• Kenyans fail to impress at the Penn Relays

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  • Lining up for the USA vs the World DMR (Photo: Kristen Holzherr )Lining up for the USA vs the World DMR (Photo: Kristen Holzherr )
  • Kenya and Ethiopia battling during the start of the anchor leg (Photo: Kristen Holzherr )Kenya and Ethiopia battling during the start of the anchor leg (Photo: Kristen Holzherr )
Apr 29, 2012-

Kenya runners geared up for the Olympic trials set for May 2012 with an average performance at the annual Penn State relays in Philadelphia, USA that concluded Saturday.

The Kenyan quartet of African silver medallist Jackson Kivuva, Alphas Kishiyoan, Antony Chemut and former World champion Alfred Kirwa struggled in the Distance Medley finishing sixth behind the two American teams Red and Blue that also included Kenyan born American Bernard Lagat, Ethiopia, Canada and Australia who ranked third, fourth and fifth respectively.

The Distance Medley relay starts with a 1,200m leg, then a 400m, followed by an 800m stretch, then a 1,600m anchor.) Kivuva raced through the 1200m in 2:53.9, which ranked Kenya fourth behind the American teams and the Australians.

Kishioyan lost ground in the 400m which he covered in 47.4, before handing the baton to Chemut who went through a very slow 1:44.9. Kirwa who was part of the World record 2006 Kenyan team anchored the 1600m leg in 3:59.3 for a cumulative time of 9:25.51.

This time was way off the winning time of 9:15.56 in 2006 by the Kenyan quarter of Elkanah Angwenyi (2:50.8), Thomas Musembi (45.8), Alfred Yego (1:46.2), Alex Kipchirchir (3:52.8. In the USA vs the world 4 by 400m the Kenya ranked 6th out of the seven teams(11th overall) in heat 1 returning 3:07.78 which was won by the USA B in 3:03.13.

Mutai’s 46.0 was the fastest of the field but was not enough to cover for the earlier slow times covered by his compatriots Vincent Koskei (47.2), Vincent Mumo (47.2) and Anderson Mureta (47.3).

 

USA vs. the World Men Distance Medley

1

USABlue

Tyler Mulder (2:52.8), David Neville (46.7), Khadevis Robinson (1:44.9), Leo Manzano (3:54.9)

 

9:19.31

2

USA Red

Russell Brown (2:52.9), Michael Tinsley (45.8), Nick Symmonds (1:44.0), Bernard Lagat (3:57.2)

 

9:19.88

3

Ethiopia

Tesfaye Cheru (2:56.6), Bereket Desta (46.4), Mohammed Aman (1:45.2), Aman Wote (3:53.3)

 

9:21.42

4

CanadaBlack

Matt Lincoln (2:54.0), Tremaine Harris (46.0), Andrew Ellerton (1:47.1), Nate Brannen (3:56.2)

 

9:23.34

5

Australia

Jordan Williams (2:53.8), Matt Lynch (47.4), Lachlan Renshaw (1:48.0), Ryan Gregson (3:55.6)

 

9:24.76

6

Kenya

Jackson Kivuva (2:53.9), Alphas Kishiyoan (47.4), Antony Chemut (1:44.9), Alfred Kirwa Yego (3:59.3)

 

9:25.51

7

Morocco

Abdelhadi Labali (2:56.6), Maroune El Maadadi (47.2), Mouhcine El Amine (1:46.2), Soueiyvan Boukantar (3:57.8)

 

9:27.80

8

Canada Red

Kyle Smith (2:55.3), Mike Robertson (46.2), Geoff Harris (1:48.40), Peter Corrigan (4:06.8)

 

9:36.72

 

USA vs. the World Men 4x400 

1

USA Red

3:00.15

Calvin Smith (46.4), Angelo Taylor (44.7), Bershawn Jackson (44.2), LaShawn Merritt (44.8)

2

2

Bahamas

3:00.56

Demetrius Pinder (45.4), Ramon Miller (45.1), Michael Mathieu (44.5), Chris Brown (45.6)

2

3

USA Blue

3:03.13

Josh Scott (46.1), Jamaal Torrance (45.7), Quentin Summers (46.1), Manteo Mitchell (45.2)

1

4

Jamaica

3:03.28

Dean Hyatt (45.9), Jermaine Gonzales (45.4), Allodin Fothergill (45.7), Dwayne Barrett (46.3)

2

5

Belgium

3:04.32

Jonathan Borlee (45.5), Nils Duerinck (47.3), Kevin Borlee (45.1), Antoine Gillet (46.4)

1

6

Trinidad & Tobago

3:04.98

Machel Cedenio (47.4), Lalonde Gordon (46.1), Jereem Richards (46.2), Jarrin Solomon (45.3)

1

7

Australia

3:05.93

Alex Beck (47.8), Ben Offereins (46.1), Kevin Moore (46.1), Steve Solomon (45.8)

2

8

Dominican Republic

3:06.42

Yon Soriano, Gustavo Cuesta, Joel Mejia (46.6), Luguelin Santos (45.0)

1

9

Germany

3:06.77

Jonas Plass (47.7), Kamghe Gaba (46.7), Eric Kruger (46.2), Miguel Rigan (46.2)

2

10

Venezuela

3:06.83

Alberth Bravo (47.9), Alberto Aguilar (46.6), Jose Acevedo (46.6), Omar Longart (45.7)

1

11

Kenya

3:07.78

Vincent Koske (47.2), Vincent Mumo (47.2), Anderson Mureta (47.3), Mark Mutai (46.0)

1

12

Grenada

3:08.85

Joel Redhead, Kirani James, Kevin Bowen (48.4), Keron Toussaint (47.8)

2

13

Nigeria

3:09.01

Tobi Ogunmola (47.3), James Godday (46.8), Obinna Metu (48.1), Saul Welgopwa (46.7)

2

14

Saudi Arabia

3:11.70

Yonas Al-Hosah, Youcef Masrahi, Hamad Al-Bishi (48.2), Mohammed Al-Bishi (47.9

 

 

 

 Evelyn Watta

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