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Kenyan siblings in pursuit of 2012 gold



LATEST NEWS - 2012

Tue 06 Mar 12: All three Masai siblings have been included in Kenya's provisional Olympic team. Linet, Moses and younger brother Dennis will all be vying for a medal in the 10,000m event.

"Who knows, all the Masai siblings can make it to the Olympics. I am 100 per cent sure of Linet while Moses and Dennis have a battle at hand but can also make it with hard work," said head coach, Julius Kirwa.

Sun 15 Jan 12: Linet Masai has won the 2012 Italica Cross Country race in Seville.

Linet Masai wins the 2012 Italica cross-country race in Santiponce, near Seville
Linet Masai breaks away from the pack

She defeated her closest rival and the current Cross Country champion Vivian Cheruiyot by 18 seconds.

"I felt very comfortable throughout. I began conservatively but then decided to push hard as Vivian has beaten me several times over the closing metres," Linet said.

LATEST NEWS - 2011
Sally Kipyego, Linet Masai and Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya celebrate after the women's 10,000 metres in Daegu
Kenya complete a clean sweep in the women's 10,000m at the World Championships

Sat 27 Aug 11:

Linet Masai has failed to defend her 10,000m title at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.

In 2009, Linet won gold to end 10 years of Ethiopian dominance in the event but finished third on this occasion behind compatriots Vivian Cheruiyot and Sally Kipyego in a time of 30 mins 50.04 secs.

Sat 11 Jun 11: Linet Masai has defended her New York Mini 10K title (Washington Post).

"The pace was slow so I took off at around two miles and saw the other leaders were dropping, that is when I knew I had the lead," Linet said.

Sun 20 Mar 11: For the third year in a row, Linet Masai has won silver at the World Cross Country Championships (IAAF).

Linet's compatriot and rival Vivian Cheruiyot won the 8km race at Punta Umbria in Spain in 24 mins 58 secs. Linet was clearly frustrated she could not upgrade her two previous silvers into a gold.

"My goal was to win this championship because I'm strong and running well, but once again I finished second," she said.

Sat 19 Feb 11: Representing Kenya Police, Linet Masai won the women's 8km race at the Kenyan Cross Country Championships.

Linet Masai (number 100) wins at the Kenyan Cross Country Championships
Linet Masai (number 100) takes the lead in the women's race at the Kenyan Cross Country Championships

The victory has secured her place in the national team for the World Cross Country Championships taking place in Punta Umbria, Spain next month.

Sun 16 Jan 11: A week after outrunning Vivian Cheruiyot in Edinburgh, Linet Masai was overtaken by her compatriot in the final 500 metres of the 8km Italica Cross Country Race (IAAF) in Seville, Spain.

Sat 8 Jan 11: Linet Masai dominated the women's 6k race at the Great Winter Run in Edinburgh.

Linet Masai wins the women's 6k race at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country run

Linet Masai dominates Great Winter Run

She won in 20 mins 24 secs, eight seconds ahead of nearest rival Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia and 12 seconds ahead of the world 5,000m champion, and fellow Kenyan, Vivian Cheruiyot.

LATEST NEWS - 2010

Sun 28 Nov 10: Linet Masai comfortably won the Cross de l'Acier, the highlight of the French cross-country season, beating Ethiopian Emebet Anteneh by 19 seconds.

Sun 19 Sep 10: Moses Masai was pipped to the line by 19-year-old, fellow Kenyan, John Mwangangi at the Dam to Dam 10-mile run. Moses finished one second behind Mwangangi whose time of 45:26 was the second fastest of the year.

Linet Masai has withdrawn from Kenya's Commonwealth Games squad through injury.

Thu 9 Sep 10: Moses will be competing in this weekend's Dam to Dam 10-mile run (Runners Web) in the Netherlands. Last year Moses was beaten by his sister Linet and this year he's going up against his wife Doris Changeiywo.

Sun 5 Sep 10: Linet Masai has won the Women's 5k Challenge in London after a dominating performance at the Hyde Park road race. Read the IAAF race report.

Mon 30 Aug 10: Linet Masai has been selected for Kenya's Commonwealth Games squad (Athletics Africa). Moses did not make the squad.

Thu 19 Aug 10: Moses Masai finished seventh in the 5,000m at the Zurich Diamond League meeting behind Britain's Mo Farah, who set a new British record.

06 Aug 10: Ben Oakley from the Open University has examined what makes east African runners from the Rift Valley excel at long distance running?

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Sat 31 Jul 10: Linet Masai came third to Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba in the women's 10,000m at the African Athletics Championships in Kenya. Read the race report here.



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