By John Kwoba
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Three years ago,
Flomena Cheyech arrived in London, eyeing her first medal at the
Commonwealth Games in Edenborough, Scotland.
her cruise to success has not been as fast as she would have
liked and as she prepares to return to Britain for the World
Youth Championships in London, Cheyech is convinced this will
turn around her career for the better.
"The hardest challenge is to make the Kenya team.
"Kenya has so many elite runners that running under two hours
and 20 minutes is not news to many.
"To represent my country at the next month in the World
Championships is the best present I have got.
"Running with my experienced teammates will really motivate
me to do well," she said.
Ironically, Cheyech 35, has represented Kenya in three past
occasions, all in Britain.
She made her debut as a teenager in 1999 at the Belfast
(Ireland) World Cross Country and returned to England ten years
later for the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in 2009 in
On both occasions she failed to win a medal. In 2014, she won
gold on third attempt at the Commonwealth Games.
Now she hopes to secure a bigger prize when she contested the
marathon distance at the London World Championships.
Competing in London will offer Cheyech an opportunity to
challenge for the title alongside experienced 2016 Tokyo
Marathon winner Helah Kiprop and reigning Boston Marathon
champion Edna Kiplagat.
"They will always guide me and it will be a team work effort.
"But finally it will be about your individual strength and I
hope to be champion," she added.
"We are sharpening our skills as we look forward to a good
competition next month."
Kiplagat has twice won the World championships.
The 37-year-old, who won the marathon at the 2011 and 2013
IAAF World Championships, will be competing at her fourth World
In April, she won the Boston Marathon.
Helah Kiprop, who won the 2016 Tokyo marathon, is training in
Kaptagat, near Eldoret town and is focused on winning Kenya the
"I hope we will get a clean sweep," she said.
"The withdrawal of Florence Kiplagat and Mary Keitany does
not make our team any weaker.
"The other two runners we have are as serious and we hope to
win in London."
Kenya responds to Fancy
Bears hackers doping claims
By Kimathi Kamau NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Athletics Kenya (AK) on Thursday urged
some of the country’s top runners adversely mentioned in
documents released by hacking group Fancy Bears to continue
training for the London 2017 IAAF World Championships as they
The country was plunged into a fresh doping crisis when
leaked emails from the world governing body the IAAF claimed a
number of the country’s most famous athletes had ‘suspicious’
blood passports or were ‘likely doping’.
Besides Kenya, the hackers released a fresh trove of
documents claiming famous names from Britain, United States,
Ukraine and Netherlands also raised suspicions in the on-going
IAAF crackdown on doping.
"We are aware of the hacked documents and some names of
Kenyan and athletes from other countries they contain.
"We contacted the IAAF to here what this is all about and we
will wait for their response," AK President, Jack Tuwei said in
a statement on Thursday evening.
"We encourage all our athletes selected for the London 2017
World Championships to continue training to make their nation
proud and not to be distracted by the reports," he added.
The development casts fresh doubts over the Kenya’s athletes
who topped the overall charts at the last edition of the IAAF
Worlds in Beijing two years ago before winning six gold medals
at the Rio 2016 Olympics last year.
Kenya is one of the six nations still in the IAAF doping
watch-list and earlier this week, the federation urged strict
‘whereabouts’ regulations in a bid to send a clean squad to
Last year, the country flirted with an international ban from
the sport over the doping menace that has seen over 40 Kenyan
runners banned from the sport for substance abuse since 2012.
Kenya in campaign to root
out doping at London world championships
By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will do a random and thorough
test on all athletes who are eligible to compete at the London
World championships before they are allowed to travel to
Athletics Kenya vice President Paul Mutwii said they are
serious to combat use of drugs in sports and will vet all the
athletes to make sure they have met the required IAAF standards.
"As a country, we are committed to ensure that we meet all
the IAAF requirements and also ensure that our athletes run
clean," said Mutwii.
Kenya has struggled to keep the drugs out of its elite
athletes and will be under scrutiny as the championships runs
from August 4-13.
During the last Rio Olympic in 2016, marathon champion Jemima
Sumgong returned positive in out of competition test and the
Kenyan track and field officials are not ready for another round
of embarrassment at the global stage.
"Kenya through Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) has made a
lot of progress towards achieving all the requirements.
"Any athlete, who will fail to comply with the IAAF
requirements within the stipulated time, will be replaced or the
slot forfeited completely in areas where we have few qualified
"We cannot afford to send athletes who have not met the
requirements," said Mutwii.
Kenya team members have been further urged to avail
themselves whenever they are asked to for dope test.
"All approvals must be sought from AK for any athlete who
wishes to participate in any race outside Kenya. This will
enable us to monitor the progress of our athletes," said Mutwii.