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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

T&F | Adams State Runs To Four Top National Times On Saturday

Sydney Gidabuday during the 4x400m relay. Gidabuday also notched the fastest NCAA DII time in the 3000m on Saturday
ALAMOSA, Colo. (February 4, 2017) – It was a day of top national times for Adams State University on Saturday at the Grizzly-Buffalo Clash.
The Grizzlies secured four NCAA Division II top times with three of those meeting an automatic qualifying standard. Saturday's impressive feat was preceded by two top times on Friday by Ian Kerr in the men's 200m dash and the Adams State women's DMR team of Roisin Flanagan, Jessica Scherrer, Leanne Allen, and Jenna Thurman.

On Saturday, Sunayna Wahi's 60m dash preliminary time of 7.43 made her the NCAA DII leader while also serving as a provisional mark. The time also set a new meet record. Wahi followed with a first place time of 7.45 in the finals.

Jenna Thurman led the way in the women's 800m run with an automatic qualifying time of 2:10.72 to obliterate the previous High Altitude Training Center (HATC) and meet record. Thurman's time now serves as the top mark at the NCAA DII level.

  Jackson Sayler and Sydney Gidabuday also finished Saturday owning a top national time. Sayler accomplished this feat in the mile with an automatic qualifying time of 4:15.63. The mark also broke the HATC and meet record. The mile was a strong showing for ASU as Kale Adams (4:19.29) and Brian Glassey (4:24.33) finished second and third, respectively, with provisional times. With an automatic qualifying time of 8:28.60 in the 3000m, Gidabuday broke his own HATC and meet record from last year's Grizzly-Buffalo Clash.

In addition to the aforementioned standout times, the Grizzlies posted eight additional first-place marks on Saturday.

Tom Gifford continues to thrive in the men's 800m run as the junior posted a winning time, and meet record, of 1:54.85. Robert Guinn (1:55.44) and Jake Littlehales (1:55.58) placed second and third, respectively.

In the women's mile, Malena Grover took the crown at 5:18.07. Aden Alemu (5:19.24) and Kaylee Bogina (5:19.62) finished in second and third place. Sadie Baker ran to a provisional, and first-place, time of 10:34.67 in the women's 3000m.

The ASU men's DMR unit of Chandler Reid, Sean Fontana, Sayler, and Gidabuday took home first-place with a provisional time of 10:20.24. In the men's shot put, Jonathan Millar edged teammate Sam Reid for first place. Both notched a provisional as Millar posted a mark of 16.91m with Reid taking second place at 16.86m. Brecht Van Waes placed third with a provisional distance of 15.77m.

The ASU men's and women's 4x400m relay teams defeated their West Texas A&M counterpart on Saturday. The ASU men crossed the finish line in 3:31.41 to narrowly get past the Buffaloes who clocked a time of 3:31.75. The ASU women's relay squad finished in 3:56.12 for first. The race remained close until Jessica Scherrer's late kick as the anchor leg to push ASU ahead for good.

Micah Ballantyne obtained a provisional mark with a runner-up finish of 6.78 in the men's 60m dash as Maggie Carrico notched her first collegiate track win in the women's 400m dash exhibition. Carrico posted a time of 1:03.25.

The meet concluded with the ASU men defeating West Texas A&M, 73-57. However, the West Texas A&M women left the HATC with a 72-58 win over the ASU women. Combined team scores resulted in a narrow 131-129 win for Adams State.

The Grizzlies remain home next weekend for the Adams State NCAA Qualifier on Feb. 11th. Action is scheduled to begin at 10am. Click here for a meet schedule.

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Dibaba breaks world 2000m record in Sabadell Spain

Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia

World 1500m champion Genzebe Dibaba added to her growing list of record-breaking achievements by breaking the world 2000m record* at the Miting Internacional de Catalunya in the Spanish city of Sabadell on Tuesday (7).
The three-time world indoor champion overtook the pacemaker just before the half-way mark, which was reached in 2:42.65, and continued to extend her lead over her younger sister Anna and Morocco’s Siham Hilali.
She went on to stop the clock at 5:23.75, taking almost seven seconds off the world indoor best set by Gabriela Szabo in 1998. Although the 2000m isn't an official world record event indoors, Dibaba’s performance – pending ratification – can be classed as an outright world record as it is faster than Sonia O’Sullivan’s outdoor mark of 5:25.36.
As well as the outdoor 1500m world record, Dibaba now owns the fastest ever recorded times indoors for the 1500m, mile, 2000m, 3000m, two miles and 5000m.
Elsewhere in Sabadell, European champion Adam Kszczot won the 800m in 1:46.31 with Spanish record-holder Kevin Lopez taking second place in 1:46.58.
European 5000m silver medallist Adel Mechaal was a convincing winner of the 3000m, clocking 7:48.39 to finish more than two seconds ahead of Italy’s Marouan Razine.
Source: Jon Mulkeen for the IAAF

Monday, January 16, 2017

Tanzania's Alphonce Simbu and Kitur take the honours at the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2017

Tanzania’s Alphonce Simbu crosses the finish line in 2.09.32 seconds to win the overall men’s title at the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, 2017 on Sunday.

