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Rudisha through to 800m final

NAIROBI, Kenya, July 29 – Reigning African 800 metres champion David Rudisha eased into the final of his specialty on day two of the African athletics Championships at Nyayo National Stadium.
The 21 year old led heat two from start to finish to win in 1:46.59 ahead of former World champion Alfred Kirwa Yego who came in second to also seal a place in the final.

Speaking afterwards, Rudisha said that he was hopeful of defending his crown in Friday’s final.

“I won the title in Addis and would want to defend it. I have also run the fastest times in the world this year, and people expect me to deliver and live up to expectations,” said Rudisha.

He however pointed out that time will be secondary to winning, “I really don’t think it will be fast, it might be 1:45 or even 1:46 but all that matters is winning.”

On his part, Kirwa Yego was content with making the final of yet another major championship and predicated a Kenyan battle for honours, “With all of us qualified, it will be a very tough race because we will be favourites.

Jackson Kivuva completed a trio of Kenyans through to the final winning his heat in 1:49.48. The diminutive Kenyan had to shift through the gears coming off the final bend to hold off Wola Gende Shiferaw to win the heat.

In the 400 metres semifinals, Anderson Mureta and Mark Mutai both qualified for the final.

Mutai finished second in his heat clocking 45.69 seconds behind 2006 African champion Gary Kikaya who won in 45.55.

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Mureta then made up for a lackluster performance on Wednesday with an impressive run finishing second to make the final in a time of 45.83 seconds.

Olympic 1500 metres champion Nancy Jebet Langat is also through to the final after winning her heat in 4:15.84. The mother of two hung at the back of the pack for most of the race, before applying her deadly finishing kick.

Ann Karindi squeezed though to the final as one of the fastest losers after finishing fifth in 4:17.21.

Earlier, Irene Jelegat easily swept through to the final in 4:13.97 having led from gun to tape
Ethiopia’s 2008 World Indoor champion Gelete Burka scraped thorough after finishing third in the second heat.

In the women’s 100 metres hurdles Florence Wasike could only manage sixth place in race won by Nigeria’s Sen Adigun. Wasike trailed from the start clocking 14.21 seconds.



  1. Oludavin

    November 9, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Well said Mr. Ngunjiri, Kenya needs siasa mpya though best on the continuous fight for justice and unity of Kenyans. Looking at the current presidential candidates, only RAO stands a chance of realising the fruits of the second liberation: kenya free from impunity, free from corruption, free from ethinicity, free from drug barons, free from land grabbers, free from insecurity, free from hunger, free from unemployment, free from high cost of living, free from illitracy, free from Athur brothers, free from corrupt incompitent police  force, free from IDPs…! I say RAO because of his past reacord and his stand as the living political hero based on; His fight gainst Moi dictatorship, fight for a second liberation, firght for the new constitution, strong stand on peace deal in Senegal after PEV, Mau conservation, Against Hague process, Introduction of Kazi kwa vijana initiative, demolition of houses on road reserves, tot forgeting the Kibaki tosha among many others that needed risk taking and alot of courage. Raila has passion, ideas and courage. In all these efforts he has been demonised by every evil force but has come out muepe kama pamba.

    • Bmutai

      November 10, 2011 at 1:37 am

      I just wanted to point out that Rao is not a saint… You’ve glossed him too much! I do agree that he’s better than the other options available, but he’s not the best that we can have.
      Does it strike you or anyone for that matter as strange that Rao has never fired any ‘Luo’ EVER? Either they are exceptionally good (read loyal) workers or that could be his imperfection…
      Just saying… 

  2. Anonymous

    November 9, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Hehehe. Tumekutoa pangoni Saint GONEjiri. You can no longer continue hiding behind vague articles ambiguously alluding to  ‘peace and reconciliation meetings’ or ‘siasa mpya’. Clearly, you now have no choice but to come out in the open and state (as you now have thank you) that you are fronting for Dr Railer himself (PhD in PEV and Anarchy, 1982,2007/8).

    Hata pesa vile zinaingia is public knowledge Saint GONEjiri. That new house in a leafy neighborhood. Your life is suddenly changing for the better bwana. Kudos for the instant ‘savings’. Indeed Change Associates is delivering change that GONEjiri can believe in. Could it be bakshish from the Mahindi scandal? Ama hizo ni za Triton? Maybe KKV? Sisemi kitu! 

    Mambo nikujichanua. Ponyoka na nyumba. Hehehe. I have no hard feelings with mwanaume anatafutia their family. Seriously, ponda mali now while the sun shines. Railer and the Hyacinth Mafia are engorging like there is no tomorrow because they know 2012 is the year of retirement for them. 

    You are free to campaign in Luo Nyanza for Railer and the Hyacinth Mafia. While at it you could give an inspirational pep talk to the stone-throwing subjects of the King of Kondele. I would urge that you focus your talk on how humanity has long transitioned from Homo Habilis and Homo Erectus where stone implements were the in thing. Of course, do not forget to obtain clearance from the King of Kondele lest you become another in a long line of stoned statistics. 

    Next Railer propagandaist on the chopping block?

    • Hachore84

      November 14, 2011 at 8:46 pm


    • kimani waweru

      November 22, 2011 at 12:17 pm

      kumbaf. ata wewe si ujichanue? rumour mongerer.

  3. Beatmuthm

    November 15, 2011 at 10:00 am

     ngunjiri you project will not work some of those you are saying are one of us we have seen them when thy are in power so  you opinion is better for you keep 4 uaself

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