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Organisers of the Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe have announced that Olympic silver medallist Hellen Obiri and British 1500m record-holder Laura Muir will race over 3000m at the IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting on 4 February.

Both athletes will be seeking their first victory in the German city. Obiri finished second over 1500m in Karlsruhe in 2012 before going on to win the world indoor 3000m title one month later. Muir, meanwhile, finished second over 3000m in 2015.

Obiri and Muir have been in the form of their life over the past 12 months. Obiri clocked season’s bests of 3:59.34 for 1500m and 8:24.27 for 3000m before going on to take the Olympic 5000m silver medal in Rio and ended her summer season with a PB of 14:25.78 at that distance. Her form has continued through the winter and the Kenyan has won numerous cross-country races in recent months against quality fields.

Muir broke Kelly Holmes’ British 1500m record with her 3:57.49 run at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in London last summer. She improved it to 3:55.22 in Paris and ended the year as the Diamond Race winner in the event. Earlier this month, she smashed the British indoor 5000m record with a time of 14:49.12.

Obiri holds the Kenyan indoor 3000m record at 8:29.99. Muir's outright PB of 8:38.47, set outdoors in early 2015, looks due for revision and she may have one eye on the British indoor record of 8:31.50. Both runners could also challenge the meeting record of 8:35.28 set by Meseret Defar in 2013.

Obiri and Muir will line up against the top two finishers from the 1500m in Karlsruhe last year: Ethiopia’s 2014 world indoor silver medallist Axumawit Embaye and Germany’s world U20 3000m bronze medallist Konstanze Klosterhalfen - IAAF

2017 IAAF World Indoor Tour calendar
28 Jan – Boston, USA
1 Feb – Dusseldorf, GER
4 Feb – Karlsruhe, GER
10 Feb – Torun, POL
18 Feb – Birmingham, GBR



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In a major restructure, the IAAF Diamond League has adopted a championship-style model with the finalists competing for a prize pool of $3.2 million. 

From next season, athletes will earn points in the first 12 IAAF Diamond League meetings to qualify for two final meetings where $100,000 will be at stake in each of the 32 Diamond disciplines, including $50,000 for each winner. 

In previous seasons, athletes accumulated points throughout the IAAF Diamond League season with the overall winner of each of the 32 events being the athlete with the most points, irrespective of whether they won the final.

The season is now a race to reach the finals with the winners crowned as IAAF Diamond League champions. As in a championship, the performance of athletes in the final alone will determine who the champion will be and the prize money won.

The IAAF Diamond League finals will now offer a dramatic showdown between the world’s best athletes, a true climax to a four-month race across four continents. [Click here.]

Sebastian Coe, IAAF President and chairman of the Diamond League AG, commented: “After seven seasons which have established the IAAF Diamond League as our premier circuit, it is important to assess its impact and build for the future. These decisions are the first step to growing the attractiveness of the series.”

FINALS - prize money structure for each of the 32 events

1st $50,000
2nd $20,000
3rd $10,000
4th $6000
5th $5000
6th $4000
7th $3000
8th $2000

In the horizontal jumps and throwing events, there will be a return in 2017 to six attempts for all athletes. This follows last season’s experimental format where all athletes were given three attempts but with only the top four athletes being given three further attempts - IAAF

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Olympic 5000m champion, Vivian Cheruyiot, was named the Overall 2016 Sports Personality of the Year winner during the awards gala held at the Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC) Thursday, January 19, evening.

Cheruiyot beat fellow athlete Eliud Kipchoge to the award with the duo also named the Female and Male sports persons of the year. The 33-year-old stunned pre-race favorite Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana to win the 5000m title in Rio de Janeiro in August, adding the only title that was missing to her great collection.

It was the second time she was named the nation's best after doing so in 2011 following double victory in the World Championships in Daegu where she won both the 5000m and 10,000m titles.

Cheruiyot also beat 1500m Olympic champion Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon to the Sportswoman of the year gong with Rio Marathon gold winner Jemimah Sumgong finishing third.

