Ethiopia's Abersh Minsewo seals victory with a kiss, kenyan Emmaculate Chepkirui wins silver

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Kenyans love their distance running, and so the women's 3000m final on Wednesday night was a race we badly wanted to win. With 100m to run, it looked like we were about to be granted our wish if only our leading lady Emmaculate Chepkirui had could hold onto the lead. Unfortunately she had company, unwanted company, in the form of Ethiopia's Abersh Minsewo, who drew alongside in a party-pooping manner of police showing up to a 21st birthday party. Arrested by fatigue, Chepkirui could offer nothing in response over the final metres, and the Ethiopian lady forged her way past for a memorable victory in 9:24.62, just 0.07 ahead of Chepkirui. Afterwards she knelt to kiss the track, a loving thank you for her finest hour.

Kenya's Manangoi and kipkemboi send a message to world by giving impressive perfomances

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Kenyans sent a strong message to the rest of the world with impressive performances as the IAAF World Under-18 Championships began at Kasarani Stadium yesterday.

Dominic Kipkemboi and George Manangoi laid down the marker with dominant displays in the boys’ 1,500m, finishing strong to confirm their rising status in a race Kenya has dominated over the years.

Front-running Kipkemboi, who opened a 40-metre lead at the bell, caused some panic in the stadium when he started limping in the 100m homestretch as Algerian Oussama Cherrad charged behind him.

Kipkemboi however held on to win the race in a personal best of 3:48.77, beating Cherrad (3:48.98) in heat one and booking a slot in Friday's final.
Ethiopian Abebe Dessassa stopped the clock in 3:49.58 to finish third.
Manangoi, featuring in heat two, also did what he was expected to as he easily won the race in 3:55.00. Ethiopia’s Belete Makonen (3:56.1) finished second while Ugandan Daniel Kiprop registered 3:58.68 for third place.

Top Athletes give an impressive show to win first medals in a close contest,wu18 Nairobi 2017

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The world's top teenage athletes produced a superb evening session yesterday to keep the crowd on its feet at Kasarani Stadium, closing out the opening day of the IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017 in style.

In one of the most exciting contests of the night, the girls' shot put final went down to the wire in a thrilling three-way battle held in wet conditions.

Yu Tianxiao of China took the lead in the fifth round with a 17.62m effort, and teammate Sun Yue fell just three centimetres short of that mark with a 17.59m attempt.

With China looking to earn the top two spots on the podium, Germany's early leader Selina Dantzler spoiled the party with a 17.64m heave to grab the title.

On the track, the girls' 3000m final was equally close, with Ethiopia coming out on top of the host nation in a hard-fought race.

Pushed all the way to the line, Abersh Minsewo managed to snatch the gold medal. She narrowly edged out Emmaculate Chepkirui of Kenya by 0.07, winning the race in 9:24.69.

Minsewo's compatriot, Yitayish Mekonene, took third place in 9:28.46.

Sprinter Tshenolo Lemao delivered a historic performance in the boys' 100m final, becoming the first South African athlete to earn a medal over the distance at a world championship in any age division.

While compatriot Retshidisitswe Mlenga and Jamaica's Tyreke Wilson had entered the final as the favourites, Lemao held his composure after the race was disrupted by two faulty starts, charging across the line in 10.57.

Mlenga, who had earlier won his semifinal in a PB of 10.37 in dry conditions, secured a one-two for South Africa by covering the short dash in 10.61 and Wilson held on for bronze in 10.65.

Meanwhile, in preliminary rounds, Brazil's Lorraine Martins was the fastest of the qualifiers for the girls' 100m semifinals, to be held on Thursday afternoon. She won her heat in 11.85.

Jamaica's Kevona Davis (11.88) and Turkey's Mizgin Ay (11.92) also dipped under 12 seconds to win their respective heats.

In the opening round of the boys' 800m, Melese Nberet of Ethiopia (1:52.53) was the fastest of the qualifiers for the semifinals on Thursday.

Jordan Diaz of Cuba was the best of the entrants in the qualifying round of the boys' triple jump, launching a 15.95m leap to progress as the favourite for Friday's final.

The boys' hammer qualifying round was cancelled due to the inclement weather conditions, with the entire field of 18 athletes automatically entering the medal decider on Friday.

IAAF world under 18 championship opening ceremony:Welcome to the home of heroes

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The IAAF world under 18 championship opening ceremony was was presided over by the President in a short and crisp ceremony without the usual camaraderie and elaborate display often witnessed in other global events such as the world championships, Fifa World Cup, and the Olympics.

