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Kenya postpones premier Africa athletics tour meeting

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- The third leg of the African Athletics Tour, which was scheduled for May 19 in Nairobi, has been postponed indefinitely.

“The CAA African Athletics Tour that was to be held on May 19 in Nairobi has been postponed to a later date that will be communicated,” Athletics Kenya said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

The one day event is supposed to simulate the lucrative IAAF Diamond League.

Paul Mutwii, Athletics Kenya (AK) Senior Vice-President in Charge of Competitions, had announced that the one-day meet will only have athletes invited across the continent, who will compete in designated track and field events along the lines of the Diamond League athletics competitions.

“The objective of the event is to have athletes within the continent compete against and get to know each other because most of them hardly have time to encounter one another,” said Mutwii.

The tour is the first pan African circuit of five meetings created by CAA in close collaboration with the federations of South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and Congo.

“It is a series of one-day meetings which are organized in compliance with technical regulations designed by CAA,” said Mutwii.

The first meeting was held in Cape Town (March 22), followed by Asaba (Nigeria) on May 5. Nairobi’s turn was to be on May 19 before giving way to Brazzaville (May 26) and the finals in Addis Ababa on June 17.

This will then pave way for the bi-annual Africa Athletics Championships, which will be held in Asaba, Nigeria in August.

The top two runners in each discipline will earn tickets to compete at the IAAF World Cup (Intercontinental Cup) in Ostrava, the Czech Republic.

It is the only world cup contested by teams representing entire continents, rather than just those of individual countries.

Most elite track and field African stars rarely compete in their countries and CAA is keen to establish competition that will bring the best to a fest of entertainment in Africa.



World half marathon champion Kamworor back to action at Bengaluru 10K

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenyan Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor, who captured his third IAAF world half marathon crown in Valencia in March, is to return to action at the 2018 TCS Bengaluru world 10K, according to organizers.

Kamworor, the New York marathon champion, clocked 60:02 to hold on the world half marathon crown he won at the 2014 and 2016 editions in Denmark and Cardiff with the Kenyan distance running star being keen on impressing at Bengaluru.

“I took some rest after Valencia and before starting my preparations towards Bengaluru. I hold the course record at this race (27:44) so I know about the course and the city. I have some very good memories about running in India and I have also run in Delhi in the past, so I am looking forward to the race,” Kamworor commented from his home in northwest Kenya on Tuesday.

“People will be asking me about times and whether I can run another course record, but I just want to come to Bengaluru to run a nice race, especially as there will not be any pacemakers this year.

“I expect the organizers will have some other strong runners in the race so I’m sure will have a good battle,” the two-time IAAF world cross senior champion added.

Kenyan born Abraham Cheroben of Bahrain (60:22) and Aron Kifle of Eritrea (60:31) followed Kamworor  for silver and bronze in Valencia.

Organizers, Procam International, will unveil the rest of the elite fields in the event where Ethiopian Netsabet Gudeta, who set a new half marathon world record of 66:11 to win the corresponding crown in Valencia, fronting the women’s race at Bengaluru.

“Of course, I set the women-only world record for the half marathon in Valencia and that was a race without pacemakers. I have also run times for 10,000m on the track (personal best 30:36.75, 2016) and 10km on the road (31:35, 2017) that are better than the course record but the most important thing for me is to win,” the Ethiopian reflected.



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