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Kenya’s Kosgei breaks women’s marathon record

Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei eclipsed the 16-year-old women’s marathon world record held by Britain’s Paula Radcliffe as she retained her Chicago title. The 25-year-old recorded a time of two hours 14 minutes 04 seconds, easily inside Radcliffe’s mark of 2:15:25 set at the London Marathon in 2003. It adds to the Kenyan’s win in London this year when she clocked 2:18:20 and became the youngest winner of the race. Ethiopa’s Ababel Yeshaneh was second in Chicago, six minutes 47 seconds behind. Only 22 runners in the men’s race finished faster than Kosgei, whose time…

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Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge breaks 2-hour marathon mark

Eliud Kipchoge has become the first athlete to run a marathon in under two hours, beating the mark by 20 seconds. The Kenyan, 34, covered the 26.2 miles (42.2km) in one hour 59 minutes 40 seconds in the Ineos 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, Austria on Saturday. It will not be recognised as the official marathon world record because it was not in open competition and he used a team of rotating pacemakers. “This shows no-one is limited,” said Kipchoge. “Now I’ve done it, I am expecting more people to do…

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Africa’s largest slum to host inaugural world poverty forum

Kibera slum, Africa’s largest slum located in Kenya will be hosting the inaugural World Poverty Forum (WPF) in January next year. Founded by Kennedy Odede, one of Africa’s best-known social entrepreneurs, the forum is taking place on the 11th and 12th of January 2020. Organizers of the forum say the choice of Kibera is “to give a real voice to the poorest so they can co-create solutions to their own problems.” WPF will be one of the first events in a united 2020 plan announced during UNGA week to respond to the…

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Kenya’s Kipruto reveals how he won gold in Doha

Defending champion Conseslus Kipruto on Friday staged one of the biggest comebacks in the history of the World Championships, rallying from behind to beat Ethiopia’s Lamecha Girma in a photo-finish on his way to retaining the men’s 3000 metres steeplechase gold at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha. Kipruto won in a world leading time of 8 minutes and 01.35 seconds, followed by Girma in 8:01.36. The 2014 African champion Soufiane El Bakkali from Morocco, who also finished fourth at the 2016 Olympic Games, timed 8:03.76 to take the bronze medal.…

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Kenya: Betting firm SportPesa sacks 400 staff

Betting firm SportPesa has sacked 400 of it’s employees in Kenya because it could no longer afford to pay them their salaries. The company has said that it’s business model has collapsed after the government imposed additional tax of 20 per cent on all revenues. On Wednesday the company’s Chief Executive Officer Ronald Karauri told employees at a meeting that that their services were no longer tenable. He later told a local radio station that “We have been keeping our employees on the payroll without generating revenue. It is really…

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Kenyan school closed over outbreak of strange disease

A girls high school in Kenya, the Starehe Girls Centre has been closed following the outbreak of what health officials say is a mysterious disease. The unknown disease has left 52 students isolated, forcing its closure on Thursday. Education officials say the school would however be-open on Monday, October 7. According to health officials those affected by the outbreak have high pitch cough, sneeze and a low-grade fever,. Doctors from Kenya’s Integrated Disease Surveillance Response Department have now collected samples from those affected for analysis. The Nairobi City County where…

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Why Kenya faces imminent drug shortage

Kenya is reportedly facing an imminent shortage of medicines and pharmaceutical products as importers engage in a row with the government. Companies that import and distribute medicines and pharmaceutical products have announced a suspension of medicines as they demand the government rescinds a new directive that subjects their products to double inspections. Per the new directive goods being imported into Kenya must have a pre-export verification certificate known as Pre-export Verification of Conformity (PVoC). The PVoC is a conformity assessment certificate which is issued to exporting countries before the products…

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Kenya’s Chepngetich wins Doha women’s marathon

Kenya’s Ruth Chepngetich won the women’s marathon at the World Championships as 28 of the 68 starters withdrew in gruelling conditions in Doha. In a race that started at midnight local time, Briton Charlotte Purdue was among the athletes to pull out in temperatures of 32C and with humidity reaching over 70%. Organisers decided to go ahead with the event in its scheduled slot despite fears that the conditions might not be conducive for marathon running. Linet Chebet of Uganda was taken away in an ambulance after failing to complete…

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Kenya: 7 children killed in school collapse, 57 others injured

A collapsed classroom at a school in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi has killed seven children and injured a further 57. The disaster occurred early on Monday morning at a school called Precious Talent school, according to government officials. Kenya’s government spokesman, Cyrus Oguna said “There have been 57 students that have been taken to hospital for treatment, and we can also confirm that there have been seven fatalities.” Most of the victims were aged between eight and 15 years and were undertaking morning preps. According to local media reporting, the two-storey…

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Kenyan science teacher meets Trump in White House

The Kenyan teacher awarded recently for his dedication to work and helping his students has met U.S President Donald Trump. Peter Tabichi, a science teacher is also due to speak at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. A picture of Trump and Tabichi’s meeting in the Oval Office was posted on Twitter by the White House press secretary. Stephanie Grisham said Tabichi’s “dedication, hard work, and belief in his students’ talent has led his poorly resourced school in Kenya to emerge victorious after taking…

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