Recently by Justin Lagat

Justin Lagat

Justin Lagat

Bio: Since 2013, Justin Lagat has written for RunBlogRun. His weekly column is called A view from Kenya. Justin writes about the world of Kenyan athletics on a weekly basis and during championships, provides us additional insights into the sport.


Twitter: @kenyanathlete

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Kenya won no medals in the men's 1,500 meters, one medal in women's 800 meters and a javelin silver! Here is how Justin Lagat explains the strange night of Day Nine to our readers.

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Vivian Cheruiyot chased Almaz Ayana in the 10,000 meters, and took the silver. In the 5,000 meters, Vivian Cheruiyot and Hellen Obiri formed their own pellotan and chased Alamz down. After the 10,000 meters, Ayana was worn out. Her 2:50 per kilometer pace for three kilometers wore her out and gave Vivian Cheruiyot her chance. Vivian and Hellen went by Almaz and they went to win, with Vivian Cheruiyot getting the only medal missing in her mantle, a gold for the Olympic 5000 meters! Her smile after the race was one of joy and battles hard won! Here is Justin Lagat's story on Vivian.

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Justin Lagat wrote about the 400 meter hurdle race and how Boniface Mucheru took the silver in an event that, besides Nicholas Bett, Kenya has had little success. Mark my word, Kenya will become a power in the 400 meter hurdles.

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A race with much tension and excitement as the top three athletes ran away from the field. Justin Lagat wrote this piece before he knew that Ezekiel Kemboi had been disqualified for what, I believe, is nonsense. But, Justin was already grieving as no Kenyan men will make the 5000 meter final.

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The 1,500 mete race for women was good for Kenya, Ethiopia and the United States. Here is how Justin Lagat saw the race from his viewing in Kenya. What an exciting race, and the finish left us breathless, form Rio to Eldoret!

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David Rudisha walked onto the track very calmly and deliberately. He had been preparing for this race for sometime. I was watching from the BBC radio office trackside in Engenhao Stadio Olimpico. As the race began, David Rudisha went out behind Alfred Kipkter, and then, made his move with 300 meters to go. His move was strong and deliberate as he ran to his second gold in the Olympic 800 meters. Jonathan Edwards asked me if I thought David Rudishas was the best EVER. After some hemming and hawing, I said yes. In retrospect, I should have agreed right away. David Rudisha has come back from injury and taken three years to slowly build himself back to the stature needed to win an Olympics. Will he do it again? Will we see him in Tokyo 2020?

Stay tuned. Here is the story from Justin Lagat on David Rudisha's win and its importance to Kenyans.

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Jemima Sumgong has come a long, long way. Her victories in New York and London, now pale in comparison to her battle in Rio. A fight from the start, Jemima gutted it out on a very warm day in the Rio winter.

Here is Justin Lagat's story about this exceptional athlete winning this amazing race. Oh, and glad to see our friend, Frederico Rosa, in Rio.

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Here's Justin Lagat's story on Paul Tanui's silver medal in the 10,000 meters. Justin is our writer in Kenya, and also produces We ask Justin to provide a Kenyan point of view for the performances of their athletes in Rio. Justin writes a weekly column for RunBlogRun titled A View from Kenya.

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Vivian Cheruiyot is the Kenyan Pocket Rocket, in my mind. Winning her first medal as a Youth in 1999, over the 3000 meters, taking the bronze in 9:04.42, Vivian Cheruiyot has competed in every major champs since 2000, where she was 14th in the 5000 meters! Her gold in Beijing 2015 in the 10,000m last year gave her hopes for 2016. In London 2012, Vivian was silver in the 5000 meters and bronze in the 10,000 meters.

Vivian Cheruiyot is fun to interview. She is talkative, for a Kenyan women athlete, and also is quite focused. Her silver medal, in a Kenyan National record performance of 29:32.53 today, could have many superlatives worthy of the description. I call her gutty. She pushed Almaz Ayana as long as she could, as much as she could. I equate Vivian Cheruiyot to the Robert De Niro character in Raging Bull, called Jake LaMota. Ayana pushed and Cheruiyot gutted out another lap.

What a race to behold!

Here is Justin Lagat's fine piece on the performance of Kenya's pocket rocket, Vivian Cheruiyot!

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This is Justin Lagats' first piece on the theme of the Rio Olympics. Justin's job is to provide a particular Kenyan viewpoint, and he does that quite well. In this column, Justin writes about the good news that has come to Kenyan spots lately, namely WADA taking his country off the non-compliant list and strong testing prior to Rio. Before you criticize, please consider that, there are always two sides to a story and Justin Lagat is no more proud of his country than those from U.S. are of theirs.

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