Olympic and London Marathon champion, Eliud Kipchoge won the Male Sports Personality of the year ahead of 3000m steeplechase Olympic champions Conseslus Kipruto.

Also Read: Harambee Starlets, Kenya 7s Win SOYA Team Titles


2016 Sports Personality of the Year:

Vivian Cheruiyot (Athletics)

1. Eliud Kipchoge (Athletics, Marathon),
2. Conseslus Kipruto (Athletics, 3,000m steeplechase),
3. Collins Injera (Kenya Sevens rugby)/David Rudisha (Athletics, 800m)

Sportswoman of the Year:

1. Vivian Cheruiyot (Athletics, 10,000m, 5,000m)

2. Faith Chepng’etich (Athletics, 1,500m)

3. Jemimah Sumgong (Athletics, Marathon)

Sportsman Living with a Disability:

1.. Samuel Muchai (Athletics, T11- 1,500m, 5,000m)

2. Henry Kirwa (T13-1,500m, 5,000m)

Sportsman Living with a Disability:

1. Nancy Koech (Athletics)

2. Nelly Sile (Athletics)

3. Irene Cherono (Athletics)

Most Promising Boy:

1. Kipyegon Bett (Athletics)

2.Ryan Randiek (tennis)

3. Joseph Okumu (football)

Most Promising Girl:

1. Mwanahalima Adam (football)

2. Kelly Gachaga (Golf)

3. Sneha Kotecha (Tennis)

Team of the Year –Men:

1. Kenya Sevens (Rugby)

2. Tusker FC (Football)

3. Kenya Simbas (Rugby)

Team of the Year – Women:

1. Harambee Starlets

2. Telkom Orange (Hckey)

3. National Roll Ball Team

Sports Federation of the Year:

1. Tennis Kenya

2. Football Kenya Federation


School Team of the Year-Boys:

1. Kamusinga (Hockey)

2. Kakamega (Rugby)

3. Upperhill (Basketball)

School Team of the Year-Girls:

1.Kaya Tiwi (Basketball)

2. Sinyolo Girls( Hockey)

3. AI Kosirai (volleyball)

School Player of the Year Girls: Haddasah Gichovi (Athletics)

School Player of the Year Boys: Allan Singar

School Coach of the Year: Philip Onyango

Coach of the Year: Jos Openda (Telkom Orange)

Hall of Fame:

Jackson Omaido (Rugby)

Naftali Temu (Athletics)

Community Hero:

Felix Oloo

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Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana were named the male and female World Athletes of the Year at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2016, held at Sporting Monte Carlo on Friday (2).

Bolt, who won the award five times between 2008 and 2013, added to his legacy by earning the trophy for a record sixth occasion. The sprinting superstar this year successfully defended his Olympic titles in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m, bringing his lifetime tally of Olympic gold medals to nine.

He clocked season’s bests of 9.81 and 19.78 to win the 100m and 200m in Rio and then anchored the Jamaican team to a world-leading 37.27 when winning the 4x100m.

He also went undefeated throughout the whole season at all distances, including heats.

"I live for the moments when I walk into a stadium and I hear a loud roar and Rio was outstanding," said Bolt, whose award was presented by IAAF President Sebastian Coe. "One of the main reasons I'm continuing for another year is because of the fans; they don't want me to retire. I have to give thanks to them."

Ayana had a record-breaking year. After recording the fastest 10,000m debut in history in June, the Ethiopian went on to win the Olympic title at the distance in a world record of 29:17.45.

She added to her Olympic medal haul in Rio by taking bronze in the 5000m, her only loss of the year. Having recorded three of the eight fastest times at 5000m, she ended the year as the Diamond Race winner for that discipline.

She becomes the third Ethiopian woman to win this award, following Genzebe Dibaba in 2015 and Meseret Defar in 2007.

"I don't have words to explain my feelings right now, I'm so excited," said Ayana whose award was presented by International Athletics Foundation (IAF) Honorary President HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco. "Really, I'm so pleased."


Andre De Grasse

At the age of 21, the Canadian sprinter earned the Olympic 200m silver medal in Rio, having set a national record of 19.80 in the semifinal. He took bronze over 100m in a PB of 9.91 and anchored the Canadian team to bronze in the 4x100m, setting a national record of 37.64.

