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Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon Results and Photos

Elisha Kiprop and Josephine Chepkoech are this year’s winners of the 42 Kilometer Standard Chartered marathon.
Kiprop won the race in two hours 17 minutes on Sunday morning followed by Julius Kiprono and Patrick Cheruiyot.

“I thank the Standard Chartered marathon because it is the one that opened doors for me as an athlete, ” Elisha said after finishing the race.

Chepkoech finished in two hours 35 minutes followed by her cousin Cynthia Jerop.

She said her focus will now be to take part in bigger events.

“I thank God. The weather was good and I’m hoping next year I’ll have a manager who will help me train for a bigger race,” Chepkoech said.

Being her first marathon, Chepkoech was marveled at her performance and hopes for more now that her focus is shifting from the half marathon to the full marathon.
In the men’s 21 km race, Mathew Kiprotich finished first in 1:04:57.Summary of the winners in various races1. 21kms ladies – Valerie Aiyabei – 1:12:062. 21kms men – Mathew Kiprotich – 1:04:573. 10kms women – Cheng’etich Lang’at – 30:214. 42kms men – Elisha Kiprop – 2:17:005. 42kms women – Josephine Chepkoech 2:35:00

BREAKING: New Half Marathon World Record

One year after his compatriot Joyciline Jepkosgei broke the women’s world record at the Valencia Half Marathon, Kenya’s Abraham Kiptum broke the men’s world record at the IAAF Gold Label road race, clocking 58:18 to take five seconds off the mark set by Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese in 2010.

At yesterday’s technical meeting it was confirmed that the men’s pacemakers would reach the 10km point in 27:50 to target a finishing time just inside 59 minutes, but there wasn’t any talk of a possible world record assault.

On a perfect day for endurance events (a slight wind and 11C), the race opened according to the plan with the main pack passing the opening five kilometres in 13:56. By 10 kilometres, the pace had dropped slightly as the 15-man lead pack went through that checkpoint in 28:02.

But shortly afterwards the long-legged Kiptum broke away from the rest of the pack with incredible ease and began to cover each kilometre in a stunning 2:44.

The 15-kilometre split of 41:40 – just seven seconds slower than Tadese’s equivalent split from his world record run – suggested that Kiptumwas on course to break his PB of 59:09 set six weeks ago in Copenhagen.

Ethiopia’s Jemal Yimer was still just two seconds behind Kiptum, and his compatriot Abadi Hadi, the world cross-country bronze medallist, was in third, another second in arrears.

Boosted by the crowd and fully aware that he was close to world record schedule, Kiptum kept on pushing hard to open a sizeable margin over the Ethiopian pair.

The Kenyan reached 20 kilometres in 55:18 to take three seconds off Tadese’s previous world best of 55:21 set on his way to his world half marathon best of 58:23 in Lisbon eight years ago.

Having covered the second 10-kilometre section in 27:16, Kiptum strode home in 58:18 to bring the world record back to his country’s possession, Samuel Wanjiru being his predecessor in 2007 (58:35). Valencia, meanwhile, is now the venue of both men’s and women’s world records.

Runner-up Yimer also destroyed his previous career best of 59:00 as he was timed at 58:31 to move to third on the world all-time list while 21-year-old Hadis clocked 58:43, lowering his best by almost two minutes.

In the fierce battle to be first European home, Britain’s Callum Hawkins finished in 1:01:00 for 16th with Spain’s Toni Abadía making a respectable debut over the distance in 1:01:15.

Source IAAF

BREAKING: New Half Marathon World Record

One year after his compatriot Joyciline Jepkosgei broke the women’s world record at the Valencia Half Marathon, Kenya’s Abraham Kiptum broke the men’s world record at the IAAF Gold Label road race, clocking 58:18 to take five seconds off the mark set by Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese in 2010.

At yesterday’s technical meeting it was confirmed that the men’s pacemakers would reach the 10km point in 27:50 to target a finishing time just inside 59 minutes, but there wasn’t any talk of a possible world record assault.

On a perfect day for endurance events (a slight wind and 11C), the race opened according to the plan with the main pack passing the opening five kilometres in 13:56. By 10 kilometres, the pace had dropped slightly as the 15-man lead pack went through that checkpoint in 28:02.

But shortly afterwards the long-legged Kiptum broke away from the rest of the pack with incredible ease and began to cover each kilometre in a stunning 2:44.

The 15-kilometre split of 41:40 – just seven seconds slower than Tadese’s equivalent split from his world record run – suggested that Kiptumwas on course to break his PB of 59:09 set six weeks ago in Copenhagen.

