By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Newly
crowned world record holder Joyciline Jepkosgei of Kenya will be
returning to action at the Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon in Japan,
an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on April 23.
The 23-year-old Jepkosgei produced one of the most stunning
international breakout performances in recent years when she
broke four world records at the Prague Half Marathon on April 1.
The Kenyan clocked 1:04:52 to shatter the previous mark by 14
seconds after also taking down world records for 10km, 15km and
20km en route to her triumph.
All the four records are yet to be ratified by the IAAF.
"I feel am in top shape and adding another race will do me no
"But I am not focusing on breaking the world half marathon
"All I want is to win and post fast time," she said Friday in
Jepkosgei will be the focus of attention in the central
Japanese city of Gifu, in a race that will also feature
Ethiopian Belaynesh Oljira, Kenyan Philes Ongori and Mimi Belete
Oljira, who boasts a 1:07:27 lifetime best, returns to action
after her eighth place finish at the IAAF World Cross Country
Championships Kampala 2017 on March 26.
Ongori, the runner-up at the World Half Marathon
Championships in 2009, has a 1:07:38 career best, while Belete
clocked her personal best of 1:09:14 in February.
Leading the men’s field will be Kenyans Bernard Kipyego and
Kenneth Keter. Kipyego, 30, a two-time winner at the Amsterdam
Marathon, has a 59:10 half marathon lifetime best.
Keter, 20, ran his 59:48 personal best last year, and most
recently finished fourth in the Paris Half Marathon on 5 March
where he clocked 1:01:50.
He was also fourth in this race in 2016.
The women’s course record of 1:08:55 was set last year by
two-time winner Eunice Kirwa of Kenya. The men’s course record
of 1:00:02 was set by Kenyan Bedan Karoki in 2014.
Kenya former world
marathon record holder Paul Tergat seeks to improve sports
By Ben Ochieng NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Former world marathon record holder
Paul Tergat recently launched his bid to lead the National
Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) after several years of playing
the cards to his chest regarding his ambition.
Kenyans are anticipating a new dawn in the country’s sports
during the impending elections scheduled for May 5 following hue
and cry over the Rio Olympics among other issues that dogged the
leadership of the current incumbent, Kipchoge Keino.
The outdated constitution, which was skewed towards the
incumbents during elections, also contributed immensely to NOCK
officials’ date with destiny.
However, most pundits are asking what might be awaiting
Tergat should he ascend to the helm of the organization.
"Should Tergat get the seat, he will be starting at a vintage
point considering his iconic status and the animosity among
Kenyans towards the officials," former Kenya Volleyball
Federation (KVF) Assistant Treasurer Moses Mbuthia told Xinhua
Most sports organizations in Kenya are run by ‘cartels’ for
selfish interests and benefit individuals at the expense of
sportsmen and women.
If one does not toe the line, the doors remain shut until the
day you succumb to their whims.
"Tergat is the best thing to have happened to Kenyan sports
in a long time because he will not want to soil his
painstakingly crafted image.
"However, he will have to immediately rein in any official
who at the first instance starts to show any signs of
misdemeanor like misusing funds," Mbuthia said.
The five-time World Cross Country who is also a member of the
International Olympic Committee (IOC) entered the race in pole
position considering the fact that he was endorsed by 10 out of
the 20 affiliates that cast a vote during elections.
During the launch of his election bid, Tergat who is also
NOCK Council Member, named his line-up, an act that many
consider can be his Waterloo especially if those who missed
slots consider left out.
"Tergat should have played his cards close to his chest and
keep people guessing.
"That way, he would have kept people glued towards his
presidential ambitions," noted John Ogola, an executive member
of the Kenya Weightlifting Federation.
The sitting president, Kipchoge Keino, has been a celebrity
in the athletics world who during his heyday in the 1960s
brought the country fame on the track, and who is now seen to
have overstayed his tenure during the 18 years he has steered
"Many people feel that time has now come for the older
generation to give way to younger leaders especially during
changed circumstances when everyone talks of technological
innovation," Mbuthia said.
Whether Tergat will breathe a new lease of life in Kenyan
sports depends on how firmly he will be able to guard his
reputation and not to let any member of the committee soil his
image the same way the outgoing team did to Keino.
Remember Keino was also once there and was awash with the
same, if not more, accolades that Keino was accorded.
If Tergat drops his guard and lets the executive run amok, he
will find himself in the same predicament as Keino.
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