Cheruiyot and Manangoi Battle it out to book top two positions in Men's 1500M final,IAAF World Championship 2017


It’s not often that team tactics are used at major championships. It’s even rarer that they work whether it was by luck or design, the Kenyan trio in tonight’s 1500m final at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 ran together for much of the race and were rewarded with two out of a possible three medals.

The winner, however, was not the man who had won the past three titles. Instead, Asbel Kiprop could only look on as his teammates Elijah Manangoi and Timothy Cheruiyot battled it out for top honours.

Cheruiyot was the early leader. He was joined by Manangoi as they covered the first lap in 1:01.63 with Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s Chris O’Hare and Czech Republic’s Jakub Holusa following close behind.

Kiprop moved up into third place just before the half-way mark, ensuring Kenya filled the top three spots with just two laps to go. At the 800-metre mark, the Kenyan trio had a lead of about five metres on the rest of the field but it didn’t last long as Norway’s Filip Ingebrigtsen detached himself from the chase pack in a bid to join the leaders.

As the bell sounded for the final lap, Spain’s Adel Mechaal and Bahrain’s Sadik Mikhou had joined Ingebrigtsen on the heels of the Kenyan leaders. Cheruiyot and Manangoi were moving through the gears in their drive for the line, but Kiprop started to struggle.

Ingebrigtsen moved into third place with half a lap to go, but couldn’t quite get on terms with Cheruiyot and Manangoi. The Kenyan duo entered the home straight side by side, but Manangoi proved the stronger of the two, kicking on to win in 3:33.61.

“It was such a good race and I’m so pleased to be a world champion,” said Manangoi, whose younger brother George won the world U18 title over the same distance last month. “I had a difficult race as Timothy raced very well, but I had that extra strength.”

Cheruiyot took silver in 3:33.99 while Ingebrigtsen held on for third, clocking 3:34.53. Mechaal crossed the line in fourth, just about holding off a fast-finishing Holusa, who had overtaken Mikhou further up the home straight.

Marcin Lewandowski and Nick Willis rounded out the top eight as Kiprop placed a distant ninth.

It was the third time in the past four World Championships that Kenyan athletes had filled the top two spots in the men’s 1500m.

Men's 3000M steeplechase:Conseslus Kipruto Ensures Another Kenyan victory in a hotly contested race


It may have been the first IAAF World Championships men's 3000m steeplechase since 2003 when three countries have been represented on the podium, but Kenya's Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto ensured it was another victory in this event for his east African nation.

Kipruto took victory in 8:14.12 from Morocco's Soufiane Elbakkali (8:14.49) and USA's Olympic silver medallist Evan Jager (8:15.53).

Kenya has won the men's steeplechase at 11 of the 15 past editions of the IAAF World Championships and enjoyed a clean sweep of the medals in 2015.

Kipruto and his Kenyan teammate – two-time Diamond Trophy winner Jairus Birech – led the field out, with US champion Jager tracking every move in third.

At the 1000m mark – reached in 2:51.81 – the Ethiopian trio of Tesfaye Deriba, Tefase Seboka and Getnet Wale took over at the front ahead of Kipruto and Jager, with 17-year-old Ugandan Albert Chemutai close behind. Meanwhile, Kenya's defending champion Ezekiel Kemboi – running for his fifth consecutive world title – was moving up through the field, along with Chemutai's Ugandan teammate Jacob Araptany, who subsequently stopped to re-attach his shoe and dropped back to 14th and last in 8:49.18.

When world leader Jager took up the running four laps out with the Kenyan trio and Elbakkali – who has two 8:05 clockings to his name in 2017 – lined up behind him, it was clear it was going to be something of a USA v the might of Africa showdown.

After passing 2000m in 5:35.46, Birech was the first to crumble, as Kemboi also became detached 700m from the finish, leaving Jager, Kipruto and Elbakkali – the fastest three in the world this year – to battle it out for the medals.

Kipruto made his move on the back straight of the final lap. Although he was caught on the water jump, the Kenyan proved too strong for his rivals, breaking clear on the home straight.

The 22-year-old made sure he enjoyed his first IAAF World Championships triumph too, having taken silver in 2013 and again in 2015 when he broke his shoe on the final lap, gesturing to the crowd as he approached the finish line.

"I used my plans well and last night for morale I told myself: 'I am Olympic champion and that others must break me',” explained the winner. “There are others who are strong, but I knew if the race was around 8:10 that I was going to win."

