Mukoka, Engelbrecht, Sene sparkle in eThekwini-Day One African Senior Champs

South African Stephen Mukoka is the new African 10000m champion

South African Stephen Mukoka is the new African 10000m champion


South Africans Stephen Mukoka, Jaco Engelbrecht and Senegal’s Amy Sene clinched gold medals at the African Senior Athletics Championships in eThekwini South Africa on Wednesday (22 June).
Defending champions and hosts South Africa raced to an early lead on the medal table in a clear indication they seek to win the continent’s flagship athletics event. Eight nations have made their mark on the medal table.

Kenyan Wilfred Kimuai lead most of the way during an exciting men's 10000m

Kenyan Wilfred Kimuai lead most of the way during an exciting men’s 10000m


In a scintillating sprint for the finish line Mokoka ended East African dominance of the 10000m when he prevailed in 28:02.97. Kenyan Wilfred Kimutai (28:03.18) then Lesotho’s Namakwe Nkhasi followed him across the finish line.
“This was an exciting race. It was a tactical affair with a significant surge in pace in the last kilometre. My prayer was that Kimutai who did most of the hard work upfront would further increase the pace.
Instead Namakwe went ahead on the last lap. I knew it was time for me to make my move and I am glad I won.
“This is my first African championships medal. My goal now is to finish in the top ten at the Olympics, Mokoka declared.

Jaco 'The Big Show' Engelbrecht is the surprise winner of men's shot put

Jaco ‘The Big Show’ Engelbrecht is the surprise winner of men’s shot put


Meanwhile on the infield Jaco Engelbrecht carried the day in men’s shotput with a final heave of 20.00m. He admits he is surprised by his performance.
“It was a hard build up to this championship as I picked up a stomach injury a fortnight ago. At some point I thought of withdrawing from the championships,” Engelbrecht explained.
“I just resumed training last week. Winning this gold medal is a huge boost for my preparation for next year’s world Championships as I have run out of meets where I can qualify for the Olympics this year,” Engelbrecht concedes.

Burkina Faso's Laetitia Kimalou Bambara  (left) and Senegal's Amy Sene (right) were locked in a duel in women's hammer throw. Both surpassed the previous championships record

Burkina Faso’s Laetitia Kimalou Bambara (left) and Senegal’s Amy Sene (right) were locked in a duel in women’s hammer throw. Both surpassed the previous championships record


Still on the infield, the duel between Senegal’s Amy Sene and Burkina Faso’s Lateitia Kimalou Bambara in women’s hammer throw was the climax of the first day of the competition.
Sene set a championship record of 67.64m on her third attempt. The previous record of 66.14m was set by Egypt’s Marwa Ahmed Arafat in 2004 in Brazzaville Republic of Congo.
In the fourth round Bambara took charge with a 68.12m effort before Sene responded with a 68.35m throw in the fifth round.
“I am so happy I have regained the Africa title. I won it in 2012 (in Nairobi Kenya) lost it in 2014 (in Marrakech Morocco) and now I have regained the title,” a delighted Sene explained.

Phumlile Ndzinisa  improved her Swaziland 100m record and qualified for the Rio de Jaeniro Olympics

Phumlile Ndzinisa improved her Swaziland 100m record and qualified for the Rio de Jaeniro Olympics


