Sports Kenya presides over the second Dr. Wahome Gakuru Memorial Marathon event

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The Sports Kenya team joined the County Government of Nyeri, stakeholders, residents and marathoners at the 2nd Edition of the Wahome Gakuru Marathon on Sunday in Nyeri town. The team represented the organization in the 10 km race in third position. Leonard Langat and Vibian Chepkorir won the 21Km races each bagging a cash prize of Ksh 100,000

The marathon which was inaugurated last year by sports kenya commemorates the Late Dr. Wahome Gakuru who passed on November 7th 2017 through a road accident.

Governor Mutahi Kahiga, who was the chief guest, said the race is attracting runners from other counties such as Nandi, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo Marakwet and Nakuru, which is a great form of tourism as these runners spend and visit the county, boosting our economy.

This year’s marathon theme was ‘Enhancing Emergency Response’ and proceeds the event will be used to build an emergency response unit at the Nyeri County Referral Hospital

KIPCHOGE AMONG FINALISTS FOR IAAF MALE WORLD ATHLETE AWARDS

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World record marathon holder Eliud Kipchoge is among the five shortlisted athletes that will get to defend their title for the prestigious IAAF Male World Athlete of the year award. With just about 12 days to the award ceremony that will be held in Monaco, Kipchoge made the cut from a provisional list of 11 athletes.

Unfortunately Kipchoge’s compatriot Timothy Cheruiyot the world champion and Diamond League winner in the 1,500 m, was eliminated in the vote that was announced by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Monday.

Kipchoge will be left to tussle it out with Uganda’s Joshua Chepetegei the 10,000m world champion, American duo Noah Lyles and Sam Kendricks who are the 200m and triple jump world champions respectively as well as world 400m champion Karsten Warholm from Norway.

A three-way voting process determined the finalists with the World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family casting their votes by email, while fans voted online via IAAF social media platforms, the statement said.

“The Council’s vote counted for 50 per cent of the result, while the Athletics Family’s votes and the public votes each counted for 25 per cent of the final result ahead of the end of the voting process on November 4."

FREE ENTRY TO KASARANI STADIUM FOR HARAMEE STARLETS, ZAMBIA OLYMPICS QUALIFIER

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Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has announced free entry to the Kasarani National Stadium, for the 2020 Olympic qualifier between Kenya’s Harambee Starlets and Zambia’s ShePoloPolo. The match has been slated for Friday, November 8, 2019, with the second leg set to be played on November 11, 2019 in Lusaka.

In a tweet, FKF announced that attending fans will not be required to pay any cash before accessing the stadium in a bid to rally up fans to support the girls at the match set to kick off at 4pm. Starlets will be looking to gain an advantage in the first leg as they seek qualification to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The return leg will be played in Lusaka in November 11.

Kenya had eliminated Ghana in the previous round and has warmed up to the coming tie with a 3-1 loss at the hands of the Kenya men U15 team. The winner of the match on aggregate will make it to the final round where Ivory Coast or Cameroon awaits; the winner of the last round automatically qualifying for the Olympic. The loser will get a lifeline by facing South America's Chile in a playoff; the latter having finished second in the CONMEBOL qualifying tournament.

Bandari FC and Gor Mahia eliminated from CAF Confederations

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Kenyan Clubs Gor Mahia and Bandari FC participation in the CAF federations came to an end in their respective games that were played in both MISC Kasarani and Kinshasa on Sunday. Bandari lost 1-0 to visitors Horoya AC, Mandela Ocansey scored the second half goal earning a 5-2 win on aggregate and qualify for the group stages.

In Kinshasa DC Motema Pembe beat Gor Mahia 2-1 eliminating the Kenyan champions 3-2 on aggregate.

Despite their elimination, Bandari coach Bernard Mwalala said he was satisfied with his team’s achievement in the second tier competition of the African club football.

“We’ve exited the tournament like warriors, but we hold our heads high for the far we’ve reached. We’ve shown that Bandari is now a force to reckon with in Kenyan football. I’m still proud of my players,” said Mwalala.

Bandari now shifts their attention to the Kenyan Premier League where they will play against Western Stima this Wednesday at Moi Stadium in Kisumu.