Tanzania’s Alphonce Simbu and Kenya’s Bornes Kitur triumphed at the 14th edition of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2017 on Sunday, winning in 2:09:32 and 2:29:02 respectively to take home first prize cheques of USD$42,000.

It was a close finish for the Indian men at the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon this year with the finalists neck to neck till the 30 km mark. Sprinting across the finish line, Kheta Ram came in first, clinching the title with a timing of 2:19:51.

Close on his heels was Bahadur Singh Dhoni who clocked his personal best and came in second with a timing of 2:19:57 and T H Luwang from Manipur who placed third with 2:21:19.

Racing across the finish line for the Indian elite women was Jyoti Gawte from Maharashtra who was confident in her abilities from the start and finished with a timing of 2:50:53. Next across was Shyamali Sing from West Bengal who practiced for only 15 days prior to the race as she wasn't well but pushed to compete and finished with a timing of 3:08:41. Coming in third was first timer in the elites Jigmet Dolma who broke her personal best to get to a podium finish with a timing of 3:14:38.
The Indian Full Marathon Men’s winners of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2017, Bahadur Singh Dhoni (1st runner up), Winner Olympian Kheta Ram and T H Sanjith Luwang (2nd runner up) along with International Event Ambassador David Rudisha, AFI President and Minister youth & Sports Vinod Tawde.

The Half Marathon which flagged off from the Worli Seaface promenade saw race favorites Lakshmanan G win the men’s title (1:05:05) and Monika Athare (1:19:13) confidently winning the women’s titles respectively. Tamil Nadu lad Lakshmanan

enjoyed the cool weather, and had just returned from a training camp in Bengaluru where he was training since November. For Athare, this is her 5th title this season having won in Bhopal, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Vasai-Virar.
Kenya’s Bornes Kitur crosses the finish line in 2.29.02 seconds to win the overall women’s title at the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, 2017 on Sunday.

Face of the SCMM John Abraham was present at the start line, cheering on all participants as they raced to a great start. The Bollywood fraternity was represented by Juhi Chawla for Clean Mumbai Foundation, politician Priya Dutt and actress Tara Sharma and Sonali Bendre, chef Sanjeev Kapoor and Tina Ambani who cheered on all participants and motivated them to run a better race. Hon'ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Devendra Fadnavis graced the event along with Vijay Goel, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt. of India

India Inc. was represented by many CEOs as has been seen over the years. Anand Mahindra, Chairman & Managing Director Of Mahindra Group, Anil Ambani, V Vaidyanathan, CEO of Capital First and Co- Founders of Mint Walk, Nikhil Banerjee and Shiv Nandan Negi, Gagan Banga of Indiabulls are among scores of other CXOs who were present in their race gear.

Simbu, fifth at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, confirmed his rising status in the world of marathon running by hitting the front with 800 metres to go and sprinting away for victory after a duel over the last five kilometres with Kenyan surprise package Joshua Kipkorir.

After a large group of 13 had passed through the halfway point in 1:04:49 the pace stayed steady to 30km, with the predicted finishing time remained close to 2:10:00, and seven men were still in the leading group at that point.

However, Kipkorir almost immediately injected a change of pace and quickly broke up the pack.

By 35km, Simbu was his only remaining rival. Kipkorir continued to push the pace with Simbu resolutely staying tucked behind him all the way, much to the Kenyan´s frustration as he started to periodically zig-zag across the road from 38km in an attempt to encourage Simbu to the fore.

However, with two kilometres to go, Kipkorir started to look visibly tired while the slighter figure of Simbu was noticeably far more relaxed and seemingly just waiting for his moment to strike.

When Simbu finally swung past his rival just inside the final kilometre immediately it was obvious he was going to clinch his first international win since 2012.

“I got my tactics from my coach, he said: ‘Use your brain, you don’t have to always lead’ reflected Simbu, explaining his race plan which led to him equalling the second-fastest winning time in the history of the race.

“I prepared well so I didn’t fear anything, whether we were running on the hills or on the flat. This course has some hills and quite a lot of turns so I didn’t break my personal best (of 2:09:19) but what was important today was my position.”

Kipkorir finished second in 2:09:50, taking more than three minutes off his previous best of 2:13:25; third was Kenya’s

Eliud Barngetuny in 2:10:39, a personal best by five seconds.

Kenya’s Levy Matebo, the fastest man in the race and one of the pre-race favourites, was one of the victims of his compatriot’s surge just after 30km and drifted back to eventually finish eighth in 2:13:05.

By contrast to the thrilling two-man battle over the final kilometres seven kilometres, Kitur stamped her authority on the women's race soon the halfway point and ran the majority of the second half on her own.

Four women, including Kitur, passed the halfway point in 1:14:03 but the 21-year-old Kenyan had opened up around a minute

lead by 30km and kept on extending her advantage over the remainder of the race.

“I was confident I could win because I knew the course after finishing second last year,” commented Kitur.

Ethiopian runners took the next two places behind Kitur, albeit at quite a distance.

Chaltu Tafa was more than four minutes in arrears but took second in 2:33:03 while Tigist Girma was third in 2:33:19.

