Its spectacular its wonderful its here.
For all those Kenyans who love our athletes and have never had a chance to see them in action ... there are 28,000 free seats at the Nyayo National Stadium all for you to see Africa's best do their thing.
I missed the opening ceremony - had to work. But I arrived at the stadium in time to watch the 10,000 meters final which had us screaming and cheering with 6 laps to go as Kenyans looked to sweep the three medals. Ugandan Moses Kipsiro however spoilt our clean sweep coming in second. However Kiprop took first position and the worlds fastest man in the 10,000 distance Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai came in third
I also watched the pulsating 800 M heats - David Rudisha ran a powerful race showing who is the worlds best. Meanwhile Kirwa overcame Morracan opposition to win his heat while Kivuva Jackson won his heat in which acclaimed South African Mulaudzi did not present the expected threat. If you didn't see them today be sure to watch the semi finals on Friday and the Finals on Saturday.
Also unbelievable but true - Kenyan Kipkemboi Soy came third in 100M sprints and will be in the finals. We will all be rooting for him.
For those who love to see our Nigerian "oga" sisters run then you would have loved to watch the likes of Queen Obisesan and Blessing Okagbare in the sprints - powerful perfomances.
Also of great interest and a crowd exciter was Marwa Hussein of Egypt in the hammer throw although eventually she was beaten by the beautiful Senegalese Amy Sene.
Tommorow our girls will be on in the 5000 m final. Please don't miss it - personally I won't be able to get away from work - but if you can then Nyayo stadium is where you must be - it is fun, exciting, electrifying, it absolutely rocks.
John Paul Karijo
- Loving life and living it. “Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.” (Mary Anne Radmacher)Give yourself completely in everything for that is love and only when we love can we find God.