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Nanyuki’s Marion Githinji crowned Safaricom Golf Tour Champion at Vipingo Ridge

Githinji carded 47 Stableford points to emerge the overall winner

Nairobi, 7th Aug 202 – Marion Githinji from Nanyuki Golf Club has been crowned the overall winner of the inaugural Safaricom Golf Tour held at the Vipingo Ridge Baobab Golf Course in Kilifi County.

Playing off handicap 37, Githinji, who had qualified for the finals after emerging the winner in the Ladies Category in Nanyuki, returned a score of 47 Stableford points courtesy of 23 points in the front nine and 24 points in the back nine to claim the overall title.

Marion Githinji follows through with the progress of her tee shot during the Safaricom Golf Tour leg in Vipingo Ridge Golf Club Kilifi County

“It feels incredible and at the same time unbelievable to win this title.  This was my first time playing here at Vipingo. Hence, I had to capitalize on every shot and opportunity on the course. I played an easy game with no pressure as the course was also in good condition though a little bit windy. My four-ball team was good and made the game enjoyable. I thank Safaricom for this wonderful and worthy initiative, especially with the junior programme, which nurtures and develops young talents for the country’s future golfing sport.

Claiming the top prize in the Ladies’ category was the Kenya Airforce player Grace Naserian with 44 points ahead of Elizabeth Njau of the Royal Nairobi Golf Club, who settled for the Runners up on 32 points.

In the Men’s Category, Dr. Kipkirui Langat of Kericho Golf Club fended off stiff competition from his club-mate Erastus Orina to emerge the winner with 36 points on countback.

Overall winner Marion Githinji poses while receiving her trophy from Safaricom PLC CEO Peter Ndegwa during the Safaricom Golf Tour grand finale in Vipingo  Ridge Golf Club Kilifi County

Collins Too and Naomi Wafula took the longest drive contest while Nyanza-based and Eldoret leg overall winner Alice Awiti won the Safaricom staff prize.

Meanwhile, claiming the Best Nines prize were Justine Ongere on 22 points and Virginia Munyau on 23 points, with Habil Olaka, who was playing off handicap 19, settling for the Guest prize award on 42 points.

The Saturday event marked the close of the inaugural Safaricom Golf Tour series that was launched in January at the semi-public Golf Park, with the tour having traversed 14 golf courses across the country, namely: Nanyuki, Limuru, Muthaiga, Nyanza, Machakos, Eldoret, Karen, Nyali, Kericho, Kitale, Nakuru, Kenya Airforce, Vetlab and Royal Nairobi Golf Club, drawing a field of more than 9,000 participants in various tournaments, junior clinics and outreach programmes.

“Our partnership with the Junior Golf Foundation has played a great role in discovering and nurturing new talents across the country. I thank all the stakeholders who have made our inaugural series successful. Through the spirit of Tuinuane, our series has been able to discover, nurture, lift and expose over 4,000 juniors through the golf tournaments, clinics and outreach programme,” said Peter Ndegwa, CEO Safaricom.

Congratulations to the overall winner Marion Githinji at the Grand finale of the Safaricom Golf Tour in Vipingo Ridge Golf Club Kilifi County

The junior tournament winners will have a chance to attend a 3-day elite camp later in the year. Junior Golf Foundation will conduct the Training in partnership with the US Kids Golf Foundation.

World Athletics U20 Championships roundup

The final day of action at the World Athletics U20 Championships Cali 22 on Sunday (6) saw a plethora of precocious youngsters again light up the track at the Pascual Guerrero Olympic Stadium, and in a programme littered with middle- and long-distance races, one nation shone brightest of all.

Ethiopia won four gold medals in the space of 65 minutes, taking victory in the women’s 1500m, men’s 800m, women’s 5000m and men’s 3000m steeplechase, while the standout individual performer of the day was undoubtedly Jamaica’s Kerrica Hill, who powered to gold in the women’s 100m hurdles in a championship record of 12.77 (0.2m/s).

After Tina Clayton’s 100m victory, Brianna Lyston’s 200m win and Friday night’s world U20 4x100m record for Jamaica, it was proof that the sprint superpower is replete with a rising generation of star female sprinters capable of carrying the baton once Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson-Herah have stepped aside.

Hill, a student at Hydel High School, produced a near-flawless performance to smash her personal best with 12.77, moving fifth on the world U20 all-time list. She was followed home by teammate Alexis James, who set a PB of 12.87 to put previous injuries to her “toe, hamstring, shin, knee, shoulder and back” firmly in the rear-view mirror.

Hungary’s Anna Toth claimed bronze in a national U20 record of 13.00, which left her “so happy and shocked.”

