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Another Kenyan runner banned for doping

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Kenya’s Vincent Kipsegechi Yator, who survived a nasty accident to finish third at Honolulu Marathon last year, has been given a four-year ban after violating anti-doping rules.

World Athletics’ Athletes Integrity Unit (AIU) had suspended Yator on October 2 last year after having tested positive to a banned substance.

Yator’s urine sample taken on July 7, 2019 during the Gold Coast Marathon had the presence of Prednisone, Prednisolone and metabolites of testosterone, which are banned substances.

Yator, 30, had claimed a personal best when finishing fourth in 2:09:59 at the Gold Coast Marathon, three months after a seventh place (2:10:02) finish in Vienna City Marathon.

Yator had during the Kenya Police Service Championships on July 11 last year, finished seventh in the men’s 10,000m race.

He won the National 5,000m title on his way to winning silver over the same distance at the Africa Championships in 2010 in Nairobi.

That saw him represent Africa at the Intercontinental Cup in Croatia.

The same year, Yator represented Kenya in 5,000m at the Delhi Commonwealth Games where he finished fourth.

Yator also claimed fourth place in 5,000m at the 2011 Maputo Africa Games and finished in a similar position, but in the 10,000m at the 2015 Congo Brazzaville African Games.

Yator flew the Kenyan flag as a junior, finishing sixth in 5,000m at the 2008 World Under-20 Championships.

Before claiming a third place in 2:15:31 in Honolulu on December 9, 2018, Yator had on October 28 settled 10th at the Frankfurt Marathon in 2:12:03.

He won the Kenya Police Service 10,000m titles in 2016 and 2017 and featured in the 10,000m trials for the 2016 Rio Olympics in Eldoret where he settled fifth.

On February 2018, Yator, who was preparing for Paris Half Marathon was involved in a nasty accident, while travelling back to Eldoret from Nairobi.

Yator was headed back to Eldoret after applying for his Schengen visa at the French embassy in Nairobi.

Yator was travelling with fellow road runner Francis Kiplagat, who had also been to the capital on a similar mission, though his was a visa application at the Embassy of China ahead of a marathon he’d programmed for China.

They tucked themselves in as their North Rift shuttle ran at full career through the night, past Kikopey, hurtling towards Nakuru at about 9pm on February 18 last year.

Then there was a loud bang, and then pitch darkness. Some of the passengers had died on impact, among them Kiplagat.

The injured were rushed to the St Mary’s hospital along the highway, with Yator later transferred to Nakuru, and then Eldoret.

Yator suffered three broken ribs and internal bleeding that saw him admitted at Eldoret’s Reale Hospital for about a week. Yator overcame the tragedy to finish third in Honolulu Marathon.

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VIDEO: Viagra is to blame for deaths of many older Kenyan men, says woman

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Have you ever wondered why there are so many mysterious deaths of older Kenyan men? Ann Wamuratha, a Kenyan motivational speaker now says they are caused by Viagra overdose.

In the US, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the nation’s drug-safety watchdog, approved the three main erection drugs as “safe.” But are they?

According to a recent study of erection medication side effects during the decade from 1998 (the year Viagra was approved) through 2007, Viagra has been implicated in at least 1,824 deaths mostly from heart attacks. Cialis (approved in 2003) has been linked to 236 deaths, and Levitra (2003) to 121.

Back to Kenya, Why are many stories on the cause of death not adding up?  Wamuratha is here in Gikuyu language. Get a translator if you don’t have one:

In addition, the three medications appear to have caused or significantly contributed to at least 2,500 nonfatal heart attacks and other potentially serious heart problems, and more than 25,000 other potentially serious side effects, among them: mini-strokes, vision loss, and hearing loss.

So how can the FDA call them safe? And what can men do to protect themselves?


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Decomposing Body of a Kenyan Man in US Found in the woods

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Police in Northampton County in Pennsylvania  have recovered the decomposed body of a Kenyan man in his early 20s in a small patch of woods Tuesday morning.

The  County Coroner’s Office identified the deceased as Jermine Odak, alias “JoJo” who  is believed to be a Kenyan.

Records indicate that he previously resided in Macungie, Pennsylvania, and Cypress, Texas.

According to the police, the body of the man believed to be 23 years was discovered by a landscaper picking up trash near the 2300 block of Schoenersville Road at around 9:30 am on Tuesday.

“His body was found around 9:30 a.m. in the tree line off Schoenersville Road in Hanover Township,” Colonial Regional Police Deputy Chief James DePalma said.

“At this time, the police do not have any reason to believe there is anything nefarious about the death,” DePalma said.

The Pennsylvania State Police Forensic Unit and the Northampton County Coroner’s Office are also assisting with the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with relevant information is requested to contact Colonial Regional Police detective Michael Munch at 610-861-4820 or the coroner’s office at 610-258-1806.


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Swahili news anchor Harith Salim joins K24 months after losing his job

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When God is on your side, nothing can go a stray or rather nothing will ever come in your way.

Former NTV Swahili journalist Harith Salim knows this perfectly well, especially after seeing God’s hand in his career.

The news anchor has landed a new job at K24, TUKO.co.ke has learnt.

The new opportunity came barely a year after the well-spoken news anchor was sacked from NTV, a station he had worked for, for years.

Well, after staying in the cold for months, God finally shone light on Harith’s path and he found himself a new job at the Mediamax Limited.

The news anchor shared the good news with his fans through his social media pages on Tuesday, December 1.

Harith shared a photo showing K24’s logo and did not add any caption.

He followed it up with a video showing the production room at K24 followed by;

”Mmmmmmh,”

His posts impressed and inspired many people specifically his fans who camped on the comments sections to congratulate him.

Many people held God will never leave his people alone in times of trouble and will always make a way.

TUKO.co.ke earlier reported how Harith, alongside other top journalists were fired from NTV in mid 2020.

Harith did not make public his quandaries but his counterparts such as Ken Mijungu came out to reveal about the firing.

“The axe fell NTV newsroom and I was on its way. 7 years in those corridors summed up in a two page letter of termination. We live to fight another day. Thanks to God, He remains the greatest, thank you NTV Kenya for the opportunity and thank you for always staying tuned,”Mijungu said.

Among people who were shown the door include Debarl Ainea, Brenda Wanga (reporter), Sharon Baranga (reporter) and Shaban Ulaya (Head of Swahili), Lillian Kiarie (business reporter) and Silas Apollo (political reporter).

by Tuko.co.ke


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