Battle lines drawn as champion warns of intent to retain men’s title


Hosea Mwok Macharinyang has declared he will defend his title at the 12th edition of Madoka Half Marathon to be held on October 21 in Ngereni, Taita Taveta County.

Macharinyang, currently in intensive training in Eldoret, is confident he will be the first athlete to defend his title in the race history.

“No winner has ever defended the title in this annual race. I am aiming to break this jinx and write history,” Macharinyang said yesterday.

The 28-year-old who hails from West Pokot County added that he was prepared to battle last year’s runners-up Nicodemus Kipkurui and Cosmas Koech, who is fresh from winning the Safaricom Mombasa International Marathon.

Safaricom Mombasa International Marathon women’s winner Shelimita Muriuki has also made her intention known by registering for the race. Other past winners who will be in contention this year are Jackson Ruto and Ruth Kosgei.

Race founder, Marsden Madoka, said the 21km contest is open to both amateur and elite athletes.

“This category will be contested by local and international athletes,” he said. “But we have special categories for local athletes hailing from Taita Taveta County.”

The special categories for the locals he mentioned includes the children’s Under-7, 12 and the junior Under 20 contests.

“Also there will be 10km contest for locals and the veteran run (women over 35 and men over 45 years),” Madoka explained.

Madoka said he is impressed with the race progress especially the feat they realised in the 11th edition last year.

“The 11th edition produced an amazing talent called Panuel Mkungo who is currently based in the US. Mkungo has made us proud by bagging the Philadelphia Half Marathon and the Ontario 30km run in Canada this year.”

While giving the race a clean bill of health in Nairobi yesterday, Athletics Kenya (AK0 Vice President Paul Mutwii said they were impressed with the race organisation which he stated is above par as compared to other contests across the country.

“AK has always been impressed with the consistency. There is no year that the race has missed in the federation calendar since its inception. Besides, athletes are always paid promptly,” Mutwii said.

Next Story
PSG sensation Kylian Mbappe scoops Golden Boy Award

Kylian Mbappe has won the prestigious Golden Boy award for the best player under 21 years.

Yaya Toure set to leave Man City at the end of the season

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure could join sister club New York City FC at the end of the season.

Where have good strikers gone? Harambee Stars coach laments lack of goals

Every year, goals keep dwindling, much to the chagrin of tacticians.

Kabras Sugar lifts 2017 National Sevens Series title

Kabras Sugar were on Sunday crowned 2017 overall National Sevens Circuit champions despite finishing third at the Dala Sevens, the final round of the season, in Kisumu.

Everton manager Koeman admits Everton future uncertain

Ronald Koeman accepted he faced an uncertain future as Everton manager after a 5-2 loss at home to Arsenal on Sunday sent the Merseyside club into the bottom three of the Premier League.

Leading English Premier League scorers 2017

Leading English Premier League scorers after Sunday's matches

More Stories
Bolt determined to pursue football dream

Retired sprint king Usain Bolt has vowed to pursue his dream of playing professional football but admits he will not "embarrass" himself if his goal is out of reach.

Kenya’s Jepkosgei breaks world half marathon record in Valencia

Kenya's Joyciline Jepkosgei has broken her own World record at the Trinidad Alfonso Valencia Half Marathon women's race in a time of 1:04:51.

Athletics: Kipkoech and Kiprop triumph in Madoka race

Isaac Kipkoech and Nancy Kiprop were in fine form to be crowned the new champions of the 12th edition of the Madoka Half Marathon after winning both men and women races.

Just who is helping Kenyan athletes to dope?

Collapsed Federico, Berardelli cases means nation is far from establishing the cause of the substance abuse scourge

Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya to conduct thorough doping investigations, says CEO Rugut

The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (Adak) Chief Executive Officer, Japhter Rugut, says they have learned valuable lessons from the failed cases to prosecute Italian nationals, Federico Rosa and Claudio Berardelli.

Karoki officially exits track: World Half silver medallist now ready for marathon challenge

Japan-based athlete now targets good show in big city marathons after fourth-place finish at London World Championships.

World 1,500m champion Manangoi tops IAAF Male Athlete of the year online voting

World 1,500m champion Elijah Manangoi tops the online poll for the 2017 IAAF Male Athlete of the Year as World 5000m Champion Hellen Obiri is placed third in the social media voting that concluded on Monday.

Commonwealth Games: Athletics Kenya President Tuwei is Club Games Chef de Mission

National Olympic Committee of Kenya (Nock) has appointed Athletics Kenya President Jackson Tuwei as Chef de Mission for the 21st Commonwealth Games set for Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, on April 4-15 next year.

Athletics: Chepkosgei and Chepsoi sanctioned by the Sports Disputes Tribunal

Kenyan’s Sports Disputes Tribunal has upheld the sanctioning of runners Shieys Chepkosgei and Florence Chepsoi by the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) for using banned performance-enhancing substances.