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Cherono holds off nature's wrath

TAIPEI, March 21 – Kenyan runners defied a severe sandstorm to win both the men's and women's titles in the Taipei Express Marathon Sunday, organisers said.Henry Cherono crossed the line in two hours, 24 minutes and seven seconds, ahead of Taiwan’s Chiang Chieh-wen, who clocked 2:27:37.

Cherono’s compatriot Evelyne Kimuria won the women’s title in 2:53:06.

Cherono’s time was slower than his personal best of 2:12:11 and the Taipei Express’s record of 2:16:41, set in 2005 by his compatriot David Kariuki.

Cherono said his run was hampered by strong winds that covered northern Taiwan in clouds of yellow dust, according to a statement released by the Chinese Taipei Road Running Association.

More than 1,500 people competed in the 42.2 kilometres (26.2 miles) event, while nearly 7,500 others took part in the half-marathon and other events.



  1. Francis

    September 9, 2011 at 4:46 am

    Whatever the outcome of the case one thing is true-IT IS A SHAME TO THE PEOPLE OF KENYA TO LISTEN TO THOSE ARGUMENTS.More so by the cultural ignorance from some of the comments.I take great offense to the comments regarding Bishop Kosgei by counsel for victims that “HE CAN COME TO HAGUE/GO TO US BUT NOT VISIT IDPS”. It is not his work to do so! There is no heroism in visiting camps-HOW MANY KENYANS HAVE BEEN TO THE CAMPS? I know Kosgei from days gone from Kabarnet high school where he was a source of inspiration to all of us and dedicated service in CU.We all remember the lengths he would go to host students from all schools around Kabarnet and beyond.In those years he did not have the benefit of a wheel chair and “ran around the school on his hands-ONE HAND WOULD HOLD THE BIBLE AND THE OTHER SUPPORT HIM ON THE GROUND AS HE WELCOMES VISITORS”. He is a national treasure by his strength/example and selflessness.To suggest that this man should be the one going around IDP camps or that he chooses not to go there because the people are Kikuyus is an abuse.Many/almost all people from central Kenya have/had a relative in the camps.They have not been there-CAMPS ARE NOT NATIONAL PARKS-MANY KENYANS HAVE NEVER BEEN TO OUR PARKS EVEN.I do not know how much Kalenjin he speaks -I NEVER HEARD HIM SPEAK! THERE IS NO KALENJIN IN THIS MAN! To suggest as  prosecution asserts that this man was the financier of violence but cannot even produce evidence against him in his presence is a shame-AS A COUNTRY NO SON/DAUGHTER SHOULD EVER BE SUBJECTED TO SUCH ABUSE. To say that Cherambos fits the bill because he “IS TRAINED TO ELECT ROAD-BLOCKS IS INSANE-HE IS A PROFESSIONAL OFFICER NOT MUNGIKI!-ARE POLICE OFFICERS ELSEWHERE TRAINED? “. About helicopters – THEY ARE NOT BIRDS! THEY DO NOT LAND EVERYWHERE-YOU CAN ASK ANY KENYAN WHETHER A HELICOPTER LANDED NEAR THEIR HOME.Some kids would even be named NDEGE- THEY ARE RARE.If you are evicted from Burnt-Forest you do not move to ELDORET! IT IS INSANE TO DO THAT-YOU GO TO OL-KALAU! .The counsel for the victims needs to know  the facts or ask me-I WAS AN IDP IN BURNT-FOREST IN 1969 has been affected by all others 1992/97/2007-the underlying philosophy/truth is very different from one being sold! I HAVE THE WHOLE HISTORY.  

    • Brenda Mbeya

      September 9, 2011 at 9:55 am

      If you know so much why don’t you take it to CJ Dr Willy Mutunga and set the record straight

      • Dora osok

        September 9, 2011 at 11:36 am


  2. teke

    September 9, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Well Francis we feel ur frustratoin but fact is Bishop Kosgei is the head of EMO foundation that in his own words at the trial is non discriminatory n helps KENYANs from all facets of life.Doesnt it seem curious that IDPS squat in his neighbourhood n this EMO n Bishop Kosgei have really done little if at all anything to ease these peoples discomfort?Ccnsider the amount spent on these trips n tell yourself the welcome difference the sorry IDPs would feel watchin him on TV

  3. Stephen

    September 9, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Momanyi you must be disappointed by the proceedings and the defense the suspects have out up. While I agree that a day has 24 hours, the prosecutor failed to provide enough evidence. (ENOUGH EVIDENCE) He has failed. In some cases he even redacted dates and times. Why would he do this? Simple his evidence was not consistent with the charges. Redacting dates weakened his case considerably. This guy failed to even provide phone logs and helicopter logs. Now the Judges have dismissed his argument on Helicopter timings. Pole bwana.

  4. W jasa

    September 10, 2011 at 11:59 am

    This is one accurate piece I have read in a long time. After listening to Katwa’s closing “This case should not be confirmed because the witnesses are anonymous” I did not expect to hear that from a lawyer considered to be one of the best in Kenya. He should have known better, the prosecution cares about witness security. Many people who blog about ICC are either driven by tribal and 2012 consideration. When the O6 make statements I know those are deliberate to look and remain credible but deep inside they are shaken to the core. We may have a new constitution but with many lazy people around who want their politicians to think for them we wont achieve anything. Our politicians know how to read Kenyans minds and they went into early presidential campaigns to use it as a tool at ICC, the law does NOT care about front runners, a criminal is a criminal. If found guilty they should be locked if there is no sufficient they should be set free. We need to think about our brothers sisters, parents, etc who lost their dear lives and  had to live in squalid conditions in IDP camps.

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