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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

Tekele beats Bett to makes history by snatching the 3000m Men Gold, Tampere WU20 Championship

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For the first time since these championships' inauguration in 1986, the winner of the men's steeplechase is not from Kenya.

Then, it was Spaniard Juan Azkueta who took a confortable one-second victory over a Kenyan rival, but here it took a fierce homestretch battle between Takele Nigate of Ethiopia and Kenyan Leonard Bett before the Ethiopian would wrestle away Kenya's reign in the event after 15 consecutive editions.

He executed that plan to the proverbial 'T', making his move for the lead and the win off the final hurdle. But he was close to the front from the outset, shadowing early leaders Bett and Ugandan Albert Chemutai, an 18-year-old who is already a regular fixture on the IAAF Diamond League circuit.

Bett did most of that early leading, heading a quartet that also included the second Ethiopian Getnet Wale, who took to the front at the bell, with Chemutai, Bett and Nigate following, nearly single file.

Bett was the first to attack over the final lap, trying to secure the lead with just over 200 metres to go but Wale held him off as the four headed towards the water jump for the final time.

But the order didn't shift much until the final barrier, where Nigate made his decisive move to take command. But Bett fought on, leaving the pair entangled in a stride-for-fight scuffle over the final 50 metres. The battle wasn't over until the two dipped at the line with Nigate prevailing in 8:25.35, just 0.04 ahead of the Kenyan, surprisingly his country’s only entrant in the event this year.

"I'm very happy with the silver medal but my main goal was to win the race," said the 17-year-old Bett, who took the World U18 title in the 2000m version of this event in Nairobi last year. "These championships along with last year's championships have given me a lot of confidence for the future."

But he was also keenly aware of the magnitude of Nigate's victory.

"I'm a bit bitter than the event normally dominated by the Kenyans went to Ethiopia," Bett said.

Wale took bronze in 8:26.16, equalling his finish from two years ago. He now accounts for half off the medals Ethiopia has won in the event at the U20 championships.

Rounding out the final four was Chemutai who clocked 8:28.63. Such was their dominance that the next finisher, Takumi Yoshida of Japan, didn't reach the line until more than 22 seconds later.

The Graceful Celliphine Chepsol exudes pure Class to defend her World U20 3000m Title, Chemutai Comes in for Second


Celliphine Chepteek Chespol became the first athlete to successfully defend her world U20 title this week as she cruised to gold in the 3000m steeplechase in 9:12.78,the Kenyan appears to have set up a future paved with gold.

The time was all the more impressive in light of the conditions and early pace. After a torrential downpour in the hour before, the track was still soaking wet at race time, and the early pace appeared to negate any chance of a fast time.

A large group passed 1000m in a pedestrian 3:16.90, with Ugandan challenger Peruth Chemutai towing the field along out front. Chespol, however, was nestled on her shoulder and covering every possible move.

As it turned out, she was the one to make the decisive one, surging to the front with three laps to run and cranking the pace up further as she clicked through 2000m in 6:15.04.

Those behind – Chemutai and Bahrain’s Winfred Yavi – were under immediate pressure, and on the penultimate lap Chespol had them wading in deep waters.

Unfurling a 2:57.26 final 1000m, Chespol looked like she was out for an evening jog, taking the barriers in her stride and opening up more of an advantage with each one she soared over. At the line, she was full of running as she crossed in 9:12.78.

Chemutai came through well for second in 9:18.87, while Yavi needed the line badly in third, paying heavily for her early exertions as she crossed in 9:23.47.

Kenya’s Mercy Chepkirui was a distant fourth in 9:43.65, with Agrie Belachew leading the Ethiopian duo home in fifth. The first non-African finisher was USA’s Alice Hall, who finished seventh in 9:57.04, a lifetime best in just her third ever steeplechase.

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