides the sporting fraternity drawn globally, thousands of other visitors are also expected in the country to have a first-hand experience of Kenya, a country recognized internationally as a powerhouse of long distance runners.
During the previous 9 editions of the IAAF championships held in Poland, Germany, Canada, Morocco, Czech Republic, Italy, France, Ukraine and Colombia, Kenya has always emerged between positions 1-3 beating such many other world sporting giants.
At the inaugural 1999 IAAF world U18 championships in Poland , Kenya emerged position one after beating 150 other countries . Kenya also held position 2 in 2001(Germany), 2005 (Morocco), 2007 ( Czech Republic), 2011 ( France), 2013 ( Ukraine) and 2015 in Colombia.
Sporting enthusiasts are optimistic that no country can beat Kenya (in Athletics) at home during the forthcoming championships.
The First Lady said , as patron, she will do whatever it takes to ensure the success of the championships adding that the event is a historic moment, not only for Kenya, but the entire East African region.
She said by staging a successful event, Kenya will be demonstrating to the world how capable the country is in delivering a world-class event and experience.
“As we do that, there is no doubt that we will receive many more hosting opportunities”, she added.
The First Lady said the championships also provide an opportunity to recognize and appreciate the diverse sporting abilities of youth from across the world, Kenya included.
“As patron, I see the upcoming Championships offer a fantastic opportunity for us to celebrate, applaud and recognize the diverse talents and abilities of youth across the world
Invitations have already been sent out to all the 214 IAAF member countries requesting them to send in names of Athletes that will represent respective countries.
Sports, Culture and the Arts Cabinet Secretary Dr Hassan Wario, IAAF W-U18 Local Organizing Committee (LOC) chairman Lt-Gen (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei , LOC Chief Executive Officer of the championships Mwangi Muthee and Kenyatta University (where all the Athletes will reside) Vice Chancellor Prof Paul Wainaina assured the First Lady that everything was going well and will be ready within the set deadlines.

Safaricom international jazz festival 2017 at Moi Kasarani Sports Center

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The 4th edition of the Safaricom International Jazz Festival will be held on Sunday 26th February 2017 at the Kasarani Stadium. This year we have various talented artists from across the globe who are guaranteed to delight all jazz lovers.

David Sanborn, world renowned saxophonist from the USA will be the headlining performer at the festival this year. He will be accompanied by a star studded line up who will be performing with him during the show.

The Hazelnuts, a unique musical phenomenon from Israel, TaxiWars from Belgium and British-Asian clarinetist, composer and music educator Arun Gosh are also slated to dazzle us with their unique sounds.

The Bokani Dyer Trio, who performed at the annual Jazz ahead showcase in Bremen, Germany in April 2016, and Ray Lema from the Democratic Republic of Congo are the African acts also scheduled to perform at the festival.

Local artists lined up for the festival include home grown Nairobi Horns Project, Shamsi Music and the amazing Mwai and The Truth Band.

Music lovers can expect to enjoy a selection of pure jazz as well as a mix of jazz fusions with influences from around the world.

All proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the Ghetto Classics, a non-profit programme that teaches music skills to the youth from underprivileged backgrounds. To date we have successfully raised over 19million towards this programme to uplift the lives of many youth by way of providing musical instruments, classes, and much more.

EVENT DETAILS
Date: Sunday 26th February 2017.
Venue: Kasarani Training Grounds
Entry Charges: Ksh. 2000 for adults and Ksh. 500 for students (proof of ID must be provided)
Tickets: Available at select Safaricom shops, Michael Joseph Centre and via m-Ticketing by dialing 1511.
Gates open at 10 AM show starts at 12 PM.

National Age group open and relays LC 2017 at MISC over the weekend

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The annual Kenya Swimming Federation Long Course National Age Group and Open Championship will be held at the Kasarani Aquatic Stadium, Nairobi, over the weekend.

The event had the young men and women arrive at the Kasarani Stadion Hotel as from tuesday morning for prior preparations to the epic event which is estimated to take four-five days i.e 23th- 26th Feb.
KSF has stated that it is expecting a registration of 2000 participants from all over the country,including mombasa.kisumu and kampala,Uganda.

Former champion Kipruto lead Lake Biwa Marathon Entries

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Vincent Kipruto, the 2013 Lake Biwa winner, will return to Otsu. The 2011 world silver medallist has a PB of 2:05:13 and won last year’s Xiamen Marathon.

Fellow Kenyan Ezekiel Kiptoo has been improving steadily in recent years. He reduced his PB to 2:06:07 at last year’s Amsterdam Marathon.

World bronze medallist Solomon Mutai excels at championships, but the Ugandan is still awaiting a breakthrough in an international marathon and will be aiming to do better than his 11th-place finish from last year.

Eritrean Olympian Tewelde Estifanos, Ethiopian 20-year-old Yihunilgn Adane and marathon debutant El Hassan Elabbassi of Bahrain are also set to compete.