The feeling was much the same for Hill, who had run the third leg on Jamaica’s world-record-setting 4x100m team on Friday night. “I did not expect a championship record, I expected some record but I was just focused on winning,” she said. “My success last night was inspiring because it helped me come out here and do my very best.”

The women’s 1500m final marked the start of an astonishing spell of track dominance by Ethiopian athletes, with Birke Haylom announcing herself as a potential senior star by taking gold in a championship record of 4:04.27, with Kenyans Brenda Chebet and Purity Chepkirui – the defending champion – following her home in respective PBs of 4:04.64 and 4:07.64.

The pace was a swift one from the start, with Chebet taking them through 800m in 2:09.76, then leading Chepkirui through 1200m in 3:19.34. But at that point Haylom started changing gears, moving from fourth to first up the back straight.

She struck for home around the last bend and built an advantage of several metres, but Chebet came again in the home straight, forcing Haylom to dig deep to hold her at bay. “It’s the first time winning a medal for my country,” said Haylom. “It’s a huge honour for me.”

In the men’s 800m, Ermias Girma closed out a great week by avenging his defeat in the 1500m, powering to victory in 1:47.36 ahead of the fast-finishing Algerian Heithem Chenitef who clocked a PB of 1:47.61 in second. Britain’s Ethan Hussey took bronze with 1:47.65, just ahead of Poland’s Kacper Lewalski (1:47.84).

The early pace was a steady one, with Girma’s compatriot Mersimoi Kasahun taking the field through the first lap in 54.96. Kenya’s Noah Kibet launched his big attack with 250 metres to run, briefly hitting the front as they hit 600m in 1:21.53, but it was a move Girma was well able to respond to, the 17-year-old kicking it into gear around the final turn and pulling clear to win his first global title. Kibet paid for his effort and faded to seventh in 1:48.50.

Ethiopia was even more dominant in the women’s 5000m, where the only doubt down the home straight was which of their athletes – Medina Eisa or Melknat Wudu – would strike gold. In the end Eisa proved the stronger, clocking 15:29.71 to edge Wudu (15:30.06), with Uganda’s Prisca Chesang taking bronze in 15:31.17. Latvia’s Agate Caune was fourth in a PB of 15:43.56.

Eisa said the victory was “a really big deal” for her while Wudu said it was a “dream come true.”

The men’s 3000m steeplechase also saw Ethiopia go 1-2, with Samuel Duguna sprinting clear of teammate Samuel Firewu to win in 8:37.92 to Firewu’s 8:39.11. Morocco’s Salaheddine Ben Yazide took bronze in 8:40.62.

“I am beyond elated,” said Duguna. “The weather conditions made the race a bit difficult. It was a bit hot, so when the race picked up it was challenging but this is for my country, all the Ethiopian people.”

The race proved cagey early on, with the chief contenders allowing Japan’s Asahi Kuroda to build a sizable lead. It was only in the last four laps that the African contingent began to get serious and hunt him down, closing the gap to 20 metres as Kuroda passed 2000m in 5:49.16. Heading out on the final lap, Duguna and Firewu had control up front and the pair never relinquished it, with Duguna dropping the hammer on his teammate as he approached the final water jump and surging clear thereafter.

In the men’s discus, Germany’s Marius Karges caused an upset by winning gold with 65.55m ahead of teammate Mika Sosna (63.88m), who had set the world U20 record in June. But that 71.37m effort, as great as it was, is ultimately what cost him here in Cali.

“On my world record throw, I injured my adductor and it still isn’t ready yet,” said Sosna, who only took one throw in the final due to the injury. “I arrived as the U20 world record-holder and to bring the silver medal back is a little disappointing. (The adductor) was grabbing during the competition, it was really rough.”

But Sosna’s misfortune was ultimately an opportunity for Karges, who overtook Sosna in the fourth round with 63.91m and then threw 65.55m to crown his win in the final round. Ukraine’s Mykhailo Brudin took bronze with a PB of 63.30m, while Greece’s Dimitrios Pavlidis took fourth in a national U20 record of 61.77m.

The women’s high jump saw Estonia’s Karmen Bruus live up to her favourite’s billing by soaring over 1.95m to take gold, with Britt Weerman taking silver in a Dutch U20 record of 1.93m and Serbia’s Angelina Topic third, also clearing 1.93m.

Bruus endured some nervous moments after first-time failures at 1.85m and 1.93m left her trailing Topic and Weerman when the bar went up to 1.95m, and after two failures there it looked like she might have to settle for silver or bronze. But with her last attempt she nailed it.

