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World marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge crowned 2018 Sports Personality of the year



As expected, World marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge was Friday named the 2018 Sportsman of the Year after beating a strong field of six competitors at the Safaricom Sports Personality of the Year awards (Soya) awards held at Fort Jesus in Mombasa.

Kipchoge, who won the award in 2016, was widely expected to win the award after a successful season which saw him crowned IAAF World Athlete of the Year, beating among others, fellow athletes Consenslus Kipruto, Elijah Manangoi, Kenya rugby sevens star William Lomu and Harambee Stars goalkeeper Patrick Matasi in what was a tight race.

Still fresh from breaking the World marathon record, Kipchoge won the men’s Soya title in 2016, but was beaten to the overall title by the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics 5,000 metres champion Vivian Cheruiyot in 2017.

Kipchoge, who is also the Olympic Marathon champion, started the year strongly with victory at the 2018 London Marathon in 2 hours, 04 minutes and 17 seconds on April 22, which was the 15th fastest time over the distance, having won at the same course in 2015 in 2:04:42 and 2016 in 2:03:05, missing the world record by eight seconds.

Then Kipchoge went for Berlin Marathon victory where he shattered the World marathon record by shaving off one minute and 18 seconds to set a new world record time of 2:01:39 in September 16 the German capital.

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On his way to setting a new world record and his third Berlin Marathon title, Kipchoge also broke the 30km World Record, setting new times of 1:26:45.

Those accomplishment saw him declared the 2018 IAAF Male Athlete of the Year.

Eliud Kipchoge being crowned by Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and Sports Minister Rashid Echesa

Athlete Beatrice Chepkoech, the Africa, Continental and IAAF Diamond League Series steeplechase sensation, beat fellow athlete Helen Obiri, Boxer Fatuma Zarika and rugby star Janet Okello to win the Sportswoman of the year award.

Rising star Angela Okutoyi won girl’s category in the Most Promising player awards. In the boy’s category, Edward Zakayo who grabbed 5000m Commonwealth Games bronze before following it up with victories over the same distance at the world under-20 and Africa Championships won.

Africa women hockey champions Telkom Kenya was crowned the women’s team of the year award.

Kenya women’s rugby team, Lionesses, coach Kevin ‘Bling’ Wambua was named coach of the year.

Overall Sports personality of the year

Sportsman of The Year
Eliud Kipchoge.

Sportswoman of the year
Beatrice Chepkoech.

Sportsman living with a disability

Sportswoman living with a disability

Federation of the year

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Tony Kwalanda lands new job weeks after K24 firing




Witty sports journalist Tony Kwalanda has landed a new job barely a month after being fired by K24 TV.

Through his Twitter page, Kwalanda revealed that he will now be working at Red Cross owned TV station, Switch TV.

Through his tweet, the journalist announced his new blessing in one of the wittiest ways.

”Tony Kwalanda is switchING to which TV station?” he tweeted.

However, it is not yet clear which show Kwalanda will be hosting at Switch TV.

Kwalanda joins Switch TV barely a month after he was shown the door at K24 where he was working as a sports news anchor.

He is among over 100 journalists who were mercilessly fired from K24 over alleged redundancy.

While most of the affected employees chose to start their private ventures, some like Kwalanda were lucky enough to find new jobs.

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Salim Nasir, fitness enthusiast who cycled Nairobi to Mombasa in two days



Salim Nasir caused a storm on Twitter last week as he shared his cycling journey from Nairobi to Mombasa, covering over 500kms in just two days.

Nairobi News caught up with him for an exclusive interview.

When did you start cycling as a hobby and why?

This began as a mere physical practise but with time, there was an innate passion and love for being on the wheels. I would say my first few months were mere baby steps to a great pinnacle of success.

How many days did it take you to cycle from Nairobi to Mombasa?

I took two days to literally cover 565 kilometres. The first day I did 365 kilometres from Nairobi’s CBD to Maungu in Voi Town. Seems easy but it takes a metallic heart to pursue such an uphill course. Imagine the wind, the trailers you meet on the busy road. It is absolutely scary but satisfying for any athlete.

What are the challenges you faced in this journey?

Resources – The high cost of maintenance with regards to the bicycle is almost every rider’s complaint. Maintenance cost is always high because of the mileage and distance covered. This is a cycling fraternity challenge that calls for action especially to those who would pursue cycling as a career sport. But I am grateful to God for my family and friends who many times come to the rescue.

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Safety – The bullying along the road is every cyclist’s challenge. We nearly meet death every time we are on the highways. This should inform of cycling sections on the road.

Salim Nasir at a stop over in Salama town during his 565km bicycle ride from Nairobi to Mombasa. PHOTO | COURTESY
Salim Nasir at a stop over in Salama town during his 565km bicycle ride from Nairobi to Mombasa. PHOTO | COURTESY

How did the idea to cycle all the way to Mombasa come up?

