Olympic champions set for Kip Keino Classic

A number of Tokyo Olympic medallists, including champions Faith Kipyegon and Peruth Chemutai, will be among the athletes in action at the Kip Keino Classic, a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting, in Nairobi, Kenya, on 18 September.

Athletes from at least 28 countries are expected to compete when the final meeting of this year’s Continental Tour Gold series is held at the Kasarani Stadium, which recently hosted the World Athletics U20 Championships.

U20 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS REPORT A Rich African harvest: 22 Gold, 15 Silver, 18 Bronze

The World Junior (U20) Athletics Championships, held from August 18 to 22 in Nairobi, Kenya, witnessed the breaking of four U20 world records, 15 championship records, 11 junior continental records, 68 national records of the category and 10 senior national records.

This first world event of World Athletics organized on the African continent, allowed Africa to achieve great performances from sprint to long distance and field events.

Nairobi hosts the World Junior Championships

The World Athletics U20 Championships in Nairobi (Kenya) will be held from August 18 to 22. First scheduled for Tuesday August 17, the first day of competition was postponed to the next day to allow teams to reach Kenya despite the constraints related to the health crisis.

Hamad Kalkaba Malboum, President of the CAA: “Africa remains an important cradle of athletics worldwide.”

Interview by Mohammed Benchrif

After 10 days of competition (30 July - 8 August), the athletes from the African continent left the XXXII Olympic Games in Tokyo with a harvest of 23 medals (8 gold, 7 silver and 8 bronze). Eight nations of the continent contributed to this achievement, namely Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Botswana.

In a very difficult context due to the pandemic, African athletes have once again demonstrated the excellent health of African athletics, a source of satisfaction for the President of the Confederation of African Athletics, Mr Hamad Kalkaba Malboum, who kindly granted us this exclusive interview.

TOKYO 2020 Eight African nations for a haul of 23 medals

Mohammed Benchrif (translated by Raphael Miller)

The Tokyo Olympics closed on Sunday with a final flourish thanks to the second consecutive Olympic title for Eliud Kipchoge in the marathon.

After 10 days of competitions (30thJuly -8thAugust), the representatives of the African continentare set to depart from the 32ndOlympic Games held in Tokyo with a haul of 23 medals (8 of them gold, 7 silver and 8 bronze).

Eight (8) African nations have played their part in amassing this collection (Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Botswana).

Kenya once again led the packwith 10 podium finishes, four of which were first places, which propelled the country to 3rd place on the track and field medal table behind the USA (26 medals including 7 gold) and Italy (5 gold medals).

Eliud Kipchoge completes a historic marathon double

(Mohammed Benchrif)   

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge triumphed in Sunday’s Olympic marathon in Sapporo (north Japan). He led from the front and left his main competitors in his wake after breaking away from them 10 kilometres from the finish line, which he crossed with a time of 2hours 08 min 38 sec. 

Dutch athlete Abdi Nageeye (+1min 20sec) and Belgian Bashir Abdi (+1min 22sec), both originally from Somalia, took the two remaining podium spotsruling out another Kenyan one-two the day after the one seen in the women’s marathon.  

Kenyan double in the women’s marathon, the highlight of day 9

(Mohammed Benchrif)

On the 9th day of athletics events at the Tokyo games, African athletes claimed one gold (in the women’s marathon), two silver and two bronze medals.

And so it was that Kenyan, Peres Jepchirchir, became the Olympic marathon champion on Saturday in Sapporo (north Japan), taking first place in 2 hours 27 minutes 20 seconds.

Jepchirchir outpaced her compatriot Brigid Kosgei, the world record holder over this distance (2:14:04) by 16 seconds and was 26 seconds ahead of American Molly Seidel, who took bronze.

Gold and the record for Kipyegon, Cheptegei the new ruler over 5000m

The eighth day of athletics competitions at the Tokyo Olympic Games was defined by the crowning of Kenyan Faith Kipyegon over 1500m, the Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei over 5000m and the stunning qualification of Botswana for the final of the men’s 4x400m relay. 

Kenyan Faith Kipyegon, the title holder, retained her Olympic crown in the 1500m with victory in 3 min 53 sec 11/100 ahead of British athlete Laura Muir (3 min 54 sec 50) and Dutch star Sifan Hassan (3 min 55 sec 86).

TOKYO OLYMPICS: Fabrice Zango wins Burkina Faso its first Olympic medal

Mohamed Benchrif

On Thursday, a bronze medal, truly worth its weight in gold, was secured by Hugues Fabrice Zango in the triple-jump. This is the very first Olympic medal ever won by Burkina Faso since its first involvement in the 1972 Olympics in Munich.

Despite taking part in nine Olympic Games, Burkina Faso was yet to win a single medal, a situation which the triple-jumper aimed to change this year in Tokyo.

“I wanted to win an Olympic medal in the triple-jump for Burkina Faso because we’ve never won one before.”