Ethiopia’s Dinknesh Mekash, the pre-race favourite and fastest women on the start line as well as being the 2014 and 2015 Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon winner, started to struggle just before the halfway point and finished a disappointing fifth in 2:36:44.

Promoted by Procam International, the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon is one of the largest sporting events in Asia and

India's biggest platform for charity.

With total prize monies of $387,000, the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2017 is India’s richest road race. A full prize list can be seen here.

In addition, there were four other associated races on Sunday morning and an over 42,000 runners took to the streets of Mumbai in what has become an annual event on the third Sunday of January.

Following are the Provisional Results:

(Overall Full Marathon Elite Men): Alphonce Simbu (TAN) 02:09:32;

Joshua Kipkorir (KEN) 02:09:50; Eliud Barngetuny (KEN) 02:10:39;

Jacob Chesari (KEN) 02:11:36; Bonsa Dida (ETH) 02:11:55; Samuel

Mwanki (KEN) 02:12:26; Seboka Dibaba (ETH)02:12:37; Levy Matebo (KEN) 02:13:37;

Alex Saekwo (KEN) 02:13:16; Alfonce Kigen (KEN) 02:13:42

(Overall Full Marathon Elite Women): Bornes Kitur (KEN) 02:29:02;

Chaltu Tafa (ETH) 02:33:03; Tigist Girma (ETH) 02:33:19; Magdalena

Shauri (TAN) 02:34:51; Dinkesh Mekash (ETH) 02:36:44; Chaltu Chimdesa

(ETH) 02:36:45; Derbe Godana (ETH) 02:39:40; Mesirak Debilu (ETH) 02:46:30;

Jyoti Gawte (IND) 02:50:53; Niluka Rajasekara (SRI) 03:05:31

(Overall Full Marathon Indian Men): Kheta Ram 02:19:51;

Bahadur Singh Dhoni 02:19:57; T H Sanjith 02:21:19; Elam Singh02:21:27;

Rahul Kumar Pal 02:21:43

(Overall Full Marathon Indian Women): Jyoti Gawte 02:50:53;

Shwamali Sing 03:08:41; Jigmet Dolma 03:14:38

(Indian Half Marathon Men): Lakshmanan G 01:05:05; Sachin

Patil 01:06:22; Deepak Kumbhar 01:06:28

(Indian Half Marathon Women): Monika Athare 01:19:13;

Minakshi Patil 01:20:53; Anuradha Singh 01:25:20

JABONG Run in Costume:

1st Being US-Mitesh Shah & Group (Theme-No Smoking)

2nd Shrimad Rajchandra Love n Care (Theme-Free Life)

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Athletics Body to Move Its Haedquarters to Dodoma

Left, Secretary General (AT) Wilhelm Gidabuday and the Former New York City Marathon Champion, Juma Ikangaa. Picture by Gadiola Emanuel.

By Zephania Ubwani

Arusha — Athletics Tanzania (AT) may be the first national sports association to shift its head offices from Dar es Salaam to the designated capital Dodoma, according to its recently elected secretary general, Wilhelm Gidabuday.

The body is already in contact with the Capital Development Authority (CDA), a government institution in charge of infrastructure development in Dodoma, to secure a plot for construction of its headquarters. "We need a plot for our permanent home. After securing it, we will apply for a grant to meet the cost of construction," he told The Citizen here on Monday during an interview on a wide range of issues

He said AT president Anthony Mtaka, who doubles as the Simiyu regional commissioner, has been in touch with CDA officials over the issue.

"After getting the plot, we will seek a title deed we will use as collateral to secure a loan for the project," he said, noting that they will approach the social security institutions for financial support.

Gidabuday, a former national athlete and until recently, a coordinator of various athletics promotion programmes, was elected the new AT secretary general early this month.

He succeeded Suleiman Nyambui who is now an athletics coach in Brunei, a South East Asia sultanate.

He said he would address the major challenges facing the association, including lack of office accommodation that merits its status, working equipment and competent staff for its secretariat.

"We need a modern, spacious and well equipped office which will suffice all our administrative needs," he said, noting that AT, which is one of the oldest sports associations in the country, currently does not have an office that meets its requirements.

"Presently, I can dare say, we have no clear office. There is a room near the Uhuru Stadium, but it's in poor shape," he said, adding that he would fight for a comfortable office space in Dar es Salaam before the Dodoma project is realised.

The long-term plan is to construct the multi-purpose building in Dodoma which will be known as Riadha Tanzania House. Besides serving as the permanent home for AT, some rooms would be rented out to other institutions.

However, Gidabuday insisted that their dreams for a permanent home would depend on support from the government, especially the ministry responsible for sports, CDA, the National Sports Council (NSC) as well as the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), a governing body for the athletics in the world headquartered in Monaco.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Ethiopia: 'The Blood Flowing in Oromia Is Our Blood Too' - Why Oromo-Amhara Solidarity Is the Greatest Threat to the Ethiopian Government

Photo: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters Media Express
For decades, the ruling party has governed by pitting the Oromo and Amhara against one another. Now the two groups are joining forces against the government. "There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen," said Lenin, describing the Bolshevik revolution. For Ethiopia, the start of August 2016 saw such a week - one that will go down in Ethiopian history as a moment in which a grassroots movement achieved in days what organised elites have not been able to achieve in two decades.
In that week, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in unprecedented numbers to protest against decades of abuse, discrimination, and marginalisation. This was the culmination of a wave of protests that began nearly ten months ago and has since continued in Amhara and Oromia, two of the country's most populous regions.

