Nairobi, Kampala, Ostrava, Doha to host IAAF World events

Kenyan Cabinet Secretary at the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts Dr. Hassan Wario Arero lead the Nairobi bid delegation to Monaco

Kenyan Cabinet Secretary at the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts Dr. Hassan Wario Arero lead the Nairobi bid delegation to Monaco


The Kenyan capital Nairobi will host the 2017 IAAF World Youth Championships.
They were the only candidate city left in the running after Greensboro in North Carolina State in the USA and the Argentine capital Buenos Aires withdrew. Nonetheless the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary at the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts Dr. Hassan Wario Arero made the final presentation for the Nairobi bid.
This will be the second IAAF event Kenya will stage. The Indian Ocean port city of Mombasa was venue for the 2007 IAAF World cross Country Championships.

Meanwhile Ugandan capital Kampala gendered more votes than Manama the Bahrain capital to secure the bid to stage the 2017 IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

Uganda Athletics Federation Secretary General Beatrice Ayikoru made Kampala's final bid presentation at the IAAF Executive council meeting in Monaco.

Uganda Athletics Federation Secretary General Beatrice Ayikoru made Kampala’s final bid presentation at the IAAF Executive Council meeting in Monaco.


Uganda successfully staged the 2013 World University Cross Country Championships in Entebbe and the 2014 African Cross Country Championships in Kampala. This must have convinced the IAAF Council of their ability to stage their first ever IAAF event.

The Dominican Republic's 2004 Athens and 2012 London Olympic 400m hurdles champions Felix Sanchez threw his weight behind Ostrava's bid to host the 2018 IAAF Continental Cup

The Dominican Republic’s 2004 Athens and 2012 London Olympic 400m hurdles champions Felix Sanchez threw his weight behind Ostrava’s bid to host the 2018 IAAF Continental Cup


The city of Ostrava in the Czech Republic will stage the 2018 IAAF continental Cup. Ostrava got the nod ahead of the Polish city of Bydgoszcz. The 2014 edition of the event was staged in Marrakech Morocco in from 13-14 September

Qatar's 2014 IAAF World Indoor high jump champion and 2012 London Olympics bronze medalist Mutaz Essa Barshim was on hand to support Doha's bid for the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships

Qatar’s 2014 Sopot IAAF World Indoor high jump champion and 2012 London Olympic bronze medalist Mutaz Essa Barshim was on hand to support Doha’s bid for the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships

The Qatar capital Doha finally secured the bid to stage the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships. It was initially a three way contest between Doha, Eugene in Oregon State USA and Barcelona in Spain. Barcelona where eliminated in the first round. In the second round Doha gender 15 votes to Eugene’s 12. The triumph came as a welcome relief for Doha who were edged out by London in the two way race to stage the 2017 World Championships.

Morocco’s Hicham El Guerrouj is inducted into the IAAF Hall of Fame

Newly inducted IAAF Hall of Fame member Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj is arguably the world’s greatest middle distance runner of all time.

Newly inducted IAAF Hall of Fame member Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj is arguably the world’s greatest middle distance runner of all time.

MOROCCO’S Hicham El Guerrouj has been inducted into the IAAF Hall of Fame, the world athletics governing body revealed in Monaco on Tuesday (11 November).

He first caught world attention when he claimed the bronze medal at the 1992 IAAF World Junior Championships in Seoul South Korea. El Guerrouj went on to become the world’s most accomplished middle distance runner of all time.

Hicham ElGuerrouj leads Kenya's Bernard Lagat in the 1500m final at the 2004 Athens Olympics th

Hicham ElGuerrouj leads Kenya’s Bernard Lagat in the 1500m final at the 2004 Athens Olympics th


El Guerrouj holds the 1500m indoor (3:31.18) and outdoor (3:26.00) world records. He also holds the world one mile indoor (3:48.45) and outdoor (3:43.13) worldf record. El Guerrouj set these world record be

Besides winning several IAAF 1500m Grand Prix finals, El Guerrouj pulled a 1500m gold medal hat trick at the World Athletics Championships between1997 and 2003. He matched this success indoor where he was world Indoor 1500m champions in 1995and 1997 as well as 3000m champions in 2001.
El Guerrouj still holds the world outdoor and indoor records in both the 1500m and one mile. El Guerrouj is a three time World Male Athlete of the Year between 2001 and 2003.