After placing fourth at the Olympic Games last year, 21-year-old Elbakkali took his first global championships medal, while Jager became the first US man to collect a World Championships steeplechase medal in third.

“I ran it the way I thought would give me the best opportunity at winning, by taking it out,” said Jager. “After silver last year in Rio, I wanted that upgrade to the gold this time around, but I'm really happy to be on the podium.”

Three-time Olympic medallist and twice world medallist Mahiedine Mekhissi of France finished strongly for fourth in 8:15.80, ultimately less than three tenths behind a fading Jager. Some distance behind, Jager's US teammate Stanley Kebenei (8:21.09) pipped Canada's Matthew Hughes, who recorded a season's best of 8:21.84 in sixth.

The Ethiopian trio placed seventh to ninth, with Chemutai 10th and Kemboi and Birech fading to 11th and 12th respectively. 2014 European champion Yoann Kowal finished 13th, having lost ground due to a fall.

Mo Farah silenced by Fellow Ethiopian Rival, Muktar Edris is a devastating 5000m race.IAAF World Championship 2017


Following a pulsating 5000m race in front of a vocal and passionate crowd at the IAAF World Championships London 2017, 10 gold medals over 5000m and 10,000m are now neatly sandwiched by two silvers, both secured in races where the 34-year-old Mo Farah was defeated by an Ethiopian rival Muktar Edris.

The 23-year-old showed a devastating turn of pace in the final 300m, to which Farah was unable to respond, the winning time of 13:32.79 a far cry from the 12:55.23 that the Ethiopian had set in Lausanne in July.

In the 10,000m in Daegu in 2011 it was Ibrahim Jeilan who outkicked Farah on the final lap. Here it was Muktar Edris, the 2012 world U20 champion and the 2017 world leader.

It had looked like being another tactical masterclass from the quadruple Olympic champion, with Farah rarely straying from second place throughout the 12 and a half laps. Occasionally he pushed to the front, but he otherwise stayed out of trouble, content to let first Kenya’s Cyrus Rutto, then USA’s Olympic silver medalist Paul Chelimo take the lead.

Farah’s British teammate Andrew Butchart hit the front through the first kilometre, moving through in 2:48.20, with Farah third and Edris back in sixth, although the pace was comfortable for all 14 athletes.

Edris led momentarily after 1600 metres, but soon settled back into the pack, almost Farah-like in his insistence on not getting involved with too many unnecessary surges.

Another pace injection came after 3000 metres, with Australia’s Patrick Tiernan deciding to chance his arm, opening up a 10 metre lead that lasted until the final 700 metres.

Throughout the 22-year-old’s adventure, Chelimo, Farah, Edris and his Ethiopian colleagues Yomif Kejelcha and Selemon Barega bunched and jostled for position.

And so to the finish.

With 600 metres to go, Farah and Butchart hit the front in what was possibly a planned move, looking to run the legs out of the Ethiopians, all of whom were now to the fore.

With the volume levels set at maximum, the bell rang for the final lap with Farah, Kejelcha, Edris and Barega all in contention. With 250 metres remaining Kejelcha and Edris made their decisive act, opening up a two-metre lead as Farah gave chase.

Into the home straight, Edris showed superior sprinting speed, holding off the Briton, who picked off Kejelcha by charging down the inside. Chelimo, who himself had lost position a lap earlier, also swept past, securing bronze.

Edris’s performance was almost vintage Farah, even down to the Mo-Bot he performed ten metres beyond the finish line.

Farah, though, was left to rue the opportunity missed to close out his championship career on top of the podium.

An Ethiopian victory may have been a surprise to some, but not to the gold medallist.

Tanui Comes in third,Uganda's Cheptegei realises The london Dream.10,000m Men IAAF World Championship London 2017


Moments after taking the silver medal over 10,000m at the IAAF World Championships London 2017, Joshua Cheptegei smiled in the mixed zone and asked the assembled media: “you remember what happened in Kampala?”

As if we could ever forget.

Back in March, the Ugandan 20-year-old hit the highest point imaginable for an athlete, leading a global championship on home turf, having built an almost unassailable advantage in the men’s race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Kampala. With one lap to run, Cheptegei had a 12-second advantage over Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor, with bedlam breaking out in the packed stands as Ugandans heralded their champion-in-waiting. Even with one kilometre to run, he was slowing but still held a seven-second lead.

But then it all went wrong, fatigue taking a vice-like grip of the youngster’s body, his stride eventually shortening to a drunken stutter over the final half mile. He crossed the line delirious and dejected in 30th place, having lost almost two minutes to his rivals in the final kilometre.

