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KENYA

Mbithi takes Edinburgh Marathon

NOVEMBER 20, 2007. The Standard Chartered Nairobi International Marathon 2007 raised Sh9.1m for charity through registration fees from more than 12,000 participants, reports the East African Standard.

Organisers said discussions among various stakeholders were ongoing with a view to finding an alternative route to stage next year’s event to be held on October 26.

Speaking at a function to disburse charity proceeds accrued from this year’s edition, Stanchart CEO and Managing Director, Richard Etemesi hailed the event as a success.

"The marathon has been a perfect launch pad for young athletes over the years and this year was no exception. We witnessed ordinary Kenyans, Njoroge Thuita and Rose Chesire take home the prize money," said Etemesi.

"One of the challenges we have is to fit 12,000-15,000 on a narrow strip of road and it is difficult to manage."

 

ETHIOPIA

Mbithi takes Edinburgh Marathon

NOVEMBER 19, 2007. Ethiopian pair of Tamrat Elanso and Adaneche Beyene Jemilu proved to be easy winners of the BLOM Beirut International Marathon on Sunday, reports the IAAF.

But pride of place was acknowledged to belong to the meeting organisers who ensured the race went ahead without a hitch despite Lebanon's present political situation.

Race president May El Khalil stressing how it fetches her volatile country together said: "We have people from all sorts of religions and life running. We have entrants from the south and the north."

Khalil was delighted in excellent conditions and the event went ahead with positive results for Elanso and Jemilu who led a strong contingent from their country to the Lebanese capital.

"It was important that I succeeded today, it was a good chance for me to win my first marathon," said Elanso, who scorched ahead of his rivals after 35 kilometres to clinch a simple victory.

Elanso, 30, slowed after breaking up the field and running in isolation ahead of his opponents for the last seven kilometres, to crossed the finish line in 2:19:46 ahead of Kenya's David Kiplagat Kuino and his own countryman Abraham Yilma Belete.

Jemilu the fastest woman in the field and third in last January's Dubai Marathon, also scored an easy victory in 2:41:24.

She was far superior ahead of her fellow Ethiopians Meseret Legese Regesa and Etaferahu Tarekegn Getahun, who clocked marks of 2:48:52 and 2:55:14.

Mbithi takes Edinburgh Marathon

NOVEMBER 19, 2007. Kenya’s Joseph Ebuya and Ethiopia’s Meselech Melkamu captured fine wins in the 24th  edition of the ‘Cross Internacional Valle de Llodio’, the first Spanish leg of the current EAA Cross Country permit season in 27:05, reports Emeterio Valiente for the IAAF.

Ebuya, 20, who is the reigning World Junior 10,000m silver and 5000m bronze medallist, proved to be the strongest by far in the final stages stamping his authority on his well-known fellow Kenyans Koprono Menjo (27:13) and Hosea Macharinyang (27:15) who snatched second and third respectively some eight and ten seconds adrift.

The women’s event was won by Ethiopia’s Meselech Melkamu in 23:09.

Melkamu has grabbed the last three bronze medals at stake in the World Cross Country Championships – two in Fukuoka 2006 (long & short races) plus Mombasa 2007.

She destroyed any opposition from Jepkorir and Kalovics six minutes into the race and from then on built a wider lead to romp home unopposed with a handsome margin of 13 seconds over Eunice Jepkorir (Kenya) 23:22 and a massive 49 seconds gap on Aniko Kalovics (Hungary) 23:58, who equalled her third place from last year.

 

KENYA

Mbithi takes Edinburgh Marathon

SEPTEMBER 30, 2007. Kenya's Janeth Jepkosgei breezed to yet another effortless victory in the women's 800 metres at the Tusker International Night of Champions meeting at the Nyayo National Stadium yesterday, reports Peter Njenga (Kenya Times) for the IAAF.

"The World champion, who had earlier received a standing ovation from the crowd, many of them seeing her in person for the first time since the Osaka World Championships - atop a special  Range Rover specifically hired for her, did not disappoint in action.

The 'Eldoret Express' - her new name since Osaka - charged into the lead at the bell after early pace setter Charity Wandia started fading.

