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Out of Africa


Out of Africa

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Go Azzurri go…

Footie is here…yeah..gonna watch it on a 42″ Samsung plasma at home awesome. 🙂

1. Singnup to Fifa.com, play the mini games and compare your world score.
2. See the schedule here.

Follow the grapevine:
1. BBC Worldcup
2. Eurosport Worldcup
3. Worldcupblog

If all fails sing along to K’naan wavin flags. You got to hear it, so cool:

When I get older I will be stronger
They’ll call me freedom, just like a wavin’ flag

When I get older, I will be stronger
They’ll call me freedom just like a wavin’ flag
And then it goes back, and then it goes back
And then it goes back, oh

Kenya bags 14 medals in the Olympics

Gold 5
Women’s 800M, Pamela Jelimo
Men’s 3000M steeplechase, Brimin Kipruto
Men’s 800M, Wilfred Bungei
Women’s 1500M, Nancy Langat
Men’s Marathon, Samuel Wanjiru

Silver 5
Women’s Marathon, Catherine Ndereba
Women’s 3000M steeplechase, Eunice Jepkorir
Women’s 800M, Janeth Jepkosgei
Men’s 1500M, Asbel Kiprop
Men’s 5000M, Eliud Kipchoge

Bronze 4
Men’s 10000M, Micah Kogo
Men’s 3000M steeplechase, Richard Mateelong
Men’s 800M, Alfred Yego
Men’s 5000M, Edwin Soi

Double performances
Women’s 800M, Gold and Silver
Men’s 3000M steeplechase, Gold and Bronze
Men’s 800M, Gold and Bronze
Men’s 5000M, Silver and Bronze

What a day it was yesterday, when Kenya’s Marathon winner, 21-year old Samuel Wanjiru was awarded the last gold of the event by the IOC president in the closing ceremony at the bird’s nest. The Kenya national anthem playing as he stood on the podium, surrounded by all the participating athletes on the ground, 90,000 standing spectators in the stadium, and a billion viewers worldwide as his eyes stung red in the emotion of it all, as I watched live with pride from my home thousand of miles away.

Apart from athletics, Kenya also participated in taekwondo, swimming, rowing and boxing but didn’t pick any medals there. The biggest hope was in swimming when Jason Dunford finished 5th in the 100M butterfly final. Kenya finished as the highest African country, and an impressive 15th overall (by gold) in the tables.

This was also Kenya’s best Olympics as they bettered their Seoul 88 record of 5-2-2 (nine medals).

Daily Nation

Source: Daily Nation

Kenya’s Dunford breaks Olympic record

21-years old Jason Dunford yesterday broke the 100M butterfly Olympic record by clocking a time of 51.14s in heat seven, breaking the record held by sensational American Michael Phelps of 51.25s which he had set in Athens four years back.

For seven minutes the world was Kenya, until Serbian swimmer Milorad Cavic surpassed him in heat nine and set a new record time of 50.76s. In the same heat Phelps bettered his time to 50.87s to finish behind Cavic. The world record of 50.40s is held by American Ian Crocker set in Montreal in 2005 which is most likely to be broken by Phelps.

Checking the Olympic site (its 9.15 am here), Jason studying human physiology at Stanford University has qualified for the finals coming third in semi-final one which Phelps won, and in semi-final two Cavic won. The final is tomorrow.

Go Jason go, you make Kenya proud. 🙂

Jason Dunford