“That third attempt was a lot of pressure, but I didn’t change anything on it, I just gave all I had,” she said. “And that was enough.”

The women’s triple jump title went to Uzbekistan’s Sharifa Davronova, the 15-year-old’s second-round effort of 14.04m a PB and world U20 lead. France’s Sohane Aucagos took silver with 13.38m while bronze went to Tiana Boras of Australia with a PB of 13.30m.

In traditional fashion, the championships ended with the 4x400m finals and, also in traditional fashion, USA dominated. Their women’s team of Mekenze Kelley, Shawnti Jackson, Akala Garrett and Roisin Willis proved a class apart from their rivals, clocking 3:28.06 to come home well clear of Jamaica (3:31.59) and Britain (3:31.86).

With both Jamaica, Ethiopia and USA all having six gold medals at that point, it meant there was more at stake than usual in the men’s 4x400m final that wrapped up the championships.

That went much the same way as the women’s race, even if the US quartet of Steven McElroy, Ashton Schwartzman, Charlie Bartholomew and Will Summer wasn’t quite as dominant, Summer bringing them home well clear in 3:04.47, with Jamaica second in 3:05.72 and Canada taking bronze in 3:06.50.

It meant USA topped the medal table with seven golds and 15 medals overall, while Jamaica was second and Ethiopia third.

Cathal Dennehy for World Athletics

Thompson-Herah, Kiplimo and Moraa shine at the Commonwealth Games

Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah, Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo and  Kenya’s Mary Moraa stole the show at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Saturday.

Thompson-Herah is no stranger to sprint doubles. Having achieved the feat at the past two Olympic Games, the Jamaican superstar replicated the feat at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Saturday (6).

Jamaica’s Thompson-Herah at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Photo/Courtesy

Three days after winning the 100m crown in a relatively close race, Thompson-Herah won the 200m in dominant fashion, setting a Games record of 22.02 (0.6m/s) and finishing almost half a second ahead of her nearest opponent. Nigeria’s Favour Ofili took silver in 22.51 and Olympic silver medallist Christine Mboma earned bronze in 22.80.

Thompson-Herah had a comfortable lead before she reached the home straight, then her winning margin continued to increase as she neared the finish line.

She becomes just the fifth woman to achieve the 100m/200m double at the Commonwealth Games. She could add a third gold medal to her tally at these Games if she contests the 4x100m on Sunday.

Just half an hour before Thompson-Herah’s triumph, Jereem Richards won his second international title of the year by taking the men’s 200m in a Games record of 19.80.

The versatile sprinter from Trinidad and Tobago, who started his 2022 campaign by winning the world indoor 400m title, stepped back down to his specialist distance to win convincingly from England’s Zharnel Hughes (20.12). Ghana’s Joseph Amoah was third in 20.49.

Four days after winning the 10,000m – his first major title on the track – Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo bagged another gold medal, this time in the 5000m. And once again, it came down to another thrilling finish.

Kiplimo bided his time for the opening kilometres as world silver medallist Jacob Krop led the field through 3000m in 8:01.68. Krop’s Kenyan compatriot Nicholas Kimeli, the world leader, passed through 4000m in the lead in 10:41.08 as a gap started to appear between the leading three and the rest of the field.

Kimeli continued to lead for another couple of laps but couldn’t shake the challenge of Krop and Kiplimo. Coming off the final bend, all three men kicked hard but Kiplimo proved to be the strongest, powering his way to the finish in a season’s best of 13:08.08. Kimeli took silver in 13:08.19 and Krop finished third in 13:08.48.

Australia’s Oliver Hoare bounced back from a disappointing semifinals exit at the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 to win the men’s 1500m, beating world champion Jake Wightman and 2019 world champion Timothy Cheruiyot. Hoare won in style, too, smashing the oldest Games record in a track event.

Cheruiyot and Kenyan teammate Abel Kipsang took turns at the front for most of the race, going through 800m in a swift 1:52.1 and 100m in 2:20.3. Wightman, representing Scotland here, moved into the lead with 200 metres to go and held pole position into the home straight. But, showing signs of fatigue, he was caught in the closing stages first by Cheruiyot and then by a fast-finishing Hoare, who charged past the two global gold medallists to cross the line in a PB of 3:30.12.

The winning time took more than two seconds off Flibert Bayi’s Games record of 3:32.16, set at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch – a performance which was a world record at the time.

Cheruiyot was second in 3:30.21 while Wightman held on for bronze in 3:30.53. In a race of notable depth, the first six men finished inside 3:31.50 and the top 10 were all inside 3:34.0.