Cheered on by the crowd, Jepkosgei recreated the same form which has seen her emerge as the best two lapper of the season by upping the pace with each forward step taken.

She stopped the clock at 1:59.0 as Winny Chebet trailed in 2:05.6.

 

ETHIOPIA

Mbithi takes Edinburgh Marathon

AUGUST 5, 2007. Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie, the double Olympic gold medalist and multiple World record-holder has won the second annual Nike sponsored NYC Half-Marathon clocking 59:24, the second-fastest Half-Marathon time ever on North American soil, reports the IAAF.

American 10K and 10,000-meter champion Abdi Abdirahman, 30, who ran a personal-best 1:00:29 was second while defending Boston Marathon and LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon champion Robert Cheruiyot was third in 1:00:58.

Cheruiyot, 28 was later transported to a hospital for observation due to dizziness at the end of the race, though he was later released to go home.

"It wasn’t what I was expecting, those first few miles," said Gebrselassie, 34, who thanked Abdirahman and Cheruiyot for setting a fast early pace.

"I thought maybe we’d just run easy in a big pack, then start to run hard later."

Kenyan Hilda Kibet won the women's race, edging her countrywoman and the defending champion, Catherine Ndereba, 1:10:32 to 1:10:33.

New Zealander Nina Rillstone, the surprise leader until Kibet and Ndereba passed her in the last 500 meters, finished third, another two seconds behind the Kenyan women.

 

KENYA

Mbithi takes Edinburgh Marathon

August 01, 2007.  The Athletics Kenya (AK) has released the list of 35 athletes to participate at the 11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Osaka, Japan (25 Aug to 2 Sep), reports the IAAF .

AK chairman Isaiah Kiplagat announced the team consisting of 21 men and 14 men at the one-day national athletics trials in Nairobi.

Japan-based World Half Marathon record-holder Samuel Wanjiru Kamau was later included 'because he is based in Japan and is used to the conditions' in the team.

The complete list below:

Men

800m
1: Wilfred Bungei
2: Justua Koech
3: Alfred Kirwa

1500m
1: Asbel Kiprop
2: Shadrack Korir
3: Daniel Kipchirchir Komen

5000m
1: Isaac Songok
2: Joseph Ebuya
3: Eliud Kipchoge

10,000m
1: Josephat Muchiri Ndambuki
2: Martin Mathathi
3: Kiprono Menjo

Marathon
1: Luke Kibet
2: Laban Kipkemboi
3: Laban Kagika
4: William Kiplagat
5: Salim Kipsang (reserve)

3000m Steeplechase
1: Ezekiel Kemboi
2: Brimin Kipruto
3: Richard Matelong

**Samuel Wanjiru Kamau (reserve)

Women

800m
1: Janeth Jepkosgei

1500m
1: Viola Kibiwott

5000m
1: Vivian Cheruiyot
2: Priscah Jepleting

10,000m
1: Emily Chebet
2: Everlyne Wambui
3: Philes Ongori

Marathon
1: Catherine Ndereba
2: Edith Masai
3: Hellen Kimaiyo
4: Rose Cheruiyot
5: Julia Mumbi (reserve)

3000m Steeplechase
1: Eunice Jepkorir
2: Ruth Bosibori

 

UGANDA

Mbithi takes Edinburgh Marathon

July 09 , 2007. The East African contingent to next week's All Africa Games from July 11 to 23 in Algiers, Algeria have departed for the games with diverging hopes, reports The East African Business Week.

Kenyan, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda all departs this week with the Kenyan contingent, including 270 athletes, by far the biggest team in as many years.

The Kenyan government has spent Shs150m on the various teams ahead of the games and as a way of raising their performances staked Shs300,000 ($4,477) for gold medallists, silver medallists Sh200,000 ($2,985); and bronze winners Sh100,000 ($1,492) and those who make it to the finals will receive Sh10,000 ($149) unlike other regional governments.

The team will leave for Algiers in four batches and the first group departed last Saturday. Kenya will count on world 3000m junior champion Veronica Nyaruai and Edith Masai in the women's team and Junior World cross country champion Asbel Kiprop.

