Kenyans ease to 800m semis in London

first_imgHe had been included after Rudisha’s withdrawal due to injury, but his Visa application hit a snag and the opportunity of racing in his first ever World Championships blew up in smoke.The three Kenyans will now carry the hopes of title retention into the semi-finals on Sunday night.Bett had the fastest qualifying time of the three, crossing the finish line first in 1:45.76 ahead of Andrea Kramer. Bett stuck up to Krammer from the first lap when the Swede bolted up to the lead and opened up to the front in the final 300metres.Rotich also eased to victory in quick time in the second heat, keeping a front-running tactic to win in 1:45.77 with a 400m split of 51.95. Puerto Rico’s Rayan Shanchez pushed him in the final lap, but his long strides eased him up as he comfortably sailed to the finish line.USA’s Isaiah Harris came in second with a late thrust of pace while home boy Elliot Giles came in third.World leader Emmanuel Korir also ran comfortably enroute to winning his heat, crossing the line in a slower pace of 1:47.08 ahead of Poland’s Michael Rozmys who was one hundredth of a second behind him.There was a moment of brotherhood at the end of the race when Korir and the Pole shared hearty smiles with Rozmys showing Korir that he had a Kenyan flag wristband just like his.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kipyegon Bett of Kenya wins the 800m at the IAAF World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz 2016.PHOTO/IAAFNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 5- The front running trio of Emmanuel Korir, Ferguson Rotich and World Junior champions Kipyegon Bett all eased to the semi-finals of the 800m at the IAAF World Championships in London as Kenya seeks to retain the crown in the absence of holder David Rudisha.The fourth Kenyan, Michael Saruni who had earlier been axed by Athletics Kenya (AK) had been listed as a starter in Heat Five but had a DNS (Did Not Start) with sources intimating he had faced last minute visa hitches thus preventing him from travelling.last_img read more

With negotiations delayed Administration proposes 7M cut to gas line budget

first_imgDownload AudioState officials have put a number on how much they will trim from next year’s budget for marketing liquefied natural gas from the proposed pipeline: $7 million.Gov. Bill Walker (File photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)That’s the cut Governor Bill Walker’s administration will make to its budget request. It reduces the number of companies marketing gas to customers in Asia from three to one.Deputy Natural Resources Commissioner Marty Rutherford told the House Finance Committee Tuesday the change reflects slow negotiations with the state’s three pipeline partners. As well as the low price of gas.“The commercial negotiations have not moved as expeditiously as we would have wished, um, and recognizing the reality of the environment we all are living in,” Rutherford said.The state originally asked for $35.7 million for the AK LNG project in the coming budget year. Now it’s asking for $28.7 million.While negotiations are slow, the state still faces a tight window for completing the project.Between seven and nine years from now, many contracts in Asian countries will be up for renewal.Rutherford said some of these contracts won’t be renewed because the current suppliers are tapped out.“And growth for LNG demand is fairly flat,” said Rutherford. “It’s not forecast to grow at a very strong rate over the next 10 years. So trying to respond to that market window, if you will, is a very critical issue for the state of Alaska.”Walker and leaders of ExxonMobil, BP and ConocoPhillips announced last week that they’re exploring options to advance the pipeline. They said they’ll provide more details next month.last_img read more