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Kenya celebrate a point against Mexico during thw FIVB Grand Prix volleyball
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SPORTS-VOLLEYBALL: MERCY MOIM OUTSHINES IN MEXICO

By Oscar Pilipili and FIVB. Posted Saturday, July 26th 2014.


 Mercy Moim (left) celebrates with Kenyan teammates after defeating Mexico during the FIVB Grand Prix volleyball match held at Mexico City, Mexico.

Mexico City, Mexico: Our own Mercy Moim helped Kenyan Volleyball team end the jinx of not winning outside African continent. Mercy Moim of Kenya topped all scorers chart with 22 points while Captain Bracksides Khadambi and Lydia Maiyo contributed 12 points apiece. This was a historic moment as Kenya won 3-1 sets against hosts Mexico in their opening Group Three Pool Q match of the 2014 FIVB World Grand Prix on Sarturday 26th July 2013.

Kenya beat fellow Grand Prix debutants Mexico 3-1 (25-18, 25-23, 18-25, 25-22) in Pool Q in Mexico City to become first team from Africa to win a match in the competition. Algeria, who are the second African team in the competition, lost their first match after going down 2-3 (15-25, 25-22, 18-25, 25-23, 17-19) against Bulgaria at same venue. Mercy Moim of Kenya topped all scorers chart with 22 points while Captain Bracksides Khadambi and Lydia Maiyo contributed 12 points apiece. Rios contributed 15 points for Mexico. Kenyans were thrilled considering that a victory has had eluded the team since it was formed in 1986. "We can't be more thrilled debuting in a major international event with a victory. The team gains a lot of confidence looking into what lies ahead for us," Kenya coach David Lungaho said. "I believe

Mexico as host had more pressure and it could have affected their presentation. They are very aggressive and I especially liked Lizbeth Sainz' performance." The Kenyan skipper, Khadambi was elated with the team's performance. "We played well. The team played in a good mood and we are happy with the win," she said. See Also: Kenya face hosts Mexico in Grand Prix tournament opener Kenya Volleyball Federation chair Waithaka Kioni expressed joy over the historic victory. "That's great news. Let's hope and pray the team remains focused and wins more matches," he said. But the Mexico coach, Jorge Azair, admitted that their team was not at its best. "We definitely didn't play our best. The team was too relaxed without consistency in our serves or blocks, while making it easier for Kenya to score and stay in control." During the first set, Mexico struggled for chemistry between their setter and attackers, with Kenya taking advantage in the blocking to reach both technical time outs on top. Kenyans took the first set 25-18 in a strong opening set performance. They enjoyed good work from Khadambi, Maiyo and Moim and took the lead in the second set.

Despite Mexico's improved efforts, Kenya regained the ascendancy and although Mexico held off two set points, Kenya won the second set 25-23. Mexico worked around Kenya's block early in the third to lead 6-1 and pushed the scores to a 11-4 lead before taking the set 25-18. The fourth set was very tight but Kenya's attacking prowess came through and despite Mexico saving two match points, Kenya won the set 25-22 to take the match 3-1. Kenya out blocked Mexico 11 to 8 and they were more effective in kills by 53 to 48.

Source: Standard Media.
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Kenya beat fellow Grand Prix debutants Mexico 3-1 (25-18, 25-23, 18-25, 25-22) in Pool Q in Mexico City to become first team from Africa to win a match in the competition. Algeria, who are the second African team in the competition, lost their first match after going down 2-3 (15-25, 25-22, 18-25, 25-23, 17-19) against Bulgaria at same venue. Mercy Moim of Kenya topped all scorers chart with 22 points while Captain Bracksides Khadambi and Lydia Maiyo contributed 12 points apiece. Rios contributed 15 points for Mexico. Kenyans were thrilled considering that a victory has had eluded the team since it was formed in 1986. "We can't be more thrilled debuting in a major international event with a victory. The team gains a lot of confidence looking into what lies ahead for us," Kenya coach David Lungaho said. "I believe Mexico as host had more pressure and it could have affected their presentation. They are very aggressive and I especially liked Lizbeth Sainz' performance." The Kenyan skipper, Khadambi was elated with the team's performance. "We played well. The team played in a good mood and we are happy with the win," she said. See Also: Kenya face hosts Mexico in Grand Prix tournament opener Kenya Volleyball Federation chair Waithaka Kioni expressed joy over the historic victory. "That's great news. Let's hope and pray the team remains focused and wins more matches," he said. But the Mexico coach, Jorge Azair, admitted that their team was not at its best. "We definitely didn't play our best. The team was too relaxed without consistency in our serves or blocks, while making it easier for Kenya to score and stay in control." During the first set, Mexico struggled for chemistry between their setter and attackers, with Kenya taking advantage in the blocking to reach both technical time outs on top. Kenyans took the first set 25-18 in a strong opening set performance. They enjoyed good work from Khadambi, Maiyo and Moim and took the lead in the second set.
Read more at: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/sports/article/2000129586/historic-victory-kenya-record-first-win-outside-africa-with-conquest-of-mexico#/