Hicham El Guerrouj ended his carerr on a high when he won two gold medals at he 2004 Athens Olympics

Hicham El Guerrouj ended his carerr on a high when he won two gold medals at he 2004 Athens Olympics

The living legend crowned his illustrious career with the 1500m and 5000m gold medals at the 2004 Athens Olympics. The latter was El Guerrouj’s last competitive race before retiring at the age of 30. Now just 10 years later at the age of 40 El Guerrouj sets another world first becoming the youngest man inducted in the IAAF Hall of Fame.

Ethiopia’s Yalew wins in Obudu makes history

Ethiopian Gene Yalew retained her crown at the Obudu African Mountain Running Championships in Obudu Cross River State South South Nigeria on Saturday (08 November).

Ethiopian Gene Yalew retained her crown at the Obudu African Mountain Running Championships in Obudu Cross River State South South Nigeria on Saturday (08 November).

Ethiopian defending champion Genet Yalew retained her crown at the Obudu African Mountain Running Championship at Obudu Cattle Ranch in Cross River State South South Nigeria on Saturday (08 November).
Yalew completed the women’s 8km course in 1:01:20. In the process she made history becoming the first to win the women’s race back to back.
Uganda’s Stella Chesang (1:01:31) as second while Ethiopian Yesshaneh Ababel (1:03:03) claimed the bronze medal. Uganda won the team prize with Kenya second and hosts Nigeria placed third.
Kenyan Hillary Kipkorir won the men’s 11km race in 1:02:34. Ethiopia’s former champion Abebe Dinkessa (1:03:09) was runner up ahead of Ugandan Phillip Kiplimo (1:03:19) claimed third place. Uganda won the team prize. Eritrea placed second ahead of Kenya.

Lehata improves Lesotho record as Algerian Bettiche breaks new ground in Marrakech-World Challenge

Mosito Lehata improved his Lesotho 100m record

Mosito Lehata improved his Lesotho 100m record


LESOTHO’S Mosito Lehata and Algerian Amine Bettiche set national records at the IAAF World Challenge Series in Marrakech Morocco on Sunday (08 June).
Indications are that Morocco intent to host a highly successful Africa Senior Championships from 10-14 August. Outstanding performances were recorded on the fast track at the brand new stadium designated to be the main venue for the competition.
Although placed fourth overall Lesotho’s Lehata clocked 10.23 seconds to improve his Lesotho 100m record by three hundredths of a second. He later placed third in 200m in 20.44 just 0.07 seconds off his national record.
Nigerian African champions Tosin Oke won men's triple jump

Nigerian African champions Tosin Oke won men’s triple jump


Several African champions were in action at this venue set for the African championships. The most successful was Nigeria Tosin Oke who prevailed in the triple jump in 16.62m. Other included Botswana’s three time champions Kabelo Kgosiemang (high jump), South African Simon Magakwe (100m).
African champion Amy Sene was the African best placed in women's hammer throw

African champion Amy Sene was the African best placed in women’s hammer throw


Senegalese African champions Amy Seye was the best placed African in the hammer throw. The event is included in the IAAF World hammer throw Challenge. Morocco’s Soukaina Zakkour’s throw of 51.74m her lifetime best.
Ethiopian Hiwot Ayalew prevailed in women's 3000m steeplechase

Ethiopian Hiwot Ayalew prevailed in women’s 3000m steeplechase


Ethiopian All Africa Games champion Hiwot Ayalew prevailed in women’s 3000m steeplechase in 9:24.11. Her pace propelled Amina Bettiche (9:34.20) to an Algerian record.
Wenda Nel improved her 400m hurdles best with a winning time of 54.82