Ethiopia’s Jemal Yimer was still just two seconds behind Kiptum, and his compatriot Abadi Hadi, the world cross-country bronze medallist, was in third, another second in arrears.

Boosted by the crowd and fully aware that he was close to world record schedule, Kiptum kept on pushing hard to open a sizeable margin over the Ethiopian pair.

The Kenyan reached 20 kilometres in 55:18 to take three seconds off Tadese’s previous world best of 55:21 set on his way to his world half marathon best of 58:23 in Lisbon eight years ago.

Having covered the second 10-kilometre section in 27:16, Kiptum strode home in 58:18 to bring the world record back to his country’s possession, Samuel Wanjiru being his predecessor in 2007 (58:35). Valencia, meanwhile, is now the venue of both men’s and women’s world records.

Runner-up Yimer also destroyed his previous career best of 59:00 as he was timed at 58:31 to move to third on the world all-time list while 21-year-old Hadis clocked 58:43, lowering his best by almost two minutes.

In the fierce battle to be first European home, Britain’s Callum Hawkins finished in 1:01:00 for 16th with Spain’s Toni Abadía making a respectable debut over the distance in 1:01:15.

Rhonex on another winning spree

World Under-20 10,000m champion Rhonex Kipruto, the man to watch in the next years and Sandrafelis Chebet on Saturday defended their titles in the 10km and 8km races respectively during the 10th edition of Isaiah Kiplagat Foundation Ndalat Gaa Cross Country in Nandi County, Kenya.

After persevering the scorching sun and an immensely competitive field to win Kipruto ran from the front before increasing the pace in a tight race that saw over 300 men fight for a place in the top 10.

“I took a break and I have been at home where I normally train with my younger brother and I decided to come and shed off some weight. I encouraged my brother to run today since he is faster than me and I’m happy he won the junior category,” said Kipruto.

Kipruto clocked 30:52.4 ahead of Abraham Kiptum (31:23.8) while Julius Taki was third in 31:29.6.

Kiptum, the Daegu Marathon champion, said that he was using the race to as part of his build up as he prepares to defend his Lagos Marathon title for the third time.

“It was a tough race for me but I had prepared well,” said Kiptum.

In the ladies’ category, Chebet ran a brilliant race where she stayed behind the newly crowned Chemususu Half Marathon champion Delvin Meringor before outpacing her in the final race to win in 27:53.8.

Meringor clocked 28:05.0 while Norah Jeruto @norahjeruto , a 3,000 steeplechase specialist, finished third in 28:16.2.

“It was a tough race for me but I had done enough training back in Londiani. I’m happy I defended my title and I will be looking forward to getting a slot in Team Kenya for the World Cross Country Championships,” said Chebet.

ELIUD KIPCHOGE BREAKS THE WORLD RECORD IN 2:01:39

At the sound of the start gun at the 2018 Berlin Marathon was Eliud Kipchoge challenged by former world record holder Wilson Kipsang (both Kenya). Kipsang at the start was the only runner, who has four sub 2:04 times. The women’s race on the other hand featured Ethiopia’s three time Olympic gold medallist Tirunesh Dibaba. Kenya’s defending champion Gladys Cherono and Edna Kiplagat started off as Dibaba’s strongest rivals.
After a very quick opening kilometre of 2:43 the 2 k split time was 5:41 with Eliud Kipchoge having found the right pace for his world record (2:02:57) attempt.

Eliud passed the 5 k mark in 14:24 pointing to a 2:01:30 finish. Kipsang was nine seconds behind withing the world record pace.
The men’s leading pack at 10k was Eliud Kipchoge in 29:01,Wilson Kipsang with 29:12 , Amos Kipruto at 29:16 while Abera Kuma was fourth in 29:16 as Shogo Nakamura closed the first five in 30:09.
The women runners on the other hand were led by Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia with 32:44 as Gladys Cherono, a Kenyan came in with 32:44. Ruti Aga passed with 32:45 as Helen Tola had 32:45 and Edna Kiplagat at 32:49.