Kenya beat fellow Grand Prix debutants Mexico 3-1 (25-18, 25-23, 18-25, 25-22) in Pool Q in Mexico City to become first team from Africa to win a match in the competition. Algeria, who are the second African team in the competition, lost their first match after going down 2-3 (15-25, 25-22, 18-25, 25-23, 17-19) against Bulgaria at same venue. Mercy Moim of Kenya topped all scorers chart with 22 points while Captain Bracksides Khadambi and Lydia Maiyo contributed 12 points apiece. Rios contributed 15 points for Mexico. Kenyans were thrilled considering that a victory has had eluded the team since it was formed in 1986. "We can't be more thrilled debuting in a major international event with a victory. The team gains a lot of confidence looking into what lies ahead for us," Kenya coach David Lungaho said. "I believe Mexico as host had more pressure and it could have affected their presentation. They are very aggressive and I especially liked Lizbeth Sainz' performance." The Kenyan skipper, Khadambi was elated with the team's performance. "We played well. The team played in a good mood and we are happy with the win," she said. See Also: Kenya face hosts Mexico in Grand Prix tournament opener Kenya Volleyball Federation chair Waithaka Kioni expressed joy over the historic victory. "That's great news. Let's hope and pray the team remains focused and wins more matches," he said. But the Mexico coach, Jorge Azair, admitted that their team was not at its best. "We definitely didn't play our best. The team was too relaxed without consistency in our serves or blocks, while making it easier for Kenya to score and stay in control." During the first set, Mexico struggled for chemistry between their setter and attackers, with Kenya taking advantage in the blocking to reach both technical time outs on top. Kenyans took the first set 25-18 in a strong opening set performance. They enjoyed good work from Khadambi, Maiyo and Moim and took the lead in the second set.
Read more at: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/sports/article/2000129586/historic-victory-kenya-record-first-win-outside-africa-with-conquest-of-mexico3.
Kenya celebrate a point against Mexico during thw FIVB Grand Prix volleyball
Read more at: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/sports/article/2000129586/historic-victory-kenya-record-first-win-outside-africa-with-conquest-of-mexico#/

Kipyego wins Marathon race in Turkana-Kenya.
By By Wilberforce Netya. November 3rd, 2013.
Kipyeko eliminated, rues misfortunePhilip Kipyego of Mt. Elgon-Uganda wins race in Kenya. Picture by Norman Katende.

A Ugandan-Sabaot, Philip Kipyego from Mt. Elgon clocked 28:18 minutes to emerge the winner of 10 kilometre elites male category race in Saturday’s Tegla Loroupe Peace Marathon held at Makutano in West Pokot County.

Kipyego was closely followed by Julius Kaleken from Kenya (28:25) and Daniel Rotich (28:29) from Uganda who came third.

Wilson Kipyego, a reformed warrior from Marakwet finished at 32:58 minutes, winning the warriors’ 10 kilometre male category, followed by   David Kemoi from Uganda in 32:50, while Evans Toroitich, also from Marakwet County, came third in 33:30 minutes.

In the women’s category, Kenya’s Gladys Chepkemoi emerged victorious as Deputy Governor Titus Lotee came fifth in the dignitaries’ two kilometre race.

