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Daily Nation : January 29th 2014
55 | SPORT Multiple world champion, Radcliffe among athletes set for official opening of Lornah tartan track BY ELIAS MAKORI @EliasMakori firstname.lastname@example.org thon world record holder Paula Radcliffe, will be the main attractions in Iten this weekend at the official opening of the Lornah Kiplagat Sports Academy’s new tartan track. The Saturday morning ceremony will M be followed by the global unveiling of this year’s elite field for the Virgin London Marathon which will be run on April 13 on the streets of the English capital. Ironically, construction work at the Lornah Kiplagat Sports Academy tartan track was launched less than 12 months ago and is now complete – from scratch - with a budget of less that Sh80 million, while plans for putting up a similar track at the already developed Kipchoge Keino Stadium have been abandoned despite over Sh150 million having been allocated for work on thestadium in the heart of Eldoret town. A battery of British journalists, includ- ing teams from BBC TV, Sky TV, The Daily Telegraph, Times of London and The Independent, is expected to arrive in Kenya today for Saturday’s activities at the Lornah Kiplagat Sports Academy that will be covered live from Iten to global audience. Clinched a double Farah, who clinched a double in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres races at the 2012 London Olympics, is already in Iten training for his marathon debut at the April London race where he will come up against a stellar field that includes Ken- ultiple World and Olympic track champion Mo Farah, along with fellow Briton and women’s mara- DAILY NATION Wednesday January 29, 2014 ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE Aguero vows to fire Pellegrini’s City to title this season P.59 ATHLETICS | Event will be followed by the global unveiling of this year’s elite field for the London Marathon Mo in stellar cast for track launch Kenyans seek Club Games redemption BY AYUMBA AYODI email@example.com Kenya Prisons athletes Silas Kiplagat and Maureen Jelagat hope to get over their Olympics and World Championships debacle and reinvent themselves at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games. Kiplagat will be defending his 1,500m title when the “Club” Games go down July 23 to August 3 in Glasgow, Scotland. The 2011 World 1,500m silver medallist finished fifth at the 2012 London Olympics and seventh at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow. Jelagat, on the other hand, has ELIAS MAKORI | NATION A fan feels the spanking new tartan track at the Lornah Kiplagat Sports Academy, Iten, ahead of its launch this weekend. The track was completed inside a record 11 months with a budget of less than Sh90 million, a stark contrast to the nearby Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Eldoret (below) where construction work has stalled despite Sh150 million having been set aside from the national budget over a year ago. ya’s Olympic bronze medallist and world marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang, World and Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda, London Marathon course record holder Emmanuel Mutai and Geoffrey Mutai, the New York Marathon title holder, all of whom will be at the weekend ceremony. Radcliffe, who holds the world record of two hours, 15 minutes and 25 seconds, has struggled with a leg injury and is yet to announce plans for her future in distance running having not yet retired officially. Farah’s priority will be to make an im- pact on his marathon debut and go for Steve Jones’ British record of 2:07.13 set way back in 1985. The London Marathon are among the financiers of the Lornah Kiplagat Sports Academy’s tartan track and will be represented this weekend by race director Hugh Brasher and former long-time director David Bedford. Oklahoma Thunder star Durant dusts off Hawks London Kevin Durant scored 30 points or more for the 11th consecutive game as Oklahoma City Thunder rallied to beat the Atlanta Hawks 111-109 on Monday. Durant finished with 41 points, hitting the go-ahead jumper with 1.5 seconds left for the Thunder who were down by eight points at the end of the third quarter in front of a crowd of 18,203 at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Durant was 15-of-25 from the floor and five-of-seven from three BOXING David Price took a small step forward on the long road to recovering from his devastating successive defeats to Tony Thompson by claiming an easy firstround knockout victory against stand-in Istvan Ruszinski. PREMIER LEAGUE 51 Points tally for leaders Arsenal, just a point ahead of hard-chasing Manchester City after 22 rounds each GOLF Woods targets rebound in Dubai It was business as usual for Tiger Woods in Dubai yesterday as he shrugged off his horror 79 at Torrey Pines on Saturday in his first tournament of the year. The world number one teed off in the 18-hole, Former Champions challenge to mark the Dubai Desert Classic’s 25th anniversary with three straight birdies to briefly move into the lead. His back nine was less impressive as he fired into the water at the 18th to close with a one-under 71. point range for Oklahoma City, who won their eighth straight game. “There’s nothing more to say,” Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said of Durant, who entered the game as the league’s leading scorer at 31.1 points per game. “He’s a special player. He’s going to be an MVP candidate until he decides to retire. He’s an amazing teammate, which I’m as proud of that, as he is as a player. “He cares about the game. He cares about his team. He cares about Oklahoma City. He’s just a great ambassador, not only to our team but the league and to the basketball world.” Durant took a step back and scored over DeMarre Carroll with 25 seconds left in the fourth to give Oklahoma City their first lead since the opening minutes of the game. His jumper made it 109-107. Hawks Paul Millsap scored the game-tying layup at the other end with 22 seconds to go. Durant took a feed from Reggie Jackson near the top of the arc with about seven seconds left and quickly got a step on Carroll with the right-handed dribble. (AFP) CRICKET Taylor ton lifts N. Zealand over India New Zealand sealed their one-day international series against India with a game to spare Tuesday when a Ross Taylor century set up a convincing seven-wicket victory in the fourth ODI. It was New Zealand’s third win in the five-match series, with one match tied and one remaining. At Hamilton’s Seddon Park, they chased down India’s 278-5 for the loss of only three wickets and with 11 balls to spare. been dogged by misfortunes at major international outings. The 2010 Africa 400m hurdles bronze medallist tripped and fell in the first round of the 400m hurdles race at the London Olympics. The 28-year-old would ditch the hurdles for the 400m flat at the World Championships but 3:36.28 Asbel Kiprop’s winning time in 1500m at the Worlds in Moscow was disqualified for stepping on the wrong lane. In London 2012, Kenya staged one of the most disappointing shows in 1,500m event missing a podium place. Kiplagat, 24, (3:36.19) was the best placed Kenyan coming in seventh as Nixon Chepseba (3:39.04) and Kiprop (3:43.83), who was the then defending champion, came last in 11th and 12th places respectively. Algerian Taoufik Makhloufi won in 3:34.08 followed by Leonel Manzano of the USA (3:34.79) and Moroccan Abdalaati Iguider 3:35.13. The dismal performance was a far cry from the exploits of the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, where Kiprop and Kiplagat staged a 1-2 finish. While Kiprop managed to bury the miseries from London in retaining his metric mile title at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow in 3:36.28, Kiplagat failed to come out of the woods, finishing sixth in 3:37.11. “I won’t forgive myself if what happened in London repeats itself in Glasgow,” said Kiplagat. TENNIS Top seed Sabine Lisicki has withdrawn from the Pattaya Open due to a right shoulder injury. The 2013 runner-up struggled in her first round match on Monday, taking two hours to overcome Croatia’s Donna Vekic in three sets.
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