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

Kenya's Wellington Cup Quarterfinal Ambitions Dashed

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Kenya will play Russia at 1.00am on Sunday morning in the challenge trophy quarterfinal at the Wellington Sevens after finishing third in Pool A action on Saturday morning.They started with a 12-17 loss to Argentina, recovering to beat Papua New Guinea 47-5 before losing their final group game 12-31 to England.

Kenya 12 Argentina 17

Shujaa trailed 12-0 at the break through Matia Ocsaduk’s brace but drew level through tries from Billy Odhiambo and Willy Ambaka, Sam Oliech adding a conversation before Rizzoni Gonzalez killed off the tie, Argentina claiming the result.

Kenya 47 Papua New Guinea 5

Willy Ambaka’s early brace and a solitary Eden Agero conversion gave Kenya a 12-0 lead, William Triang reducing the deficit with an unconverted try for PNG. Agero would score and convert as Shujaa took a 19-5 lead into the break.Innocent Simiyu’s charges would land four tries through Billy Odhiambo, Bush Mwale, Oscar Ouma and Andrew Amonde with Agero and Sammy Oliech adding two conversions each.

Kenya 12 England 31

Shujaa came into this fixture needing a win to reach the cup quarters but soon fell behind to Dan Norton’s converted try before further efforts from Dan Bibby and Tom Mitchell gave England a 17-0 lead at the breather.Willy Ambaka went over the whitewash, Oliech convert for a 17-7 score but converted tries from A.J Harris and Lindsay-Hague saw England lead 31-7. Collins Injera would add a late consolation for Kenya who claimed third placein the pool.

Kenya Claim 8 Points In Wellington,HSBC Sevens World Series

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Kenya lifted the challenge trophy title, collecting eight points to stay tenth on the log as the third round of the 2016/17 HSBC Sevens World Series, the Wellington Sevens, came to a close on Sunday.

Shujaa were 19-17 winners in the challenge trophy final.

Challenge Trophy Final: Kenya 19 Australia 17

Kenya raced into a 14-0 lead through tries from Sammy Oliech and Collins Injera, Eden Agero sure with the conversions but the Aussies clawed back through Henry Hutchinson’s converted try.

Billy Odhiambo would land Kenya’s third try as Innocent Simiyu’s charges withstood a late Australian rally that saw them land two unconverted tries, Shujaa holding out for the result.

Challenge Trophy Semifinal: Kenya 19 USA 12

Dan Sikuta opened Keya’s account with an unconverted effort but Perry Baker’s converted try gave USA a 7-5 lead at the break.

Eden Agero converted Billy Odhiambo’s second half brace to give Kenya a 19-7 lead before Madison Hughes struck late for the USA, too little to late as Kenya advanced to the challenge trophy final.

Challenge Trophy Quarterfinal: Kenya 24 Russia 5

Sammy Oliech scored and converted his own try for a 7-0 lead, Billy Odhiambo and Willy Ambaka touching down as Kenya took a 17-0 lead into the breather.

Bondarev would score for Russia but Dan Sikuta’s converted try gave Kenya the cushion and the result.

KENYA IN POOL A FOR SYDNEY SEVENS

Kenya has been drawn with South Africa, England and Japan in Pool A for next weekend’s fourth round of the 2016/17 HSBC Sevens World Series in Sydney, Australia.

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