Friday, November 29, 2013

IAAF Ambassador Kipketer gets Sopot running towards 2014 World Indoor Championships

More than 700 amateur athletes raced through the streets of Sopot on Thursday (28) to mark the 100-day countdown to the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships.

They were joined by IAAF Ambassador Wilson Kipketer, Denmark’s three-time World 800m champion, along with some of Poland’s top athletes, including 2009 World Pole Vault champion Anna Rogowska.

Meanwhile, the Ergo Arena – the venue of the World Indoor Championships – welcomed dozens of school children who took part in mini sports competitions and dance shows.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Athletics Africa & African Sports Media Network team up for African Sports Award show in Ghana

Two of Africa’s sports media companies; Athletics Africa and African Sports Media Network have decided to join forces to recognize the efforts of Africa’s athletes in a Joint Sports Awards ceremony at the 1st Biennial African Sports Development Conference and Expo to be hosted in Accra Ghana in December 2013.

The two CEO’s of both Companies Mr Yomi Omogbeja of Athletics Africa and Mr Leslie Koroma of African Sports Media Network, who have both been running two distinct and separate Awards for African athletes, came to an agreement that it will be very beneficial to run a joint African Sports Awards ceremony that will be hosted during the upcoming African Sports Development Conference and Expo in Accra, Ghana this year and will continue to be held annually in Select Cities across Africa making it a constant fixture in the African Sports landscape.

Mr Omogbeja of Athletics Africa, one of the pioneers of online African Sports Media, had initiated and runs the annual ATAF Awards (Athletics Africa Awards) while Mr Koroma and his group at African Sports Media Network had been running the sports discipline neutral; African Male and Female Sports Personality of the Year Awards all in an effort to give credence and recognition to the efforts of Africa’s athletes.

Both CEO’s who are integral part of the 1st Biennial African Sports Development conference and Expo saw the need to integrate the Joint Sports Award show into the conference timetable of events since most of Africa’s sports aficionados will be at the conference and therefore in essence make it a perfect sense to launch the first joint award where all of Africa’s sports personalities will be gathered.

More details about the award ceremony will be provided in the coming months.

About Athletics Africa:

Athletics Africa provides up-to-date news and information about African athletes, administrators and officials nationally and internationally throughout the day as close to real-time as possible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The award-winning website also offers incisive features and articles written by the editors and sourced from freelance reporters and athletics experts across the continent.

AthleticsAfrica.Com, the Winner of the 2011 Telkom/SABC HighwayAfrica new media award for journalism innovations in Africa, is managed by Yomog Sports Media Company - a sports news, design and media management company headquartered in Lagos and developed by Yomi Omogbeja, a Finalist at the 2004 Press Gazette UK Student Online Journalist of the Year awards.

About African Sports Media Network:

African Sports Media Network founded in 2010 by former athlete and technology expert Mr. Leslie Koroma provides up-to-date and 24 hours sports news and information about African athletes, officials, issues and coverage of events on all sports disciplines across Africa and internationally through its website African Sports TVand its digital online sports magazine African Sports Monthly.

African Sports Media Network is registered and headquartered in Houston, Texas USA with satellite offices in London UK, Freetown, Sierra Leone and Johannesburg South Africa and operates two subsidiary companies currently in; African Sports TV and African Sports Monthly Magazine.

African Sports TV is a daily sports news and event coverage portal that offers daily news update and live event streaming.

African Sports Monthly Magazine is Africa’s first and only comprehensive sports magazine that covers all sports disciplines across all 54 states of Africa and beyond offering deep insights into the African sports world through analysis and well researched articles by our experienced global staff.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Felix Limo announces international retirement

Felix Limo at home in his tea plantation in Kenya
Hulst, The Netherlands - The well-known Kenyan distance runner Felix Limo announced his international retirement on Thursday, after a top-level career that spanned more than a decade.

Now 32, Limo first came to prominence when he ran 27:04.54 for 10,000m for second place at the 2000 Van Damme Memorial meeting in the Belgian capital of Brussels.