Uganda’s brightest hope world 5000m steeplechase women's champion Dorcus Inzikuru (pictured) is sidelined for six months but athletes Boniface Kiprop and Abraham Chepkirwok will fly Uganda’s flag high.

The 33-man Rwanda delegation will be represented in five disciplines, Tennis, Paralympics, Athletics, Cycling and Goalball and will be boosted by the arrivals of Dieudonne Disi (Belgium), Angelline Nyiransabimana (Italy), top tennis player Eric Hagenimana (US).

ETHIOPIA

Mbithi takes Edinburgh Marathon

April 2 , 2007. Ethiopian Meseret Defar has the first woman to successfully defend her title in the 22-year history of the Carlsbad 5000 in Carlsbad, California, USA, reports Ian Monahan for the IAAF .

The 23-year-old Olympic 5000m track champion, in her fifth appearance at the 5km road race, won in a time of 15:01, falling short in her attempt at also breaking the unofficial World best for the second year in a row.

Defar broke the unofficial World best at Carlsbad last year, shattering the previous mark by five seconds when she ran 14:46. She had hoped to run 14:40 this year.

"I felt good, I felt strong," Defar said of her performance Sunday. "Sometimes, it's just like this."

American Jen Rhines, 32, finished second (15:21), in front of Ethiopian Aheza Kiros, who was third in 15:25.

KENYA

Mbithi takes Edinburgh Marathon

June 26, 2006. Athletics Kenya (AK) has released the team list of young athletes to participate at the World Junior Championships, Beijing, China from the 15th – 20th August, reports the Standard.

Thomas Longosiwa, a new Police recruit, who ran the fastest time of the year at altitude in the 10,000 metres to beat Emmanuel Chamer in 28:11.3 at the Kenya Trials for the Championships at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani would lead the team.

Twice women’s World Junior Cross Country silver medallist and World Youth 3000m champion Veronica Nyarwai Wanjuru, who was beaten into second place in the women’s 5000m by Florence Kiplagat was entered for the 3000m in Beijing.

The team include:

MEN:

400m—Julius Kirwa, John Kituu, Sylvester Kirwa; 800m—Jackson Kivuva, David Rudisha; 1500m—Geoffrey Rono, Remmy Limo; 5000m —Joseph Ebuya (13:40.7), Mangata Ndiwa (13:41.6); 10,000m—Thomas Longosiwa, Emmanuel Chemer; 3000m SC Bisluke Kipkorir, Willy Komen.

WOMEN:

400m—Biarose Chepkoech, Mary Wanjiru; 800m—Winnie Chebet, Flavious Kwamboka; 1500m—Irene Chelagat, Mercy Kosgei; 3000m—Pauline Korkwang, Veronica Nyaruai Wanjiru; 5000m—Florence Kiplagat, Mary Wachira; 3000m SC— Caroline Chepkirui, Beatrice Rop.

Kemboi wins Lille Meet

 

June 11, 2006. Kenyan Joseph Mutunga Mbithi has won the Edinburgh Marathon, finishing in 2 hours 15 minutes and 46 seconds, just 20 seconds short of the course record, reports the BBC.

His countrymen, John Musila Kioko (2.16:28) and Jonothon Kipsaina (2.17:01), were second and third.

Mbithi, whose biggest win was the Eurasia Istanbul Marathon in October last year said: "There was cheering and I enjoyed it, especially along the sea. The course was very good, it was hilly and I was a little afraid of it so I pulled away on my own after 17 miles.

"Now I know the course and hope God willing I can come back next year."

More than 4,200 runners from nearly 50 different countries set off from the starting line in Princes Street.

An estimated 100,000 spectators lined the route, which headed out towards Leith and the Firth of Forth before finishing in Holyrood Park.

 

Kemboi wins Lille Meet

June 11, 2006. Kenya’s Ezekiel Kemboi clocked 8:14.70 to win the 3,000m steeplechase race in a Grand Prix Meet in Lille, France, last Friday, reports Chris Mbaisi of The Standard.

