Habari za Wiki - 14 September, 2021

From The Enda Community

To honor this special tradition and remembrance day in the American calendar, @bahntrain and friend wore purples.

Remebrance day celebrations

Always great to see the members of the Enda community join the world’s collective memory of this and other significant days in our respective calendars.

From Us at Enda 

To celebrate your impact on us and that of every member of the Enda community, we made the limited edition Enda Jamii tees. The Enda Jamii (community) is a celebration of the personal relatedness and identity of every member of the Enda community.

Because sustainability is not just something we say but strive to live by, the Fairtrade Enda Jamii tees are not just proudly 100% organic cotton certified by the Global Organic Textile Standards, they are also dyed with Oeko-Tex certified dyes.

Enda Jamii shirt limited edition

What’s more, we've now packaged them in a reusable drawstring bag that is a perfect accessory for holding small items.

New Jamii packaging

In case you are looking to shoot that hoop and wondering when, now would be the time. We are running low on the first batch, so make sure to get yours now:

The Running News

The Wanda Diamond League came to an end this past week and what an event it has been. The Championships that came just after Tokyo Olympics allowed in-person presence of fans and sparked some hope in the world that soon we might return to normalcy. 

Diamond League finals 

Title after title, Kenya registered outstanding performance at the Diamond League finals. First up we shared a wrap of Kenya’s 1500m favorites, Faith Kipyegon and Timothy Cheruiyot put up quite the fight to win their respective races.

More from the finals: Kenya’s steeplechase runner Norah Jeruto came first in the 3000m women's steeplechase in 9.07.33 to win her first diamond league title. Kiyeng Hyvin, a 2015 Africa championships gold medalist finished second in a time of 9.08.55. 

800m champion Emanuel Korir added a Diamond trophy to his Olympic title after finishing first in 1.44.56. Rotich Ferguson came in second in 1.44.56. Benjamin Kigen added another Diamond league title after winning the 3000m steeplechase in 8.17.45. El bakkali Soufiane came in second in 8.17.70 while Kibiwot Abraham finished in third place. 
Congratulations to all the athletes on the superb performance!


Agnes Tirop Breaks 10Km record

Agnes Tirop crosses the finish line in the new record

Agnes Tirop crosses the finish line in the new record. PHOTO/World Athletics

Kenya’s long-distance runner Agnes Tirop is the new 10Km road race world record holder.  Agnes clocked a time of 30:01 during the Adizero Road to Records event in Herzogenaurach, Germany this past Sunday. Tirop who came in fourth at the Tokyo Olympics said she was delighted with her performance indicating that it came as a big surprise to her. 

Agnes attributed her win to the final 2 km push by compatriot, Sheila Chepkurui who came in second after running 30:17. Kenya’s Nancy Jelagat sealed an all Kenyan podium finish in a time of 30:50

Kip Keino classic weekend is here

An action-packed event awaits us in the coming days after stars, Mboma, Ta lou and Masilingi are set to clash at the Kip Keino classic event that begins on the 18th of September. Tokyo Olympic medalist Faith Kipyegon after a stellar win in Zurich will be joining among other athletes, Uganda’s 3000m summer Olympic gold medalist Peruth Chemutai.

Marie-Josee Ta Lou who is the World 100m bronze medallist and Christine Mboma who is the Olympic 200m silver medallist, will renew their rivalry in women’s 200m at the Kip Keino Classic. Mboma who had a fantastic performance at the Wanda Diamond league is certainly going to battle it out with the other athletes as she seeks yet another win. We are certainly looking forward to this event.

"It will be a bigger and more exciting event than last year. 80 athletes have registered for the national events while the discretionary and core events has attracted 185 athletes," 
@athletics_kenya president Lt Gen (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei.

You can stream the event via Nation television. Meanwhile, officials indicated that fans may be allowed into the stadium

Goodbye track, says Hellen Obiri. 

Hellen Obiri celebrates after winning silver. PHOTO/Reuters

The finals in Zurich wrapped up an 11-year track journey for Kenya’s track favorite Hellen Obiri. 

At the Zurich 5000m finals, Obiri maintained a lead up to 3000m before Burundian Francine Niyonsaba put up an unrivaled fight to overtake and beat Hellen Obiri. Niyonsaba won in a time of 14.28.98. Helen Obiri came in second in 14.29.68 and Ethiopian Taye Elgayehu finished in the third position in 14.30.30.

In a pre-race interview with Kenya’s Citizen Digital, Obiri indicated that this would be her final race as she transitions to road racing. “After 11 years in track, I feel that has not been an easy task and I am excited to venture into another phase of my career. I think it is the right time to move on although I will really miss the track,” said Hellen Obiri.

Well, during Obiri’s half marathon debut in Istanbul early this year, she finished fifth in a time of 1:04:51. This performance made Obiri the fifth-fastest performer of all time. With that alone, we can't wait to see Obiri bring some action to the roads.

Non-Kenyan News

Christine Mboma smashes world U21 record

Things just keep getting better for the 18-year-old Namibian star. Mboma who won silver at the Tokyo Olympics had a superb season and added yet another trophy after winning the 200m in Zurich. Mboma won the race in 21.78 to set a new World U20 record. Jackson Shericka came in second in 21.81 with a personal best while Asher-Smith came in third.

Kerley Fred wins Takes down De Grasse

Olympic silver medalist Fred Kerley won the 100m finals in Zurich after beating Andre De Grasse and Ronnie Baker who came in second and third respectively. Kerley who became the first man to win the 100m, 200m, and 400m Diamond league events finished the race in 9.87 to claim victory. Andre De Grasse finished the race in 9.89 a new personal best.

Bednarek Kenneth storms to 200m victory in Zurich

American Kenneth Bednarek posted a time of 19.70 to win the 200m diamond league title ahead of Andre De Grasse who came in second in 19.72.