Kipchoge passed the 15km mark in 00:43:38 on a 02:02:45 tempo, something Kimetto did at 44:09 just before two pacers Kitwara and Kipkemoi dropped leaving Boit with pacing duties. After a 57:56 split at 20 k Kipchoge passed the half marathon point in 61:06. Kipsang had slowed a bit and therefore outside his schedule with a split of 62:07 with Amos tagging along Kipsang. At 25km, it was was still a Kenyan affair in the top with leader Kipchoge having a 1:12:24 split time (2:02:15 pace). Shortly afterwards he lost his last pacemaker – this is relatively early for a world record attempt. Kipruto and Kipsang pass this point in 1:13:55. Amos kipruto was in second going through 25km mark in 01:13:55 while Wilson Kipsang was in 3rd in 01:13:56.
Interestingly Josphat Boit also couldn’t keep up with the forward surging Kipchoge just after the 27K. At this point, Kipchoge was unstoppable and each person’s lips could only gasp, “This Man Kipchoge”
At a time Eliud was picking his water at 28K, Gladys Cherono had taken the lead in the women’s race.
At 30K Kipchoge was running for the books with his time at 1:26:45, covering the last 1000m in 2:52. He was at a 2:02 pace. Kipruto at second crossed 30 k with 1:28:41 while Kipsang third with 1:29:20. At fourth was Shogo Nakamura with 1:30:23 as Zersenay Tadese ran fifth with 1:31:10
Between 32 and 34K Kipchoge still looked very strong with split times of 2:49 – 2:52.
Gladys Cherono passed 30K with 1:38:04, second came Aga Ruti with 1:38:04, while Edna Kiplagat passed that veryark with 1:38:23. Dibaba was fourth with 1:38:24

At 35K Eliud Kipchoge as on the way to a world record. He passed 35 k in 1:41:01 and the projection was a sub 2:02 if he continued like this! The current world record, at this time still stood at 2:02:57. Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto ran this time in Berlin in 2014.
A unique women’s result was in the offing as well with the top four runners running a sub 2:19 pace. there has never been more than two sub 2:19 times in one race yet.
Kipchoge passed 40 k in 1:55:32 and phenomenally broke the world record in 2:01:39 with his cutting of the tape at Berlin being the beginning on a new page in the books, a world record on German soil set by a Kenyan.

Eliud is unstoppable !!! He is the only man, in 50 years to improve his PB, now a WR by 1.17.

Amos Kipruto finished second with 2:06:23 while former Record Holder third Wilson Kipsang closed the podium with 2:06:48

Official results:

Men:
1. Eliud Kipchoge KEN 2:01:39
2. Amos Kipruto KEN 2:06:23
3. Wilson Kipsang KEN 2:06:48
4. Shogo Nakamura JPN 2:08:16
5. Zersenay Tadese ERI 2:08:46

Gladys Cherono won in the women’s race in a course record and world leading time of 2:18:11 as Ruti Aga came in second in 2:18:34 and Tirunesh Dibaba finishing third with 2:18:55. Never in the history of marathon running have three women broken 2:19 in one race!

Women:
1. Gladys Cherono KEN 2:18:11
2. Ruti Aga ETH 2:18:34
3. Tirunesh Dibaba ETH 2:18:55
4. Edna Kiplagat KEN 2:21:18
5. Mizuki Matsuda JPN 2:22:23

Edna battle against Gladys and Dibaba in Berlin

The Women race at Berlin is one to watch out for, in addition to Eliud Kipchoge and Wilson Kipsang battling it out for the World Record at Berlin, thou all eyes are on Kipchoge considering his winning form in the recent past while Kipsang looks at getting his winning thirst quenched after some not-so-good two year past.

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Three-time women’s AbbottWMM series champion Edna Kiplagat will become a Six Star Finisher at the 2018 BMW Berlin Marathon this September.

The Kenyan two-time world champion will become the first female elite able-bodied athlete to earn the famous Six Star Medal if she crosses the finish line in the German capital today, adding yet another achievement to a glittering marathon-running career.

Kiplagat, 38, began her AbbottWMM odyssey with victory in the 2010 TCS New York City Marathon and followed that with second place at the Virgin Money London Marathon in April 2011. She then clinched world gold in Daegu in 2011 and another second in London in 2012, where she set her PB of 2:19:50.

She was second again in the UK capital in 2013 and then added a second straight world title with gold in Moscow that same year.

Kiplagat finally cracked the top step of London’s podium in 2014 with victory on The Mall.

Two more podiums (third in Tokyo and second at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon) in 2016 continued a stunning string of AbbottWMM performances, topped by a win in Boston in 2017.

Later that year her form carried her to second in the London World Championships, and she now has her sights trained on the podium in the shadow of the Brandenburg Gate on September 16.

But she will face stiff competition in the form of Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba. The reigning Chicago champion will be making her Berlin debut and hoping to get her Series XII campaign off to a successful start. Dibaba finished second behind Mary Keitany in Series XI after a tough day at the office at the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon where she did not register a finish.

The 32-year-old has won three gold medals at consecutive Olympic Games (2008 and 2012) and five World Championships from 2003 to 2013. For good measure, Dibaba has also four World Cross Country titles to her credit.