Another Kenyan, Richard Matelong, came second in 8:15.05, while 17-year-old Kenyan-turned Bahraini, Tareg Taher, was third in 8:15.29.

It was a good performance by Kemboi, considering that he was beaten to 14th place in the event during the Grand Prix meeting in Ostrava a week ago.

Collins Kosgei (8:18.70) and Bisluke Kipkorir (8:30.69) finished fourth and fifth respectively.

In the 1,000m race, Kenya’s Elkana Angwenyi clocked 2:15.09 to finish second behind Frenchman Mehdi Baala.

 

ETHIOPIA

March 13, 2006. Ethiopian distance legend, Haile Gebrselassie has broken the World 25 kilometres record (subject to ratification), reports Wim van Hemert for the IAAF.

The two-time Olympic champion clocked 1:11:37 and in the process bettered the World record of Kenyan Paul Kosgei, who ran 1:12:45 on 9 May 2004 in Berlin, Germany, by 1:08 minutes.

The 25 kilometres was incorporated in the normal 20 kilometres of Alphen, one of the most famous road races in The Netherlands.

Gebrselassie and six others ran the first five kilometres on an extra loop before passing the start line of the 20 kilometres race.

In the first kilometres of the 20km some runners like Dutchman Kamiel Maase and Kenyan Salim Kipsang were able to follow Gebrselassie but soon the Ethiopian was on his own.

"I did not want to run a 20 kilometres I therefore asked the organisers if it was possible to run a 25 kilometres," confirmed Gebrselassie.

"They agreed and organised six opponents for me. First I thought it would be too cold to run a good time. It was the second time I have run a race in such cold circumstances. The first time was during the World Cross Country many years ago," he added.

UGANDA

February 19, 2006. African Telecoms giants MTN (U) Limited have renewed their sponsorship contract with the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF), reports The Monitor .

MTN Public Relations Officer Tina Byaruhanga announced a 35million shillings ($19,300) package to the UAF president Daniel Tamwesigire and general secretary Beatrice Ayikoru.

Contrary to last year's deal, MTN has selected six national events that they will sponsor for this upcoming 2006 season.

"We have succeeded in the last year we have worked with UAF and I think the two successful Kampala marathons can tell the public. We are committed to supporting the development of athletics in the country," said Byaruhanga.

This year's sponsorship package will commence with the Eastern Africa cross-country championship to be held over the weekend at Entebbe.

KENYA

DECEMBER 13, 2005. Kenya's marathon world record holder Paul Tergat has been awarded the East African country's second highest honour by President Mwai Kibaki for his exemplary services to the sport, reports Athletics South Africa.

The 35-year-old air force officer and UN World Food Programme (WFP) goodwill ambassador, who won the New York marathon in a thrilling finish last November, is only the second Kenyan athlete to be honoured with the prestigious "Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear" award after the now-retired 3 000 and 5000m star Kipchoge Keino.

The President granted Tergat the award "in recognition of his loyalty and role in bringing glory to the country", during the celebrations to mark the 42nd anniversary of Kenya's independence from Britain.

Marathon runners Catherine Ndereba and Tegla Loroupe were given the Order of Grand Warrior of Kenya (OGW) awards, while world 5 000m champion Benjamin Limo received a Head of State Commendation.

NOVEMBER 01, 2005. Athletics Kenya (AK) has warned Kenyan athletes hoping to represent the country in 2006 to choose between track and cross-country competitions because of the tight calendar, reports Chris Mbaisi of the East African Standard.

Secretary-General, David Okeyo, said "it would not be prudent to mix the two, as the schedule was tight.

"The way things are at the moment, we are supposed to have either a track or cross-country meeting every weekend and this may prove too much for some runners."

However, he said those who think they can manage to combine the two can go ahead, but they need to make a decision sooner than later, as a delay could be counter-productive.

He urged those preparing for the Commonwealth Games in March 2006 in Melbourne, Australia, to start their training with the first track meeting in Thika at the weekend, whilst those for the World Cross Country Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, in April 2006 should concentrate on the cross-country.

