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Masai and Tanui shine at Uhuru

NAIROBI, Kenya, February 20 – Paul Tanui and Linet Masai will spearhead Kenya’s challenge at next month’s IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Bydogszcz, Poland.Tanui obliterated the rest of the competition in the 12 km senior men’s category by winning the race in 30:12.5 on Saturday, five seconds ahead of second placed Lucas Rotich at the Uhuru Gardens.

“I did not expect to be leading the race for so long. My aim was to keep up with the leading pack and then see what happens from there,” said Tanui.

“When I got to the front I decided to open up the gap because I didn’t want to take any chances because who knew what my counterparts were up to,” said the Nyanza South runner.

Masai also produced a dominant display in the senior women’s race with a superb time of 26:43.0 despite running with one shoe for most of the race.

“Running with one shoe was not very comfortable but I tried my best,” said Masai who was running for Kenya Police.

“I’m very happy with the way the race went today. I planned all along that I would break at the halfway stage and that’s what happened,” added the current 10,000m World champion.

Masai who finished second behind compatriot Florence Kiplagat at last year’s World Cross Country championships in Amman is not wary of the expected potent challenge from the Ethiopians but is more concerned with her form.

“I hope I can win gold this time round. The Ethiopians don’t worry me. I’ll just go there and run my race,” said the 20-year old.

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The 27 member strong team will report to Kigari Teachers Training College on Wednesday for camp.


Senior Men: Paul Tanui, Lucas Rotich, Joseph Ebuya, Hosea Macharinyang, Leonard Komon, Richard Mateelong, Mathew Kisorio

Senior Women: Linet Masai, Lineth Chepkirui, Margaret Wangari, Emily Muge, Anne Wanjiru, Gladys Chepngeno

Junior Men: Charles Chebet, Paul Mutero,nCaleb Mwangangi, Japeth Korir, Gideon Kipketer, Isaiah Kiplagat

Junior Women: Nelly Chebet, Purity Cherotich, Faith Chepngetich, Mercy Cherono, Alice Aprot, Esther Chemtai

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  1. Anthony Kagiri Waithera's

    August 16, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Hunger and poverty are synonyms with laziness…..Question is who amongst the stakeholders in Kenya is lazy now that we are facing drought? 

  2. Charles

    August 16, 2011 at 10:40 am

    You have hit the point 100% bwana Cannon. I think when a leadership intoxicates themselves with full time politics, plotting for 2012 etc, the result will be total lack forward thinking. Actually, the money used this year for drought intervention can build plants able to process, package and store the surplus food as you suggest. It is also strange that the government has land at the coast lying idle next to an all weather river. How about utilizing the NYS to make that land productive? let us learn from the little ant! 

  3. Wakamenju

    August 16, 2011 at 11:36 am

    “It is time we learnt to harness what
    we have during times of plenty and storing it up to eat in times of need. From
    rotting mangoes, potatoes, tomatoes, cabbages and kales to the cows, goats and
    sheep we could package all these and store them”.       I truly like this part!!!! AND I AGREE WITH YOU A HUNDRED PER CENT.  Go on to say this again and again, until it sticks/sinks somewhere in the minds of the leadership we have today!  WAKAMENJU

  4. sam mwaura

    August 16, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    what makes me sad is the fact that food gets wasted in some parts of the country while in others poeple are dying of hunger.It really is sad especially if you know how it feels to sleep hungry even for a night.Let us correct our mistakes by electing good leaders who will be competent enough to actually plan for such disasters and be as what Cannon said ants who save for times of drought. 

  5. Karis

    August 16, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Well said Canon, it is very sad to note that Kenyans are still in hunger at this time and age, I want to acknowledge the fact that if Kenyans did more than giving food donations and gave more of ideas that would help prevent this from happening our nation would be more sustaining, I come from the area of Sultan Hamud, this area is faced with drought too. But I am impressed by residents of Ngokomi who have taken to themselves to run away from hunger, they have planted trees at the area selected the crops which do well under the harsh conditions eg. melons pawpaws, oranges onions and so on,  this area is green and remakable.
    So as you say the goverment to do its part by encouraging people to olant trees in the drought striken areas, and also to plant crops which withstand tha harsh environment, together we can.

  6. George

    September 22, 2011 at 5:17 am

    In deep, all Kenyans must learn from this tine insect- The ant

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    We must wake up now and not later otherwise we will continue to count bodies wich will include those of poor little children because of hunger. The whole African Continent must wake up and embrace modern farming methods so as to be able to feed our people effectively and sustainably. Food is what makes a human being so our political leaders especially african agriculture ministers and agricultural research institutes should start to take food security very seriously if we really want to preserve our future generations and stop the embarrassment we africans are experiencing every year we beg for food from the international community. If African Governments are really serious about achieving the MDGs (Millenuim Development Goals) or the kenyas vision 2030, they must first learn to feed there people sufficiently because people who have enough nutrients in there bodies are more healthier and therefore economically more productive.

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