The 30-minute opening ceremony started at 4.30pm with the Kenyan national anthem and that of the East Africa Legislative Assembly by the State band.

It was followed by a colourful march-past of hundreds of school pupils, who started at the stadium’s main entrance into the arena while displaying and waving the flags of the 131 participating countries.

As the pupils formed a circle inside the refurbished games arena, acrobats displayed their breathtaking artistic skills that left spectators in awe.

Championships patron and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta stole the show while flanked by former and current world beaters including world 800m record holder David Rudisha, world javelin champion Julius Yego, and former marathon world champion Douglas Wakiihuri.

Others were former Olympics steeplechase champion Julius Kariuki, former national hurdle ace Rose Tata Muya, Olympics marathon silver medallist Catherine Ndereba, IOC Peace Ambassador Tegla Loroupe, and former world 3000m silver medallist Mercy Cherono.

The long wait ends:Kenyan Welcomes the world in a colorful opening ceremony,WU18 Nrb

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The opening ceremony for the tenth edition of IAAF World U-18 Championships was presided over by His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyattaat Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi on today.

The ceremony was short and crisp without any elaborate display as always witnessed in other global events like the world championships, Fifa World Cup and the Olympics.

The 30 minutes opening ceremony commenced at 4.30pm with belting of the national anthem and that of the East Africa Legislative Assembly by the state band.

This was followed by a colorful march by hundreds of school pupils from the stadium's main entrance into the arena while displaying and waving flags of the 131 participating countries.

Championships patron and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta stole the show while flanked by former and current world beaters including world 800m record holder David Rudisha, World Javelin Champion Julius Yego and former world cross country champion Douglas Wakiihuri.

Others were former Olympics steeplechase champion Julius Kariuki, former national hurdle ace Rose Tata Muya, Olympics marathon silver medalist Catherine Ndereba, IOC Peace Ambassador Tecla Lorupe and former world 3000m silver medalist Mercy Cherono among others.

The First Lady had a brief jog with her contingent on the newly refurbished track before she officially welcomed the President to take charge of the celebrations.

The crowd waved miniature Kenyan flags as the President embarked on his speech that gave fans a reprieve by declaring the five day championships free for all.

"I declare that the event will be free for all, let Kenyans come and watch these global championships as it unfolds in our beloved country," Uhuru said.

In his speech, the President said sports is an integral part of our society that is making Kenya a key pillar in the international games.

"Personally, I want to thank the IAAF for giving Kenya the rare opportunity to host this global event .The event provides a unique platform to unearth new talent and develop future champions," Uhuru said while adding that Kenya is committed to clean and ethical sport practices.

"This Championship is not only about winning but building new networks and furthering your horizons,"Uhuru said.

Moi international sports Center, Kasarani already buzzing with athletes and officials

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IAAF Chief Executive Officer Olivier Gers, who is in Nairobi thanked the Local Organising Committee of the World Under 18 Championships once again and said he hoped that fans will give athletes the loudest cheers at the Moi International Sports Centre, located in the northern city suburbs during the event between wednesday and sunday.

Mr.Olivier had earlier made a two-day site visit of MISC, Kasarani and the Athletes’ Village in nearby Kenyatta University, the International Association of Athletics
After a slight delay to the installation of the new synthetic track at the competition stadium while the material was stuck in customs, work is now complete and the LOC is confident the tracks is ready for the championships.

Gers said Kenya should be proud to have a facility like Kasarani adding : “To have a vibrant, modern equipped stadium that can be re-used in future championships is quite critical,” reacting to a plea by the LOC that the IAAF should in future award hosting rights of even bigger championships to new destination such as Kenya.

Rooney debut match to be against Gor in Dar es Salaam Tanzania as he re-joins with Everton

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Wayne Rooney could make his return to Everton match action in Thursday's Tanzania friendly game.

The Blues fly to Eastern Africa on Tuesday evening ahead of the friendly with Gor Mahia in Dar es Salaam.

After Rooney's return to the Toffees on a two-year deal was officially confirmed today, he is expected to fly with Ronald Koeman and the squad for the the fixture, arranged by new sponsors SportPesa.