Wenda Nel improved her 400m hurdles best with a winning time of 54.82


South African Wend Nel run a life time best of 54.82 to triumph in women’s 400m hurdles. 17 year old Ethiopian World Youth Champion Dawit Seyaum claimed victory in women’s 1500m in a life time best of 3:59.53
Meanwhile Ethiopian Mohammed Aman clocked 1:45.58 to narrowly edged Sudan’s Abubakar and win 800m. Kenyan Clement Kemboi Kimutai and Moroccan Sadik Mikhou won men’s 3000m steeplechase and 1500m respectively.
SELECTED LEADING RESULTS FROM THE 2014 IAAF WORLD CHALLENGE SERIES IN HENGELO NETHERLANDS ON 08 JUNE
NOTE
H denotes times run in heats. The athlete did not make it to the final.
PB denotes Personal Best
MR denotes Meet Record
NR denotes National Record
WL denotes World Leading Performance this year
MEN
100m (+1.6)
4 Gerald Phiri (Zambia) 10.17; 6 Mosito Lehata (Lesotho) 10.23 PB/NR; 7 Simon Magakwe (South Africa) 10.24; 9 Aziz Ouhadi (Morocco) 10.31
200m (-0.5)
3 Mosito Lehata (Lesotho) 20.44; 4 Simon Magakwe (South Africa) 20.56; 5 Isaac Makwala (Botswana) 20.69; 7 Aziz Ouhadi (Morocco) 20.69; 8 Mohamed Ashour Khouaja (Libya) 21.06
800m
1 Mohammed Aman (Ethiopia) 1:45.58; 2 Abubakar Kaki (Sudan) 1:45.61; 3 Amine El Manaoui (Morocco) 1:46.27; 4 Yassine Hathat (Algeria) 1:46.59; 6 Samir Jamma (Morocco) 1:47.17; 8 Nader Belhanbel (Morocco) 1:47.90
1500m
1 Sadik Mikhou (Morocco) 3:34.36; 3 Yassin Bensghir (Morocco) 3:34.08; 3 Aman Wote (Ethiopia) 3:34.80; 5 Imed Touil (Algeria) 3:37:51;7 Younes Essalhi (Morocco) 3:37.51; 8; Abdlhadi Labali (Morocco) 3:37.52; 9 Abedlaati Iguider (Morocco) 3:38.26; 11 Zakaria Mazouzi (Morocco) 3:39.15; 13 Fouad Elkaam Morocco) 3:42.63; 15 Zebene Alemayehu (Ethiopia) 3:49.85
3000m Steeplechase
1 Clement Kemboi Kimutai (Kenya) 8:18.73; 2 Brahim Taleb (Morocco) 8:20.20; 3 Haron Lagat (Kenya) 8:22.46; 4 John Kibet Koch (Kenya) 8:23.33; 7 Jaouad Chemlal (Morocco) 8:29.42;8 Hicham Bouchicha (Algeria) 8:32.03; 11 Birhan Getahun (Ethiopia) 837.25; 12 Habtamu Fayisa (Ethiopia) 8:38.48; 13 Abdelhamid Zerrifi (Algeria) 8:39.62; 16 Zacharia Kiprotich (Uganda) 9:05.50
5000m
2 Illias Fifa (Morocco) 13:14.89 PB; 3 Vincent Rono (Kenya) 13:16.42; 4 Hicham Bellani (Morocco) 13:22.72; 5 Tesfayee Cheru (Ethiopia) 13:25.33; 6 Muktar Edris (Ethiopia) 13:30.39; 7 Dejene Gonfa (Ethiopia) 13:30.68; 8 Yasin Haji (Ethiopia) 13:32.20; 9 El Hassan Elabbassi (Morocco) 13:33.95; 11Gideon Mwangi Gathimbi (Kenya) 13:39.34; 12 Imane Merga (Ethiopia) 13:41.61; 14 Moss Kibet (Uganda) 13:47.96; 15 Menor Maru (Ethiopia) 14:22.66
Triple Jump
1 Tosin Oke (Nigeria) 16.62 (+2.7); 7 Godfrey Mokoena (South Africa) 16.17 (+2.0); 9 Adil Gandou (Morocco) 15.82 (-0.6)
High Jump
6 Kabelo Kgosiemang (Botswana) 2.20
WOMEN
200m (-1.0)
8 Lamiae Lhabze (Morocco) 25.39
400m Hurdles
1 Wenda Nel (South Africa) 54.82 PB; 2 Hayat Lambarki (Morocco) 58.46
800m
3 Malika Akaoui (Morocco) 2:02.13 8 Dureti Edao (Ethiopia) 2:04.13; 9 Fantu Magiso (Ethiopia) 2:06.26
1500m
1 Dawit Seyaum (Ethiopia) 3:59.53 PB; 4 Rababi Arafi (Morocco) 4:06.32; 5 Siham Hilali (Morocco) 4:06.55; 7 Sane El Otmani (Morocco) 4:12.37; 8 Tigista Gashew (Ethiopia) 4:15.52; 9 Ibtissam Ait Elbatoui (Morocco) 4:24.44
3000m steeplechase
1 Hiwot Ayalew (Ethiopia) 9:24.11; 2 Ruth Chebet (Kenya) 9:27.90; 3 Salima Alami Elouali (Morocco) 09:32.23 PB; 4 Amina Bittiche (Algeria) 9:34.20 PB/NR; 5 Etenesh Diro (Ethiopia) 9:39.00; 6 Birtukan Adamu (Ethiopia) 9:42.24; 8 Mekdes Bekele (Ethiopia) 9:47.44; 10 Fadwa Madane Sidi (Morocco) 11:05.74
Long Jump
8 Jamaa Chnaik (Morocco) 6.10 (+1.2)
Hammer
7 Amy Sene (Senegal) 68.24; 9 Soukaina Zakkour (Morocco) 51.74 PB;