The government responded by dismissing the protesters as agents of foreign forces directed from Eritrea and Egypt, and it deployed armed forced into civilian centres, leading to the deaths of over 600 people, according to estimates, and the arrests of many more. Despite this disproportionate and excessive force, however, protests and strikes have endured, with a movement of movements mobilising a new generation, tapping into a groundswell of shared discontent. At the heart of this activism is a burgeoning solidarity between the Oromo and Amhara ethnic groups, who make up around two-thirds of the country's population combined and have begun to come together despite longstanding historical differences.

This convergence has alarmed the government, but how far can collective action based on shared grievances rather than a coherent set of shared ideals and visions go?

Divide and rule

Ethiopia is an assemblage of diverse ethnic and cultural groups. But historically, up to around the 1970s, 'Greater Ethiopia' pursued a policy of ethnic homogenisation in which Amhara identity became the identity par excellence, pushing others to the periphery. In particular, the Oromos, the country's largest ethno-national group, were not treated as equal partners and did not have influence commensurate with their demographic, geographic, and economic contribution. These asymmetries helped fuel the historic antagonism between the two groups. 

Since coming to power in 1991, the current government - led by the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF) - has instrumentalised this rivalry as a political weapon. It has created a governing narrative in which Amharas and Oromos are eternal adversaries, representing an existential threat to the future of the Ethiopian state and stability of the region. Oromos are framed as secessionists who represent a clear and present danger to the unity and sovereignty of Ethiopia, while the Amharas are presented as chauvinist and violent, working towards the resurrection and re-imposition of the old Medieval-type empire. Within this narrative frame, the ruling party, dominated by ethnic Tigrayan elites, becomes a beacon of stability and unity in diversity.

"The blood flowing in Oromia is our blood too"

For 25 years, the ruling party has relied on these myths to sow the seeds of division. But this is now beginning to unravel. The violent response of the ruling party to both the Amhara and Oromo protests has brought into sharp focus the shared vulnerability of the oppressed in Ethiopia. The mutual experience of loss and suffering has generated intense collective emotions, exposing the porous nature of the faultlines that both divide and unite the two communities.

As the violence of the state has intensified, former arch-foes have set aside their mutual rivalry to congregate and endure with one another. An extraordinary groundswell of solidarity is emerging at all levels, exposing the shaky foundation of the regime. "We are all Oromos", "I am not Oromo but I stand with my Oromo brothers", "Amhara is ours, Oromo is ours", "The blood flowing in Oromia is our blood too" are just some of the many expressions of solidarity declared at rallies. 

These are not just words, but actions that exist as words, actions that threaten to unsettle the myths that hold together the ideological edifice of the system. They are words that go beyond the repressive and divisive discourses of the state to create conditions for a collective politics and new forms of alliances. They are gestures that seek to imagine a different kind of world.

At the same time, Oromo and Amhara protestors have also begun to hold solidarity rallies together, flying their respective flags - both symbols of resistance - alongside one another. No collective action is more destabilising to the narrative of the state than the joint appearance of these two symbols, which entered the country's political imagination as antithetical and irreconcilable.

A regime that seemed invincible has begun to tremble at this sight, with officials expressing their disgust and fury at these two symbols of resistance being presented together. For instance, Government Communications Minister Getachew Reda expressed his outrage at the alliance between Oromos and Amharas and his government's determination to destroy it, describing it as "unholy" and a "gamble".

Dilemmas of unity

While politically significant, however, the solidarity we are currently seeing is not based on a shared vision so much as shared grievances. Oromo and Amhara elites have been at an impasse in discussions for the last two decades and have not been able to build up mutual trust to confront contentious issues of historical and political significance.

While mainstream Amhara politicians insist on national unity as a condition for collaboration, Oromo nationalists reject these demands on the basis that there is not yet a shared set of democratic values, principles and ideals that could 'unite' the two groups. They insist that any values that are shared between the groups did not emerge out of a relationship of equality and therefore should not be the starting point for a new vision.

This lack of consensus may seem like a weakness, but it is crucial to note that these long-standing historical disagreements do not need to be definitively resolved in order for the two groups to come together to chart the best route for the future. In fact, the arduous task of coming to terms with a contested past requires a robust and inclusive debate that can only happen within a democratic state capable of reconciling social conflicts according to shared rules.

However, to create this democratic platform, the Ethiopian people must first be released from the weight of oppression imposed by Tigrean elites. And neither Oromos nor Amharas need surrender their identities to pursue this goal. In fact, in multi-ethnic countries like Ethiopia where identities are co-opted by the powers that be, those same identities become the very crucibles that provide the energy and passion for the struggle.
Solidarity is not about oneness, but building cross-cultural understanding, tolerance, respect and acceptance of differences. Accordingly then, Oromos and Amharas are increasingly accepting solidarity, not unity, as the principle underpinning their collective actions.

