NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Champions Reuben Kiprop Kerio and Alice Kibor
will lead Kenya’s team to this year’s Kosice Peace Marathon in
Slovakia on Oct. 7.
Founded in 1924, the
Kosice event is Europe’s oldest marathon, this year celebrating
its 95th edition.
The course records -
Lawrence Kimaiyo’s 2:07:01 men’s mark set in 2012 and Ashete
Bekere Dido’s 2:27:47 women’s standard set in 2013 - may not be
under imminent threat, but the solid fields attracted to this
eastern Slovak city promise strong head-to-head battles.
Kerio will be keen
to improve his best time and clinch the course record.
Speaking in Eldoret,
Kerio said he has gone through three months of training without
any injury concerns or any other problems and believes he will
be in peak form as he defends his title.
“It will always be
hard as a champion to defend your crown,” he said Wednesday.
“But that is why we train hard and it will be down to my own
tactics and strength to carry me through the distance and
hopeful retain my title.”
Kerio, 24, holds a
best time of 2:08:12, which he attained in 2017 in winning the
He will be
accompanied by compatriot Nicholas Kipchirchir Korir, who will
be making his first run in the full marathon distance. Korir
holds a best time of 59:50 in the half marathon distance.
Ethiopia will be
represented by Birhanu Bekele (2:09:41). Since its inception
just five men have managed to secure back-to-back wins in Kosice.
The last man to achieve the feat was David Kariuki winning in
2001 and 2002 winner.
“I know what I can
do and that is why I believe in myself. I want to win the race
again,” said Kerio.
On the women side,
Kenya’s Alice Kibor, third at the Rome Marathon this year with
best time of 2:28:19 will be the athlete to beat at least owing
to her fast time.
She will be up
against Ethiopian Mestawot Tadesse (2:31:38). Kenyan Emily
Ngetich will have the role to pace the elite field.
Savina has 2:33:50 from European Championships marathon where
she finished in position 12 while the top Slovak in the lineup
will be Tibor Sahajda (2:18:44) from last Kosice performance.
Kenya’s top tennis player
Okutoyi to compete at Tunisia Masters
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya Open senior women’s champion Angela Okutoyi
will face stiff test as she makes her debut at the Tunisia
Masters, which will be held in Monastir City on Oct. 1-7.
The teenage champion
became the youngest winner at Kenya’s premier tennis competition
last week when she won the Kenya Open.
“It was a good
preparation for the masters when I won the Kenya Open. It has
given me confidence that I can go to bigger and better
tournaments in the future,” said Okutoyi Wednesday.
The North Africa
competition will be one of the many on the International Tennis
Federation (ITF) women circuit.
Okutoyi will be
using the tournament in Tunisia as part of her preparations
ahead of next year’s Davis Cup.
Organizers of the
Davis Cup will pit 12 seeded nations against 12 unseeded nations
as 24 teams discover their opponents for the 2019 qualifiers,
taking place in Feb. 1-2.
The 12 successful
nations in February will join Croatia, France, Spain and USA
plus two wild card nominees, who secured their places in the
2019 Davis Cup finals. The wild card nominees are Argentina and
If a nation is
awarded a wild card, their place in the qualifiers will be taken
by the next-highest ranked nation.
If a seeded nation
is given a wild card, the next-highest ranked nation will be
seeded in the 2019 qualifiers.
Kenyan teams eye basketball
title in Tanzania
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Four basketball teams will represent Kenya at
this year’s Africa Zone Five Club Championships, which will be
held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from Sept. 30 to Oct. 10.
A total of 20 teams
have confirmed participation in the championships. The two
winning teams will advance to the Champions Cup of Africa.
The Africa Champions
Cup is the premier men’s and women’s club competition on the
continent. Clubs from Angola have dominated and this golden
thread shows no sign of unraveling after Petro Atletico de
Luanda were crowned the 2015 champions.
However, on the
zonal front, Kenya’s women’s champions KPA will look to retain
the title for the third year in a row after wins in Kampala and
Dar es Salaam in 2016-17.
However, the men’s
team finished third in last year’s tournament losing to eventual
winners City Oilers of Uganda in Kampala.
Kenyan champion KPA
men’s and women’s teams alongside Equity Bank and Strathmore
Blades will carry the country’s flag in the tournament.
KPA Men’s team head
coach Sammy Kiki said here Wednesday that his team is ready for
“We have prepared
for competition. We are training and ready for the championship
and our main target is to go flat out for the title. Last year,
we came close but were disappointed to finish third. But this
time round, I believe we will win it,” said Kiki.
The Africa Zone Five
is open to league champions clubs from Kenya, Egypt, Sudan,
Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Djibouti, Rwanda and Burundi.
KPA women’s team
coach Anthony Ojukwu said the team is in good form following
“The team is jelling
well and they have a stronger mentality. Our aim is to defend
the title and continue dominating the region,” he said.
The Kenya teams are
due to jet out for Dar es Salaam on Friday.