Jepchumba retains her 2016 momentum to dominate in Cardiff


Violah Jepchumba kept her stellar 2016 momentum alive with a dominant victory at the Cardiff University Cardiff Half Marathon, an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race, in the Welsh capital on Sunday (2).

Running alone almost from the gun, the 25-year-old Kenyan clocked 1:08:14 for her fifth victory in as many road races this year, finishing well inside the previous race record of 1:01:10 set by Susan Partridge in 2012.

Expectations were high for Jepchumba, who threatened Florence Kiplagat's 1:05:09 world record with a blistering 1:05:51 run in Prague in April, and who, in her most recent outing, came within three seconds of Paula Radcliffe's 10km world record with a 30:24 run, also in Prague, 22 days ago.

In Cardiff, Jepchumba forged an assault on Kiplagat's mark early on, passing through five kilometres in 15:30. But with no company, she wasn't able to maintain the brisk tempo, slowing to 31:30 at 10 kilometres and further to 48:02 after 15.

Crossing the 20-kilometre marker in 1:04:50, she cruised on to her fourth half marathon victory of 2016, beating Flomena Cheyech Daniel, the Commonwealth marathon champion, by nearly two minutes. Cheyech clocked 1:10:05 with Lenah Jerotich, the 2015 Cardiff winner, completing the Kenyan podium sweep in third, running 1:11:23.

There was a Kenyan podium sweep and race record in the men's race too.

Shadrack Korir made his break with about two kilometres remaining to win in 1:00:54, a near two-minute improvement on his previous best of 1:02:40 and well under the 1:01:51 race record set by Loitarakwai Lengurisi in 2013.

Cyprian Kotut, this year's Paris Marathon winner, was second in 1:01:04, with 20-year-old Charles Muneria, a Kenyan Olympian at 5000m this year, third in 1:01:36 on his debut over the distance.

Nearly 22,000 runners took part in the race that looped through the Welsh capital on the same course that was used for this year's IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.

Chepchirchir breaks Course Record at the Rock 'n' Roll Lisbon Marathon EDP


Sarah Chepchirchir of Kenya broke the course record at the Rock 'n' Roll Lisbon Marathon EDP to highlight a busy day of IAAF Gold Label Road Race action in the Portuguese capital on Sunday (2).

The 30-year-old clocked 2:24:12 to eclipse the previous course standard by nearly a minute while shattering her own lifetime best by nearly six.

In the morning's other three races, also IAAF Gold Label events, Kenyan Alfred Kering won the men's marathon in 2:10:27, while Nguse Amlosom of Eritrea and Genet Yalew of Ethiopia took the half marathon titles, clocking 1:02:39 and 1:10:25 respectively.

The women’s race began with a balanced pace, with a group of five still in contention at the midway point, reached in 1:12:23. Ethiopian Shanko Genemo, who was gunning for her third marathon triumph of 2016, was forced to drop out just beyond the half, leaving four Kenyans to battle for the win: Chepchirchir, Brigid Kosgei, Esther Ndiema and Rose Chepchumba.

Midway through the race’s second half, Chepchirchir and Kosgei dropped the other pair with Chepchirchir making her decisive break in the closing kilometres to easily take down the previous course record of 2:25:09.

Behind her, Kosgei notched a big personal best as well, clocking 2:24:45 for second place, finishing inside the previous course record. Her performance was also a big improvement on her previous lifetime best of 2:27:45 set when winning April’s Milan Marathon. Ndiema was a distant third in 2:31:41.

In relative terms, the men’s race wasn’t nearly as fast.

After an opening half of 1:04:07, Alfred Kering pulled away in the latter stages to win comfortably in 2:10:27, well ahead of Reuben Kerio, who clocked 2:11:09.

Seboka Nigusse closed well to clock 2:11:42 and dash the hopes for a Kenyan double podium sweep.

Harambee Stars Edge Out Host DRC in a 1-0 victory in Kinsasha


Kenya’s Harambee Stars edged out hosts DR Congo 1-0 in an international friendly played in Kinshasa on Tuesday night.

The visitors were without the services of Tottenham Hotspur star Victor Wanyama after consultations between his club and the national team coach.

Congo were in complete control in the opening 45 minutes, as the Kenyans struggled to settle down with goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch proving his worth by pulling off a couple of fine saves to keep the hosts at bay.

Stars were better after the break and eventually got a breakthrough after 65 minutes when Michael Olunga slotted home from close range after Paul Were’s stinging strike had crashed against the upright.