However, Limo quickly found that his forte was racing on the roads.

On 21 November 2001, he ran 15km in 41:29 at the Seven Hills Run in the Dutch city of Nijmegen, famously beating Haile Gebrselassie. The time was the inaugural standard for the distance when the IAAF ratified road running world records at the start of 2003 and stood as the best time ever until November 2010.

Limo ran his first marathon in 2003 when he finished second in the Amsterdam Marathon in 2:06:42, at the time the second fastest debut ever.

The following year, he was the fastest man in the world over the classic distance when he won the 2004 Rotterdam Marathon in 2:06:14. Later in 2004, he won the Berlin Marathon in 2:06:44.

Between 2004 and 2006, he won four out of his five marathons, his other victories coming at the 2005 Chicago Marathon and 2006 London Marathon, the latter in 2:06:39.

Although those three years can be considered to be the pinnacle of his career, and he was arguably the number one marathon runner in the world during that period, he remained close to the top of his profession until the end of 2012.

At the end of last year, I had some tough decisions to make. I had some back problems which meant I could not train as well as I would have liked, which lead to me dropping out of the Toronto Marathon last October,” reflected Limo.

“In fact, I have had back problems for a number of years. They have never been serious but were the reason why I also dropped out of the Chicago Marathon in 2007 and they have become a little worse in recent years.

“I feel confident I could still run marathons in 2:09 or 2:10 but I can't do the intensity of training that

I was able to do seven or eight years ago. I also have to be realistic, those times are not going to get me into the top three of the best marathons these days,” added Limo, with a smile on his face.

“In addition to obviously spending more time with my family, I'm looking forward to being able to devote more of my energies to my business affairs away from athletics as I have interests in real estate, dairy farming and tea plantations.

“However, I will always run, I love the sport. I would like to thank the man most responsible for my success, Patrick Sang, who coached me throughout my career and adidas, who supported me for many years.

“I would also like to thanks all the race organisers I have dealt with over the years. They were very kind and generous to me,” commented Limo.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Mayova, Haitope, Karupu, Nghipandulwa shine in Oshakati

Namibia's big names got the local athletics season underway with decent performances during the Bank Windhoek Grand Prix held at the Oshakati Independence Stadium on Saturday.

As reported in the Namibian:

Globine Mayova, Lavinia Haitope, Basilius Karupu and Daniel Nghipandulwa were the stars of the competition after winning double in their respective events.

Mayova took top honours in the women’s 200m and 400m sprint events, clocking 24,46 and 55,73 seconds respectively.

The determination of 400m national champion Basilius Karupu ensured that he retained his title as 400m Grand Prix Champion when he finished with a time of 48,13 seconds.

Karupu then upstaged favourite Hitjivirue Kaanjuka in the 200m sprint event, as he narrowly edged his rival with a time of 21,72. Kaanjuka however reigned supreme in the men’s 100m with a time of 10,75.

Haitope, who recently finished in the top 40 at the World Half Marathon Championships, was the queen of the middle-distance events as she finished first in both the 1500m and 3000m events.

She posted times of four minutes and 25,04 seconds in the 1500 and nine minutes and 52,25 seconds in the 2000.

Nghipandulwa showed consistency to emerge victorious in the men’s 800m and 1500m events.

Also impressive was Merlyn Diamond, who only just returned from a lengthy injury layoff, powered her way to the women’s 100m victory.

Prize money to the value of N$45150 was sponsored by Bank Windhoek whilst the Coca-Cola Bottling Company was the official drinks sponsor.

The second leg of the Bank Windhoek Grand Prix will take place in Windhoek on the January 12, with the final leg set for February 2 in Swakopmund.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Exclusive: An insight into Sports Development in Cross-Rivers State 2012...

Patrick Ugbe, Commissioner for Sports in Cross Rivers State, Nigeria, gives an insight into the comprehensive sports development projects of the Liyel Imoke's government and the state's efforts to host the National Sports Festival and the World Mountain Running Championships in Obudu in 2014.

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