Contrary to some fears, there is great strength in these weak ties, and this emerging solidarity - incipient and precarious as it is - represents the greatest threat to the regime's long-standing policy of divide and rule.

Source: All

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Wadau wanavyosaka dawa michezo kuporomoka

Waziri Nape Nnauye alifungua rasmi kongamano hilo jana - Kibaha
KWA miaka mingi Tanzania imekuwa ikifanya vibaya katika michezo mbalimbali kimataifa na kuifanya kutowika tena licha ya huko nyuma kung’ara. Kuanzia soka, riadha, ngumi, baiskeli, netiboli, mpira wa mikono na michezo mingine kibao, huko nyuma ilikuwa ikifanya vizuri, lakini sasa hakuna kitu.

Kutokana na kuchemsha huko katika michezo mbalimbali, Kamati ya Olimpiki Tanzania (TOC) kwa siku mbili (jana na leo), imeamua kuendesha kongamano la kujadili michezo kutafuta dawa ya gonjwa hilo.
Kongamano la Michezo Kongamano hilo la aina yake ambalo linamalizika leo katika shule za Filbert Bayi, Mkuza Kibaha, mkoani Pwani kwa siku mbili linajadili matatizo na nini kifanyike ili kuirejesha Tanzania katika mafanikio ya huko nyuma, ambako ilifanya vizuri katika michezo.

Mara nyingi timu zetu zinaposhiriki mashindano ya kimataifa na kurudi nyumbani mikono mitupu, wadau wengi wamekuwa wakizinyooshea vidole bila ya kutoa suluhisho la nini kifanyike ili kufanya vizuri.
Kila mtu amekuwa akilaumu hata yule ambaye hana mchango wowote katika maendeleo ya michezo hapa nchini au kutosaidia kuchangia chochote katika michezo, lakini ndio huwa wa kwanza kuchonga.

Wadau pia wamekuwa wakilaumu wachezaji, vyama au mashirikisho ya mchezo husika, TOC, Baraza la Michezo Tanzania (BMT) pamoja na wizara inayohusika na michezo pale timu zetu zinapochemsha katika michezo ya kimataifa wakati majirani zetu wakifanya vizuri.

Maeneo muhimu sana Baadhi ya vitu ambavyo jana na leo vilikuwa vikijadiliwa na baadaye kupatiwa ufumbuzi ni pamoja na sababu za kuanguka kwa michezo nchini na nini kifanyike ili kuliondoa hilo. Umuhimu wa kuwepo kwa sera ya taifa ya michezo, jukumu la Serikali katika kusaidia na kuhamasisha michezo na ujengwaji wa kituo cha michezo.

Kuifanya michezo kuvutia zaidi wanawake na kuwa sehemu salama kwa jinsi hiyo. Umuhimu wa vituo vya mazoezi na michezo, vyuo vya michezo na maendeleo ya michezo hapa nchini kwa ujumla.
Kuangalia fursa za kibiashara katika michezo, hasa kuangalia jinsi sekta binafsi na zile za umma zinavyoweza kusaidia michezo kwa njia moja au nyingine. Sababu kuporomoka michezo Katibu Mkuu wa Kamati ya Olimpiki Tanzania (TOC), Filbert Bayi anasema kuwa lengo na kongamano hilo ni kujadili tulikotoka, tuliko na tunakokwenda katika michezo.

Tathmini ya Kamati ya Olimpiki Tanzania ni kwamba baadhi ya Vyama/Mashirikisho ya michezo baadhi yao sio hai kwa maana ya:- Kutofanya uchaguzi kwa muda mrefu kwa kuzingatia Katiba zao, kutokuwa na viongozi halali, kutofanya au kuandaa Mashindano ya Kitaifa au kushiriki Kimataifa.

Sababu nyingine ni kutolipa ada ya Chama/Shiriisho lao la Bara na Dunia. Mafanikio ya nyuma Tanzania ilifanya vizuri katika Michezo ya Olimpiki iliyofanyika Moscow, Urusi mwaka 1980 wakati Filbert Bayi na Suleiman Nyambui walipomaliza katika nafasi ya tatu katika mbio za meta 3,000 kuruka viunzi na maji na meta 5,000. Mbali na Olimpiki, Tanzania pia ilivuma sana katika Michezo ya Jumuiya ya Madola kwa kutwaa medali hadi za dhahabu katika michezo ya riadha na ngumi.

Na wanariadha kama akina Juma Ikangaa pamoja na kutotwaa medali katika Michezo ya Olimpiki, lakini alifanya vizuri mara mbili kwa kumaliza mbio za marathon ndani ya 10 bora, Mfano mwaka 1984 wakati wa Michezo ya Olimpiki iliyofanyika Los Angeles, Marekani Ikangaa alimaliza katika nafasi ya sita.

Mwaka 1988 Ikangaa alishiriki Michezo ya Olimpiki iliyofanyika Seoul, Korea ya Kusini na kumaliza katika nafasi ya saba. Tangu wakati huo hadi mwaka huu katika Michezo ya Olimpiki ya Rio 2016, Brazil, Alphonce Simbu aliweza kumaliza wa tano katika marathon.