Nafissatou Thiam

The Belgian all-round talent won gold in the heptathlon at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with a world-leading national record of 6810. Just 21 at the time, only one athlete (Carolina Kluft) has ever produced a higher score than Thiam’s at that age. En route to her Olympic triumph, she set a world heptathlon best of 1.98m in the high jump; higher than the winning leap in the individual high jump final.

Harry Marra

The US coach guided Ashton Eaton to his second successive decathlon gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, where Eaton equalled the Olympic record, and his third consecutive world indoor heptathlon title. Marra also guided Brianne Theisen-Eaton to the pentathlon title at the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016, where she broke the North American record. She later earned the bronze medal in the heptathlon at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Tegla Loroupe

Loroupe was the Chef de Mission for the Refugee Olympic Team in Rio. The former marathon world record-holder helped select the Refugee Olympic Team after the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation held a competition at the Kakuma refugee camp in north-west Kenya.

This award recognises and honours great service to athletics.

Polyxeni Argeitaki

Argeitaki is an assistant professor of athletics at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens. The former Greek champion at middle-distance events is the treasurer, council member and president of the scientific committee at the Hellenic Athletics Federation. She has also written more than 50 scientific publications.

This award recognises outstanding achievements and contributions made to develop, encourage and strengthen the participation of women and girls at all levels of the sport - IAAF

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Athletics Kenya will on January 16 hold a seminar in Eldoret to sensitize top athletes on the  new medical regulations as they try to eliminate doping in the country.

A total of 108 athletes are expected to attend the meeting with Olympic champions Eliud Kipchoge, Vivian Cheruiyot, Faith Chepng’etich, Jemimah Sumgong, Conseslus Kipruto and David Rudisha top of the list.

Margaret Nyairera, the Olympic bronze medallist over 800m leads the list of youngsters to Eldoret alongside Rogers Kwemoi, Amos Kirui, Kipyegon Bett, Kumari Taki, Cellphine Chespol and Maureen Thomas.

Harun Koech, Maureen Jelagat, Nicholas Bett, Ferguson Rotich, Ezekiel Kemboi, Asbel Kiprop, Paul Tanui, Hellen Obiri, Hyvin Kiyeng, Alice Aprot Nawowuna, Bedan Karoki and Geoffrey Kamworor all of whom were part of Team Kenya to the 2016 Olympic Games are also on the list.

 Big city marathon runners Stanley Biwott, Cyprian Kotut, Florence Kiplagat, Mary Keitany, Abel Kirui, Dickson Kiptolo Chumba, Priscah Jeptoo, Dennis Kipruto Kimetto, Helah Kiprop, Sammy Kitwara and Wilson Kipsang are also invited. Also invited is banned marathoner Rita Jeptoo.

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Kenyans Valary Jemeli Aiyabei and Victor Kipchirchir turned in convincing victories at the Maraton Valencia Trinidad Alfonso, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, in the eastern Spanish city on Sunday (20).

Aiyabei clocked 2:24:28, a personal best by 38 seconds and also the fastest ever women's performance on Spanish soil. Aiyabei also won the Barcelona Marathon in March setting the previous Spanish all-comers’ record of 2:25:26.

The men's contest witnessed a surprise victory by the unheralded Kipchirchir, who clocked a massive career best of 2:07:39.


Paced by Kenneth Kiplagat Tarus, Aiyabei set out well inside her PB from the gun, covering the opening five kilometres in 16:52, some 12 seconds ahead of a triumvirate made up of compatriot Nany Kiprop and the Ethiopian pair of Bethlehem Moges Cherenet and Aberu Mekuria. Surprisingly, last year’s victor Beata Naigambo of Namibia was already running 27 seconds behind.

The 10-kilometre point was reached in 34:03 with the Ethiopian pair and Kiprop briefly joining Aiyabei at the front. But Aiyabei broke away with ease shortly afterwards to reach the halfway point in a promising 1:11:11, signaling that a course record was well within reach. Behind her, Kiprop still ran relatively close, some 18 seconds behind while Cherenet and Mekuria were more than a minute adrift.