The 31-year-old should be at a similar fitness level as the players who returned to Finch Farm this week. He was not involved in England's post-season friendlies, though his 2016/17 campaign ended three days after Everton's due to the Europa League final.
His presence in Tanzania would undoubtedly create a huge extra layer of intrigue and interest.
Everton had scheduled a pre-season friendly in the east African nation of Tanzania, and on Friday announced they will be playing Gor Mahia FC.
Gor Mahia - who are Kenya's most successful club, winning the national league a record 15 times - won a cup played between African sides, earning them the right to take on the Premier League team.
They beat fellow Kenyan team AFC Leopards 3-0 with second-half goals from Timothy Otieno, Oliver Maloba and John Ndirangu.
They will now play Ronald Koeman's men at the 60,000-seater Tanzania National Stadium on July 13 - with the big question now whether they will be playing a team featuring Rooney or not.
It is a far cry from who Rooney faced in his first Everton debut in August 2002, when he played 67 minutes of a Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur.
His Manchester United debut was truly remarkable - he scored a hat-trick in a 6-2 Champions League thumping of Fenerbahce.

The official IAAF pre-competion press conference, Wu18 Championship Nairobi 2017

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Some of the world’s leading teenage athletes joined IAAF President Sebastian Coe and local dignitaries at the official pre-competition press conference on Today, the eve of the IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017.

More than 800 athletes from 131 countries, as well as an athlete refugee team (ART), have assembled in the Kenyan capital for what will be the final edition of the global championships for athletes in the U18 age group. The championships will take place from 12-16 July.

This is a very big moment in the history of Kenyan athletics,” said Coe. “So much of my career as an athlete was defined by great races and great competitions with Kenyan athletes. Kenyan athletes have made a huge mark on global sport, way before I become a senior international athlete. Your history is our history; our history is your history.

“To have a World Championships here is very important. To the 800 athletes and 130 countries that are here, thank you. And, of course, I’d like to thank the organising committee in bringing this event to fruition.

“These championships are an extraordinary opportunity to watch talent and champions of the future,” added Coe. “It is through these championships that Usain Bolt and Allyson Felix and other greats have emerged. There’s no reason why we won’t see more jewels of the future throughout this week.

“Being here is not a sacrifice; it is a labour of love to be witnessing athletics in a nation that has made such an extraordinary contribution to the history of our sport.”

Sports Pesa Supercup:Gor Books a date with Everton after winnning the SPesa Supercup

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It is official. Kenyan Premier League’s most successful club, Gor Mahia, will battle English Premier League side Everton on July 13 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

K’Ogalo booked the date after beating eternal rivals AFC Leopards 3-0 in the SportPesa Super Cup final at Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Sunday.

The victory earned Gor Mahia Sh3 million for emerging the inaugural tournament champions.

The tournament was contested by eight teams from Kenya, Tanzania, and Zanzibar.
Gor Mahia’s Ugandan import Meddie Kagere got the Golden Boot award after ending the tournament with three goals.

Custodian Fredrick Odhiambo won the Golden Glove award after he ended the tournament with a clean sheet.
Timothy Otieno, Oliver Maloba, and John Ndirangu found the back of the net for Gor Mahia in the second half after a barren opening half.

Otieno embarked on a solo move before releasing a screamer to give Gor Mahia the first goal in the 59th minute.
Then Maloba converted a George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo cross in the 75th minute after he was set free by Francis Kahata while Ndirangu slotted in his only goal of the tournament in the 91st minute.

“This a great honour for me. I still can’t believe that I did not conceded a goal in this tournament,” goalkeeper Odhiambo said.

Kagere said he gave his all despite fasting during this religious period and that he was honoured to be the best and top scorer of the tournament.

Gor’s head coach Ze Maria, fresh from holiday in his native Brazil, thanked his assistant, Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno, for leading his charges to the finals in his absence.

Otieno said he believed they would triumph after going through the statistics, which he said favoured them.

“Statistics don’t lie. I knew this final was ours to lose after we won all our games without conceding a goal,” said Zico.

He added: “I used our young players in this tournament to give them exposure. I thought our opponents would give us a run for our money this time round, but this did not materialise.”

Newly engaged AFC head coach Dorian Marin from Romania conceded defeat, but pledged to build a stronger team once he settles in the job.

A Fresh Track Laid down atb MISC for IAAF World Under 18 Championships Nairobi 2017

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After a slight delay to the installation of the new synthetic track at the MISC stadium due to the material being stuck in customs, work is now well under way and the LOC is confident the tracks will be ready in time for the championships dated 12-16 July next week. The LOC is also working to implement the necessary security measures to deliver a safe and secure environment for the athletes.

The IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017 will be the first global track and field championships to be held in Kenya. It will also be the final edition of the World U18 Championships as the IAAF’s focus will shift towards driving regional and continental competitions.

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