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Daily Nation : February 25th 2014
DAILY NATION Tuesday February 25, 2014 SPORT 2014 COMMONWEALTH GAM Ednah, Florence in Kenya’s team for Club Games AK names talented duo in women’s squad to train for Glasgow event, Kipchoge in men’s class BY AYUMBA AYODI @AyumbaAyodi email@example.com D ouble World champion Ednah Kiplagat and World Half Marathon record holder Florence Kiplagat will lead Kenya’s charge for the women’s marathon title at this year’s Commonwealth Games. Athletics Kenya yesterday named the two in a tentative squad of six men and seven women to prepare for the Commonwealth Games marathon races. AK public relations officer, Evans Bosire said the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games 10,000m and 5,000m silver medallist Eliud Kipchoge who has only run two marathons (in Hamburg and Berlin) is in the team. Experienced duo Ednah Kiplagat and Florence will lead Kenya’s charge for the women’s title as the country seeks to retain both honours at the games set for July 23 to August 3 in Glasgow. The 2011 and 2012 Boston Marathon champion Sharon Cherop and 2013 Rotterdam Marathon winner Jemimah Sum are also in the women’s team. In the 2010 edition, John Kelai won the men’s race in 2hr, 14:35sec as compatriot Amos Tirop Matui (2: 15:58) third. Irene Jerotich led a 1-2 podium in the women’s race, winning in 2:34:32 ahead of Irene Mogake 2:34: 43. “We have the athletes about selection and said they are task,” said Bosir representative cow World Ch Bernard Koech distance run Kitwara and Amsterdam champion Wilson Chebet are also in the t Also in men’ 2011 Daegu W ships silver m Frankfurt Mar cent Kipruto a gold medallist who made h Frankfurt last y KENYA SQUAD Men: Eliud Kipchoge, Bernard Koech, Sammy Kitwara, Wilson Kwambai Chebet, Vincent Kipruto, Mark Kosgei Kiptoo. Women: Jemimah Jelagat Sumgong, Florence Jebet Kiplagat, Ednah Kiplagat, Sharon Cherop, Caroline Cheptanui Kilel, Flomena Chepchirchir, Margaret Agai. Kipchoge, 2 debut ion April Hamburg with 2:05:30 hours Berlin Marath to improve his from Hambur 04:05, the fifth He pushed Wilson World record time of 2:03:23. Kipruto, 26, won the 2008 Paris Marathon, finished third at the 2008 Reims, 2008 Chicago and 2010 Rotterdam marathons, posting a personal best 2:05:13 in the latter. 55 FOOTBALL AFC Leopards back to the drawing board after two consecutive draws in KPL. P.57 Serena stays on top of WTA global rankings Paris Germany’s Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep of Romania both moved up two places in the WTA world top 10 rankings, with Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic slipping down three spots. Serena Williams (above) contin- ues to dominate the rankings and is nearly a massive 6,000 points clear of second ranked Li Na of China despite going out in the semi-finals in Dubai last week to Alize Cornet of France. Sister Venus, who won the title in Dubai, her first tournament triumph in 16 months, gained 15 places to stand at 29th. Elsewhere, Croatia’s Marin Cilic defeated former champion Kevin Anderson of South Africa in three sets on Sunday to win the ATP Delray Beach Open and notch his second title in three weeks. Cilic, seeded seventh, defeated fourth-seeded Anderson 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (7/9), 6-4 to notch his ATP Tour leading 18th match victory of the year. He added another title to the Zagreb trophy he claimed earlier this month. He also reached the final in Rotterdam last week. Cilic needed three hours and eight minutes to claim the victory, which was especially sweet after Saturday’s rain delay saw him start late and labor until the early hours to beat secondseeded John Isner in the semi-finals. (AFP) FILE | NATION Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge crosses the finish line to win the Hamburg Marathon on April 21 last year. Kipchoge was yesterday named in Kenya’s team for this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Collins takes court as first openly gay NBA player Los Angeles Jason Collins (left) took another trail- blazing step as the first openly gay man in a major US pro sports league on Sunday when he took the court for the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets. Hours after the Nets inked Collins to a 10-day contract, he came in as a substitute in the second quarter of the Nets’ game against the Los Angeles Lakers, receiving OLYMPICS President Vladimir Putin has acknowledged that Russia had taken a risk in hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the country showing a different face to the world. LIVERPOOL KEEP PACE IN RACE 4-3 CYCLING Liverpool’s win over Swansea in Sunday’s Premiership match at Anfield Kenyan-born Froome retains Tour of Oman title Britain’s Tour de France champion Christopher Froome successfully defended his Tour of Oman title on Sunday following the sixth and final stage in Muscat. The 28-year-old Kenyan-born Team Sky rider (right) topped the overall classification ahead of American Tejay Van Garderen and Colombian Rigoberto Uran. The sixth stage was won by German sprinter Andre Greipel, his third stage win of the week, as he edged out Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni with Ireland’s Sam Bennett third. the kind of warm welcome from the Staples Center crowd more usually reserved for their own players. It was the 13-year NBA veteran’s first appearance in the league since he went public in April about his homosexuality, a revelation that came after his contract with the Washington Wizards had expired. Facing a bevy of media before the game, Collins said his immediate concern was proving he still belonged in the league. “Right now, I’m focused on trying to learn the plays, trying to learn the coverages, the game plan, my assignment,” he said. “I don’t have time to really think about history right now.” The Nets ended an 11-game losing streak to the Lakers with a 108-102 wire-to-wire victory. Collins was scoreless in 10 minutes, 37 seconds on the floor, missing the only shot he attempted. (AFP) CRICKET Pakistan offers Taliban match for peace A top Pakistani minister provoked derision on social media yesterday after he suggested the Taliban could swap their guns for cricket bats and offered to host a match with the militants to revive stalled peace talks. Pakistan’s government entered into a formal dialogue with the Taliban earlier this month, but the process faltered after the militants executed 23 kidnapped soldiers. WTA TOP 20 RANKINGS 1. Serena Williams (USA) 2. Li Na (CHN) 3. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 4. Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 5. Maria Sharapova (RUS) 6. Angelique Kerber (GER) 7. Simona Halep (ROM) 8. Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 9. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 10. Sara Errani (ITA) 11. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 12. Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 13. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 14. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 15. Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) 16. Sabine Lisicki (GER) 17. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 18. Sloane Stephens (USA) 19. Eugénie Bouchard (CAN) 20. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 12,660 pts 6,795 5,705 5,681 5,206 4,490 (+2) 4,435 (+2) 4,380 (-1) 4,365 (-3) 4,195 3,185 3,155 3,056 2,940 2,725 (+1) 2,650 (-1) 2,605 2,415 2,365 2,285 ASIAN GAMES North Korea will participate in all events at the Asian Games to be hosted in South Korea’s western port city of Incheon later this year, the country’s media reports said yesterday.
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