The days after were no easier.

“It took me some weeks to get over,” says Cheptegei. “When I met people they felt sorry for me, but when they asked me I would feel bad because they made me remember what happened. I had to just stay at home, not go around because I didn’t want to meet people. My wife was there, my family, my manager, and they were encouraging me, saying: ‘you can make it.’”

Unstoppable Mofarah retains championship yet again.10,000m Men IAAF World Championship London 2017


The Kenyans and Ugandans threw everything at Mo Farah over the first nine kilometres of the 10,000m final but the reigning champion still found himself in the position where he is at his most dangerous and virtually unbeatable: at the front with 800m remaining.

While the Kenyans made it a hard race from the gun two years ago in Beijing, a different gameplan was put into fruition on the opening night of the IAAF World Championships London 2017 on Friday (4) in a bid to spoil Farah’s swansong.

Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei and the Kenyan trio headed by his training partner Geoffrey Kamworor staked out their claim with an opening lap of 61.02 and while surging was the tactic of the day, there was still a moment of deja vu as Farah nearly fell on the last lap for the second World Championships in a row.

But the sapping variances in pace – and another stumble on the last lap – didn’t sufficiently blunt Farah’s legendary speed as the reigning champion secured his tenth successive major track title, a streak which started all the way back to the 5000m at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, with another irresistible last lap timed at 55.63.

IAAF World Championship London 2017 to officially Kick off from tomorrow, 4th August-13th August


The IAAF continues to work tirelessly to bring its events to athletics fans across the globe. From tommorrow,4-13 August, Fans all over the world will be able to watch the best athletes in the world in action at the IAAF World Championships London 2017, which will bring a record 2038 athletes from 205 teams to the British capital.

Action from the London Stadium, venue of the 2012 Olympic Games, will be available to watch across all the IAAF’s continental areas via a combination of coverage on the channels of several broadcasters and a geo-blocked live stream which will be available in more than 140 countries.

2018 FIVB Wolrd Championship Qualifiers, Kenya Women's Volleyball Overall Winners at MISC,Kasarani


Kenya women's volleyball team are the overall winners of the 2018 FIVB World Championship Qualifiers thanks to 3-0 ( 25-18,25-17, 25-17) win against their perennial nemesis Egypt at the Safaricom Indoor Arena, Kasarani on Sunday.

It was a sweet revenge for Kenya, after their opponents denied them a chance to qualify for the Olympics last year in the event that was held in Cameroon.

Kenya finished the event top with nine points ahead of Egypt with six points but both teams qualified for The African Nation Cup-cum-World Championship Qualifier to be staged in Cameroon later in the year.

Kenya coach Japeth Munala started with the same squad that won against Uganda and Rwanda but choose to work with two liberos in Agrippina Kundu and Cellestine Nyongesa.

Kenya trailed Egypt 8-6 in the first technical time out of the first set.

Janet Wanja, Mercy Moim and Triza Atuka combination upfront bagged points at will but they were not good enough as home team continued to trail 16-14 heading into 2nd TTO.

Violet Makuto powerful spikes and poor coordination in their opponent camp contributed points as Kenya overtook Egypt 19-17 and 22-17 enroute taking the first set 25-18.

In the second, set Kenya led 8-5 in the 1st TTO thanks to Makuto's individual effort before the hosts extended their lead to 10-7,12-8 and 16-11 going into the 2nd TTO.

Brackcidise Agala, Moim and Noel Murambi combined efforts towards that end.

Kenya then opened an eight point lead 21-13 with Agala paving way for Edith Wisa as Kenya continued to pile pressure on their opponents to take the second set 25-17.

The third set was evenly contested before Atuka was rested for Ann Lowem as the home team led 13-11, 14-12 and 16-13 heading into the final TTO.

Lowem, Moim and Makuto's collective efforts saw Kenya extend their lead to 19-15 and they never looked back as they won the set 25-17.

In the earlier match played at the same venue, event underdogs Uganda came from two sets down to reign supreme against Rwanda 3-2 ( 23-25,19-25,125-16,25-23 and 15-9) to finish third in the four nation tournament .

Uganda finished third with two points while Rwanda finished last with 1 point.

Fast rising Rwanda took advantage of the rather unsettled Uganda to bag the first two sets before their opponent turned tables in the third set.

The Ugandan side coached by Johnson Kawenyera then found their footing in the third set with Irene Amoding, Peace Busingye and Habibah Namara contributing points at will to lead 8-4 and 16-10 in the first and second technical timeouts respectively.