Gormahia held to a 1-1 draw by Motema Pembe at Kasarani

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Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia will have to dig deeper for a third straight appearance at the group stages of the CAF Confederations following 1-1 draw the DC Motema Pembe in the first leg of their play off at Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani.

Gor’s first attempt on goal came on the third minute when a speedy Lawrence Juma was to shoot off target after some speedy play from the home side. Gor who in the earlier exchanges instigated their attacks from the left-wing plied by Dickson Ambundo was to see the winger miscue his kick in the ninth minute before an attack a minute later being gathered coolly by the Motema keeper.

Pembe was forced into a substitution in the 19th minute when Ngimbi Mapangu picked up what seemed to have been a hamstring injury and was to be withdrawn for Henoc Baka.

The visitors, however, were to restore parity through William Luezi the 71st minute after tucking in a rebound from a free-kick when the entire Gor Mahia defence failed to react. Eight minutes later, Gor woes went from bad to worse when defender Charles Momanyi was sent off for handling a goal-bound effort.The referee pointed to the spot after the Momanyi incident but keeper Mapigano was to save Bongonga Kombe’s effort much to the jubilation of the home fans. Pollack was to throw in Joakim Oluoch after the Momanyi set back and they were able to hold on for a draw heading into the second leg.

KipKorir Reclaims Stanchart Marathon Title, Nyayo Stadium Nairobi

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Brimin Kipkorir from Elegeyo Marakwet returned to this year’s Standard Chartered Marathon to reclaim the title he won in back in 2017, clocking 2.10 .42. In the women’s race 2015 Half Marathon Champion Purity Jebichi returned from a two year maternity to win the race clocking 2.33.30.

Both Brimin and Jebichii walked away with a cash prize of 2million each

Jebichi took command of the race just after covering 21km of the race to emerge victorious in 2:30:33, beating Chemtai Rionotukei to second place in 2:33:03 as Shelmith Muriuki settler for the third position in 2:34:39.

Kipkorir who missed last year’s action to concentrate on Athens Marathon, said he was inspired by Eliud Kipchoge’s Austria heroics after the latter dipped 42kilometeres under two hours.

Chepkirui won the women’s half marathon race in her marathon debut just a few weeks after winning Durban 10km in South Africa. She clocked 1:11:51 to win the race ahead of Deborah Serum (1:12:10). Cynthia Kosgei was third in 1:13:45.

In 10km, Daniel Simiu won the race in 28 minutes and 22 seconds while Nancy Jelegat won the corresponding women race in 32minutes and 03 seconds.

The Marathon took part at Nyayo National stadium where thousands had converged to participate in the different races.

Congo’s Motema Pembe players warned against witchcraft ahead of their clash with Gor Mahia

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Congo’s Daring Club Motema Pembe President Vidiye Tshimenga has cautioned his players from engaging in witchcraft activities ahead of sunday’s Caf Confederation Cup play-offs, with the legendary Gor Mahia at Kasarani National Stadium. Congolese Daily Newspaper reports Tshimenga has fired individuals that he believes have allegedly been practicing witchcraft.

During their previous visit, Motema Pembe demolished a star-studded Kenya Breweries (now called Tusker FC) 5-2 in the final of the 1994 CAF Winners Cup.

The Congolese players are set to touch down at JKIA on Friday, but are currently in Rwanda for a 3-day camp training ahead of Sunday’s awaited game at Kasarani.

2019 STANCHART MARATHON TO BE FLAGGED OFF AT NYAYO STADIUM

StanChartThe 17th edition of the Standard Chartered Marathon is set to return to its traditional venue, the Nyayo National Stadium on Sunday 27th October 2019.

“After a 2 year absence, I am pleased to inform you that we shall be returning to “the home of the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon”, Nyayo Stadium. This means we shall also revert to the route used in 2016.” Peter Gitau, Standard Chartered COO and Chairman, Marathon Local Organising Committee

With over 20,000 registered participants, the marathon will feature six race categories; 42km male and female, 21km male and female, 10km male and female, 21km wheelchair male and female, 5km Family Fun Run race and the newly revamped CEO Race. The race will now be known as the Corporate Relay Challenge. This is a team relay, whereby five participants will collectively complete the 42Km Full marathon. The winning team to take home KES 150,000 towards a charity of their choice

And in line with the international safety provisions, the Nairobi Traffic department on Tuesday released an elaborate road closure diversions schedule that will see traffic to and out of the city diverted to alternative roads between 4am and 2pm.