OCTOBER 31, 2005. Four Kenyan athletes are to compete in this year's Toyota Great Ethiopian Run to be held on 27 November 2005.

IAAF's Elshadai Negash reports that Abel Kirui is the most recognisable and in-form out of the four Kenyan runners having won a 12km road race in Eldoret last weekend.

He also finished third over the 3000m at the Janusz Kusocinski Memorial meeting in Warsaw, Poland on 12 June.

He will be joined in Addis Ababa by his training partner Peter Muriuki who is also coached by Kenya’s former world 10,000m record holder Yobes Ondieki.

Olga Kimaiyo, fifth in this year’s BUPA Great South Run, will lead the Kenya’s challenge in the women’s race. She also won the Bishop Auckland 10km road race in the UK in August.

Joining Kimaiyo will be her compatriot Cathy Mutwa, winner of the 2005 Sheffield Half Marathon in Sheffield, England.

ETHIOPIA

SEPTEMBER 20, 2005. Ethiopia’s former two-time Olympic 10,000m champion Derartu Tulu has become the first Ethiopian athlete to be named Colonel.

IAAF's Elshadai Negash reports that the 33-year old, a member of the Prisons Police club, a club for police officers serving in various juvenile correction facilities across Ethiopia, had previously held the civilian police rank Major after winning gold at the 2001 IAAF World Athletics Championships.

Tulu’s promotion came after she finished a respectable fourth over the Marathon at the recently completed 10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Helsinki, Finland.

The club also announced that it has subsequently upgraded the military ranks of double world champion Tirunesh Dibaba and double world silver medallist Sileshi Sihine.

Both athletes now become Majors moving up a rank from their previous ranks as Sergeant.

KENYA

JULY 14, 2005. Four countries have confirmed participation in the Lake Naivasha International half-marathon scheduled for September 24 in Naivasha, reports the East African Standard.

Jane Kihara, the area Member of Parliament, confirmed in Nairobi that the one-day event has attracted USA, Italy, France and hosts Kenya.

Officials listed Catherine Ndereba, Paul Tergat and Henry Wanyoike are among Kenya’s international athletes who have confirmed participation.

Tergat, however said he would only be attending as a spectator.

Participants are required to register at Uniafrica House, Nairobi, room 320, Lake Naivasha Country Club, Dric office, La Belle Ins hotel.

The registration deadline is September 24, 2005.

JUNE 24, 2005. The World athletics governing body, IAAF, has backed the call by Kenyan athletics officials on the controversial issue of "wild card" for defending world champions, reports the East African Standard.

Nick Davies, IAAF's Director of Communications confirmed that defending champions have an automatic slot to defend their titles at the World Championships in Helsinki but subject to their federations.

"The rules are clear. Defending world champions have a "wild card" to defend their titles, but only if the athletes respect the qualifying procedures of the respective national federations," says Davies.

"So, in the case of Kenya, it depends if the federation accepts to have this wild card, or not."

He added: "I believe that in the past, the Kenyans have preferred to select three, regardless of whether they were defending champions or not.

"Kenya also insists that the world champions participate in trials. In some countries, they do not have to qualify, which means that four athletes can go to the Worlds.

"In other countries, like the USA, they make sure the world champions take part in the trials, but they also select three plus the world champion to have a quota of four."

UGANDA

JUNE 02, 2005. Ugandan track queen Dorcus Inzikuru has ran the fastest 2000 metres steeplechase ever at the Milan IAAF Grand Prix, reports the New Vision.

Inzikuru, 22, clocked 6:04.46 to knock six seconds off the world's previous best time set by Russian Marina Pluzhnikova in 1994.

She is however not eligible for the $100,000 (sh174m) bonus normally given for world records, as the rarely run race is not yet on the Olympic or IAAF programmes.

"The 2000m steeplechase, where Dorcus ran the world's fastest time yesterday in Milan, is not on this list (World Championship and Olympic programmes)," the IAAF media chief Anna Legnani told New Vision Online.

KENYA

APRIL 25, 2005. The African Athletics Confederation (AAC) has announced that African cities will host a circuit of lucrative athletics meetings on a par with the TDK Golden League League in Europe next year, reports The East African Stardard.

