MONACO (Xinhua) --
Following are the International Association of
Athletics Federations (IAAF) Athletics Awards 2018 winners
announced here on Tuesday:
Male Athlete of the Year
Eliud Kipchoge, Kenya, marathon running
Female Athlete of the Year
Caterine Ibarguen, Colombia, long jump
Male Rising Star
Armand Duplantis, Swedan, Pole
Female Rising Star
Sydney McLaughlin, United States, Sprint
IAAF President’s Award
Andreas Brugger, Switzerland, shot putter
IAAF Woman of the year award
Lopez, Puerto Rico, Chairperson of the NACAC Women’s Commission
and General Secretary of the Association of Pan-American
Athletics Photograph of the year
Felix Sanchez Arrazola, Spain, Photographer
Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei
withdraws from Honolulu Marathon
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
A miscalculated step in training has left world
half marathon record holder Joyciline Jepkosgei nursing a
twisted ankle, effectively forcing her out of Sunday’s Honolulu
Marathon in Hawaii.
Jepkosgei, 24, said
she is frustrated by the injury, the second this year after she
sustained a foot injury days before the World Half Marathon
Championships in Valencia, Spain in March.
That injury kept her
out of competition for two months before she returned to action
at the Great Manchester 10km run, where she finished third.
Speaking in Eldoret on Tuesday, Jepkosgei said she will forfeit
her spot at the starting line of the Honolulu Marathon on Sunday
to attend to her sore leg.
“It is a blow to my
plans. I had done all the training and was winding up when I
missed my step. It has cost me because I will not be running on
Sunday. My foot is still sore and I can’t put more pressure on
it,” said Jepkosgei on Tuesday.
adamant she wants to get her marathon debut off the blocks as
she hopes to represent Kenya at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
However, that will depend on her performance in the 42km race.
The Kenyan clocked
01:04:51 in the Prague Half Marathon last year when she also
broke the world 10km, 15km and 20km records. She went on to beat
her own 10km world record time back in Prague three months later
when she became the first woman to ever run under the 30-minute
mark in the distance.
“The training was
[going] according to plan and was great save for the small
injury. History was in the making, but like any other athlete, I
must...listen to my body and now it is injured,” added Jepkosgei
who trains under the guidance of her husband Nicholas Koech.
Jepkosgei hopes to
return to action in under two months and hopes to compete in one
of the top marathons in early 2019. “The plan changes to early
2019. But what is important now is for the injury to heal and
for me to get back to fitness,” she said.
clubs prosper in continental football
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Kariobangi Sharks will not take their
foot off the gas pedal when they meet Djibouti’s Arta Solar in
the return leg of their Confederation of African football (CAF)
Confederation Cup in Djibouti on Wednesday.
At the same time,
Kenyan Premier League winners Gor Mahia, who are yet to name
their permanent coach, are in Malawi to play Nyasa Big Bullets
on Wednesday in the CAF Championships League holding onto a slim
Gor Mahia coach
Zedekiah Otieno says his side must be ruthless in front of goal
and take the game to their opponents if they are to win and
continue in the campaign.
“It is about us
taking the game to them. They were defensive in Nairobi, but at
home, they may want to come out and level the scores. That
should give us chinks [in their armor], which our striking force
must exploit to our advantage,” Otieno said before their
departure on Monday.
Sharks, who are making their debut in continental football, life
can’t get any better. Coach William Muluya has reiterated the
need for the team to remain focused and finish the job.
“This is football
and anything is possible,” said Muluya. “We may have a healthy
goal advantage, but we must be on the lookout and bury our
rivals to eliminate any surprises.”
Now the coach wants
the players, who departed for Djibouti on Tuesday morning, to
prepare for a rough ride in the tiny northern African country.
Kariobangi Sharks mauled Arta Solar 5-1 in Nairobi last week.
“This is just the
beginning for us. We were looking forward to the start of the
season and that is why we have kicked it off on the right foot.
But let the players not be confused and rest on their laurels
because we have a healthy lead. That can change very fast in
football,” he adds.
Sharks kicked off
the season with gusto, beating Arta Solar in the CAF
Confederation Cup, before seeing off Gor Mahia in the local
Super Cup to win the first major trophy this season.
“We have done hard
work in training and now it is paying dividends. But tougher
games are yet to come and we are alive to the fact that as the
season continues... the tougher our opponents will be. But this
team is full of men with strong will and they will strive to
give absolutely everything,” he adds.