The affected roads include sections of Mombasa Road, Uhuru Highway, Upper Hill and Forest road while within the CBD, Kenyatta Avenue, Muindi Mbingu and sections of Haile Selasie and University Way will also be closed.

Prize money has been increased from Ksh 1.5 to Ksh 2 million for 42km, and from Ksh 150,000 to Ksh 300,000 for 21km and we have noticed heightened interest from the elite and fun runners,

Registration is still open at www.nairobimarathon.com.

East & Central Africa's Premier Annual Golf Event , The Kenya Open Golf Championship

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Preparations for the 2019 Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship are in top gear with final touches being put into place ahead of the tournament which tees-off on Thursday at the Karen Country Club.

Working teams were today putting up critical infrastructure, which includes, among others, seating bleachers, hospitality tents, tv towers and tv compound infrastructure. Teams are working round the clock to ensure all is in place ahead of the tournament this coming Thursday where expectations are high from all quarters.

 The Kenya Open Golf Championship is East and Central Africa’s premier annual golf event. First played in 1967 at the Muthaiga Golf Club, the tournament has transformed over time to attain a European Tour status having first attained a European Challenge Tour status in 1991.

Over the course of its existence, the Kenya Open Golf Championship has attracted some of the world’s top golfers; making it an integral part of the growth of global golf superstars.

Some of the renowned global golf stars that have played at won at the Kenya Open Golf Championship include some of Europe’s biggest Ryder Cup stars like Seve Ballesteros, Ian Woosnam, Ken Brown and Christy O’Connor Jr, as well as future Masters champion Trevor Immelman.

The most successful player being England’s Maurice Bembridge, who recorded three victories between 1968 and 1979. The Kenya Open continues to grow with each passing event. The list of past champions who took part this year event underlines the increasing strength of the tour and that of Kenya as a preferred destination of choice for golfers.

The event has been held at two venues: The Muthaiga Golf Club and the Karen Country Club in Nairobi; offering players a unique challenge at each venue. As the stature of the event has grown, so has its prize money. The current purse stands at €1.1 Million up from €500,000 in 2018 when the tournament was still part of the European Challenge Tour.

Kenya’s glorious weather makes it possible to play golf 365 days in a year; giving visiting players at the Kenya Open Golf Championship, an opportunity to play golf a cross the four days of the tournament and take in the magic of Kenya during the same time.

Preparations for the 2019 Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship are in top gear with final touches being put into place ahead of the tournament which tees-off on Thursday at the Karen Country Club.

Working teams were today putting up critical infrastructure, which includes, among others, seating bleachers, hospitality tents, tv towers and tv compound infrastructure. Teams are working round the clock to ensure all is in place ahead of the tournament this coming Thursday where expectations are high from all quarters.

Ruto, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta in Beyond Zero Half Marathon 2019 in Nyayo Stadium

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The First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, who is the organiser of the noble race, simultaneously flagged off the 21Km Paralympic Race of the 4th edition of the Beyond Zero Half Marathon. The race, which started and ended at the Nyayo National Stadium, was clustered into different categories, including the 21km half marathon, the 10 km road race, the 5km family race, wheelchair and tricycle races and a special 2km 'pregna' walk for expectant mothers.

Other prominent figures who came to support the First Lady's marathon include the incoming Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed and Ethiopia's former First Lady Roman Tesfaye. The First Lady, Margaret, had been training for the race for weeks at State House where she was joined by a number of journalists from various media houses.

This year's edition comes at a time when the country's health sector is faced with a myriad of challenges, among them perennial shortage of facilities which has resulted in endless strikes by medics and increased mortality rate. For instance, in Kiambu county alone, 60 infant deaths were recorded between December 2018 and February 2019 at the Kiambu Level Five Hospital. The Beyond Zero Campaign is an initiative by the First Lady aimed at improving the quality of health services of mothers and children across the country.

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