The country’s best athletes turn out for the 2018 National Cross Country Championships in Jinja on Saturday February 10 to stake a claim for a place on the national team for Commonwealth Games due in Australia in April.
With the cross country championships doubling up as determinant of who – is – who in the senior men and women categories in individual and team national rankings, will be hotly contested.
18 year old Albert Chemutai, Uganda’s finalist at the IAAF World Championships in London, UK finished 2nd behind Ethiopia’s Telahun Bekele at this year’s Cross Internazionale della Vallagarina held at Villa Lagarina, Trento, Italy.
Ethiopia’s Bekele outclassed Albert who came five seconds later at the final incline with a pros final touch to compete the race as winner. Yashin Haji, Ethiopia’s 2015 IAAF World U20 Cross Country Championships finished 3rd in 27:22.
The Confederation of African athletics (CAA) took the opportunity of the 27th edition of its Congress (9th – 10th October 2017 in Skhirat, Morocco) to appoint Mauritius Vivian GUNGARAM as African member of the IAAF. He thus replaced Kenya’s David Okeyo who is serving a suspension further to doping matters and embezzlement of funds allocated to Kenya Athletics and provided by Nike. Vivian Gungaram is the CAA vice-president and Director of the HPTC Mauritius which is in charge of combined events.
GeneralJackson Tuwei, CAA Council member
Fukuoka, Japan – December 3rd, 2017
Seasoned marathoner; Stephen Kiprotich rounded off the year in style with another 2nd place finish at the Fukuoka Marathon. The venue is becoming one of the favourites for the 28 year old after he set his second career marathon finish in a time of 2:07:10 on Sunday. His best time remains 2:06:33 set in 2015 at the Tokyo Marathon.
Sunday’s run, however, produced some stunning performances from Norwegian Sondre Nordtad Moen, who not only won but set a new European Marathon record 2:05:48.