The annual marathon, organised by the Tegla Loroupe peace Foundation (TLPF) seeks to foster peaceful ties among warring communities.

Loroupe, a former athlete and now a peace ambassador, said the event, which brought together different nationalities,  aimed at fostering peaceful coexistence especially among pastoral communities.

She added that the foundation was contemplating conducting races with the view to educating the public on the dangers of poaching.

The peace ambassador expressed her concern over the increased poaching vice in the country.

“Poaching is a vice that has been on the rise in Kenya in the recent past and we would wish to bring it down as a foundation since it is affecting the country’s economy,” said Loroupe.

Participants from round the globe attended the auspicious occasion that however recorded a lower turnout as compared to the previous seasons.

supported sports

Australian High Commissioner Geoff Tooth, who was the chief guest at the event, said his country greatly supported sports and community development activities, adding that Australia was ready to partner with Kenya in development matters.

Tooth lauded the event organisers pointing out that Australia was a great supporter of sports and community development activities in the local communities.

“Australia, as you may be aware, is a great supporter of sporting activities and we are proud of Loroupe and Kipchoge Keino for the transformations they have brought in Kenya,” said Tooth.

Former renowned athletes and record holders including Kipchoge Keino, Julius Kariuki and Daniel Komen among others graced the occasion.

The colourful event was organised by TLPF in conjunction with Safaricom, Coca-cola East, International Athletics Association Federation, Kenya, and International Olympics Committee among others. 
Source: Standard Media [Kenya].
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Kimeng’wa wins Marathon race in Kenya.
By Ben Ahenda. November 3rd, 2013.

Kenneth Kimeng’wa of Mount Elgon and Agnes Tirop of Elgeyo Marakwet went home richer after emerging victorious in the annual Baringo Half Marathon in Kabarnet town on Sunday.

As a result, the duo have earned a one-year training stint in Ethiopia besides taking part in the Ethiopian Great Run Championships and other international championships, according to the race patron and founder Paul Tergat.

Tergat said he would continue with the spirit of tapping talents at the grassroots from such races and establish more training centres to nurture talents.

This year’s Baringo Half marathon was sponsored by ABC Bank, the Standard Group and Paul Tergat Foundation.

Kimeng’wa timed 1hour  03min  59secs while Tirop registered 1:13.43 for each of them to take home Sh100,000 presented to them by Tergat at Museum Grounds in Kabarnet Town on Sunday.

A jubilant Kimeng’wa, who was making his debut in a major road race, said the victory has buoyed him to feature in more national and international races.

cold weather

According to the winner, he had been affected by the cold weather conditions in the steep and sloppy route of the road race.

“The victory has given me morale to prepare for future national and international road races,” he said.

“It is a major boost in my career, which I have just started with a victory.”

On her part, Tirop said the race was tactical as well as cool weather conditions which had also affected her game plan having been given a run for her money by former world 10,000m champion Sally Barsosio and Esther Chemutai in the first 10km.

“I’m now focused on the future international championships from February next year,” she said.

Kimeng’wa was followed by Hillary Kemboi of Metkei  in 1:03.59 while Nicholas Kerich of Kericho was third clocking 1:04.40.

Others were Peter Chesang of Baringo in 1:04.07 and teammate Josephat Kiprop in 1:04.17 with Ossen Mailel of Eldoret timing 1:04.48.

Eunice Chumba of Uasin Gishu emerged runners up in the women’s 21km race in 1:15.33 and was followed by  Visiline Jepkesho of Kapsabet (1:16.09) while Lucy Lavoga of Kericho was fourth (1:16.49).

Others were Marion Limo of Eldoret (1:17.15), Esther Chemutai of Iten (1:17.18) and Dorcas Chesang of Iten (1:17.31).

The first ten finishers in all categories of races were awarded with cash prizes.

The three Ethiopian runners who featured in the race failed to make it to the bracket of the first ten finishers.

The best placed Ethiopian was Addisalem Demeke, who finished 14th, but said she would honour future races if invited by local organisers.

