January 24, 2017

Kenya’s Ezekiel Kemboi stripped of bronze medal, disqualified in 3000m steeplechase


RIO DE JANEIRO — Hours after he claimed bronze in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, Kenya’sEzekiel Kemboi was disqualified after Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad of France filed a formal complaint. Kemboi’s disqualification moves Mekhissi-Benabbad from fourth to bronze. Mekhissi-Benabbad’s filed a post-race appeal claiming that Kemboi committed a lane violation. It was upheld by the International Association of Athletics Federation, the sport’s governing body, which cited Kemboi for an “infringement of the inside border.” After the race, a disappointed Mekhissi-Benabbad said that Kemboi cut a turn short. “When one makes the road less, this is not the (3,000-meter steeplechase),” he said. The rules…

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After winning Bronze, two-time Olympic champion Kemboi announces retirement


After claiming a bronze medal in the 3000 metre steeplechase, decorated Olympian Ezekiel Kemboi announced his retirement. Ezekiel Kemboi took bronze in the 3000 metre steeplechase and then declared the race his last, with the 34-year-old retiring from athletics. The two-time Olympic champion was defending his title at Rio 2016, where Kenyan compatriot Conseslus Kipruto – 13 years his junior – topped the podium. Kemboi said: “This is my fourth Olympics and I just want to say that I am retiring from athletics, at the moment. “Sometimes you just need to make a decision and I have come to the conclusion…

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Kenya fails to qualify for 5000m finals, Lagat and Chelimo make it for US


By Antony Karanja |tgkaranja@jambonewspot.com For the first time in 46 years, Kenya will miss out of the 5000m finals in this year’s Olympics. Kenya which has never missed the 5000m finals since 1960 was knocked out as world 5,000m silver medallist Caleb Mwangangi, finished sixth in 13:26.63 in a slow first semi-final. Kenyan born Bernard Lagat representing the US was fifth and qualified for the finals. The other Kenyan in the race, Charles Yosei Muneria, finished a distant 12th in the same semi-final heat. In the second semi-final, Isaiah Kiplangat was also knocked out after he finished 12th in the second semi-final heat…

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World champ Bett disqualified in Rio 400m Hurdles


Reigning world champion Nicholas Bett of Kenya crashed out of the men’s 400m Hurdles at the Rio Olympics after being disqualified in his heat on Monday in Rio De Janeiro Brazil. Bett, who was the event’s surprise winner in the Beijing world championships last year, clipped the last hurdle and jogged the final metres. His heat had a false start before he got off well in the restart to lead at the back straight but he was out of the gas on the final barrier where he failed to clear the hurdle to see the trio of Jamaican Annsert Whyte,…

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Kenya national team Malkia Strikers beat Peru to win Gold in World Grand Prix Final


Malkia Strikers smashed Peru 3-1 (21-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-23) to win Gold in the finals of the FIVB World Grand Prix Group 3 at the Australia Institute Sports (AIS) Arena in Canberra, on Sunday. The national volleyball team was facing Peru for the second time, having fallen 3-0 in the opening round staged in Mexico last month. Kenya still prevailed despite missing the services of dependable Everlyn Makuto, who was down with a stomach discomfort. Head coach David Lung’aho also broke the expectations, turning to Janet Wanja ahead of Jane Wacu. Noel Murambi stepped in for Makuto in the capacity-crowd…

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Las Vegas Sevens safe as IRB confirms Sevens World Series to expand to ten tournaments


The IRB Sevens World Series will expand to 10 legs from the 2015-16 season, and the global appeal of the game has seen several unions apply to host a tournament. International Rugby Board chairman Bernard Lapasset has hailed the growth of sevens after 17 national unions applied to host a round of the world series leading into the 2016 Rio Olympics. Current host nations Australia, England, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United Arab Emirates and the United States re-applied to host tournaments. Argentina, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Kenya, the Netherlands and Singapore have also raised their hands…

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Divock Origi to sign with Liverpool for £10 Million

A £10 Million fee has been agreed with Lille and following Belgium’s exit from the World Cup at the hands of Argentina, the 19-year-old is due to hold talks with the Anfield club. It’s reported that terms will be discussed this week with Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers open to loaning him back to Lille to allow him to build up more experience. Origi emerged as one of the surprise stars of this summer’s World Cup. Prior to the tournament he received little attention due to being surrounded by an array of Premier League heavyweights. But with Romelu Lukaku struggling at the…

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Full World Cup Schedule (Kenyan and US/Canada Times)

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The 20th edition of the FIFA World Cup begins today with a match between the hosts and five-time champions Brazil and Croatia in Sao Paulo. It is the culmination of a seven-year buildup to football’s global showpiece which has been plagued by mass protests about the estimated $11 billlion cost of staging the tournament and concerns that stadiums and crucial infrastructure would not be completed in time. Here’s the full schedule in Kenyan time. GROUP A: 12/06/2014 Brazil vs Croatia (11:00 PM) 13/06/2014 Mexico vs Cameroon (7:00 PM) GROUP B: 13/06/2014 Spain vs Netherland (10:00 PM) 14/06/2014 Chile vs Australia…

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Man hopes to be the first Kenyan to participate in Olympic sailing


Like countless other sailors around the world, Teddy Ndaro (KEN) has a dream – to represent his country in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is not unique in that, but in doing so he would become the first-ever native Kenyan to sail in the Olympic Games. He knows it is going to be an uphill struggle, not only to be competition ready, but also to manage the logistical and financial burdens that come with such a challenge. Strangely, sailing is not a large participation sport in Kenya, despite the excellent sailing conditions along its coasts…

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Kenyan native Divock Okoth Origi named to Belgium’s World Cup squad


Kenyan native Divock Okoth Origi has been called up to the Belgian World Cup squad. Belgium coach Marc Wilmots on Tuesday unveiled a 24-strong World Cup squad that included Okoth Origi. The uncapped Lille striker Origi, 19, is the surprise call-up by Wilmots, who said the teenager would be best to replace the injured Christian Benteke, while Manchester United’s Januzaj is also included. Kenya was hoping to have the hot striker play for his father’s home country. His father is former Kenya International Mike Okoth Origi. Origi has scored five goals in France this season and had been approached by the…

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