Back on the track earlier in the day Phumlile Ndzinisa improved her Swaziland women’s 100m record with a winning time of 11.11 seconds. Her old mark was 11.36 in Forbach France on 29 May. What’s more Ndzinisa is well within the Rio de Janeiro Olympic qualifier of 11.32.
RESULTS AS AT THE END OF DAY ONE WEDNESDAY 22 JUNE 2016
Notes
Results include only those who completed their contest in the final of their event
PB denoted Personal Best
CR denotes Championship Record
NR denotes National Record
RIO denotes attained qualifying standard for the Olympics
MEN
10000m
1 Stephen Mokoka (South Africa) 28:02.97; 2 Wilfred Kimutai (Kenya) 28:03.18; 3 Namakwe Nkhasi (Lesotho) 28:06.33; 4 Yimer Jemal Mekonnen (Ethiopia) 28:08.92; 5 Haftu Fikadu Tsadik (Ethiopia) 28:09.21; 6 Stephen Arita (Kenya) 28:09.66; 7 Isail Gallet (Tanzania) 28:13.46; 8 Abraham Habte (Eritrea) 28:18.18; 9 Abdallah Kibet Mande (Uganda) 28:21.92; 10 Gladwin Mzazi (South Africa) 28:24.50; 11 Mekonen Arega Asen (Ethiopia) 28:37.41; 12 Fabiano Sulle (Tanzania) 29:09.75; 13 John Atem (South Sudan) 29:53.67; 14 Nadcha Happy Mcherewje (Malawi) 29:59.94; 15 Jacob Mugomeri (Zimbabwe) 30:05.75; 16 Jauodo Jauodo (Mozambique) 34:05.63; 17 stephanius kaudinge (Namibia) 34:05.63
Shot Put
1 Jaco Engelbrecht (South Africa) 20.00; 2 Frank Owaka Elembe (Republic of Congo) 19.89; 3 Stephen Mozie Nigeria 19.84; 4 Oghneakpobo (Nigeria) 19.57; 5 Orazio Cremona (South Africa) 19.15; 6 Mohamed Khalifa (Egypt) 19.00; 7 Yao Adantor (Togo) 17.98; 8 Burger Lambrechts (South Africa) 17.79; 9 Bernard Baptiste (Mauritius) 16.71; 10 Moga Zegeye Lencha (Ethiopia) 14.58; Gorgio Vahoua (ivory Coast) 14.50
Hammer Throw
1 Amy Sene (Senegal) 68.35; 2 Laetitia Kimalou Bambara (Burkina Faso) 68.12PB; 3 Sarah Ben Saad (Tunisia) 62.53 PB; 4 Soukaina Zakkour (Morocco) 61.85; 5 Zouina Bouzbra (Algeria) 61.62; 6 Jennifer Bawsita Batu (Republic of Congo) 60.00; 7 Mara Cumming (South Africa) 55.48; 8Aya Adly (Egypt) 55.40; 9 Chene Coetzee (South Africa) 50.46;10 Rebcca Kerubo Kenya) 48.68; 11 Michelle Andrea Vahoua (Ivory Coast) 48.18; 12 Melissa Arlanda (Mauritius ) 45.89; 13 Adtridge Samoisy (Mauritius) 44.50
MEDAL TABLE AS AT THE END OF DAY ONE WEDNESDAY 22 JUNE 2016

Country GOLD SILVER BRONZE
South Africa 2 0 0
Senegal 1 0 0
Burkina Faso 0 1 0
Republic of Congo 0 1 0
Kenya 0 1 0
Lesotho 0 0 1
Nigeria 0 0 1
Tunisia 0 0 1

Iguider runs world lead as Souleiman and Dibaba set world records in Stockholm

Moroccan Abdelaati Iguider (right) clocked a world leading time in 3000m at the IAAF World Indoor Tour Meet in Stockholm Sweden on Wednesday (17 February)

Moroccan Abdelaati Iguider (right) clocked a world leading time in 3000m at the IAAF World Indoor Tour Meet in Stockholm Sweden on Wednesday (17 February)

Djibouti’s Ayanleh Souleiman, and Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba set world records as Morocco’s Abdelaati Iguider runs a world lead at the IAAF World Indoor Tour meet in Stockholm Sweden on Wednesday.

Djibouti's Ayanleh Souleiman triumphed in 1000m with a world record of 2:14.20.

Djibouti’s Ayanleh Souleiman triumphed in 1000m with a world record of 2:14.20.


A world Indoor 1500m champion, Souliman triumphed in the 1000m in 2:14.20. He improves on the old mark of 2:14.96 by Kenyan-born Wilson Kipketer of Denmark 16 years ago.

