NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s final preparations for the London 2017
IAAF World Championships are set to begin in earnest from Monday
after top athletes started trickling into their residential
training camp in Nairobi.
Beijing 2015 Worlds
champions, Ezekiel Kemboi (men’s 3000m steeplechase) and David
Rudisha (men’s 800m) as well as men’s 10,000m silver medallist,
Geoffrey Kamworor are among the handful of athletes who made it
to camp by Sunday.
champion Rudisha who is bidding for a third world title having
won the two-lap crown at the Daegu 2011 edition in South Korea
and China two years ago reassured on his form after an
underwhelming season by his standards.
“I was worse off
last year when I started and it has been so since I injured my
knee three seasons ago. But I will beat it and get back to shape
to defend my title in London,” said Rudisha who set the 1:40.91
world record in winning the Olympics crown in London.
His teammates in the
provisional team, Kenya Trials winner Emmanuel Korir, Diamond
League winner, Ferguson Rotich and world junior champion
Kipyegon Bett were also in camp.
At the same time,
three-time World Cross title winner Kamworor reiterated his
desire to dethrone British distance running great Mo Farah in
front of his home crowd in the men’s 10,000m re-match.
“We have been so
predictable and during the Olympics in Rio, we came close and he
even acknowledged the same. Now we need to polish up a few
tricks and take it to him head on. We can’t continue playing
second fiddle,” said Kamworor.
winner, Paul Tanui-who trailed Farah across the line for the
second medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics-and fourth place finisher
Bedan Karoki will partner Kamworor in the 25-lap race.
Athletics Kenya had
given athletes selected in the team a Sunday deadline to report
to the residential camp but some of the star athletes ran at the
London Diamond League meeting over the weekend.
China, Kenya teams to watch at
the World U-18 championships in Nairobi
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
After dominating the Asian Youth Championships,
China will be planning how best to extend the reign to Nairobi
as the global athletics family descends in Kenya for the IAAF
World U18 Championships, which starts on Wednesday.
With top countries
United States, Japan, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, New
Zealand Britain missing in action, China will be the team to
watch alongside hosts Kenya as the juggernaut that is the World
Under 18 championships makes its final stop in Nairobi before it
In a wide-open
contest, Chinese athlete Niu Chunge will turn out as the
favourite on paper, but she will face a formidable challeng from
the rest of the line-up in the pole vault.
Entering the event
with a personal best of 4.15m, Niu Chunge will be up against the
likes of German athlete Leni Freyja Wildgrube (4.10m) and Mesure
Tutku Yilmaz of Turkey, who has achieved a best height of 4.10m
indoors and 4.05m outdoors.
With six of the nine
girls in the field have cleared four meters this year, however,
there will be no shocks on the podium, and with the event being
contested as a straight final, there will be no room for
Elsewhere, in the
long jump, China will seek to make a mark in an event without a
clear-cut favourite. Gong Luying who is leading the field with
her 6.35m from the national U18 championships in April, which
she followed with a win at the Asian U18 Championships a month
earlier will be the athlete to watch.
Lea-Sophie Klik of
Germany ranks just behind Gong with her recent 6.31m, which
represented a new personal best by 23 centimetres. Next in line
is Chantoba Bright of Guyana, who took the South American U20
title this year with 6.30m and is also the reigning Carifta
Games U18 champion.
Beyond the top
three, it is difficult to identify other top contenders. One
possible dark horse is Kristine Blazevica of Latvia, who jumped
6.28m indoors this year, although her outdoor best remains a
China, with a team
of 51 athletes, if the results at the Asian championships is
anything to go by, will be the toughest side in the competition.
In May in Bangkok, China won 16 of the 40 titles on offer.
The Chinese team
will also be looking out at Feng Lulu, who won the 100m and 200m
races in Bangkok as well as Liu Zhekai (javelin).
New coach of Kenya’s soccer
club pledges to recruit local support staff
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The new coach of Kenya’s most successful soccer
club, Gor Mahia on Monday pledged to recruit local support staff
to help nurture young talent in a sporting genre that is popular
in the country.
Dylan Kerr, a
British national who arrived in Kenya on Sunday, said he will
impart expertise to local staff that will be in a position to
emulate him even in his absence.
“It is a common
practice for foreign coaches to troop overseas for coaching
stints with their own prop-up personnel, but I have opted to
employ the services of local people,” the Englishman remarked
during the occasion to unveil him officially in Nairobi.
He said the club’s
caretaker coach, Zedekiah Otieno, relinquished his role as head
coach on Sunday for the assistant position.
Gor Mahia Chairman,
Ambrose Rachier welcomed the new tactician to the club and told
him he has a free hand to perform his coaching duties without
meddling from interested parties.
interfere with your work and we set you free to do your best for
the sake of the club,” said Rachier
Gor Mahia, that
happen to be Kenya’s most followed team, have won the national
league a record 15 times and have also won the African Cup
Winners Cup Club Tournament in 1987.
During the 2015
season, the team ended the league with an unbeaten record and in
the process also set a new Kenyan Premier League with a total of
Kerr replaces the
immediate former coach, Brazilian Jose Marcelo Ferreira, aka Ze
Maria, who quit the club halfway through the season for a
coaching stint in Albania.
The retired defender
played for Sheffield Wednesday FC, Leeds United FC, Reading FC
and Burnley FC who have played in the top division English
Premier League as well as Doncaster Rovers FC among other teams.
Kerr, 50, was born
in Malta and has a 13-year experience in coaching starting at
Phoenix, Arizona at United States before hired as a Football
Development Officer at Scottish side Argyll and Bute in 2005.
In 2009, Kerr was
hired as an assistant manager by South African club Mpumalanga
Black Aces. He also coached Tanzanian giants Simba SC in
He will take over
from former Gor captain Zedekiah Otieno who was in charge of two
league games as caretaker after Ze Maria left for Albanian side