Her personal best is 2:17:56, set in finishing second at the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon which makes her the third fastest woman in the history of the marathon.

The 35-year-old Gladys Cherono from Kenya also lines up to defend the title she won in 2017.

Gladys Cherono is the only runner to have broken 2:20, four of her rivals have gone under 2:25: the Ethiopians Amane Beriso (2:20:48), Gulume Tollesa (2:23:12) and Ruti Aga (2:24:41) as well as the Kenyan Valary Aiyabei (2:21:57). “It’s the norm that leading women runners come to Berlin in order to run fast and have the best chance of setting personal bests. So we can reckon with a pace on schedule for breaking 2:20 on Sunday. It could even be the kind of pace to threaten the course record,” said race director Mark Milde.

Gladys Cherono wants to show she is back to her best by producing a world-class time at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON. “I’ve come to Berlin to attack my personal best,” said Cherono. The 34-year-old Kenyan achieved the fastest marathon time anywhere in the world since April 2012 with the performance she produced in Berlin in 2015. But a lengthy period of injury in the spring of 2016 put paid to chances of going to the Olympics. “I couldn’t run a marathon in 2016 because I had a stress fracture and feared I might never regain top form. But now everything is ok,” said Gladys Cherono.

Another Kenyan who plans for a very fast race is Valary Aiyabei. The 26 year-old had a breakthrough performance in Prague this spring. She improved by almost three minutes to 2:21:57 after running the first part of the race at world record pace. It was the third marathon win in a row for Valary Aiyabai, who recorded first places in Barcelona and Valencia in 2016. „My aim is to equal the time I ran in Prague, but I hope for a personal best. My husband, who is also my coach, will pace me on Sunday. He is my everything,” said Valary Aiyabei.

Two Time Toronto Marathon Winner Wins Kaptagat Half Marathon

Two time Toronto marathon champion Philemon Rono and 2009 world cross country junior bronze medalist Cynthia Jerop were crowned  champions of the Kaptagat Forest half marathon on Sunday, 9th September. The race dubbed “Sports for Conservation had a course traversing two counties, Elgeiyo Marakwet and Uasin Gishu with the start being Kipchawat and the finish at Strawburg in the later county. Rono won the race in 62:23.6

This was just a training race in the build up to my title defence in Toronto later this year. I am happy I won and glad locals turned up to cheer us” Rono

“Apart from winning the race, I wanted to be part of the motivation to the upcoming athletes. Winning at home is good for me and the locals who cheered me along the way,” said Rono.

The Global Sports Communication athlete took the lead from the 10K mark all the way to the finish and was cheered by team mate Geoffrey Kamworor who also doubled up as this year’s race ambassador.

Davis Kiprotich finished second in 63:11.7 as Wesley Kimutai came in third in 63:15
After pulling out of the Kisii half marathon last week owing to a topple, Cynthia Jerop won women’s title in 71:30

The reigning Hannover half marathon champion has eyes on the Standard Chartered marathon title

with her easy win at the Kaptagat Half motivating her.

“I came here to win the race and make up for the Kisii loss after being toppled along the course. Apart from that, my focus has shifted to win Standard Chartered marathon,” said Jerop who draws motivation from her coach Stephen Maiyo who urges her to

keep eyes on the tape when out racing.

Selected results

Men

Philemon Rono-62:23.6
David Kiprotich-63:11.7
Wesley Kimutai-63:15.0
Bethwel Yegon-63:18.8
Justus Cheboi-63:23.5
Paul Longachei-63:25.4
Women
Cynthia Jerop-71:30
Celestine Jepchirchir-72:67
Joyce Chepchirchir-73:57
Sharon Jelimo-73:36
Sally Chepyego-73:50
Josephine Jepkoech-74:28
Photos From the event

Rhonex Kipruto Wins Prague 10K Road race

Rhonex Kipruto has yet again proved to the world that he is that star that just started shining after winning in the Prague 10K race.

Alongside Mathew Kimeli who happens to train with him at the Bro Colm camp in Iten under coaches Colm and Ian Kiprono, Rhonex did cut the tape in 26:46 that is just 3 seconds shy of the world record.
After crossing the first 5km in 13:30 with pace setters, Rhonex Kipruto flew alone in the remaining 5km to a narrow miss of the World Record. It will go into books of history that Rhonex has come close to Leonard Komon (26:44) to ever run faster on the roads for 10 kilometers. Could it mean that sub 26:40 is on the offing?

