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Alfred Kipketer restores Kenya’s dominance
Alfred Kipketer restored Kenya’s dominance with second-fastest time in the history of the IAAF World Junior Championships in the 800m when he clocked a time of 1:43.95 during the Championships at Hayward Field on Sunday in Eugene, Oregon. Seventeen-year-old Kipketer added his gold in Eugene to the world youth title from last year. He was part of the winning 4x800m Kenyan squad at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau and became the ninth Kenyan man to win the global junior gold in the distance.
This was kenyas fourth win on the sixth day of the competition. Kenya finished the championship in second position behind USA with 16 medals, four gold, five silver and seven bronze.
The Kenyan duo set a blistering pace from the start, covering the first 200m in 23.59 and the first lap in 49.42, about five metres ahead of the rest of the field. After the 600m mark, covered in 1:16.51, Kipketer started to move away from Masikonde and went on to win in 1:43.95, close to the championship record of 1:43.79, set by Botswana’s Nigel Amos in 2012. Kipketer’s time moved him to the ninth on the world junior all-time list.
Kenyan Joshua Tiampati Masikonde secured silver in a personal best of 1:45.14 ahead of fast-finishing Andreas Almgren, who set a Swedish junior record of 1:45.65 to take bronze.
Athletes who finished fourth to seven also improved their personal bests, including fourth placer Brazil’s Thiago Andre, the same position he achieved in the 1500m.
Earlier, Barnabas Kipyego led home his Kenyan team-mate Titus Kipruto Kibiego for a double in the men’s 3000m steeplechase. Kipyego clocked 8:25.57 while Kibiego crossed the line in 8:26.15. He led through the initial kilometre split of 2:53.56; it was Kibiego’s turn to lead at the second split of 5:42.81.
Uganda Bags Gold at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene
Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda won the 10,000m at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugeneon Tuesday beating Kenyan duo of Elvis Cheboi and Nicholas Kosimbei to silver and bronze. The Ugandan athlete had stiff competition from the Kenyan duo in the final two laps but he didn’t give up and he made his final move to capture the victory. After being unable to respond to Cheptegei’s final move with 200 metres to go, Elvis Cheboi came second when he crossed the line in 28:35.20, while Kosimbei was third in 28:38.68. The two had planned to run together and they were sticking to their plan. They weren’t surprised by the Japanese going to the lead because they knew that they will surely catch them.
Speaking after the event, Cheptegei said that he was very happy for winning the race. He said that he usually run by starting slow and finishing fast. He is the only junior to run faster than 28 minutes this year. He took the first gold medal of the championships when he triumphed over 25 laps of the track at Hayward Field in 28:32.86.
But even after taking the second position, Cheboi was still feeling great for representing his country Kenya especially at a World event like this and he was happy with how it went.
Kosimbei on the other side said that the race was very hard especially the last two laps, but the weather was good and comfortable.
Rita Jeptoo to defend her title at the 2014 Chicago Marathon
Organizers for the IAAF Gold Label Road Race announced that Rita Jeptoo will defend her title at the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The Kenyan athlete ran her first career sub-2:20 marathon last year with a time of 2:19:57 being 2013 fastest women's marathon time and became the third woman in history to run three sub-2:20 marathons. In April Jeptoo set a personal best when she shaved the course record by almost two minutes in marathon campaign in Boston. She clocked a time of 2:18:57.
Jeptoo won the 2013 Boston Marathon and then Chicago emerging as the first Kenyan to take home a Chicago victory since Ndereba in 2001. Jeptoo's Chicago history includes her 2012 stride-for-stride sprint finish down Columbus Avenue, only succumbing to Ethiopia's Atsede Baysa by a step, and running 2:22:04 to Baysa's 2:22:03.
The 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon will be held On Sunday, October 12, 2014 Grant Park, Chicago and it has attracted runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Participants will compete in the following male and female age groups; 16-19 years, 20-24 years, 25-29 years, 30-34 years, 35-39 years, 40-44 years, 45-49 years, 50-54years, 55-59 years, 60-64 years, 65-69years, 70-74 years, 75-79 years, 80 years & over. Personal medals will be awarded to the top five finishers in the above age groups.
Team competition free to all participants registered in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and each team must have a minimum of four members and may have a maximum of 10 members.
After crossing the finish line, participants will celebrate their achievement at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon 27th Mile Post-Race Party located in Grant Park’s Butler Field which will feature live entertainment. Participant’s age 21 and over can redeem the portion of their bib number for one free 312 Urban Wheat Ale.Add a comment