Speaking through an interpreter, Demeke said she was happy to be in Kenya for the long races “but I’ll come for more if invited in good time”.

Source: Standard Media [Kenya].
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Kiprotich to race for Shs400m in London.
By Sande Bashaija. Posted Wednesday 6th February 2013.

The Ugandan stands to pocket Shs143m if he wins the prestigious London marathon and an extra Shs260m in case he finishes the race in two hours and five minutes.

Stephen Kiprotich has nothing but good memories of London. It’s in the magnificent city that his life changed after he won Olympic marathon gold last year. The marathoner is now set to return to the Queen’s land to compete in the prestigious Virgin London Marathon on April 21.

Interestingly, the Ugandan will be facing familiar faces, among them, Kenyan Wilson Kipsang, who took bronze in the Olympic marathon. Kipsang also won the London Marathon last year. Former Boston Marathon winner Geoffrey Mutai and his Kenyan counterpart Martin Lel, a three-time London Marathon champion, have been entered in the elite field.

World marathon record holder (2:03:38) Patrick Makau of Kenya will be another worry for the Ugandan. “I have seen the entries, the field is very tough,” Kiprotich, who warmed up for the event by winning the Granoller Half Marathon (21km) in Spain on Sunday, told Daily Monitor yesterday.

Despite taking off several weeks to celebrate his Olympic victory with many parties across the country, Kiprotich showed on Sunday he is still as sharp as he was last year.

In his first race of the season, the 23-year-old clocked 1:01:15, the fastest he has run over 21km, to defeat home boy Carles Castillejo. “It was a tough race but I was confident I would win,” Kiprotich, currently taking off a few days in Holland before returning to Eldoret, Kenya for training, revealed. “I am happy I set a new personal best.”

While he was confident of victory in Spain, London is going to be his ultimate test before heading to Moscow for the World Championships in August. Unlike the Olympics where he was competing for his country’s pride, a lot is at stake in the London Marathon.

Besides defending his reputation as a champion, Kiprotich has huge cash prizes to fight for. If he comes first, the Ugandan stands to pocket $55,000 (about Shs143m) and an extra $100,000 (Shs260m) incase he crosses the finish line in two hours and five minutes. That implies that Kiprotich, whose personal best stands at 2:07:20, could return home with about Shs400m.
                                                           Source: Daily Monitor Newspaper - Uganda

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Uspa award surprises Kiprop.
By Abdu Wasike. Posted  Tuesday, February 5  2013.
 
The winner Jackson Kiprop of Uganda, center, poses with second-placed Jacob Cheshari of Ethiopia, left, and third-placed Elijah Kemboi of Kenya after the Mumbai Marathon in Mumbai, India, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. Thousands of city residents alongside athletes took part in the event. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Journalists yesterday picked Jackson Kiprop as January’s best sportsman after he won the Mumbai Marathon.

Kiprop surprised the athletics fraternity when he won the Mumbai Marathon after being entered as a pacesetter last month.

Yesterday, the runner was on the receiving end of a surprise after Uganda Sports Press Association (Uspa) named him the January sports personality. “What,” Kiprop reacted after Daily Monitor broke the news of his latest achievement. “I have never dreamt of winning such an award.” “It’s a big motivation for my career.”

The 26-year-old runner, competing in his first marathon, clocked 2:9:32 hours to beat Ethiopian Jacob Cheshari (2:09:43) and Kenyan Elijah Kemboi (2:10:03) to win the Mumbai event. His time also erased the 2:09:54 previous course record and earned him a ticket to the World Championships due August in Moscow, Russia.

That feat ensured that Uspa picked him for the Nile Special-sponsored award, unopposed. During their monthly meeting, the scribes also commended the women’s female national basketball team for finishing third at the Fiba Zone V tournament in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Shamim Bangi, who made the quarterfinals of the Cyprus Open tournament, was also commended. That display helped her move rose 26 places to 186 in the world rankings. Rally driver Ronald Ssebuguzi, winner of the CBS Premier Sprint, too, received a commendation. Kiprop, a Uganda Prisons officer, will receive his award at a dinner next Friday.
                                                                      Source: Daily Monitor Newspaper - Uganda