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Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon Results and Photos

Elisha Kiprop and Josephine Chepkoech are this year’s winners of the 42 Kilometer Standard Chartered marathon.
Kiprop won the race in two hours 17 minutes on Sunday morning followed by Julius Kiprono and Patrick Cheruiyot.

“I thank the Standard Chartered marathon because it is the one that opened doors for me as an athlete, ” Elisha said after finishing the race.

Chepkoech finished in two hours 35 minutes followed by her cousin Cynthia Jerop.

She said her focus will now be to take part in bigger events.

“I thank God. The weather was good and I’m hoping next year I’ll have a manager who will help me train for a bigger race,” Chepkoech said.

Being her first marathon, Chepkoech was marveled at her performance and hopes for more now that her focus is shifting from the half marathon to the full marathon.
In the men’s 21 km race, Mathew Kiprotich finished first in 1:04:57.Summary of the winners in various races1. 21kms ladies – Valerie Aiyabei – 1:12:062. 21kms men – Mathew Kiprotich – 1:04:573. 10kms women – Cheng’etich Lang’at – 30:214. 42kms men – Elisha Kiprop – 2:17:005. 42kms women – Josephine Chepkoech 2:35:00

Asaba 2018 in Pictures

The 2018 African Athletics Championship came to an end today with Kenya topping the table with 11 Gold medals 6 Silver and 2 Bronze medals. We share the images from the event that saw Kenyans triumph and emerge best from the rest of Africa.

Its worth noting that the event started with a poor planned transit of athletes who had to spend three nights in Lagos. Despite this, the sterling performance proved that the end justifies the means.

This was the situation for three good days.

And when it was time to go, they got up, dusted off and off they went to bag medals… Selfie time for the Lion, Manangoi

Hellen Obiri, Gold Medalist

Julius Yego is back too

Zakayo on his winning spree

Manangoi the man on a mission… The Lion

Congratulations to Team Kenya, back to training people. See you in 2020 when Algeria hosts this very championships just after Kenya that will host the World Under 20 Championships.

41 Year-Old wins Iten Marathon

Robert Kemboi emerged top in the 4th edition of Iten Marathon held on the 22nd of July 2018 at Kenya’s mecca of running, Iten in 2:16:29. Bernard Kitur came in second in 2:16:29 while Philemon Cheboi clocked 2:17:17 to sum up the best three at the high altitude race. The athletes battled a windy course with the first two kilometers being an uphill stretch and the last 21 kilometers characterised by wind. Notably, this years race drew a larger number of participants, an improvement from last year’s edition that was won by Evans Sambu in 2:16:13.

In the women’s 42KM, 41 year old Joan Jepchirchir Kigen won for the third time in a row with a time of 2:44:30, a second slower than her last year’s time. Josephine Jepkoech came in second in 2:44:5 while Sylvia Tenai finishing third in 2:45:5.
In the half marathon, Wilfred Kimitei clocked 64:21:8 to finish first while Emmanuel Bor came in second in 64:36:6 and Josphat Tanui third in 64:45:0. On the other hand, Maureen Jepkemboi cut the tape in 75.10 ahead of Agnes Chebet who clocked 75:50 and Beatrice Cheserek who finished third in 77:50.

Celestine, the race director promised to work round the clock to ensure next year’s race becomes bigger and better in matters organization and price money considering the fact that prize money continues to be a factor to increased competitiveness of the race. Moreover, this year’s edition saw the participation of more international athletes most of them being in Iten for training.

Photo Reel… Credit: Henry Ego

Helen Obiri Third Straight Win

World 5000m Champion Hellen Obiri posted her third straight win as the 39th Kenya Defence Championships got underway at Kasarani Stadium yesterday.

She announced her intentions to represent Kenya at the Africa Senior Athletics Championships (in Asaba, Nigeria) and pick a slot in the team to IAAF Continental Cup that run in Ostrava, Czech Republic on September 8-9. The Continental Cup is the only silverware missing out from Obiri’s trophy cabinet.

Obiri, the Olympic silver medalist, stormed into the lead in the fifth lap, opening 200m gap before strolling to victory in 14:48.5. Joyline Koima of Mtongwe (15:03.6) came second ahead of Kahawa’s Gladys Kimana (15:06.8).

Thika’s Peninnah Kandia (15:16.2) returned fourth while world cross country veteran Innes Chenonge (15:19.5) of Moi Air Base checked in fifth.