AAC President Ahmed Malboum Kalkaba told a packed Nairobi news conference that the meetings would take place in Dakar, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Abuja and Rabat.

Malboum said: "The AAC Permit Meeting in Nairobi on May 7 is the first step to staging a big meeting here in Kenya. From next year, it will be upgraded to the level of the European Golden League meetings.

"We have signed a contract with a French television channel and a major multinational to promote athletics in Africa because we realise we must organise the sport professionally to attract big stars and offer big money."

APRIL 03, 2005. Kenya’s Silas Kirui has set a new men’s course record when he won the 7th edition of the Hervis Prague Half Marathon in the Czech capital.

The Kenyan came home in 1:01:07 - a new personal best (1:01:22, 2004) - to beat his compatriot Stanley Salil by a huge margin of 38 seconds, reported Diana Rybachenko for the IAAF.

Salil finished second in 1:01:45 while defending champion Joseph Ngeny was third in 1:01:56. Three other Kenyans, Daniel Rono, Kiprop Simion Tuitoek and Muia Boniface Usisivu filled up the top six positions.

JANUARY 13, 2005. Athletics Kenya have scrapped head coach Mike Kosgey's position and redeployed him to a junior post in charge of cross country and distance running, reports Athletics South Africa.

"What we have done is to scrap the post of Athletics Kenya head coach and decentralise coaching to various disciplines,"said federation spokesman Peter Angwenyi.

Kosgey, one of Kenya's most successful distance running coaches, received a letter this week relieving him of his position as part of the decentralisation in which 14 coaching groups have been set up by the federation.

JANUARY 11, 2005. World 5000 metres champion Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya has been confirmed as a replacement for Ethiopia’s World and Olympic 10,000m champion Kenenisa Bekele in Saturday's View From Great Edinburgh Cross Country (15 Jan), the IAAF has reported.

The Kenyan who so narrowly beat Bekele (bronze) along with Morocco’s Hicham El Guerrouj (silver) to the 2003 World 5000m gold medal, had no hesitation in accepting the invitation to replace his great rival after the Ethiopian's weekend withdrawal from the the IAAF permit race.

Bekele is still mourning the tragic death of teenage fiancée Alem Techale last Tuesday (4 Jan).

Techale, winner of the World 1500m Youth title in 2003, collapsed and died during a training session and was buried the following day.

Kipchoge has a strong cross country background and won the 2003 World Junior title in Lausanne.

OCTOBER 28, 2004. Kenya’s athletics governing body, Athletics Kenya, has announced radical changes for next year's track and field season.

Athletics Kenya secretary-general, David Okeyo, told the East African Standard that they had shifted from the usual format to a new one that would make events more exciting.

New changes involve separation of track and field events in some weekend meetings, holding of different events in different venues and the absence of the 10,000m races in all but two competitions.

Okeyo also said track and field events would be separated in the first two weekend meetings.

"We want to do it the way it is done in the Golden League meetings," he said.

Athletics Kenya chairman Isaiah Kiplagat and his executive committee members has been re-elected for a four-year term during stormy elections at the Riadha House, Nairobi, reports The Daily Nation.

The polls were delayed for four hours as retired athletes attempted to stop the elections when they presented a court ruling which allowed them to take part in the poll.

Kiplagat was re-elected unopposed. Others who were saved the agony of going through the ballot box were secretary-general David Okeyo, his assistant Ibrahim Hussein and treasurer Joseph Kinyua.

First and second vice-chairmen Alf Kimani and Jack Tuwei retained their posts after polling 48 and 30 votes respectively.

The third candidate Jonathan Kosgei of Police got 24 votes and failed to win a seat in a vote that gave seats to only the top two candidates.

Francis Afundi of Western got 42 votes to replace Patrick Wandare (15) as assistant treasurer whilst Sammy Kipkugut managed only two votes.

Journalist Peter Angwenyi beat veteran sports administrator Francis Nyatome by 33 to 26 votes to become the new public relations officer.

KENYA

OCTOBER 11, 2004.