The race is also the final opportunity for Japanese marathon runners to impress the team selectors ahead of the IAAF World Championships London 2017.

Satoru Sasaki and Suehiro Ishikawa, who both represented Japan at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, lead the domestic entries. Sasaki finished second at the 2014 Lake Biwa Marathon and went on to reduce his PB to 2:08:56 at the following year’s Fukuoka Marathon. 37-year-old Ishikawa will be making his fourth appearance at Lake Biwa, the setting of his 2:09:10 PB from four years ago.

kiplagat achieves fourth consequetive barcelona half marathon triumph

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Kenya’s Florence Kiplagat once again took an overwhelming victory at the eDreams Mitja Marato Barcelona, an IAAF Silver Label Road Race, winning comfortably in 1:08:15 on Sunday (12).

Her time was more than three minutes outside the half marathon world record of 1:05:06 set by her compatriot Peres Jepchirchir in Ras Al Khaimah last Friday, but Kiplagat – who broke the world record at this race in 2014 and 2015 – had stated before the race that she was not targeting a world record.

The windy conditions clearly hampered the athletes’ efforts. Paced by Kenyan Dickson Kipchumba and Spain’s Marc Roig, Kiplagat had requested a steady 3:10 steady pace with them for the first half of the race. As agreed, the trio reached the 5km point in 15:47, 37 seconds ahead of the chasing group formed by USA’s Sara Hall, Ethiopia’s Kuma Dibaba, Ireland’s Fionnuala Mc Cormack and Portugal’s Jessica Augusto.

After covering the second five-kilometre segment in 16:03, Kiplagat reached 10km in 31:50 while Dibaba and Hall trailed behind by 68 seconds, themselves 11 seconds ahead of Augusto and 25 clear of McCormack.

Although Kiplagat’s pace dropped further in the second half, she increased her advantage over Dibaba to 94 seconds. Augusto was in third another 20 seconds back but eight seconds clear of Hall in fourth.

At the tape, the former world record-holder signed her fourth win in a row in Barcelona with a relatively modest – by her own lofty standards – 1:08:15, more than a minute quicker than her winning run in Barcelona last year.

Dibaba finished second in 1:09:49 while Augusto took the third place on the podium in 1:10:36, some 43 seconds ahead of a fading Hall with McCormack completing the top five in 1:11:35.

“I’m satisfied with my win but also a little bit disappointed as the wind has annoyed me a lot,” said Kiplagat, who will turn 30 later this month. “I would have liked to run under 1:06 today but at this early stage of the season I’m not at my peak as I’m still in full preparation for the London Marathon in April. I love to come back to Barcelona every year; I realise people already know me and really appreciate me.

“It’s OK, records are there to be broken,” she added when asked about Jepchirchir’s world record earlier in the week. “I’m now happy for her and we’ll try to regain the record in the future.”

Women's Series: Suburbs Take The Early Lead in the KRU Womens

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Northern Suburbs have taken the early lead in the KRU Womens 10-A-Side series following the completion of the first round at the Kenyatta University on Sunday 5 February.

The 12-0 cup final win over Homeboyz sees The Burbs top the standings with 22 points, three clear of second placed Menegai Cream Homeboyz who are on 19. Top Fry Nakuru are third on 17 points with Mwamba rounding off the top four on 15 points.

The next round of the series takes place on Sunday 19 February at the USIU Ground in Kasarani, Nairobi

Collated Standings After Round 1

1. 1. Northern Suburbs 22pts

2. 2. Menengai Cream Homeboyz 19ts

3. 3Top Fry Nakuru 17pts

4. 4. Mwamba 15pts

5. 5. Standard Chartered Impala Saracens 13pts

6. 6.Comras 11pts

7. 7.Shamas Rugby Foundation 9pts

8. 8.Varsity Warriors 7pts

korir seals ticket to kampala with US title in bend-cross-country-round-up

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In stark contrast to the conditions which will await the athletes at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017 next month, Leonard Korir maintained his unbeaten start to 2017 at the USATF Cross Country Championships in Bend, Oregon on Saturday (4).

On a muddy and icy course surrounded by two feet of snow, Korir won the senior men’s 10km in 30:12 to defeat Stanley Kebenei by three seconds with Shadrack Kipchirchir, who ran in the 10,000m at the Olympic Games alongside Korir in Rio last summer, third in 30:19.

Korir opened his season with a narrow victory over Callum Hawkins at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country before defeating Olympic marathon silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa in another sprint finish at the Houston Half Marathon the following weekend. His third victory of the season guarantees him a spot on the team for Kampala where the USA could challenge for another team medal four years after taking silver in Bydgoszcz.