Timu ya taifa ya soka, Taifa Stars, nayo iliwika katika soka la Afrika baada ya kufuzu katika fainali za mwaka 1980 zilipochezwa jijini Lagos, Nigeria. Lakini miaka ilivyozidi kwenda ndio nchi yetu imezidi kuporomoka kimichezo badala ya kupanda.

Source: Habarileo

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Ted Banks, legendary UTEP track and field coach, dead at 82

Ted Banks (Theodore Banks) was perhaps the most controversial but successful Track & Field Coach in America
EL PASO, Texas -
Published On: Aug 26 2016 12:57:27 PM CDT   
Ted Banks, who led the UTEP men's track & field and cross country teams to a combined 17 national titles, passed away at his home in Gunter, Texas Thursday night, said Jeff Darby with the University of Texas at El Paso.
Banks was 82 years old. He led the UTEP men's track and field and cross country teams from 1972 to 1981.
"Ted Banks was one of the most successful cross country and track coaches in NCAA history," said UTEP track & field coach Mika Laaksonen.  "His tenure at UTEP is unmatched with achievement by any other coach."

"He was at the forefront of track and field coaches when he was here at UTEP and certainly determined the direction that we took in distance running in this country," said former UTEP coach Bob Kitchens.  "He was an exceptional coach.  He is the history of this program."

Banks was a member of UTEP's initial Athletic Hall of Fame induction class in 2002.
He was inducted into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2000.
His stint at UTEP also produced 47 NCAA individual champions, 189 All-Americans, 27 Western Athletic Conference men’s team titles (six outdoor track & field, eight indoor track & field, nine cross country) and 152 WAC individual champions.

 Banks is survived by his wife Judy; his children Jennifer, Ted and Tom; and two grandchildren, Hunter and Jade Nix. Hunter Nix played football at UTEP from 2011-13.

Source: KVIA

NB: Ted Banks means more than just a coach to me, he is my American Father.

By Gidabuday


Monday, August 22, 2016

Rio Olympics 2016: Spectacular closing ceremony as Olympic flag goes to Tokyo

The Rio Olympics ended with a spectacular carnival-inspired closing ceremony, and the official handover to 2020 hosts Tokyo
The colourful ceremony, lasting almost three hours, celebrated Brazil's arts and was held in a wet Maracana.
Among the highlights were Tokyo's impressive showcase and a vibrant carnival parade.
"These were a marvellous Olympics, in a marvellous city," said International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach.
"Over the last 16 days a united Brazil inspired the world, in difficult times for all of us, with its irresistible joy for life."
Bach officially closed the Games of the 31st Olympiad after 16 days of competition, featuring 11,303 athletes from 206 nations and a refugee team.
One of the biggest cheers of the night came when Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared dressed as computer game character Super Mario, rising out of a huge green pipe in the stadium.
The ceremony, watched by billions around the world, featured the parade of athletes and a dramatic extinguishing of the Olympic flame.
Women's hockey captain Kate Richardson-Walsh carried the flag for Great Britain, who finished the Games with 67 medals - their highest tally at an overseas Olympics.
Super-heavyweight boxer Joe Joyce had earlier won Britain's final medal of Rio 2016 - a silver - as they finished second in the medal table to the United States,ahead of China.

What happened?

  • The Maracana was turned into a street carnival as the ceremony celebrated Brazil's art, music and dance.
  • Highlights included human formations of iconic Rio landmarks Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain.
  • The Olympic flame was extinguished by a rain shower, which then gave life to a large tree sculpture to symbolise rebirth.
  • The Rio carnival anthem 'Cidade Maravilhosa' played as the party reached a crescendo.
  • Brazilian model Izabel Goulart led a parade of 50 women and 200 dancers, who were joined by a sound truck containing 12 carnival queens.
  • The ceremony concluded with a confetti and firework show.

Rio Olympics: Brazil win men's volleyball gold, GB's Joyce takes boxing silver – as it happened

Just look at his face: Bruno Mossa de Rezende (left) after Brazil claimed gold in the men’s volleyball final. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Brazil did not win a lot of medals; but Brazil hosted the first ever Summer Olympic Games in South America, western countries criticized all efforts put up by South American supper power but they did not bother listening instead they did all they could and today they finished strong.

Thanks Rio, thanks Brazil. We hope that some day African Continent will rewrite history to host the first ever Summer Olympic Games. wishes all Olympic travelers a safe flight out bounding to their home countries. See you in Tokyo Olympics 2020, god bless Olympics Games.

By Wilhelm Francis Gidabuday


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Rio Olympics: Tanzania's Alphonce Felix Simbu missed the medal clinching 5th place

Alphonce Felix Simbu of Tanzania celebrates his 5th place finish 

Alphonce Felix Simbu is one of the three marathon athletes from Tanzania who competed in today’s Olympic Marathon in Rio de Janeiro, he ran a smart race from the beginning.

He maintained negative splits serving his energy for the last; he kept himself at the back of first group full of determined athletes to the half way. Said Makula and Fabian Joseph were also present.

The young Tanzanian placed 24th right after the half way, the group surges for breakaway, Mr. Simbu did not bother but kept his negative splits instead. At the 35 kilometers mark he moved up to 11th place beating up those who surged with the first group.