We had a consensus to do an awareness ride against road bullying of cyclists but since we live in extremely tough times, I did it with a colleague with whom we decided to take the challenge seamlessly and unequivocally.

What did your immediate family members and close friends think of it?

First when I shared the message with family and friends they had actually thought I was joking, it really sounded something so impossible to many after telling them I’m planning to ride within two days.

I had done a Mombasa-Dar es Salaam cycling challenge thrice and that was a focal point to confirm that I could do the recent challenge comfortably.

Did you need any special approvals to cycle all the way due to the Covid-19 situation?

Actually I would say a big thank you to our Kenyan police at specific roadblocks, they were so cooperative once we informed them we are riders and we were keeping fit during this tough period of Covid-19.

Salim Nasir (right) and his training mate Salim Hussein at a stop over in Mtito Andei during their 565km bicycle ride from Nairobi to Mombasa. PHOTO | COURTESY
Salim Nasir (right) and his training mate Salim Hussein at a stop over in Mtito Andei during their 565km bicycle ride from Nairobi to Mombasa. PHOTO | COURTESY

Will you cycle all the way back?

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Yes. I am ready anytime from now. I am planning to do a ride to Mecca in Saudi Arabia with other colleagues to go and perform the pilgrimage. But we need to put our house in order in terms of intensive training and other fitness arrangements. The distance is no longer a scaring part for me. With the right infrastructure and support, I am willing to ride around the world any time.

How many kms did you cover in total?

I did 565 kilometres to be precise.

What would be your word of advice for anyone who wishes to do the same?

It is all a mindset. Before you consult your heart, your mind must be very strong and daring to put the right energy to achieve your goals. Nothing comes on a silver platter. You have to be mentally strong to defy the odds. A thing that aches me is why didn’t I do the ride within one day. But I have in mind that one time I will be able to do it in just a single day. You must always be a record-breaker athlete every single day.

Salim Nasir (right) and his training mate Salim Hussein in Mombasa town after completing a 565km bicycle ride from Nairobi. PHOTO | COURTESY
Salim Nasir (right) and his training mate Salim Hussein in Mombasa town after completing a 565km bicycle ride from Nairobi. PHOTO | COURTESY

Which bike do you use?

Currently I’m using a Trek Madone road bike.

How many stopovers did you have along the way and where specifically?

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We had a total of seven stopovers throughout the journey. Our first stop was at Salama town for breakfast. The second one was at Mtito Andei and the final stop for the first day was at Maungu town.

On the second day we made our first stop at Taru town, then at Kaloleni, and yet another one at Takaungu. This town is very sentimental to me. I was raised and had early basic education years here. Then our final stop was at the elephant tusks in Mombasa town.

Had you planned beforehand in terms of accommodation along the way?

It was basically a freestyle ride because of lack of proper funding. We just had to sort ourselves out to get a hotel from our main stopovers point.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Cycling can be a hobby or favourite sport but with my little experience, I want to transform cycling as an avenue of humanitarian cause in society. We can comfortably run awareness campaigns like gender-based violence, drug abuse to our youths, mental health issues amongst other issues while we are comfortable on the wheel.

Another key issue, we can embrace cycling culture to fight lifestyle diseases that are daring and threatening a whole generation.

Interview by Jeff Kinyanjui Nairobi News

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A Breath of New Life at the Fountain of Peace with a Novel Shoal of Fish



Gated Communities are supposed to offer absolute life.

We thank God that Amani Ridge the Place of Peace has some brand new occupants in the name of thousands of fish that were recently introduced at the Fountain of Peace water feature adjacent to the magnificent project’s gate.

And now you have a number of things that you can opt to do with this great place that is easily accessible from either Thika Super Highway, Kamiti Road or Kiambu Road:

1. Come and enjoy the great features on this Fountain of Peace. You will enjoy the feeling of the trickling waters on this Fountain. Do not forget to carry your camera.

Take a photo and tag Optiven and you will have a chance to get a free ticket to swim on a warm pool in Kitengela (

2. Come with children for them to view the lovely fish whirling leisurely at the base of this Fountain:

This will mesmerize your children as they unwind from their current home environment.

3. Come with your teenagers, carry bikes as Amani Ridge the place of Peace is ready to accommodate you. There is a massive Crescent Avenue where teenagers can really ride as they enjoy the view of Mt. Kenya plus excellent fresh air of Amani Ridge the Place of Peace.

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4. Come with your pet dog. Walking your dog at Amani Ridge could just as well end up being an excellent experience.

5. Finally carry the elderly, your parents or your friends. Amani Ridge the place of Peace is not the usual property but it’s a place to unwind and to enjoy tranquility of fresh air. Even if you are not buying, just visit and we will give you a tour around this awesome place in Kiambu.

In case you want to buy one of these prime value added properties, we will give you a solid 6 months interest free window and allow you to pay within 24 months.

Call us today & occupy the best gated, green & fresh environment.

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