NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Fancy Chemutai believes she will be over
her ankle injury and back in competition in July.
The 23-year-old was
forced off the Kenya team to the World Half Marathon
Championships in March and has not raced since.
Eldoret on Thursday, she said she has started light training and
will be back in top form in four weeks’ time.
“I always push my
body hard and that is why I won in Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon
in the United Arab Emirates with an ankle problem in my
preparation. Sadly, that win cost the injury to aggravate and I
had to take some rest. I believe to return strong soon,” she
her best bet will be on the road races and though she has not
ruled out competing in the Africa Championships in 10,000m, she
believes she can post some fast time when she is fully fit.
Championships inspires me, but it is not down to me. I will do
my best to make the team, but I also want to run some fast time
in road races, maybe in 10 or 15km events,” she said.
Kenya has changed the dates for the National Championships,
which will be used as the trial competition for the African
Championships. The event that was scheduled for July 5-7, has
now been pushed forward to June 21-23.
“We have been forced
to bring forward the trial dates to June so as to give chance to
our athletes to participate at the Zurich Diamond League,” said
AK President Jack Tuwei.
dominated the 2016 Africa Championships winning 33 medals- 16
gold, nine silver and eight bronze ahead of Kenya, who won 24
medals in the event held in Durban.
Kenyan Paul Tergat to race
against career pacesetter in charity run
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s former 10,000m and world marathon record
holder Paul Tergat will race against career track pacesetter on
Aug. 11 during the Plascon Color 5km charity run in Nairobi.
Tergat, who broke
the 10,000m and world marathon records in August 1997 and
September 2003 respectively, will compete against Martin Keino
who is a former professional athlete and pacesetter in track
Tergat, who also
competed in the 5,000m event and is five-time world
cross-country champion, retired from competitive athletics and
is now the President of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya
“I have never
competed against the athletics legend; however, the event will
afford me an opportunity to face Tergat for the first time. I
beseech current and elite runners to join us,” Keino appealed on
Martin, who son to
one legendary runner, Kipchoge Keino, won the 1994 National
Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) cross-country
championship title and 5,000m accolades in 1995 during his time
as a student at the University of Arizona in the United States.
Felix Mwaura, the
director of the charity event, said they are targeting 5,000
participants for the race whose top five winners will be offered
the opportunity to select a project of their choice in informal
settlements where they will have 20 roofs of their choice
buildings given a fresh shade by the paint makers.
“We want to use
sports to raise funds to initiate projects that will cater for
the needy in society and to enable bright students from poor
backgrounds to access education,” Mwaura said.
The event will have
five stations where the participants will be doused from head to
toe with colored powder of different shades and the winner will
be determined by the intensity of the color on their body.