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Kenya Team : World Championship Squad Berlin 2009

Kenya Athletics Federation released a final list of Athletes for 2009 Berlin World Championship. The team / squad is made up of the following athletes.

Kenya’s team to the World Championships:

Women

Joyce Zakary (400m), Janeth jepkosgei, Pamela Jelimo (800m), Irene Jelegat, Nancy Jebet Lagat (1,500m), Ruth Bosibori, Gladys Kemboi, Milka Chemos (3,000m SC), Vivian Cheruiyot, Sylvia Kibet, Inness Chenonges (5,000m), Linet Masai, Florence Kiplagat, Grace Momanyi (10,000m), Julia Murage Mumbi, Martha Komu, Hellena Kiprop, Irene Limika, Risper Kimaiyo Jemeli (marathon).

Men

Mark Mutai (400m), David Rudisha, Alfred Kirwa, Jackson Kivuva (800m), Asbel Kiprop, Haron Keitany, Augustine Choge (1,500m), Brimin Kipruto, Richard Matelong, Ezekiel kemboi, paul Kipsiele Koech (3,000m SC), Vincent Kiprop Chepkok, Joseph Ebuya, Eliud Kipchoge (5,000m), Micah Kogo, Moses Masai, Bernard Kipyegon (10,000m), Daniel Rono, Emmanuel Mutai, Robert Cheruiyot, Benjamin Kiptoo, Abel Kirui (marathon).

Interview With Robert Cheruiyot at Gebreselassie Running Clinic

Other elite runners at Haile Gebrselassie running clinics were Paul Tergat and Robert “Mwafrika” Cheruiyot. While Paul and Haile monopolised attention, Robert remained in the background. I even didn’t know he was around until someone called him out.

Robert has been one of my favourite athletes, he has won 4 boston marathon and one Chicago marathon and he was my bet to win the gold at 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Robert cheruiyot "mwafrika"

Why he dropped out of Beijing games

With the media focused on Haile and Paul I had him to myself. My first question was what happened at Beijing. He told me it was a case of overtraining. He really wanted to win the gold at Beijing and so he had pushed himself hard only to suffer a thigh injury close to the games that refused to heal on time.

About that famous fall at 2006 chicago marathon.

It was all bad luck! This was refreshing in an age when people are suing for even minor things.

Attacking the Haile Gebrselassie marathon record

He wants to break Haile Gebreselassie marathon record, hopefully at the world championship in August at Berlin, Germany.

If he breaks it in Berlin it will interesting to see what Samuel Wanjiru and Martin Lel will do at London marathon in September because that is the date they have set to crack Gebrselassie record and bring it back to Kenya.

As we were taking the above photo he pointed to the green grounds inside Nyayo National Stadium and noted that when he started running that ground was all dust.

8 years after he started running he has won 4 boston marathons and made lots of cash from running: Not bad for a man who started out as a barber.

Mike Huckabee Boston Marathon Time

Former Republican presidential contender, Mike Huckabee was in the news this week for saving the life of a choking politician. Mike is not a stranger to heroics, I remember in February this year he took a break from his busy campaign schedule to train for April 2008 Boston marathon.

After Huckabee dropped out of the running to be the Republican nominee, he went out of the news and I forgot he was supposed to run Boston marathon.

It’s after this save a life incident by Huckabee that I checked his Boston Marathon finishing time. The official position is that Mike didn’t post a time. Was he disqualified? No. It turns out he dropped out a few days before the race, claiming a knee injury.

Better luck next time.

Story of a Runner Who Gate Crashed Boston Marathon

Many Boston Marathon stories have been narrated, an interesting Boston marathon story I read happened in 1984 Boston Marathon. It is how a”Bandit” runner gate crashed Boston Marathon, if you don’t know, a bandit runner, he is one of those people who is too cheap to enter a race and they run without paying and without a race number.