“I am happy to have defended my title today. I did not perform well in the last two Diamond League meetings. I have been feeling too tired. I want to make the team to Africa Senior Athletics Championships and then head to Continental Cup in Ostrava,” said 28-year-old Obiri.

She added: “It will be my second time if I make it to the Continental Cup. I competed in 2014 in 1500m and finished fourth in 1,500m.”

In men’s 400m hurdles semi-finals, Olympic silver medalist Boniface Mucheru booked a place in tomorrow’s finals alongside reigning national champion Willy Mbevi who registered 51.6 seconds.

Mucheru, who clocked 52.1 seconds, will not defend his Africa title he won in Durban two years ago: “I have not recovered fully from the hamstring injury I picked two years ago. It’s unfortunate I will not feature in the Africa Senior Athletics Championships. I have been advised not rush into competitive races.”

In 5000m, 2014 Commonwealth Games Champion James Magut sailed into 1,500m finals after clocking 3:47.1. Collins Koros came second in 3:47.4 while Dennis Kilele finished third in 3:47.7. In the other semis Charles Simotwo won in 3:54.4 ahead of Lawi Kosgei (3:54.7).

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Rome Diamond League in Photos

Wycliffe Kinyamal has kept his winning form in the men’s 800M and now stands at 16 points followed ny Jonathan Kitilit at 13 points as Ferguson Cheruiyot came in third with 11 points.

Timothy Cheruiyot on the hand won the men’s 1500M leading to 16 points. Samuel Tefera comes second and has 13 points as Charles Cheboi Simotwo closed in third place with 9 points.

In the women’s 3000M steeplechase, the Emma Coburn deconstruction of Kenyan steeple chasing was in HD, unfortunately her fall denied us a chance to experience fireworks at the finish line. Needless to say, she has proven to be a favorite and definite competitor that Kenyan ladies must keep an eye on, especially Hyvin Kiyeng who triumphed with 8 points on the diamond league table. Following closely is Celliphine Chepsol with 7 points as Norah Jeruto closed with 6 points. Notably, the three are Kenyans.


1500m Men

1 CHERUIYOT Timothy KEN 15 3:31.22 WL

2 MANANGOI Elijah Motonei 3:33.79 SB

3 TEFERA Samuel 3:34.84

4 SOULEIMAN Ayanleh DJI 3:34.87 SB

5 SIMOTWO Charles Cheboi KEN 3:35.03

6 DA’VALL GRICE Charles GBR 3:35.72 SB

7 TOLOSA Taresa ETH 3:36.22

8 WOTE Aman 3:36.30

3000M Steeplechase Men

1 KIPRUTO Conseslus KEN8:08.40 WL

2 KIGEN Benjamin KEN 15 8:10.01

3 BEYO Chala ETH 13 8:11.22 PB

4 KIRUI Amos KEN 17 8:16.44

5 MEKHISSI BENABBAD Mahiedine FRA 14 8:16.97 SB

6 CHEMUTAI Albert UGA 8 8:17.17 PB

7 TINDOUFT Mohamed MAR 10 8:20.30 SB

8 KOECH John BRN 3 8:22.00 SB

3000M Steeplechase Women

1 KIYENG Hyvin KEN 9:04.96 WL MR

2 CHESPOL Celliphine Chepteek KEN 18 9:05.14 SB

3 JERUTO Norah KEN 9:07.17 SB

4 COBURN Emma USA 9:08.13 SB

5 CHEPKOECH Beatrice KEN 9:15.85

6 YAVI Winfred Mutile BRN 9:16.38 PB

7 JEPKEMEI Daisy KEN 9:18.44

8 PRAUGHT Aisha JAM 13 9:19.33

1500M Men

1 CHERUIYOT Timothy KEN 3:31.22 WL

2 MANANGOI Elijah Motonei KEN 3:33.79 SB

3 TEFERA Samuel ETH 3:34.84

4 SOULEIMAN Ayanleh DJI 3:34.87 SB

5 SIMOTWO Charles Cheboi KEN 13 3:35.03

6 DA’VALL GRICE Charles GBR 3:35.72 SB

7 TOLOSA Taresa ETH 8 3:36.22

8 WOTE Aman ETH 3:36.30

And now a collection of the amazing action from the Rome Diamond League. Enjoy

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.