Van Niekerk, Biwott, Kangogo triumph in Hengelo-IAAF World Challenge Series

South African Wade van Niekerk begun his 2014  European tour with victory in Hengelo Netherlands on Sunday (08 June)

South African Wade van Niekerk (No 251) begun his 2014 European tour with victory in Hengelo Netherlands on Sunday (08 June)


WAYDE van Niekerk of South African triumphed in 400m at the IAAF World Challenge Series meeting in Hengelo Netherlands on Sunday (08 June).
Van Niekerk’s winning time 45.07 seconds is his second best this season. Earlier on he retained his national title with a life time best of 44.92 in April.
Kenyan Robert Biwott (no 178) prevailed in the 800m at the IAAF World Series meeting in Hengelo Netherlands on Sunday

Kenyan Robert Biwott (no 178) prevailed in the 800m at the IAAF World Series meeting in Hengelo Netherlands on Sunday


Meanwhile Kenyan world youth 1500m champion Robert Kiptoo Biwott prevailed in the shorter 800m in 1:44.75. Cornelius Kipruto Kangogo carried the day in 30000m in 7:41.27. South African Cornel Fredericks was third in 400m hurdles.
SELECTED LEADING RESULTS FROM THE IAAF WORLD CHALLENGE SERIES IN HENGELO NETHERLANDS ON 08 JUNE 2014
NOTE
H denotes times run in heats. The athlete did not make it to the final.
PB denotes Personal Best
MR denotes Meet Record
NR denotes National Record
WL denotes World Leading Performance this year
MEN
100m (+0.1) H
4 Akani Simbine (South Africa) 10.34
400m
1 Wade van Niekerk (South Africa) 45.07
400m Hurdles
3 Cornel Fredericks (South Africa) 49.31; 6 Louis Jacobus van Zyl (South Africa) 50.57; 8 Wouter le Roux 57.08
800m
1 Robert Kiptoo Biwott (Kenya) 1:44.75; 2 Ronald Musagala (Uganda) 1:45.37 PB from 71 kam last year; 4 Abraham Kiplagat (Kenya) 1:46.13; 8 Patrick Kiprotich Ronoh (Kenya) 1:46.85
3000m
1 Cornelius Kipruto Kangogo (Kenya) 7:41.27; 2 Augustine Kiprono Choge (Kenya) 7:41.57; 4 Mekonnen Gebrmedhin (Ethiopia) 7:42.90; 5 Soufiyan Bouqanter (Morocco) 7:43.33 PB; 6 Abdi Bashir (Somalia) 7:44.12 PB; 7 Phillip Kipyego (Uganda) 7:44.14 PB; 8 Elroy Gelant (South Africa) 7:44.20;10 Teshome Dirirsa (Ethiopia) 7:46.92; 11 Abdallah Kibet Mande (Uganda) 7:48.12 PB; 13 Berhanu Legese (Ethiopia) 7:51.09; 15 Meresa Kahsay (Ethiopia) 7:59.53; 16 Chalachew Shimels (Ethiopia) 8:16.19
Long Jump
4 Zarch Visser (South Africa) 8.07 (-0.2); 11 Ngondizashe Makusha (Zimbabwe) 7.65 (+1.7)
High Jump
4 Younes Ali Mohd Idriss (Sudan) 2.23
Discus
10 Victor Hogan (South Africa) 61.49
WOMEN
800m
2 Winne Nanyondo (Uganda) 1:59.39 PB??; 9 Caster Semenya (South Africa) 2:06.35
1500m
4 Gudaf Tsegay (Ethiopia) 4:03.21; 5 Axumawit Embay (Ethiopia) 4:04.10; 7 Irene Jelagat (Kenya) 4:04.83;