Latest Athletics News (Week 4 February 2018)

Kenyan Chumba comes first in 2018 Tokyo Marathon

Dickson Chumba of Kenya emerges victorious in the 2018 Tokyo Marathon. The Kenyan won in style with an impressive time of 2:05:30 to bask in glory in Japan on Sunday. He clinched his second victory in the marathon, having finished third in the earlier three editions, with a remarkable performance in 2014.  A Kenyan whitewash was prevented by Yuta Shitara who finished the marathon second, clocking a commendable 2:06:33. The Japanese runner came in second ahead of Amos Kipruto ( 2:06:33) and Gideon Kipketer (2:06:47). Shitara overtook both men from Kenya, settling for second best, having clocked 2:06:11. Chumba accelerated in the final 5 kilometres, to win the marathon. He had been leading the pack throughout the race and it looked set for a Kenyan clean sweep until Shitara stepped up. Chumba said that he was happy on being able to return the title to Kenya after Wilson Kipsang had clinched victory in 2014. He added that he was hungry for success and that he went in to the competition with a solitary thing in mind, Victory.

Norwegian legend ensures a Golden Finish for Norway

MaritBjorgen made sure that Norway was lifted to the top of the ultimate Pyeongchang medals table. On Sunday, the Winter Olympics legend secured her second gold and overall fifth medal in the women’s 30 kilometres cross country mass start at Pyeongchang. The 37 year old athlete’s career tally was extended to 15, which is a Winter Olympics record in itself. It proved to be a culminating finale as it gave Norway their 14th Gold, thus helping them overtake Germany in the endmost medal count, who also finished on 14 golds after the four-man bobsleigh was won by the German team earlier in the day. Although both Norway and Germany finished with 14 golds, Norway ensured top spot with 39 medals as compared to Germany’s 31. Canada finish third with 11 golds as hosts South Korea end seventh. It was a dramatic end to another glorious edition of the Winter Olympics.

Final Day drama as Russia clinches Men’s Hockey Gold

Sunday saw a fiery Russian team defeat Germany 4-3 in a classic Hockey encounter. It was an overtime, sudden-death thriller as Kirill Kaprizov struck a powerful power-play goal 9:40 minutes into extra time to induce frantic celebrations. The win finally ended a 26-year Russian title drought. The Russian athletes sung their national anthem with utmost passion on the ice, possibly infringing guidelines forcing their participation as neutrals after a massive doping scandal. Nevertheless, awaiting the results of ending dope tests from Pyeongchang, Russia’s ban was maintained, actively voted by The International Olympic Committee. Consequently, The Russians are prohibited from waving their national flag at the Closing Ceremony, scheduled to be held on Sunday. A total of 168 athletes from Russia, including the triumphant Ice Hockey athletes were cleared to complete as neutrals in Pyeongchang, despite the ban on the Russian National Olympic Committee. Two Russians, however, tested positive at the time of the Olympics, prompting IOC President to announce that the ban would not be lifted for the Closing Ceremony.