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Marathoner Wins Iten 10KM Safaricom Road Race

Can a Marathoner win a 10KM Road Race?
Well, former Barcelona Marathon champion Valary Aiyabei Jemeli won at the Iten 10KM road race, a high altitude event right at the heart of the home of champions.

The 27 year-old defeated a host of runners to emerge victorious in women’s race that started at Bugar Centre before ending at Iten town.

on home ground, receiving cheers from fans lining up on the course, the 2015 Kass marathon champion stepped in the lead with just 100m and enjoyed the lead until the finish line, though she had difficulties in uphill with Lucy Cheruiyot the 2016 Madoka half marathon taking advantage to close the gap.

Jemeli held on to cut the tape in 33:18.8 and was followed by Cheruiyot who crossed the line in 33:27.2 before Lydia Njeri closing the podium three finishes in 33:34.8.

“I came here for speed work ahead of my Beijing marathon. Coming from the same area, I know the route and utilized it very well” said Jemeli who cut the tape in 33:18.0.

She added that as a marathoner, she did not expect to win because 10km is a faster race.

“I am surprised by the win because, as a marathoner, my speed is slow though I managed to beat them all,” said Jemeli, who has dominated local races like cross country and road races.

Leading results


Valary Jemeli 33:18.8

Lucy Cheruiyot 33:27.2

Lydia Njeri 33:34.8

Joyce Jepkemoi 33:52.5

Sharon Jelimo 34:30.7

Gladys Yator 34:32.6

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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

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

Mary Keitany Wins New York Mini 10K

Mary Keitany continued her reign as the queen of Central Park with a dominating victory at the NYRR New York Mini 10K here this morning.

The 36-year-old Kenyan cruised to her second straight title (and third overall) in the all-women’s race, clocking 30:59 and winning by more than a minute on a spectacular morning with comfortable temperatures (68F/20C) and relatively low humidity. Combined with her three wins in the TCS New York City Marathon, which finishes over the same climb through the park as today’s event, Keitany has earned a formidable reputation in the Big Apple

She recorded the fifth-best time in event history, and she covered the uphill second half in an incredible 15:08.

“At the beginning we were slow and so I started to push from 3 miles, because I wanted to see what time I could do,” said the winner, who had a disappointing fourth-place finish in April’s London Marathon. “I’ve been training well since London, and I really wanted to make up for that here in New York.”

Her time of 30 minutes, 59 seconds was the fifth fastest in the event’s 47-year history.

Keitany, a three-time New York City Marathon champion, was followed by two Americans — Aliphine Tuliamuk in 32:08 and Molly Huddle in 32:25. Boston Marathon champion Des Linden was 14th in 35:12, with Boston runner-up Sarah Sellers 17th in 35:29.

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).

Cc Standard Sports Kenya