Hampered only by some slightly uphill kilometres just before the 30-kilometre mark, Aiyabei maintained her relentless rhythm over the second half, her victory never in jeopardy. By 35 kilometres (1:59:38), running 24 seconds clear of Kiprop, a course record was in the cards.

Even at this late stage of the race, the rabbit Tarus was still helping with the pace. And Aiyabei didn’t falter over the closing kilometres, romping home with a smile on her face en route to her 2:24:28, a time just outside the year’s top-25.

"I'm really grateful to my manager, coach and organisers as they all have let me set my best performance and course record," said Aiyabei, whose 2016 season also included a 1:09:33 lifetime best in the half marathon.

Kiprop held on for second in 2:25:13, a lifetime best by more than two minutes, with Cheneret, third in 2:26:11 to round out the podium.


Boosted by no less than three rabbits, the men’s opening splits were quite fast with the large lead group going through the 5 and 10-kilometre points in 14:47 and 29:45 respectively. By then, all the contenders were Africans except for European cross country legend Sergiy Lebid of Ukraine, now 41, who ran at the back of the group. Two kilometres later the first notable athlete to fall back was Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai, a 2:04:15 performer back in 2012.

Successive splits of 44:49 by the 15th kilometre mark and 1:02:31 at halfway suggested a winning time well inside the 2:06:13 course record set last year by John Mwangangi. Unceremoniously, he was among the next to drift back, falling out of contention some 26 kilometres into the race.

Kipchirchir led the field through 30 kilometres in 1:29:13, which at this point was reduced to a chase pack of three: Kenyans Peter Kirui, Matthew Kisorio and Geoffrey Yegon with Mwangangi another 12 second behind.

Kipchirchir, who arrived in Valencia with a somewhat modest best of 2:09:13 time, proved to be the strongest on the day, sealing the win with a move precisely at the 40-kilometre mark where he managed to shake both Yegon and Kirui.

A sluggish 31:26 split between kilometres 30 and 40 put paid to a course record assault, but he nonetheless managed to increase Kenya’s stranglehold on the event crown with his 2:07:39 run.

"I have beaten my PB and won the race so I can't ask for more," said the winner, who will celebrate his 29th birthday on 5 December.

This was Kipchirchir's second marathon victory of the year, after his win in Santiago, Chile, in April, where he clocked 2:11:01. "I liked Valencia's course and people. I hope to come back next year." 

Yegon was second in 2:08:08, holding off Kirui who clocked 2:08:15.

Mwangangi regrouped in the closing stages to finish fourth in 2:08:31 while Kisorio, fading badly in the waning stages, finished a distant ninth in 2:13:27.

The event was held under agreeable weather conditions, with temperatures hovering around 14 C at the start of the race with a relatively low humidity of 56 percent - IAAF

Leading results:
 1. Victor Kipchirchir, KEN 2:07:39
 2. Gilbert Yegon, KEN      2:08:04
 3. Peter Kirui, KEN        2:08:12
 4. John Mwangangi, KEN     2:08:31
 5. Weldemicael Kibrom, ERI 2:10:38
 6. Hassane Ahouchar, MAR   2:11:02
 7. Milton Rotich, KEN      2:11:15
 8. Mustapha El Aziz, MAR   2:11:42
 9. Matthew Kisorio, KEN    2:13:27
10. Solomon Yego, KEN       2:14:44
 1. Valary Aiyabei, KEN      2:24:48
 2. Nancy Kiprop, KEN        2:25:13
 3. Bethlehem Cherenet, ETH  2:26:11
 4. Aberu Mekuria, ETH       2:27:41
 5. Marta Esteban, ESP       2:30:47
 6. Emma Quaglia, ITA        2:30:57
 7. Beata Naigambo, NAM      2:33:10
 8. Gladys Tejeda, PER       2:34:56
 9. Lisa Ring, SWE           2:42:28
10. Sonja Roman, SLO         2:44:09



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