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Moscow Begins Construction Of New Army Base Near Damascus

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Russia will be building up a new army base for its troops and officers in Khirbet Ra’es Al Waer in Syria. The territory has been leased by Damascus to Moscow for 49 years and to be renewable for another 25 years under mutual consent. The leasing was signed earlier this year in January and late last month the Russian technicians ...

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Eyes on London title: Jeptoo puts marathon crown on line against elite rivals

The Olympic champion, the world champion and one of the greatest distance runners of all time will be among Priscah Jeptoo’s opponents when she defends her women’s title at the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 13 April. Priscah Jeptoo prays after winning last year’s London Marathon Jeptoo produced the world’s second fastest time of 2013 to win the London Marathon last April and she will need to be equally impressive this year as she steps up to defend her crown against an elite field that includes three athletes who have run quicker than two hours 20 minutes and eight who have finished in under 2:25. There is also the three-time Olympic track champion and multi-world record breaker Tirunesh Dibaba making her marathon debut. Jeptoo will return to London full of confidence after enjoying a great year in 2013. The Olympic silver medallist also won the Great North Run half marathon in September and added the New York Marathon title in November, a victory that made her half a million dollars richer in winning the World Marathon Majors prize. The challengers Jeptoo’s main threat could again come from Tiki Gelana, the Ethiopian who beat her to the Olympic title at London 2012 but saw her London Marathon chances disappear last year when she unfortunately clashed in a racing incident with wheelchair racer Josh Cassidy. Gelana eventually finished 16th and a few months later dropped out of the World Championships marathon in Moscow. As the fastest woman on the field, the Ethiopian record holder will feel she has a point to prove on her return to the British capital. Jeptoo will also face stiff competition from Edna Kiplagat, the Kenyan who retained her world title in Moscow last August and has been runner-up in London for the last two years. Kiplagat will believe she is due a win here, as will her namesake and compatriot, Florence Kiplagat, who won the Berlin Marathon for a second time last September. She was fourth here in 2012 and sixth last year. Focus on Dibaba No doubt the favourites will all keep a wary eye on Dibaba. The Ethiopian steps up to the marathon after a glittering career on the track. Dibaba won the world 10,000m title for the third time in Moscow, adding another gold medal to a collection that also includes two world 5000m crowns and three Olympic titles, plus several world records and cross-country honours. Dibaba was due to make her debut last year but withdrew with a shin injury a month before the race. She made a successful return to the roads last September after the Moscow World Championships, breaking the Ethiopian 10km record in Tilburg and finishing third behind Jeptoo and Meseret Defar at the Great North Run

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Two drunk Russians cut off own ears for a bet

Two drunk Russian men each cut off an ear after taking part in an arm-wrestling match in a remote Siberian town. The men were suffering from wounds normally associated with Vincent Van Gogh Photo: AP The contestants had been celebrating Orthodox Christmas on January 7 when they agreed to the forfeit if they lost the match. But when they failed to determine a winner, they decided to call it a draw. In a sportsmanlike gesture both agreed to severe their ears – one completely, the other partially. Hospital staff alerted the police when the two patients admitted themselves in the Gurev district of the Kemerovo region, 1,800 miles east of Moscow, it was reported by the Daily Telegraph. Their wounds were likened that to painter Vincent Van Gogh who cut off his ear during a bout of depression. Police are currently trying to establish whether self-mutilation is actually a crime before pursuing case, it was reported by The Daily Telegraph. After interviewing both men, officers said in a statement: ‘According to the agreed rules of the drunken contest, the loser had to cut off his ear.’ After losing the first round, one of the men successfully challenged the result then went on to win the replay. But the winner of the first round insisted he had won, so they both called it a draw. It is not known whether surgeons were able to re-attach the men’s ears. Agencies

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Cherono, Mutai lead in Police cross country

KENYA: Two time World Junior Cross Country champion Mercy Cherono will be under pressure to retain her top form when the Kenya Police Championships kick off today at Ngong Race Course. Cherono (pictured) has been in top form since winning a silver medal at last year’s World Championships in Moscow over the 5,000m distance and is becoming the athlete to beat on the local front. She will face stiff opposition from former Dubai marathon silver medallist Lucy Wangui Kabuu, World Marathon Champion Edna Kiplagat and Berlin Marathon Champion Florence Kiplagat. Kabuu, who is targeting the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow wants to win today’s 8km senior women’s race to build up her confidence. She will also be out to test her sprint prowess ahead of next month’s Tokyo marathon. For the senior men’s 12km distance, the adrenaline rush in the minds of the competitors is endemic. Moses Masai, who is back from a tendon injury, does not expect a softer landing as he leads the Presidential Escort onslaught. “I have to test myself. I have been out for sometime and this is perfect stage for me to shake off the rust,” said Masai. Masai, who is targeting to run at the Boston marathon in April, will come up against stiff challenge from Geoffrey Mutai, the winner of last year’s race, Levi Matebo, Titus Mbishei, Isaiah Kiplangat, Asbel Kiprop, Wilson Kipsang, the World Marathon record holder, and a horde of other upcoming athletes. The biggest miss in today’s event is triple World Cross country silver medallist Linet Masai. The former World 10,000m champion, who was third in Monday’s 57th Campaccio cross-country race in San Giorgio su Legnano in Milan, will be away till next week. “Linet is in Milan and is not expected until Monday,” said elder brother Moses Masai. However, her absence will not water down the level of competition for the Police cross country championships, which coach Joshua Chelanga likened to a mini national championships. “Masai called me and asked for special permission to skip the police championships, because she had contractual obligation to honour the IAAF circuit in Europe. We agreed that she will compete in the national championships. Other athletes who are injured have also been excused including David Rudisha. “But the contest will be difficult to all. Top athletes will momentarily forget the titles they have picked across the globe and will pull on jerseys reflecting their true identity with the police force,” said Chelanga