“It was a very fast race but I have been training for a fast race,” said Hoare. “It was just about kicking at the right time. I went through on the inside with a lap to go and I saw Jake next to me, and I started to panic because he is the world champion. But I tried to hold my composure.”

There was another middle-distance upset later in the day as world bronze medallist Mary Moraa overtook world and Olympic silver medallist Keely Hodgkinson to win the women’s 800m.

Mary Moraa of Kenya. Photo/Courtesy

Adopting unorthodox but ultimately effective tactics, Moraa charged through the first 200m in 25.9 but then slowed significantly once she reached the home straight, allowing Jamaica’s Natoya Goule to lead the field through the half-way point in 56.5. With 300 metres to go, Moraa was right at the back of the eight-woman field, while Hodgkinson was on Goule’s shoulder and soon moved into the lead.

Hodgkinson entered the straight in pole position with Goule close behind while Moraa had moved onto Laura Muir’s shoulder and had found her second wind.

Moraa regained the lead with about 35 metres remaining and went on to win in 1:57.07. Hodgkinson followed in 1:57.40 and Muir took bronze in 1:57.87, just 0.01 ahead of Goule.

It was the second gold medal of the day for Kenya, following Abraham Kibiwot’s victory in the steeplechase during the morning session. The world and Olympic finalist triumphed in 8:11.15, holding off a strong challenge from India’s Avinash Sable, who broke his own national record with 8:11.20.

(World Athletics)

Sundowns edge Cape Town City in DStv Premiership opener

Mamelodi Sundowns commenced their 2022/23 DStv Premiership season with a convincing 2-0 victory over Cape Town City on Friday night.

The Brazilians graced Cape Town Stadium with their new signings, goalkeeper Ronwen Williams marked his name in the starting line up, meanwhile Sipho Mbule started off from the bench for the first time as a Sandawana.

Downs’ intent matched the occasion early on, after five minutes Teboho Mokoena won a clever free kick after being fouled by Craig Martin.

City’s goalkeeper Hugo Marques made a save and kept the score at a level, however Haashim Domingo of Sundowns came close to goal minutes later.

Left winger Aubrey Modiba curled the ball a few meters outside the box where the ball met Domingo, the midfielder was unfortunate with his shot as it went over City’s goalposts.

Both teams played at high intensity with pressure from both the attackers and defenders on the two sides for much of the opening moments of the clash.

The Citizens pulled some strides in the 20th minute to put the backline under pressure, Khanyisa Mayo pulled off from Mosa Lebusa’s tackle and put in a cross in the 18 area box where Thabo Nodada was ready to put the ball behind the net but his efforts went past the side of Williams.

Themba Zwane who was leading the team as the captain in the battle looked deadly in counter attack, but Brice Ambina brought the midfielder down to stop Masandawana’s opportunity.

Neo Maema and Domingo also had the opportunity to open the scoring charts before approaching the half hour mark, Maema’s shot took a deflection on his own player when the referee called for an offside, while Domingo’s attempt went off target as the player lost balance before shooting.

The home team found their groove in the last minutes of the first half, goal attempts from Luke Daniels’ header nearly caused a host for the defending Champions and Marc Van Heerden’s attempt was brilliantly saved by Williams.

Bafana Ba Style ended the half with the most goal attempts and plenty of positive play in and around the final third as both teams went into the break with no goals scored.

There were no changes for either side at the break and it showed with a slower build up for the opening 10 minutes though Masandawana remained largely in control of proceedings.

Combinations between Peter Shalulile and Mshishi caused a stir in City’s box before Shalulile was gunned down, the referee called for play to go on as the ball went out for a corner kick.

The Brazilians’ first chance came after 55 minutes of play, Domingo was once again in the action of goal when he was obstructed to proceed into the box and the referee called for foul play. Modiba stepped up to face Marques, the left footer slotted the ball at the top corner to give the Tshwane visitors a lead in the battle.

After three minutes of play, Zwane extended the lead to 2-0 when the goalkeeper came out to meet Domingo’s pass, but Mshishi’s final touch was enough to beat Marques.

The home team’s opportunity to pull one back fell at the feet of Mpho Makola who was given a set piece, but his efforts went off target. The intensity of the game picked at a high with City trying to come back into the game, but The Brazilians stood firm in defense.

Williams made a dazzling save in the final 10 minutes of the match, a cross from Kajally Drammeh into the box was perfectly swept by the new Downs goalie.

Maema’s pass made its way to Namibian international star Shalulile who was blocked from taking a shot. Sundowns collected maximum points at the Cape Town Stadium as the game concluded with a 2-0 win.