He suddenly gained momentum moving up to 8th place and finally compromised 5th place at the finish line. 

The 5th place finish was historical; Tanzania has had only two bronze medals from Fibert Bayi and Suleiman Nyambui in the Stipple Chase and 5000 meters in 1980 Moscow Olympics.

Rio Olympics Marathon Medalists;

(          Gold - Eliud Kipchoge – Kenya
           Silver -Feyisa Lilesa – Ethiopia
           Bronze - Galen Rupp – United States

Rio Olympics: Tanzania awaits today as Olympic Marathon kicks-off in Rio

Rio Olympic Games are about to end but for Tanzanians the game is just about to start, that’s because the strongest Tanzania team was in the marathon event out of 28 other sports of which we needed to have competitors but we couldn’t do so!

Sara Ramadhani competed last Sunday and performed bad, today we have Alphonce Felix Simbu, Said Juma Makula and Fabian Joseph Naasi.
Alphonce Felix Simbu


DOB: February 14th 1992 (age 24)
Place of Birth: Mampando Village, Ikungi - Singida
School: Winning Spirit Secondary School
Highest Participation: 2015 World Championships - Beijing
Said Juma Makula
Personal Best: 2:09:19 – Lake Biwa Marathon 2016

DOB: August 1st 1994
Place of Birth: Kisuki Village - Singida
School: Kisaki Primary School
Fabian Joseph Naasi
Highest Participation: 2016 Daegu Marathon – South Korea
Personal Best: 2:12:01 – Daegu Marathon 2016

DOB: December 24th 1985
Place of Birth: Babati District - Manyara
School: Winning Spirit Secondary School
World Tittle: 2005 World Half Marathon Champion – Edmonton Canada
Highest Participation: 2004 / 2008 Olympic Games

Perhaps even before our convoy lined up in the streets of Rio de Janeiro later today; we should ask ourselves one or two questions;

(   How comes National Sports Council of Tanzania (NSC) is silent to the fact that other sports associations are not working hard to have their competitors attain qualification standards to compete at the Olympic Games?

(   How comes the media and critics are always ready to shower blames to Athletics Tanzania (AT) while AT has always been able to deliver our flag to the Olympic Village since 1964 Tokyo Olympics?

(   How comes the budget allocated to the Ministry involved with Sports is always smaller than what the government want sports men and women to deliver back from the largest sports arenas?

    Stay tuned ......

Rio Olympics 2016: Great Britain's Mo Farah wins 5,000m & 10,000m 'double double'

Great Britain's Mo Farah won his fourth Olympic gold medal as he became only the second man in history to retain the 5,000m and 10,000m titles.
The 33-year-old triumphed in the 5,000m final in Rio to extend his tally as Britain's most successful Olympic track and field athlete of all time.
Farah won in 13 minutes 3.30 seconds as Scot Andrew Butchart finished sixth.
"It shows I didn't just fluke it in London. To do it again is incredible. I can't believe it," said Farah.
Farah's was Britain's 27th gold in Rio and their 65th medal, matching the haul at London 2012.
They surpassed that tally when the women's 4x400m relay team won bronze in the penultimate track event of the Games.

More history for Mo

Farah cemented his place as one of Britain's greatest athletes with his double success four years ago, but repeating the feat makes him the world's most successful distance runner in terms of major medals.
"My legs were a bit tired after the 10k. I don't now how I recovered," he told BBC Sport.
"I wished for just one medal as a junior. It has been a long journey but if you dream of something, have ambitions and are willing to work hard then you can get your dreams."
Somalia-born Londoner Farah is now a nine-time global champion, moving him above Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele.
He matched the feat of Finland's Lasse Viren, who completed the long-distance double at the Munich 1972 and Montreal 1976 Olympics.
Farah had already achieved the World Championships 'double double', successfully defending his 10,000m and 5,000m titles in Beijing last year.


Brendan Foster, Olympic medallist and BBC athletics commentator:
"What a moment. What a fantastic performance. What a privilege to see this man collect a fourth Olympic medal in style. He did it the only way he knows how.
"Mo, you are a treasure. You are more than a national treasure. You are the greatest we have ever had and one of the greatest distance runners we have ever seen."
Michael Johnson, four-time Olympic medallist and BBC analyst:
"Everyone works hard, but it is also about working smart, finding the things that will really make those marginal gains, assessing and diagnosing what areas can improve.
"What else makes Mo special is his race intelligence and ability to show up on the day and deliver the performance he is capable of. He has done that time and time again."
Paula Radcliffe, women's marathon world record holder:
"Mo does not believe he will be beaten. He sees no reason why he can't be competitive in every race he competes in."
Denise Lewis, BBC Sport athletics expert:
"It has been a privilege to see how he has progressed from that junior athlete who did not quite make it to this amazing athlete. But the decisions he has made over the last few years, to move to America and do what is needed to achieve success, shows how absolutely committed he is."
Mike Costello, BBC athletics correspondent:
"For the first time out of all his finals I've covered I didn't think he was going to win. It is astonishing he still had something in reserve. He ran the last of his 50 laps in Rio in 52 seconds. That's incredible."