Ethiopian Genebe Dibaba set a World Indoor One Mile. this is the third consecutive year she has set a world record at this met. She previously set the world Indoor 3000m and 5000m records.

Ethiopian Genebe Dibaba set a World Indoor One Mile. this is the third consecutive year she has set a world record at this met. She previously set the world Indoor 3000m and 5000m records.


Later at the meet in Stockholm, Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba prevailed in women’s One Mile in a world record of 4:13.31. The previous record of 4:17.14 was run by Romanian Doina Melinte in 1990.
Still in Stockholm, Morocco’s Abdelaati Iguider clocked 7:39.04 to win the 3000m in the world fastest time in the event this year. He improves on the 7:39.23 when Kenyan Augustine Choge triumphed in Dusseldorf Germany earlier this month. In Stockholm Ethiopians Yomif Kejelcha and Yenew Alamirew placed second and third respectively.
SELECTED LEADING RESULTS FROM IAAF WORLD INDOOR TOUR MEET IN STOCKHOLM SWEDEN ON 17 FEBRUARY
NOTE
PB denotes Personal Best
WL denotes World Leading performance in the event this year.
NR denotes National Record
WR denotes World Record
MEN
500m
2 Onkabetse Nkobolo (Botswana) 1:00.71
800m A
3 Mohammed Aman (Ethiopia) 1:47.39
800m B
Nicholas Kipkoech (Kenya) 1:46.93 PB; 2 Jackson Kivuva (kenya) 1:47.63; 3 Mohamed Hamada (Egypt) 1:47.82
1000m
1 Ayanleh Souleiman (Djibouti) 2:14.20 PB/NR/WR; 3 Elijah Manangoi (Kenya) 2:17.09; 5 Fouad El Kaam (Morocco) 2:19.71 PB; 6 Antoine Gakeme (Burundi) 2:20.25
3000m
1 Abdelaati Iguider (Morocco) 7:39.04 WL; 2 Yomif Kejelcha (Ethiopia) 7:39.11; 3 Yenew Alamirew (Ethiopia) 7:42.46; 4 Hiss Bachir (Djibouti) 7:43.44; 5 Paul Kipsiele Koech (Kenya) 7:45.58; 6 Tesfaye Cheru (Ethiopia) 7:57.59; 8 Abdi Waiss Mouhyadin (Djibouti) 8:01.27; 9 Awet Kibrab (Eritrea) 8:02.04 PB
WOMEN
3000m
Genzebe Dibaba (Ethiopia) 4:13.31 PB/NR/WR; 2 Gudaf Tsegay (Ethiopia) 4:24.98 PB; 3 Axumawit Embaye (Ethiopia) 4:27.75; 5 Rababi Arrafi (Morocco) 4:30.10; 10 Baso Sado (Ethiopia) 4:39.27
High Jump
5 Doreen Amata (Nigeria) 1.92

Kenyans Managoi, Choge post world leading times in Dusseldorf

Elijah Managoi (left) triumphed in 1500m at the PSD Bank Indoor Meet in Dusseldorf Germany on Wednesday (03 February)

Elijah Managoi (left) triumphed in 1500m at the PSD Bank Indoor Meet in Dusseldorf Germany on Wednesday (03 February)


ELIJAH Managoi and Augustine Choge produced world leading performances at the PSD Bank Indoor Meet in Dusseldorf Germany on Wednesday night (03 February).
A world championship 1500m silver medalist, Managoi and Bethwell Birgen clinched a 1-2 win the 1500m. Managoi’s winning time of 3:39.77 is the world’s leading performance this year.
Augustine Choge (right) win the 3000m in a world leading time at the PSD Bank Indoor Meet in Dusseldorf Germany on Wednesday (03 February)

Augustine Choge (right) win the 3000m in a wrld ladig time at the PSD Bank Indoor Meet in Dusseldorf Germany on Wednesday (03 February)


