Death of coach Antony Koffi

African athletics was shaken by sad news on April 9, 2023, with the death of Ivorian coach Anthony Koffi following an illness. Coach Anthony Koffi has coached many Ivorian athletes including Marie-José Ta Lou and Arthur Cissé. Coach then Technical Director of the HIGH Performance Training Center of the IAAF in Dakar from 2003 to 2017, he participated in the emergence of several young Africans at the world level. Apart from her compatriots, we can mention Amantle Montsho (Botswana), world champion 400m Ladies 2011, Isac Makwala (Botswana), Adama Jammeh (Gambia), Gina Bass (Gambia), Matthieu Gnialigo (Benin) who were boarders from the Center of Dakar.

Member Federations Award: Kenya among the nominees

General TuweiWorld Athletics is delighted to announce the six finalists for the Member Federation Award.

The Member Federation Award honours a national governing body that has gone above and beyond to serve its athletes, fans and greater community. The shortlisted federations were nominated by each of the six area associations.

The winner will be announced on World Athletics’ social media platforms in early December, as part of the World Athletics Awards 2022.

The six nominees, listed alphabetically, are: Brazil (South America), Guam (Oceania), Jamaica (NACAC), Kenya (Africa), Korea (Asia), Spain (Europe)

Kenya mourns its first Olympic medalist

Wilson Chuma Kiprugut, Kenya's first Olympic medalist thanks to his third place finish in the 800 meters at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964, has died at the age of 84. He paved the way for all these champions who are the pride of Kenyan athletics today. Four years after his performance in Tokyo, the Kenyan athlete won silver at the Mexico City Olympics in 1968, still in the 800m, ahead of Australian Ralph Doubell, who broke the world record that day.

 “Chuma was one of those athletes who put Kenya on the world map. It is a sad day for the country and for the world of athletics. He was an extraordinary man,” said Jackson Tuwei, president of the Kenyan federation.

SIERRA LEONE : The CAA good job

The conflict within the Sierra Leone Athletics Association (SLAA) has had a happy end thanks to a reconciliation mission sent by the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) and which stayed in Freetown from 17 to 20 October 2022. The CAA delegation was led by the senior Vice-President, General Jackson Tuwei (Kenya) who was assisted by the Director General, Lamine FATY (Senegal).

Bol, Duplantis and Ingebrigtsen named European athletes of the year

Four years after sharing the rising star honour, Mondo Duplantis and Jakob Ingebrigtsen were named joint winners of the men’s European athlete of the year award, while Femke Bol claimed the women’s European athlete of the year prize at the annual Golden Tracks award ceremony held in Tallinn, Estonia, on Saturday (22).

Bol, Duplantis and Ingebrigtsen collectively won nine major titles in 2022, including six gold medals at the European Championships in Munich.

Marathon: A new world record for Eliud Kipchoge

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge, a two-time Olympic champion, has set a new Marathon world record, beating the previous record he set four years ago. Kipchoge (37) won the Berlin Marathon for the fourth time clocking 2:01:09, bettering his time also set in Berlin in 2018 by 30 seconds.

Tobi Amusan: “I saw it coming…”

EUGENE- With an apparently insatiable appetite for success, Nigerian sprint hurdler Tobi Amusan had predicted that she would one day break the world record.

True to her word, the crack Nigerian hurdler left her race adversaries floundering in the 100m hurdles final which was the talk of the town on Day 10 of the World Athletics Championship in Oregon, Eugene.

The 25-year old, left the whole world in shock after setting a new world record in the semis, clocking 12.12. Amusan became the second Nigerian sprint hurdler to win a medal at the Championships after Glory Alozie took silver medal in Seville, Spain in 1999.

The Commonwealth Games, goal of Ofili and company

EUGENE- The Nigerian 4X100m women's relay team is targeting greater success after breaking the long- standing African Record on the penultimate day of the World Championships in Oregon.

The quartet of Joy Udo-Gabriel, Favour Ofili, Rosemary Chukwuma and Grace Nwokocha stormed to a new African Record of 42.22 to make up for their missed medal opportunity in Oregon.

Emmanuel Korir targets Rudisha’s world record

Eugene - Emmanuel Korir was just 17 when David Rudisha dropped jaws around London's Olympic Stadium in 2012. Rudisha, only 23 at the time, crossed the finish line in 1 minute 40.91 seconds to become the first and only man to break the 1:41 barrier in one of the great spectacles in Olympic history. Nijel Amos of Botswana was second, in a time that tied him with Sebastian Coe, the current World Athletics boss, as the third-fastest man in the history of the event. But Korir now believes his next mission after back- to-back gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics and Oregon World Championships will be to break Rudisha’s long standing record.