Rhonex Kipruto has yet again proved to the world that he is that star that just started shining after winning in the Prague 10K race. Alongside Mathew Kimeli who happens to train with him at the Bro Colm camp in Iten under coaches Colm and Ian Kiprono, Rhonex did cut the tape in 26:46 that is just 3 seconds shy of the world record.
After crossing the first 5km in 13:30 with pace setters, Rhonex Kipruto flew alone in the remaining 5km to a narrow miss of the World Record. It will go into books of history that Rhonex has come close to Leonard Komon (26:44) to ever run faster on the roads for 10 kilometers. Could it mean that sub 26:40 is on the offing?

Results

Rhonex Kipruto has yet again proved to the world that he is that star that just started shining after winning in the Prague 10K race. Alongside Mathew Kimeli who happens to train with him at the Bro Colm camp in Iten under coaches Colm and Ian Kiprono, Rhonex did cut the tape in 26:46 that is just 3 seconds shy of the world record.
After crossing the first 5km in 13:30 with pace setters, Rhonex Kipruto flew alone in the remaining 5km to a narrow miss of the World Record. It will go into books of history that Rhonex has come close to Leonard Komon (26:44) to ever run faster on the roads for 10 kilometers. Could it mean that sub 26:40 is on the offing?

Results

1. Rhonex Kipruto 🇰🇪 26.46
2. Geoffrey Koech 🇰🇪 27.18
3. Matthew Kemeli 🇰🇪 27.26
4. Abraham Kipyatich 🇰🇪 27.38
5. Bernard Lagat 🇰🇪 27.40
6. Peter Kwemoi 🇰🇪 27.44
7. Hicham Amghar 🇲🇦 27.46
8. Bernard Kimeli 🇰🇪 27.50

Vivian Cheruiyot Vs Joyciline and Saina Affair

Olympic and World champion Vivian Cheruiyot will return to Tyneside as she bids to make it two Simplyhealth Great North Run victories in three years, it has been announced.

The four-time Olympic and five-time World Championship medallist won the world’s biggest half marathon on her debut over the distance in 2016, and finished second to winner Mary Keitany last year.

She said: “I am looking forward to returning to England for the Simplyhealth Great North Run.

“It was a magnificent race when I won here for the first time in 2016 and I want to be on top of that podium again next month.”

Also in the elite list is the fastest ever woman over the half marathon will be looking to spoil Vivian Cheruiyot’s plans to make it two Simplyhealth Great North Run wins in three years on Sunday.

Joyciline Jepkosgei, the world record holder over the half marathon, has been added to the field for the world’s biggest half marathon this weekend and will be the main competition for Olympic champion Cheruiyot in the iconic race.

Kenyan Jepkosgei clocked her record time of 64.51 in the Prague Half Marathon last year where she also broke the world 10KM, 15KM and 20KM records.

She went on to beat her own 10KM world record time back in Prague three months later when she clocked 29.43 to become the first woman to ever break 30 minutes over 10KM.

Betsy Saina, who finished fifth in last year’s race which was won by Mary Keitany, will also be in contention, with British hopes lying with Lily Partridge, Gemma Steel, Charlotte Purdue and Sunderland athlete Aly Dixon.

Marathoner Wins Iten 10KM Safaricom Road Race

Can a Marathoner win a 10KM Road Race?
Well, former Barcelona Marathon champion Valary Aiyabei Jemeli won at the Iten 10KM road race, a high altitude event right at the heart of the home of champions.

The 27 year-old defeated a host of runners to emerge victorious in women’s race that started at Bugar Centre before ending at Iten town.

on home ground, receiving cheers from fans lining up on the course, the 2015 Kass marathon champion stepped in the lead with just 100m and enjoyed the lead until the finish line, though she had difficulties in uphill with Lucy Cheruiyot the 2016 Madoka half marathon taking advantage to close the gap.

Jemeli held on to cut the tape in 33:18.8 and was followed by Cheruiyot who crossed the line in 33:27.2 before Lydia Njeri closing the podium three finishes in 33:34.8.

“I came here for speed work ahead of my Beijing marathon. Coming from the same area, I know the route and utilized it very well” said Jemeli who cut the tape in 33:18.0.

She added that as a marathoner, she did not expect to win because 10km is a faster race.

“I am surprised by the win because, as a marathoner, my speed is slow though I managed to beat them all,” said Jemeli, who has dominated local races like cross country and road races.

Leading results

Women

Valary Jemeli 33:18.8

Lucy Cheruiyot 33:27.2

Lydia Njeri 33:34.8

Joyce Jepkemoi 33:52.5

Sharon Jelimo 34:30.7

Gladys Yator 34:32.6

Men Result Sheet