 

cheptai cruise to almond blossom titles Cross Country IAAF

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Kenyan Irene Cheptai won the women’s race contest for the third time to lead Üsküdar Belediye to the team crown at the at the European Cross Country Clubs Cup, which doubled as this year’s Almond Blossom Cross Country IAAF Cross Country Permit meeting in Albufeira, Portugal, on Sunday
Cheptai forced the pace from the gun with only Stephanie Twell of Great Britain, the European 5000m bronze medallist, hanging on until she was overtaken on the final lap by Spanish champion Trihas Gebre and Esma Aydemir of Turkey, who wound up finishing second and third behnd Cheptai.

“I’m very happy after winning this competition for the third consecutive year, said Cheptai, who won by 22 seconds.

“I will now go prepare for next month’s World Cross Country Championships. I need to be very prepared for the Kenyan trials, a very tough competition.”

Uskudar Belediye also won for the third straight year, topping Spanish club Bilbao by 10 points. British club Aldershot, Farnham and District finished third

karoki defends title at the Nike Eldoret Discovery Cross Country

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Reigning world cross country and half marathon silver medallist Bedan Karoki ran out to a successful title defence at the Nike Eldoret Discovery Cross Country Championships held at the Eldoret Sports Club on Sunday (29).

Karoki covered the 10km course in 29:54 to win the senior men’s race ahead of Alex Kibet (30:05) and Geoffrey Kipyego (30:07).

“I had prepared well to defend my title and I’m very happy for that. I knew the race will be tough at the start. After the third lap, I took over the lead to win,” Karoki told reporters after the event.

But instead of preparing for a tilt at his first senior title at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017 in March, Karoki will now turn his attention to the roads. He will make his marathon debut in the London Marathon on 23 April and will run the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon next month as part of his build-up.

Former world junior cross country silver medallist Irene Cheptai prevailed in the senior women’s 8km in 26:29 by five seconds ahead of former world U18 3000m champion Lilian Kasait, 19, who was racing as a senior for the first time.

Bahrain’s Eunice Chumba was a distant third in 27:13 but finished ahead of some well-known names to reach the podium. Gladys Chesire - one of the fastest runners of all-time over 10km with a 30:41 PB - finished fifth in 27:24 while marathon standouts Visiline Jepkesho and Helah Kirop clocked 27:54 and 28:09 to finish ninth and tenth respectively.

World U18 3000m champion Richard Kimunyan won the junior men’s 8km in 23:54 while Sandra Chebet won the junior women’s 6km in 20:42.

On the road to the Kenyan Cross Country Championships next month, Eliud Mwangi won the senior men’s 10km in 29:04 at the Nyanza South Cross Country Championships in Kamagambo on Saturday (28) while Winfridah Moseti, 20, won the senior women’s 10km in 34:45.

Meanwhile Alfred Barkach (30:13) and Vivian Kiplagat (36:02) claimed victories over 10km in the senior races at the North Rift Cross Country Championships in Kondabilet which were also held on Saturday.

REBITU DEFEATS FERNANDEZ IN SAN SEBASTIAN
Youth defeated experience at the Cross Internacional de San Sebastian as world U20 5000m bronze medallist Bontu Edao Rebitu, 19, defeated former European 1500m champion Nuria Fernandez, 40, in the senior women’s race on Sunday.

Rebitu won the senior women’s race in 29:19 by six seconds from Fernandez, who made her international debut at the 1993 European Junior Championships some four years before the Bahraini was born.

There was a double for the small Gulf nation as 1500m specialist Sadik Mikhou won the men’s 10km in 30:01 ahead of teammate and Olympic 5000m finalist Birhanu Yemetaw in 30:08.

Another Olympic 5000m finalist booked his place on the team for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Kampala as Brett Robinson claimed victory at the Australian Selection Trials in Canberra on Sunday.

Robinson, who has already been to three editions of the World Cross Country Championships, won the senior men’s 10km in 29:42 to defeat Stewart McSweyn by three seconds.

Anna Kelly won the senior women’s 10km in 35:07 while Callum McCluskey and Lauren Ryan won the junior races.

Kenya Rugby Union Women's Competition Kicks Off On 5 February

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The Kenya Rugby Union Women’s 10-A-Side Festival is set to kick off on Sunday 5 February with the first round scheduled to take place at the Kenyatta University.

KRU Age Grade and Women’s Rugby Co-ordinator Nicholas Aballa said, “ The tournaments will be played on Sundays, apart from the final festival which will be held on Good Friday in Nakuru.”

“We will generally have a two pool format during the festival as well as an accumulative points system to determine the overall winner of the series,” he added.

KRU Women’s 10-A-Side Festival

Round 1: Kenyatta University – Sunday 5 February 2017

Round 2: USIU – Sunday 19 February 2017

Round 3: KCB Sports Club – Sunday 5 March 2017

Round 4: Impala Club – Sunday 19 March 2017

Round 5: Nakuru Athletic Club – Friday 14 April 2017

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