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Top 5 Stories From Wednesday You Must Read Today

Britain's Chris O'hare, Poland's Marcin Lewandowski, Kenya's Timothy Cheruiyot and Czech Republic's Jakub Holuša finish the semi-final of the men's 1500m athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 11, 2017. PHOTO/AFP
Britain's Chris O'hare, Poland's Marcin Lewandowski, Kenya's Timothy Cheruiyot and Czech Republic's Jakub Holuša finish the semi-final of the men's 1500m athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 11, 2017. PHOTO/AFP

NAIROBI, Kenya- World Championships silver winner, Timothy Cheruiyot and Africa 10000m champion, Alice Aprot are the favourites in the senior men and women races at Saturday’s Kenya Prisons Championships according to the line-up released on Wednesday.

Kenya Shujaa head coach, Innocent ‘Namcos’ Simiyu announced on Wednesday that Oscar Ouma will captain the side at the forthcoming 2017/18 HSBC World Sevens Series legs of Sydney and Hamilton.

As the 2018 Kenyan Premier League season beckons, 2008 titleholders, Mathare United FC goalkeeper, Wycliffe Kasaya is battling to reclaim the number one spot after returning from injury.

The scourge of doping in international athletics reared its ugly head on Wednesday when China female marathon champion and Olympian Wang Jiali was banned for eight years, equalling the longest ban in the sport with Kenyan Lilian Mariita.

For this and more, here are the top five stories from Wednesday from SportPesa News you must read today.

Cheruiyot, Aprot To Headline Prisons XC Senior Fields

NAIROBI, Kenya- World Championships men 1500m silver winner, Timothy Cheruiyot and Alice Aprot who took the second medal at the 2017 World Cross, will headline the 2018 Kenya Prisons Service Cross Country Championships at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi on Saturday. Cheruiyot, who sealed the Kenyan 1-2 at the London 2017 Worlds behind Elijah Manangoi last August, is the favourite in the men’s 10km showdown having underlined his credentials by winning the IAAF Cross Permit meeting in Antrim last weekend. READ MORE

Ouma To Captain Shujaa In Sydney, Hamilton Legs

NAIROBI, Kenya- Nakuru RFC forward; Oscar Ouma is set to captain Kenya Shujaa 7s due to the injury of Oscar Ayodi who led the team in the opening 2017/18 HSBC World Series legs of Dubai and Cape Town. Ouma will lead Shujaa to the Sydney 7s on the weekend of January 26 and 28 in Australia as well as the fourth leg of the annual series in Hamilton a week later and will be assisted in the role by long-serving captain, Andrew Amonde who is back in the side. READ MORE

Returning Keeper Kasaya Eager To Impress In 2018

NAIROBI, Kenya- After seeing his reputation plummet in recent times, 2008 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions; Mathare United custodian, Wycliffe Kasaya is working around the clock to return to full fitness. Kasaya, who has been out of action since last September, joined his teammates for pre-season training on Tuesday after spending three months on the sidelines recovering from a first degree meniscus tear on his left knee. READ MORE

This photo taken on April 29, 2017 shows Wang Jiali looking on after winning the women's marathon athletics event at the 13th Chinese National Games in Tianjin, China. PHOTO/AFP

This photo taken on April 29, 2017 shows Wang Jiali looking on after winning the women’s marathon athletics event at the 13th Chinese National Games in Tianjin, China. PHOTO/AFP

Chinese Marathon Champ Wang Jiali Handed 8 Year Doping Ban

SHANGHAI, China- China’s national marathon champion and Olympian Wang Jiali has been banned for eight years after failing a drugs test, her second violation, the Chinese Athletics Association (CAA) said on Wednesday. The 31-year-old, who won gold at the 2017 National Games, tested positive for the banned blood booster EPO during out-of-competition testing in August and her career now appears over. READ MORE

 

Muguruza Into Sydney Quarters Despite Muscle Problem

SYDNEY, Australia- Spain’s world number three Garbine Muguruza battled a muscle problem to overcome Kiki Bertens and reach the quarter-finals of the Sydney International on Wednesday. A week after retiring from the Brisbane International with cramps, leading Australian Open contender Muguruza was ahead 2-1 in the opening set when she sought a medical time-out. READ MORE

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