Unlike Rosie Ruiz (of the infamous 1980 Boston marathon scandal) who has refused to own up to cheating, the following is the full account as told by a guy who was willing to gate crash Boston Marathon;

” Running in a race without a number is frowned upon by other runners, because they paid and you didn’t. Running Boston in 1984 amongst less than 4,000 other runners meant that you had qualified with a pretty good time in the marathon and that is why you got to run the race. My thinking was that if I started in the back, then very few people would notice me and that when I stopped to get water, everyone else had already had a chance to get theirs (it is even worse if a bandit takes water at a water stop).

 

At the mile, which I passed through in 12:00 pace, my plan was working to perfection. I wasn’t being yanked off the course by an official (it used to happen) and with the rain and cold temperatures, no one seemed to notice me. I had told my friend that I would try to catch her by 10 miles (I don’t know what I was thinking that I was going to do after that, since it was still 16.2 miles back to Boston) and I just kept running and looking at people’s backs trying to find my friend.

 

Ten miles passed, then 13.1 miles then Heartbreak Hill and 20 miles and all I kept thinking was that my friend was really having a great race because my time was pretty good and I had passed other people in our running club from New Jersey.

 

The lowest point for me in the race, besides not catching my friend, was that when I really wanted the finish line to finally be there, there was one more turn and a little ways to go. I did finish, however, ran 3:00:40, was wrapped in one of those shiny Tyvek blankets at the finish and ushered away from the finish area because, you know, I was a bandit.

 

And there I stood, elated but deflated, having been beaten by my friend and thinking that this was worse than the ride up when I was just a dry, warm “sweats holder”. But the worst was yet to come. Glancing around, I saw my friend hop over one of the yellow police tapes and I was then totally crushed. Not only had she beaten me, but she had the energy to hop over a police tape when I could hardly move.

 

The happy ending to my first (and only) Boston Marathon story is that my friend had actually dropped out at 10 miles and taken the bus back. In trying to keep my word and catch her, I had focused entirely on my commitment and the miles just breezed by making it by far the most enjoyable marathon that I have ever run!”

This story is a true as I picked it from the narrators blog . Read Coach Richard blog to know why he did it.

Some interesting post on his blog are

 

Lance Get’s Carried Away At Boston Marathon as Cheruiyot Wins

Robert Cheruiyot win at 2008 Boston Marathon means a Kenya runner has won 16 of the last 18 Boston Marathon.

 

Cheruiyot, 29, beat runner-up Abderrahime Bouramdane of Morocco by a wooping 1 minute 18 seconds. The gulf in time between the the winner and second place finisher is telling of what it takes to win what is arguably the toughest marathon.

Unlike 2008 London Marathon where we saw Martin Lel of Kenya sprint to the finish line, Cheruiyot slogged to the  finish. He reminded me how I finished my finished my first marathon, thirsty and breathless.

What makes boston marathon difficult is the four hills on the course. The last hill fittingly called “Heartbreak hill” is located at around 21 mile mark. This is the point where most athletes hit the wall. Just when your body is running out of glycogen you are faced with a hill!!!

This is a race that a runner needs a lots of stamina to do well. Ability to run fast won’t do here. The best way prepare for Boston is to do lots and lots of hill runs.

Lance Armstrong 2008 Boston Marathon

Lance Armstrong, finished the 112th Boston Marathon in 2:50:58, placing 488th out of more than 25,000 runners.  His  time was 5  minutes behind  his  2007 New York Marathon  time  2:45 . He blamed his inability to beat his time on getting carried away with excitement. According to bikerider.com “he pushed the pace a bit too hard in the middle of the Boston race, mostly due to the excitement of being there and ended up paying for it in the final four to five miles.”

Armstrong, running together with 50 Livestrong ‘teammates,’ was raising funds and awareness for his Lance Armstrong Foundation, known around the world as Livestrong.

Armstrong said he plans to run the New York City Marathon again this fall.