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Rhonex on another winning spree

World Under-20 10,000m champion Rhonex Kipruto, the man to watch in the next years and Sandrafelis Chebet on Saturday defended their titles in the 10km and 8km races respectively during the 10th edition of Isaiah Kiplagat Foundation Ndalat Gaa Cross Country in Nandi County, Kenya.

After persevering the scorching sun and an immensely competitive field to win Kipruto ran from the front before increasing the pace in a tight race that saw over 300 men fight for a place in the top 10.

“I took a break and I have been at home where I normally train with my younger brother and I decided to come and shed off some weight. I encouraged my brother to run today since he is faster than me and I’m happy he won the junior category,” said Kipruto.

Kipruto clocked 30:52.4 ahead of Abraham Kiptum (31:23.8) while Julius Taki was third in 31:29.6.

Kiptum, the Daegu Marathon champion, said that he was using the race to as part of his build up as he prepares to defend his Lagos Marathon title for the third time.

“It was a tough race for me but I had prepared well,” said Kiptum.

In the ladies’ category, Chebet ran a brilliant race where she stayed behind the newly crowned Chemususu Half Marathon champion Delvin Meringor before outpacing her in the final race to win in 27:53.8.

Meringor clocked 28:05.0 while Norah Jeruto @norahjeruto , a 3,000 steeplechase specialist, finished third in 28:16.2.

“It was a tough race for me but I had done enough training back in Londiani. I’m happy I defended my title and I will be looking forward to getting a slot in Team Kenya for the World Cross Country Championships,” said Chebet.

Lorna Kiplagat’s threepeat revisited at Falmouth Road Race

Canadian Ben Flanagan pulled away from the pack in the last mile to win the Falmouth Road race on Sunday, becoming the first man from North America to win the race in 30 years. Last year’s winner Stephen Sambu finished fourth.

Caroline Chepkoech of Kenya took the women’s race, her third straight win at Falmouth. The 24 year old took charge in the third mile and surged to a five-second win over fellow Kenyan Margaret Wangari. Mary Wacera, also from Kenya, was third in 37:17. Chepkoech is the first female runner to threepeat since Lornah Kiplagat in 2002.

Here are the top ten finishers in each category.


1. Ben Flanagan, 32:21

2. Scott Fauble, 32:23

3. Leonard Korir, 32:28

4. Stephen Sambu, 32:32

5. Martin Hehir, 32:38

6. Haron Lagat, 32:43

7. Colin Bennie, 32:49

8. Tim Ritchie, 32:50

9. Andrew Colley, 32:53

10. Ross Millington, 32:56


1. Caroline Chepkoech, 35:48

2. Margaret Wangari, 36:43

3. Mary Wacera, 37:17

4. Buze Diriba, 38:03

5. Melissa Dock, 38:04

6. Rosie Donegan, 38:07

7. Emily Durgin, 38:09

8. Erica Kemp, 38:13

9. Kim Conley, 38:16

10. Elaina Tabb, 38:18

City with a Wild Animals Park to Host IAAF Under 20 Championship in 2020

Its Nairobi again. The IAAF announced that Nairobi in Kenya has been selected as the host city of the 2020 IAAF World Athletics U20 Championships.

Nairobi’s candidacy was formally endorsed by the IAAF Council in Buenos Aires yesterday.

By hosting an outstanding final edition of the IAAF World U18 Championships last year, Nairobi demonstrated its readiness to take the next step as a championship host.

Crowds of up to 60,000 attended the U18 Championships at Nairobi’s Moi International Sports Centre, creating an exciting atmosphere for the young athletes who had gathered from around the globe, and those attending the 2020 event can expect the same experience.

In a recent visit to the IAAF headquarters in Monaco, the Principal Secretary for Sports in Kenya, Ambassador Kirimi Kaberia, noted that 42 percent of Kenya’s population was under 15 (only 17 percent over 50) and sport was a vital component in the country’s development.

“Athletics is a very important part of our life. Everyone loves athletics in Kenya. You saw it during the world under 18 and you will see it again in 2020,” he said.

president Sebastian Coe noted the Kenyan Government’s strong support for the Nairobi bid and said it would be an ideal host for the championships.

“The U20 Championships showcases the future of our sport so Kenya, with a young and enthusiastic population and such a rich history in athletics, is a perfect fit for us,” Coe said.”We hope that awarding these championships will further encourage the development of athletics in Kenya and all over Africa, which is such a vibrant part of our international federation.”

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Sports and Heritage, the Honourable Rashid Echesa said:

“On behalf of the Kenyan Government, I would like to say that we welcome the decision that has been reached by the IAAF top brass to settle on the Republic of Kenya to host the prestigious IAAF World U20 Championships in the year 2020. It is indeed a great honour to be considered and selected to host the event. On behalf of Kenyan Government, I assure you that we will ensure that we put our best foot forward and put the necessary plans, systems and structures in place to ensure that the event runs smoothly and successfully. We welcome the world to Kenya.”

The president of Athletics Kenya, Lt Gen (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei said:

“The Executive Committee of AK, athletes and entire athletics fraternity are very excited to receive the good news from the IAAF that Kenya has been selected to host the WU20 in 2020. It is indeed a great honour to us all, particularly the great athletes who have significantly contributed to the development of world athletics over the years. All are welcomed back to Kenya, the home of heroes.”

The IAAF World U20 Championships Nairobi 2020 have been scheduled for July 7-12, 2020.

Source: IAAF

The History of Steeplechase

While most track and field events are fairly straightforward – run this distance as fast as you can; throw this object as far as you can – one event in particular stands out for its sheer weirdness. This would be the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

You may, understandably, wonder what’s going on with the steeplechase: what are these massive barriers doing on the track, and why are the runners jumping over them? Why is there a water pit? And why, really, is this silly race called the steeplechase?

Credit: Tumo Photography

Allow us to explain.

Like many track and field events, the steeplechase’s origins can be traced back to United Kingdom. Runners, as they were apparently wont to do, would often race each other from one town’s church steeple to the next. The steeples were chosen because they were easy to see from long distances, leading to the name “steeplechase.” The countryside would also require runners to jump over various barriers over the course of their race. These included stone walls and small rivers. When the race was modernized, the walls were simulated with hurdles and the rivers and creeks were simulated with the water pit.

According to the IAAF, the modern 3,000-meter steeplechase track event – with the barriers and the water pit – first originated at Oxford University in the mid-19th century. It was then included in the English Championship in 1879. In the Olympics, men have raced the steeplechase since 1920, while the women, somewhat shockingly, only first raced it at the Olympics in 2008 in Beijing.

Today, the race features five barriers: four hurdles plus the barrier before the water pit. For the men, those barriers are 36 inches, and for the women they are 30 inche

s. The water pit, meanwhile, is 12 feet long for both.

Often you’ll see runners land one foot on the top of the barrier to propel themselves over it, though many elite runners just clear the whole thing altogether. Wipeouts are all too common, especially in or around the water.

An example of what can happen if you don’t properly traverse the water pit is on the photos, swipe forward.
It’s a quirky race, to be sure, but it’s also a sneakily fun one.