Rwanda stalled as tension set in their camp with a development that saw Uganda capitalize on their poor backcourt defence to extend lead 23-16 before they snatched the game 25-16 going into fourth set.

The fourth set was evenly contested but it was Rwanda who enjoyed a 8-5 and 16-14 lead in the 1st TTO thanks to good combination of Seraphine Mukantambara, Hope Musaniwabo and Delphine Uwicyeza upfront.

Their lead was however short-lived as Ugandans overtook them 19-18 before tying 20-20.

However, Uganda had the last laugh by taking the fourth set 25-23 to force a tie at 2 sets each heading into a tie breaker.

In the fifth set, Uganda fought from the front leading 6-4 with Amoding being the main tormentor.

The teams changed sides with Uganda leading 8-4.

Uganda would later contribute free points to Rwanda with their poor reception as Rwanda trailed 7-13 before Uganda won the set 15-9.

Reached for comment, Uganda coach Kawanyera said the win was a prove that they were slowly catching up with the competition in the region.

IYF youth Peace Camp ongoing at MISC, Kasarani.Facilty is to host 4000 Youth in the 5 day peace campaign

iyf youth peace camp

IYF is hold its annual retreat for the youths where thousands of youths from around Kenya and beyond have gathered in one place to experience the cultures and life of others by meeting people and sharing their hearts, exposing them to other people’s culture, region, race, and nationality hence resulting in union and understanding among them, as they are the leaders of tomorrow.
IYF slogan this year is “Be The Agent Of Peace In Kenya” since this crucial moment as Kenya approaches the election period. The youths want to preach peace to all Kenyans as they teach fellow kenyans to accept and embrace the different cultures that God has blessed our country with. It their hope that through the mind lectures and leadership skills that they are going to teach during the camp, the youth will have a sound mind so they can live a sound life and become great workforce of this country.

Kenyan Team already on rigorous training at MISC Camp for London 2017 IAAF World Championships


Kenya's final preparations for the London 2017 IAAF World Championships have already to began in earnest after top athletes started checked into their residential training camp in MISC,Nairobi.

Beijing 2015 Worlds champions, Ezekiel Kemboi (men's 3000m steeplechase) and David Rudisha (men's 800m) as well as men's 10,000m silver medallist, Geoffrey Kamworor are among the handful of athletes who had made it to camp by last Sunday.

Two-time Olympic champion Rudisha who is bidding for a third world title having won the two-lap crown at the Daegu 2011 edition in South Korea and China two years ago reassured on his form after an underwhelming season by his standards.

Rudisha who suffered an knee injury three seasons ago said he is determined to beat it and get back to shape to defend his world title in London which he won after who setting the 1:40.91 world record earning him the Olympics crown.

His teammates in the provisional team, Kenya Trials winner Emmanuel Korir, Diamond League winner, Ferguson Rotich and world junior champion Kipyegon Bett were also in camp.

At the same time, three-time World Cross title winner Kamworor reiterated his desire to dethrone British distance running great Mo Farah in front of his home crowd in the men's 10,000m re-match.

"We have been so predictable and during the Olympics in Rio, we came close and he even acknowledged the same. Now we need to polish up a few tricks and take it to him head on. We can't continue playing second fiddle," said Kamworor.

Beijing bronze winner, Paul Tanui-who trailed Farah across the line for the second medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics-and fourth place finisher Bedan Karoki will partner Kamworor in the 25-lap race.

Athletics Kenya had given athletes selected in the team a Sunday deadline to report to the residential camp but some of the star athletes ran at the London Diamond League meeting over the weekend.

president Kenyatta rewards Kenyan IAAF World U18 team with Cash and a four-day Trip to mombasa

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday feted the Kenyan team to the just concluded IAAF World U18 Championships at the state house and rewarded each with Sh100, 000 and a four-day trip to Mombasa as a token of appreciation for their performance in the global competition. The team of upcoming young kenyan stars collected a total of 15 medals; 4 gold, 7silver and 4 bronze.

In return He. Uhuru Kenyatta told the young stars to write about their experience on the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) as well as the stay in the coastal city and send the reports back to him.

The fast rising athletes freely and joyfully mingled with the President and expressed their delight as they turn their attention to the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships to be hosted in Tampere, Finland.

The Head of State also commended Kenyan officials and organizers for making the global event successful, saying they proved to the world that Kenya is capable of hosting international championships including an IAAF Diamond League leg.wu18Statehouse

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