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Kiprotich eyes Beijing title defense

Stephen Kiprotich will draw up a two-year programme which will climax with his defence of the IAAF World championships marathon title. Stephen Kiprotich Kiprotich won the title in Moscow in August this year and he will be defending it in 2017 when he lines up in the same event in Beijing, China. “I know that unlike the past events where I was thought of as an outsider, I will be going into this event as the defending champion. There will be so many plots that I will have to overcome,” said Kiprotich as he received the athlete-of-the-year award at the athletics awards dinner. “I am going to sit down with my managers and come up with a good programme,” said Kiprotich. Kiprotich beat World Mountain running gold medallist Philip Kiplimo and Mumbai marathon winner Jackson Kiprop, to take the winner’s award which came with a sh1.5m cash prize. It was the second time in a row after taking the accolade in 2012. UAF polls for January The national athletics federation executive committee will learn whether they get another term or not on January 25 when the general assembly holds its election at Lugogo. Current president Domenic Otuchet and most of his executive committee members are will seek another term after capping a successful four years. By Norman Katende, The New Vision

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Kiprotich retains Athlete of the Year award

Moscow World Championships marathon winner Stephen Kiprotich yesterday retained the athlete of the year title for the second time in a row. Stephen Kiprotich Kiprotich won the first title last year after winning a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics. The marathon runner, led the dominance of Prisons athletics club, as the top three for the season came from the same club. He picked the top award from Special Presidential Assistant in charge of communications Sarah Kagingo, which came with a sh1.5m purse at the MTN Sponsored Athlete-of-the-year gala held at Serena Victoria Hall on Saturday evening. Kiprotich, whose Moscow gold was unequalled this season, also finished 6th in the London Marathon and 12th in the New York Marathon. “It is good to be recognised. I can say that I am challenged because I am at the apex but I know where I am and will worker harder to see to it that I defend my medal,” Kiprotich said. Kiprotich beat World Mountain Running championships gold medallist Philip Kiplimo and Mumbai marathon winner Jackson Kiprop to the award. Kiplimo led Uganda to a 1-2-3-4 top finish in the World Mountain Running championships. Kiprop, who finished sixth in the New York marathon and seventh in Moscow, was the second runner-up and the two picked cash prizes of sh0.75m. Stella Chesang’s fourth place finish at the World Youth Championships in Ukraine saw her beat other runners, including Suzan Aneno and Shida Leni to the upcoming female athlete title. Denis Opio, who won a double at the National championships sprints in100m and 200m, scooped the upcoming male award. Opio won gold in the Africa Junior championhips 400m in Bambous, Mauritius. Top athletes of 2013 Winner: Stephen Kiprotich 1st Runner Up: P.Kiplimo 2nd Runner up: Jackson Kiprop Upcoming athletes Male: Denis Opio Female: Stella Chesang By Norman Katende, The New Vision

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The fight is over: Kenyan athletes from World Championships return tonight

The Kenyan team is scheduled to land at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport tonight where a red carpet reception awaits them. Ezekiel Kemboi wins the 3,000m steeplechase race with Conseslus Kipruto in second place on Thursday The team left Domodedovo Airport in Moscow at 1.00am to Dubai, where they will stopover for nine hours before proceeding to Nairobi. But the team will be without more than 10 top athletes who have headed for the remaining IAAF Diamond League leg meetings in Europe to chase the Diamond Race overall title. Paul Kipsiele Koech, Anthony Chemut and Eunice Sum will run in Stockholm on Thursday, while others will head to Zurich (August 29) and Brussels (September 6). Kipsiele, who finished fourth in the 3,000m steeplechase final on Thursday, is out to defend his Diamond League title, having won it since inception in 2010. “It’s unfortunate I did not win a medal at the championship here. Let me head to Stockholm and give it my best,” Kipsiele said shortly before he left to Sheremetyevo Airport yesterday. The team produced fairly good results although they fell short of matching the 2011 Daegu Worldswhere they won 17 medals (seven gold, six silver and four bronze), and finished third in the medal standings. The absence of defending champions Vivian Cheruiyot (5,000m and 10,000m), world 800m record holder David Rudisha and two-time world marathon champion Abel Kirui stood out as a big blow for Kenya –as they could not retain these titles. Victories by Edna Kiplagat (marathon), Milcah Chemos and Ezekiel Kemboi (3,000m steeplechase made it clear that Kenya is still an athletics powerhouse. Kenya won its maiden 1,500m medal at the world championships as world indoor champion Hellen Obiri bagging bronze. All Africa Games javelin champion Julius Yego, who was the team captain, entered history as he finished fourth, missing the medal bracket by a whisker. Kenya’s 4x400m men finished 23rd in the 4x400m overall in the heats to bow out of contention but Alphas Kishoya, Moses Kertich, Antony Chemut and Mike Mukomba return home with their held high after test their young legs here. Kishoyian said the competition was tougher than the Olympics but expressed optimism that they would perform well in future. The new generation of athletes failed to impress in the 800m and marathon. And for the first time in many years, Kenyan athletes missed out on the men’s 800m final. The medal prospects in Olympian Anthony Chemut and new catch Ferguson Rotich fizzled out on Sunday night. Rotich was disqualified for stepping into lane one before the 300-metre mark on the first lap, while Chemut finished fifth in his heat. Former World Youth 400m silver medalist Jeremiah Mutai was boxed out in the preliminary round, finishing seventh in the fourth heat and missing the cut. Ethiopia’s World junior bronze medalist Aman Mohammed (1:44.71) won the title.

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