Top Five Stories From Thursday You Must Read Today

Oct 26 - by Mutwiri Mutuota for sportpesa news

SportPesa boss Karauri hails Eliud Kipchoge, Gunners notch 11th straight victory

Harambee Stars striker, Michael Olunga celebrates Kenya's opening goal during their 2019 AFCON qualifier against Ghana at the MISC Kasarani on September 8, 2018. PHOTO/SportPicha.com

  • Harambee Stars inched up two places to land in position 105 in the latest Coca-Cola/FIFA World Ranking released on Thursday where Belgium edged France to the top
  • Austria based Dennis Kipkorir is ready to improve on his 13th place finish last year in men’s half marathon at the 16th edition of Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon on Sunday


NAIROBI, Kenya- SportPesa chief executive Captain, Ronald Karauri, hailed marathon king Eliud Kipchoge for being named the UN Person of the Year 2018 as tributes to the Olympic champion continued to pour in on Thursday.

UEFA Europa League action returned on Thursday night with Reuben Loftus-Cheek coming to his own with a hat-trick in their 3-1 victory over BATE Borisov as Arsenal FC chalked their 11th victory in a row after beating Sporting Lisbon in Portugal.

Harambee Stars inched up two places to land in position 105 in the latest Coca-Cola/FIFA World Ranking released on Thursday where Belgium edged France to the top.

Austria based Dennis Kipkorir is ready to improve on his 13th place finish last year in men’s half marathon at the 16th edition of Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon on Sunday and find out whether LeBron James finally got a maiden NBA victory with the LA Lakers in our collection to top five stories from Thursday you must read today.

UN Award Elevates Eliud Kipchoge Into A Global Icon

NAIROBI, Kenya- The honouring of Olympic champion and world marathon record holder, Eliud Kipchoge as the UN Person of the Year 2018 on Wednesday is the most ringing endorsement yet his appeal as a global icon exceeds the sport he has loomed over large like a colossus. In accepting his latest accolade, the three-time London and Berlin marathon winner was a magnanimous as they come, tweeting a simple message, “I’m truly humbled to be named @UnKenya person of the year. Thank you to the @UN for this great honour.” READ MORE

Welbeck Strike Downs Sporting, Lifts Arsenal To 11th Straight Win

LISBON, Portugal- Danny Welbeck scored the only goal as Arsenal FC extended their winning run to 11 games in all competitions and took command of Group E of the UEFA Europa League with a 1-0 win in the process. The Gunners came into this match knowing that a win would put Unai Emery’s side in pole position to seal top spot early, and the head coach named a strong side here in Lisbon. READ MORE

Why Kipkorir, Aiyabei Want To Conquer StanChart Nairobi Marathon

NAIROBI, Kenya- Austria based Dennis Kipkorir is ready to improve on his 13th place finish last year in men’s half marathon at the 16th edition of Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon on Sunday. The 2016 Höhenstrassenlauf Vienna Marathon champion has been training at Cheriang Athletics Camp in Bomet County ahead of the annual city race whose proceeds goes to the Seeing Is Believing charity. READ MORE

Kenya Eases Up Two Places, Belgium Top FIFA World Ranking

NAIROBI, Kenya- Kenya eased up two places in the latest Coca-Cola FIFA World Rankings released Thursday as Belgium supplanted Russia 2018 winners France as the top football nation. Harambee Stars drew 0-0 and beat Ethiopia 3-0 to boost their chances of making the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon within the last month in performances that lifted the country from position 107 to 105. READ MORE

James Scores First Lakers Win, Curry Explodes With 51 Points

LOS ANGELES, United States- LeBron James had 19 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds as Los Angeles clobbered the Phoenix Suns 131-113, giving the four-time MVP his first win as a Laker. At the same time, Stephen Curry had 11 three pointers en route to a 51-point performance as the Golden State Warriors throttled the Washington Wizards 144-122 on Wednesday night. READ MORE