Recently in Kenyan Athletics Category

The Eldoret City Marathon is to be held now in April 2021, and it is now a qualifying event for Abbott WMM. Justin Lagat sent this piece in on the postponement and change in status of the growing event.

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Top picture has Philemon Kipchilat (left) and coach Philip Bargoria (right) surrounding the young runners. The rest of the pictures are randomly taken in Kaptagat forest during their run. Photos by Justin Lagat / Kenyan Athlete
This is a weekly piece by Justin Lagat on how life continues in the pandemic in Kenya.

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This is a piece on Susan Sirma, the Kenyan woman who took the 1991 WC bronze in the 3,000m, the first Kenyan woman to win a medal. Special thanks to Justin Lagat.


1991 World Cross Country, (Photo Above) Left to Right: Catherine McKiernan (Ireland, 21:18, 2nd), Susan Sirma (Kenya, 21:40, 9th), Albertina Dias (Portugal, 21:19, 3rd), Lynn Jennings (USA, 21:16, 1st), photo on, photo and copyright by Jeff Johnson

benjipcho1.jpgBen Jipcho and John Davies, 1974 Commonwealth Games, steeplechase (Ben Jipcho won the event), photo by Scottish newspaper

Justin Lagat did this piece on Ben Jipcho's death and the challenges that Kenyan Olympic medalists see in their later years...

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The 2019 WC Doha gold medalist and world record holder has had a tough time training during the Covid 19 pandemic.

Okay, I have this thing.

Spending six to ten hours a day, editing, writing and podcasting, I catch myself editing everything.

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Ben Jipcho, John Davies, 1974 Commonwealth Games, photo courtesy Commonwealth Games/Seattle Times

This piece is in honor Ben Jipcho, who died this past week. Ben Jipcho was one of the finest athletes of his generation. Heck, he was one of the finest Kenyan athletes of any generation. Ben Jipcho was an amazing anomoly, now, in this time when, sublimating one's own needs for the bettement of a team, community, nation seems, well, so old-fashioned to many. Ben Jipcho did not just compete, he made history!

In that case, the piece on Ben Jipcho was quite good, except two glaring errors:

Kip Keino did not defeat Jim Ryun in Munich, it was in Mexico. Jim Ryun did not make the final in Munich at 1,500m. KIp Keino won silver (1500m) and gold (steeplechase). Ben Jipcho took his only Olympic medal, a silver in 1972, in the steeplechase.

Kip Keino took the silver in the 1,500m in 1972, in attempting to defend his 1,500m gold from Mexico City in 1968. Pekka Vasala battled Kip Keino, going 1:46 in the last 700 meters to take the gold medal to Keino's silver. Kip Keino took gold the steeplechase in Munich 1972, Ben Jipcho was silver in Munich in the steeplechase, and Jim Ryun was not in the steeplechase. Jim Ryun had been tripped in the 1,500m heats, and did not advance. A protest had been filed for Jim Ryun, but it was denied.

So, this is why Ben Jipcho was so famous:

In the 1968 Olympic final, Ben Jipcho took the lead, and made a mad dash to a 56-second first lap. By the 800m, Kip Kieno was in the lead and moving away, with Ben Jipcho heading to the back. Jim Ryun was gasping and trying to catch Keino. Ryun used his amazing speed, and moved from 10th to second in the last lap. Alas, Ryun was still 30 meters behind Kip Keino. Jim Ryun took silver, in 3:37.8, to Keino's 3:34.9, and Bodo Tummler, 3:39.00 in bronze. Jipcho was the rabbit, and without him, Keino would have had a much more challenging time. Ben Jipcho gave up his medal hopes to help Kenya to gold.

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Justin Lagat wrote this piece today about the motorcycle accident that put Geoffrey Kamworor in the hospital. Thing was, Geoffrey Kamworor, was not on the motorcycle, he was running alongside a road, when hit by the motorcycle. We wish him a fast recovery.

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This is a cool idea! Justin covered the NOCK sponsored webinars for Kenyan athletes. This is the column by Justin Lagat.


Justin Lagat, our Kenyan senior writer, had a rather frustrating experience with an athlete. The athlete agreed to an interview, and then went silent. No return calls, no texts, no communication. My guess is, this happens to all athletics media writers, and of course, in other fields of journalism. Justin opines on why this may not be the best recourse for some athletes or managers.

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