Kenya’s Evans Rutto has reaffirmed his position as the world’s most potent marathon running force after winning the LaSalle Banks Chicago Marathon, reports the IAAF.

Rutto won his third straight marathon and defended his Chicago Marathon title with a time of 2:06:16.

Elsewhere, little known Thomas Kipkemoi emerged the victor in the Eldoret 10K road race after beating 400 other competitors in a hotly contested race, reports The Daily Nation.

Kipkemoi won the race after he comfortably controlled the pace from four kilometres to the end.

His time of 29:35 ensured he took home 10,000 Kenyan shillings 10,000 on offer to the winner.

Leah Kiprop won the women's category of the road race by clocking 34 minutes to also take home Sh10,000 cash prize.

The second position was taken by Priscah Kiprono in 34:37.00.

ETHIOPIA

SEPTEMBER 9, 2004. The Olympic 5000m champion, Meseret Defar, has been appointed as UNFPA national ambassador to champion the causes of women, youth and HIV/AIDS, according to the Ethiopian News Agency .

UNFPA Representative Dr. Monique Rakotomalala said: "Looking back at the final minutes of the 5000m race, where Meseret was engaged in a head to head battle with her opponents, it seems as if this petite girl was suddenly saying to the world 'I will not be left behind'."

Dr. Monique further stated that honorary national Ambassadors are prominent individuals, persons of integrity from the world of different careers.

Meseret, as honorary ambassador of UNPFA will engage in public advocacy and awareness activity with regards to HIV prevention, prevention of early marriage, harmful traditional practices and women's powerlessness, which often leads to anomy.

She is also expected to reach out to policy and decision makers, community leaders, the youth, men and women of all ages to stimulate open dialogue on circumcision of women, poverty, HIV/AIDS, maternal mortality and other harmful practices.

KENYA

Sept 3,2004. Kenya's Olympic athletics team manager, Eustace Njeru, has blamed over-indulgence in road races for his team's poor performance in long distance events in Athens.

He told the East African Standard that road races had especially affected the 10,000metres races and urged the authorities concerned to do something about it.

He said the current crop of runners in the event are deeply involved in road races and only revert to the track when there is a major championship like the Olympic Games.

He observed that days when Kenyans used to dominate the men's 10,000m were far gone and will take a little bit of sometime before catching up with the Ethiopians.

Kenya won no medal in both men and women's 10,000m and all the women runners - Lucy Kabuu, Alice Timbilil and Sally Barsosio - were lapped in their race.

All the men - John Korir, Moses Mosop and Charles Kamathi - finished outside the top five.

"There is nobody to rely on in the 10000-m (both men and women) and Athletics Kenya should consider going back on the drawing board.

"When we reach a stage whereby we are even being lapped then it means things are bad," said Njeru.

KENYA

July 20,2004. The Kenyan runner who renounced his citizenship to run for Qatar will not be able to represent his new country in the Olympics, after all, according to The Nation.

Kenya yesterday refused to clear Stephen Cherono, who changed his name to the Arabic Saif Saaeed Shaheen to take part in the Athens Games, as required by the Olympic Charter.

The charter states that any athlete who changes citizenship can compete in the Olympics only if he or she has not represented his country of origin in an international competition for at least three years.

However, that rule can be overcome if the national Olympic committee of the parent country - in this case Kenya - agrees to issue a letter releasing the athlete and informs the International Olympic Committee.

UGANDA

SIX athletes are still on course for a share of the sh10m cash prize that will be up for grabs in Ezra Platinum League Grand Final at Namboole this weekend, according to the Kampala New Vision.

The six contenders won their events in the first two Ezra Track Team Board (ETTB) organised competitions. Anyone in this group who wins on Saturday will be eligible for a share of the money.

ETTB rules require competitors to win their races in all three competitions to qualify for a share of the cash.

Eyeing the cash in the women's category are Salome Apio (800m), Catherine Webombesa (1500m) and Lillian Badaru (3000m). The men's group has Fred Endra (400m), Moses Kipsiro (5000m) and Isaac Kiprop (10000m).


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