The visitors managed to see out the final 25 minutes to secure the victory which was also the team’s first away win under coach Stanley Okumbi.

Cameroon Player song fights for his life after suffering stroke


Former West Ham and Liverpool footballer Rigobert Song is critically ill in hospital after suffering a severe stroke. The 40-year-old was raced to hospital in Yaounde, Cameroon, yesterday with a brain aneurysm.

The married father of four was at his home in the Odza district of the Cameroonian city when he suffered the stroke.

The Premier League star, whose nephew is ex-Arsenal midfielder Alex Song, is a super star in his home country of Cameroon, having captained the national team. He currently serves as head coach of Chad’s national team. The Cameroon ex international player was rushed to hospital in a critical condition Song was bought by Liverpool in 1999 for £2.7million but made just 35 appearances for them before moving to West Ham the following year. He also played for Turkish team Galatasaray for four years before retiring from the game six years ago. The player’s former team mates flocked to social media offer their support for the star.

The player is a celebrity in his home country of Cameroon as he captained the national team Jamie Carragher also showed his support for the star, Tweeting: “Hope everything ends up ok for #rigobertsong”, despite Carragher’s 2008 autobiography revealing the two did not always see eye to eye and he had once hard tackled Song during a practice because he had teased him. The news comes after ex-Bolton Wanderers striker Ivan Klasnic was last week left fighting for his life after his kidney transplant failed.

Uganda Beat Namibia to lift Africa Cup Sevens Championship


Uganda were crowned Africa Cup Sevens champions, beating Namibia 38-19 in the cup final at the Safaricom Stadium in Nairobi on Saturday. Ssebuliba Kayiwa puit Uganda ahead, scoring after a strong run and carry by Ramadhan Govule. Philip Wokorach converted for a 7-0 score.

Sunday Haitembu responded immediately with a converted try for Namibia but Pius Ogena ensured that the Rugby Cranes retook the lead, Wokorach converting for a 14-7 score.The Namibians were taking the fight to the Ugandans, Jean Jacobs grounding for an unconverted try that brought the encounter to 14-12.

Namibia would spill the ball with Uganda on the ropes, Wokorach pouncing on the loose ball to first step past his opponents before racing clear to score and convert his own try before James Odong landed for a 26-12 lead at the interval.

Odong would land his brace, fortuitously gathering the ball from Wokorach’s speculative punt, touching down before Namibia scored a consolation try, Karuuombe Nandicatu’s converted effort bringing some respectability.

Hosts Kenya finished third with a 41-0 whitewash of Madagscar as Zimbabwe edged Tunisia 14-7 to claim fifth position. Nigeria finished seventh with a 19-5 win over Morocco. A 55-0 win over Botswana saw Senegal claim ninth place as Zambia took eleventh place with a 45-0 result over Mauritius.

Shujaa beat Defending Champions Samurai to reclaim Safari 7s Crown


Shujaa reclaimed the Safari Sevens title with a comprehensive 38-21 win over defending champions Samurai in the final played at the Safaricom Stadium on Sunday.Frank Wanyama landed scored two quickfire tries, Brian Tanga adding a conversion before scoring and converting his own try to put Shujaa 17-0 up.

Dan Sikuta would land a converted try for Samurai, the scores 17-7 at the interval.Leonard Mugaisi would react quickest to a loose ball after the restart, exploiting the space to race clear and score, Tanga adding the extras as Shujaa went 24-7 clear.

Billy Odhiambo would pile on the misery for Samurai when he touched down, Tanga’s conversion sending Shujaa 31-7 up before Samurai attempted a comeback, Dougie Fife scoring and converting his own try before converting Michael Fedo’s try to bring the scores to 31-21.

Tanga would race clear, playing in Willy Ambaka to land a converted try and confirm the full time result and reclaim the Robin Cahill trophy.