Saturday, August 20, 2016

2016 Olympics: U.S. loses appeal of disqualification in men's relay

Tyson Gay, Justin Gatlin and Mike Rodgers of the U.S. 400-meter relay team. (Peter Klaunzer / EPA)
USA Track and Field’s appeal of the disqualification of the men’s 400-meter relay team has been denied, according to several reports.
The U.S. quartet finished third in the final on Friday but soon afterward was disqualified because of a faulty baton exchange between leadoff runner Mike Rodgers and Justin Gatlin in which Rodgers passed it too early. Jamaica won, followed by Japan. Canada, which had finished fourth, was elevated to third following the U.S. disqualification.  
U.S. officials filed a protest with the Jury of Appeals of the International Assn. of Athletics Federations. The rejection of the appeal was first reported by Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated, who cited an official of the IAAF as saying all protests and appeals were rejected, leaving all results to stand. Associated Press also reported the protest had been rejected. 

Los Angeles Times

Rio Olympics 2016: GB's Nicola Adams wins flyweight gold again

Nicola Adams become the first woman to defend an Olympic 

Nicola Adams became the first British boxer to retain an Olympic title for 92 years by winning gold in the women's flyweight final at Rio 2016.
The 33-year-old won a unanimous points decision to beat France's Sarah Ourahmoune.
Britain have now won 26 golds in Brazil and 63 medals overall, two short of the record 65 won at London 2012.
It is GB's first gold boxing medal in Rio, though super-heavyweight Joe Joyce could add another (Sunday, 19:15 BST).
"The gold rush continues," Adams told the BBC. "I'm now officially the most accomplished amateur boxer Great Britain has ever had. I can't believe it."
Adams, from Leeds, has won Olympic, European and Commonwealth golds and now becomes the first Briton to defend her Olympic crown since middleweight Harry Mallin in 1924.
She started strongly against the 15th-ranked Ourahmoune, winning the first of four two-minute rounds on all three judges' scorecard.
She improved further in the second, again winning across the board after pinning back her opponent with speed and accuracy.
Ourahmoune, who won bronze at this year's World Championships, battled back to take the third and also produced a spirited performance in the final round.
Both boxers celebrated at the final bell, but it was Adams whose arm was raised in victory after again impressing all three judges.


Anthony Joshua, 2012 Olympic super-heavyweight gold medallist on BBC TV:
"Nicky was counter punching and being patient, picking her shots wisely.
"No fight in an Olympic final is easy. The margins aren't far apart, they are two elite boxers and it was a very good fight."

Friday, August 19, 2016

Rio Olympics: Swimmer Lochte apologises for 'robbery' saga

Ryan Lochte's claims prompted a spoof poster to be displayed at the athletics stadium
US swimmer Ryan Lochte has apologised for his behaviour in Rio and "for not being more careful and candid".
The gold medallist had claimed that he and a group of fellow US swimmers had been robbed at a petrol station.
But CCTV footage contradicted that story, showing the men had vandalised the petrol station after partying.
Mr Lochte tweeted: "I should have been much more responsible in how I handled myself and for that I am sorry."
He said he had waited to issue the statement until it was clear that his teammates would be returning to the US.
Rio's Mayor, Eduardo Paes, accepted the Americans' apologies:
"I confess that my only emotion towards them is pity and contempt," he said.
"It's a shame that they're such weak characters, that they have such personality flaws and it's up to the American Olympic Committee to sort it out."
Mr Lochte had already left Brazil when the saga blew up but two other swimmers. Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, were pulled off a flight in Rio and questioned by police over their version of events before being allowed to leave.
Their teammate Jimmy Feigen was briefly detained and has now agreed to pay nearly $11,000 (£8,416) to a Brazilian charity over his involvement in the dispute.
Mr Lochte, 32, wrote:
"It's traumatic to be out late with your friends in a foreign country - with a language barrier - and have a stranger point a gun at you and demand money to let you leave....
"I am very proud to represent my country in Olympic competition and this was a situation that could and should have been avoided.
"I accept responsibility for my role in this happening and have learned some valuable lessons."
The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has since apologised to Brazil.
"The behaviour of these athletes is not acceptable, nor does it represent the values of Team USA or the conduct of the vast majority of its members," a USOC statement said.
"We apologise to our hosts in Rio and the people of Brazil for this distracting ordeal in the midst of what should rightly be a celebration of excellence.
The saga began when Mr Lochte's mother told US media that her son had been robbed.
The swimmer then expanded on the story, describing in an interview how he and three fellow US swimmers were robbed at gunpoint while returning from a club.
He also tweeted that he and his teammates were the victims of a robbery.
Rio police only became involved after seeing reports, and soon said there were inconsistencies in the men's accounts.
On Thursday the head of Rio's civil police, Fernando Veloso, said no robbery was committed against the athletes.
"They were not victims of the crimes they claimed," Mr Veloso said.
He told reporters that one or more of the athletes had instead vandalised a toilet in a petrol station and then offered to pay for the damage.
The Americans paid and left after armed security guards intervened, he said.
One guard had justifiably drawn his gun after one of the swimmers began behaving erratically, Mr Veloso added.