On Tuesday, December 15, Kenya’s track and field governing body, Athletics Kenya, marked its 70 years of existence in a colourful ceremony at the Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi.
The event brought together pioneer administrators and athletes, as well the current crop of runners and sport managers on whose shoulders lie the heavy responsibility of ensuring Kenya’s legacy in the sport lives on.
KELLY AYODI committed the event, bursting with rich history and significance for the future, to pictures.
Nairobi hosted the last leg of the 2020 World Athletics Continental Tour Saturday, October 3.
Despite allowing a limited number of fans in the Nyayo National Stadium due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event accorded Kenya a chance to showcase her credentials as the true home of athletics.
KELLY AYODI was there to capture the action.
Kenya Monday officially launched the Nairobi leg of the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold — the Kip Keino Classic – set to take place at Nyayo National Stadium on October 3.
About 150 athletes are expected to take part in the event with the Kenyan authorities allowing up to 6,000 fans to witness the event.
Winners in each of the core events will take home KSh600,000, first runners up KSh450,000, second runners up KSh300,000 and fourth-placed KSh200,000. KSh150,000 will go to fifth-placed athletes.
Core events in the Kip Keino Classic are triple jump, hammer throw, 200m and 3,000m steeplechase, featuring men and women.
Javelin throw (men only), 400m, 800m, 1,500m and 5,000m will fall under the discretionary events.
The launch event was graced by Kenya’s Sports Secretary Amina Mohamed, Athletics Kenya President Jackson Tuwei, Kenyan track legend Kipchoge Keino and a host of current top Kenyan athletes.
SPORTS AFRICA’s KELLY AYODI was at Riadha House in Nairobi (Athletics Kenya offices) to capture the unveiling.
Kenya’s Team Cheruiyot had to contend with Nairobi’s high altitude and poor weather (wet and windy conditions) Thursday, June 11, 2020 in their defeat to Norwegian team led by the Ingebrigtsen brothers in a virtual 2000m race that took place in both Nairobi and Sandnes.
Team Cheruiyot – Timothy Cheruiyot, Edwin Melly, Vincent Keter, Timothy Sein and Elijah Manangoi – went down to the Ingebrigtsens (Filip, Henrik and Jakob) who were running at a favourable altitude of just 30m above sea level back in Norway.
Cheruiyot and Manangoi are the world 1500m champions in 2019 and 2017 respectively, but it was the youngest of the Ingebrigtsen brothers,Jakob, 19, who shattered the dream of the Kenyans at home soil when he ran the fastest time and European record of 4 min 50.01 sec to smash the previous best of 4:51.39 set in 1985 by Britain’s Steve Cram.
He however did not beat Moroccan Hicham Guerrouj’s world best of 4:44.79 that was set in 1999.
All three Ingebrigtsen brothers finished within the 4:57 mark, while only Cheruiyot posted the fastest time (5:03.05) for the Kenyans in the race run under terrible conditions.
KELLY AYODI was in Nairobi to capture Team Cheruiyot in action.
Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama has donated hand sanitizers to residents of Mathare in Nairobi to help curb coronavirus spread.
Through his Victor Wanyama Foundation and Red Cross, the Montreal Impact midfielder admits they are joining hands in the fight against the virus which has claimed thousands of lives around the world.
“During this fight against coronavirus, it is important for us as Kenyans to do our part and help stop its spread,” said the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder on a video posted on the foundation’s official Facebook page.
“Make sure you follow the guidelines set out by healthcare officials; wash your hands thoroughly and social-distance yourself as much as possible.
“If we all play our parts, we will beat this. The Victor Wanyama foundation and the Red Cross will do all we can to help.”
Kenya has so far recorded 31 Covid-19 cases with one casualty.
In January last year, Wanyama picked six needy pupils who had performed well in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education to sponsor throughout their secondary school.
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The Morans will now advance to the next phase of the qualifiers, joining Senegal, Angola and Mozambique in pool B with the top three all but guaranteed of a place in the championships set for 2021.
KELLY AYODI was at the Nyayo National Stadium to capture the thriller that saw fans jam the venue.
On Saturday, December 21, 2019, little-known Sindo United from Kenya became the first team in the world to honour a match in Somaliland, a self-declared state considered to be an autonomous region of Somalia, staged at the Hargeisa Stadium.
The team that is based in the remote western part of Kenya in Suba, Homa Bay County, lost the invitational match 3-1 to the Somaliland national team.
Our star snapper KELLY AYODI was there to immortalize this historic moment.
The Watamu Sport Festival returned to the scenic Kenyan coastal town October 18 – 20, 2019 at the Turtle Bay Resort.
Now in its 10th year, the events included duathlon, aquathlon, cross triathlon, a 10km run and a half marathon, and fun family competitions.
If missed then you are in luck as you can immerse yourself in the action as captured by our star photographer, KELLY AYODI.