Harambee starlets lose 2-1 to tanzania in the final of the cecafa


The national women's football team, Harambee Starlets lost 2-1 to Tanzania in a fiercely contested final match of the Cecafa Women Championship in Jinja, Uganda. Mwanahamisi Omari and Stumai Abdalla scored for the victors in the 27th and 44th minute while Christine Nafula slotted home a consolation goal in the 50th minute. Coach David Ouma made three changes to his squad, restoring custodian Vivian Akinyi and Christine Nafula who did not feature in Harambee Starlets 3-2 win in the semi-final match against Zanzibar on Sunday. Kenya started on a high forcing Tanzania to concede a corner kick in the fifth minute and was taken by Esse Akida but the ball went out for a goal kick. Tanzania replied immediately with team captain Asha Rashid coming in with a hard shot that went wide for a goal kick. Tanzania pressed on, but were not able to go past a compact Starlets' defence.
Tanzania dominated the better part of the first half especially in midfield and their efforts were rewarded as slotted home an opener in the 27th minute. Tanzania pilled more pressure with Irene Ogutu forced to push the ball out for a corner kick.
There was a controversy a minute later with the referee Ann Akoyi and the second assistant Atuhaire Dorcus, both from Uganda, differed in decision making to give Tanzania a goal that extended the lead. The assistant referee flagged down Abdalla for offside, but the referee waved the play on. Kenyan players surrounded the referee protesting the goal a situation that forced head coach David Ouma to rush to the field to calm down the tension. Kenya came back stronger in the second half and their efforts were rewarded as Christine Nafula pulled a goal back in the 50th minute.

Twende Safari sevens!! (Africa’s premier 7 side tournament)


Considered Africa’s premier 7 a side tournament, the ‘Safaricom Sevens’ gives the rugby enthusiast an opportunity to enjoy extensive competition whilst immersing themselves in the distinctive Kenyan culture.This sport tourism is right back here for a two day thrilled action full of energy, action and drive to entertain fans at the Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi from september 23 – 24, 2016.

The action and excitement associated with this game has attracted millions of loyal fans from every corner of the world with home observers who dedicate plenty of their time sitting to enjoy this game played by all professionals from different social, culture and racial background from across the globe.

Locally, the team is run and managed by Kenya Rugby Football Union. About 16 teams from different countries will take part in this tournament. The participating African countries include Kenya, Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Others are Les Bleu, Samoa, New Zealand, Auckland and Spain among others.

The Safaricom Safari Sevens 2016 got its title as Safaricom sponsored the Safari Sevens rugby tournament for the second time running.


British Rio athletes honoured by Para Athletics Championships tickets


London 2017 Ltd today announced the creation of two special edition World Para Athletics Championships tickets in honour of British athletes’ performances at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The new tickets were launched following Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s successful track and field performance, with a 33-strong medal haul, beating their London 2012 medal count of 29.

Fans can secure children’s tickets for just GBP 3 in honour of Hannah Cockroft and her superb haul of three gold medals over the 100m, 400m and 800m T34. The ‘Cockroft ticket’ is available across all sessions of the World Para Athletics Championships which take place 14 – 23 July 2017.

In addition, adult tickets for any session can be purchased at GBP 9, in recognition of the nine world records set by British athletes at the Games – including Cockroft’s T34 400m record of 58.78.

The Hannah Cockroft and World Record special edition tickets join those in place for the IAAF World Championships honouring Colin Jackson, Jonathan Edwards, Sally Gunnell and Usain Bolt. They will be available for purchasers until the end of the current World ParaAthletics Championships sale window, which closes on Friday 30 September 2016. Tickets are available to buy now at

Next summer will bring together 3,300 world-class athletes from more than 200 countries, who will compete in 30 sessions across 20 jam-packed and action-fuelled days as both the World ParaAthletics Championships and the IAAF World Championships are hosted by the same city in the same summer.

Next year’s Championships are gearing up to be the last chance to see world-class athletes such as Richard Whitehead compete, but will also allow the nation a first chance to see a host of new Paralympic champions including Paul Blake, Jo Butterfield, Libby Clegg, Kadeena Cox, Sophie Hahn and Georgie Hermitage in global athletics action.



Spectacular closing ceremony as Olympic flag goes to Tokyo


The colourful ceremony, lasting almost three hours, celebrated Brazil's arts and was held in a wet Maracana.

Among the highlights were Tokyo's impressive showcase and a vibrant carnival parade.

"These were a marvellous Olympics, in a marvellous city," said International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach.

"Over the last 16 days a united Brazil inspired the world, in difficult times for all of us, with its irresistible joy for life."

Bach officially closed the Games of the 31st Olympiad after 16 days of competition, featuring 11,303 athletes from 206 nations and a refugee team.

One of the biggest cheers of the night came when Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared dressed as computer game character Super Mario, rising out of a huge green pipe in the stadium.

The ceremony, watched by billions around the world, featured the parade of athletes and a dramatic extinguishing of the Olympic flame.

Women's hockey captain Kate Richardson-Walsh carried the flag for Great Britain, who finished the Games with 67 medals - their highest tally at an overseas Olympics.

Super-heavyweight boxer Joe Joyce had earlier won Britain's final medal of Rio 2016 - a silver - as they finished second in the medal table to the United States, ahead of China.

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