Similarly Augustine Choge and Caleb Ndiku produced a 1-2 Kenyan victory in 3000m with Ethiopia’s Yenew Alamirew placed third. Choge winning time of 7:39.23 is a world leading performance this year.
SELECTED LEADING RESULTS
Note
IPB denotes Indoor Personal Best
WL denotes World leading Performance in 2016
WJL denotes World Leading Performance by a Junior Athlete in 2016
MENS
60m
4 Henricho Bruintjies (South Africa) 6.65 IPB
800m
4 Alfred Kipketer (Kenya) 1:48.58 IPB
1500m A
1 Elijah Managoi (Kenya) 3:39.77 IPB/WL; 2 Bethwell Birgen (Kenya) 3:39.89; 4 Vincent Kibet (Kenya) 340.95; 7 Collins Cheboi (kenya) 3:41.60; 8 Fouad El Kaam (Morocc) 3:42.47; 9 Gilbert Kwemoi (Kenya) 3:42.64 IPB/WJL
1500m B
2 Undessa Abdi Uya (Ethiopia) 3:46.92
3000m
1 Augustine Choge (Kenya) 7:39.23 WL; 2 Caleb Ndiku (Kenya) 7:39.82; 3 Yenew Alamirew (Ethiopia) 7:40.24; 5 Yasin Haji (Ethiopia) 7:42.18; 6 Isiah Koech (Kenya) 7:42.53; 7 Vincent Rono (Kenya) 743.07; 8 Paul Kipsiele Koech (Kenya) 7:45.09; 9 Othmane El Goumri (Morocco) 7:51.82; 10 Edwin Soi (Kenya) 7:54.16

Ampomah, Amponsah crowned Ghanaian 2015 Male and Female Athlete of the Year

John Ampomah and Janet Amponsah are Ghanaian 2015 Male and Female Athlete of the Year

John Ampomah and Janet Amponsah are Ghanaian 2015 Male and Female Athlete of the Year


John Ampomah and Janet Amponsah are Ghana’s 2015 Male and Female Athlete of the Year Awards winners, the Ghana Athletics Association awards organiser Erasmus Kwaw disclosed in Accra on Monday.
Sponsored by Liquid Sports Ghana and Ethiopian Airlines this inaugural annual awards is aimed at reviving and uplifting the profile of Ghanaian athletics.

John Ampomah clinched  silver medal in javelin at the 2015 All Africa Games in Brazzaville Republic of Congo

John Ampomah clinched silver medal in javelin at the 2015 All Africa Games in Brazzaville Republic of Congo


Ampomah clinched the silver medal in javelin with a throw of 82.94m at the All Africa Games in Brazzaville Republic of Congo.
Flings Owusu Agyapong, Gemma Acheampong,  Beatrice Gyaman, Janet Amponsah combined to win a silver medal in the 4x100m relay at the All Africa Games in Brazzaville Republic of Congo

Flings Owusu Agyapong, Gemma Acheampong, Beatrice Gyaman, Janet Amponsah combined to win a silver medal in the 4x100m relay at the All Africa Games in Brazzaville Republic of Congo

Sprinter Janet Amponsah clocked her lifetime best of 11.29 seconds and 23.05 seconds in 100m and 200m respectively. At the All Africa Games she was fourth in 200m. Amponsah went on to anchor the Ghana women’s 4x100m relay team that bagged the silver medal.

Mozia betters his shot put Nigeria record and world lead in Nashville

Stephen Mozia improved his Nigeria shot put record at the Vanderbitt International Invitation Meet in Nashville Tennessee on Saturday (30 January)

Stephen Mozia improved his Nigeria shot put record at the Vanderbitt International Invitation Meet in Nashville Tennessee on Saturday (30 January)


STEPHEN Mozia bettered his Nigeria shotput record at the Vanderbitt Invitational Indoor Meet in Nashville Tennessee State in the USA on Saturday (30 January).
With a second round heave of 21.11m, Mozia bettered his personal best and world leading by eight centimetres. A fortnight ago Mozia established himself as the world’s best shot putter this year with a 21.03m effort.