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Kenya’s Olympic marathon champion wants to meet Obama

Kenyan marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge has requested for a meeting with former US President Barack Obama. On Saturday Eliud Kipchoge become the first athlete to run a marathon in under two hours. He covered the 42.2km distance in one hour 59 minutes 40 seconds in the Ineos 1:59 Challenge in Austria’s capital, Vienna. It will not be recognised as the official marathon world record but the Kenyan has been celebrated for his achievement. One of those is President Obama who is a Kenyan born himself. The former US President was…

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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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The candidates seeking to become Ghana’s next FA president

Six individuals who have been cleared to contest for the presidency of the Ghana football Association are hoping to secure the top job to reform the body. The election which is set for October 25, will see five men and a woman vying to replace disgraced former president Kwesi Nyantakyi. Vetting process this month was without no controversy after some candidates were disqualified. 120 delegates from the football constituents are expected to choose a president and executive council members on October 25 after meeting the integrity test by a five member…

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Zlatan unveils a topless sculpture of himself

Swedish great Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been honoured with a statue in his hometown of Malmo. On Tuesday afternoon, supporters flocked to Malmo’s stadium to see Ibrahimovic himself unveil the bronze statue, commissioned by the Swedish FA in honour of their all-time record goalscorer. The statue is the work of Swedish artist Peter Linde and stands at 8.9 feet tall while weighing approximately half a ton – taking four years to construct. Hundred of fans gathered outside the stadium in Malmo as Ibrahimovic addressed the crowd at the venue where he where he made his professional…

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FIFA extends mandate of Ghana FA normalization committee

World governing body FIFA has extended the mandate of the Ghana Football Association normalization committee. The extension is to help the committee complete the electoral process expected to go beyond the slated October 25, 2019 proposed date. An official confirmation from FIFA extended the work of the interim managerial team up to November 17, 2019. The committee will now have enough time for a proper handing over after the electioneering process. The Ghana FA normalization committee was expected to end its mandate on September 30. But the committee has now…

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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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Opinion: Everyone’s a loser at the World Athletics Championships in Qatar

Professional athletes have to be able to cope with a lot. They earn a living through their performances and every necessary step must be taken in order to maintain them. They train in heat, cold, rain, snow or hail. They sacrifice everything in order to achieve their goals. We are talking about a small, select elite who are used to a bit of pain and suffering, and accept such things without complaint. Therefore, if concerns are raised by those in this particular position, they must be taken seriously. French decathlete Kevin Mayer labeled these…

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Fraser-Pryce wins gold in IAAF 100m women’s final

Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has won gold in the World Championships 100m final. Dina Asher-Smith also became the first British woman to win an individual sprint medal in 36 years claiming silver. Fraser-Pryce won with 10.71 seconds to claim her eighth world title. For Asher-Smith who is 23-year-old, it is her first major global medal outdoors. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce goes 10.71 seconds, fastest in the world this year, two years after childbirth, for her sixth combined Olympic or world 100m title. Greatest female sprinter in history? pic.twitter.com/p3jHyN11S1 — Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) September…

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Bekele misses world record by 2 secs in Berlin marathon win

Former Olympic and world champion Kenenisa Bekele staged a thrilling comeback to win the Berlin marathon on Sunday. He recorded the second fastest time ever to finish just two seconds short of the world record. Ethiopian Bekele, winner in Berlin in 2016 and world record holder over 5,000 and 10,000 metres, finished in two hours, one minute and 41 seconds. He narrowly missing Eliud Kipchoge’s world record time. Kipchoge, who set the world’s best mark in Berlin last year, was absent to prepare for his renewed sub-two hour marathon attempt…

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