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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.

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.

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

Lorna Kiplagat’s threepeat revisited at Falmouth Road Race

Canadian Ben Flanagan pulled away from the pack in the last mile to win the Falmouth Road race on Sunday, becoming the first man from North America to win the race in 30 years. Last year’s winner Stephen Sambu finished fourth.

Caroline Chepkoech of Kenya took the women’s race, her third straight win at Falmouth. The 24 year old took charge in the third mile and surged to a five-second win over fellow Kenyan Margaret Wangari. Mary Wacera, also from Kenya, was third in 37:17. Chepkoech is the first female runner to threepeat since Lornah Kiplagat in 2002.

Here are the top ten finishers in each category.

MEN

1. Ben Flanagan, 32:21

2. Scott Fauble, 32:23

3. Leonard Korir, 32:28

4. Stephen Sambu, 32:32

5. Martin Hehir, 32:38

6. Haron Lagat, 32:43

7. Colin Bennie, 32:49

8. Tim Ritchie, 32:50

9. Andrew Colley, 32:53

10. Ross Millington, 32:56

WOMEN

1. Caroline Chepkoech, 35:48

2. Margaret Wangari, 36:43

3. Mary Wacera, 37:17

4. Buze Diriba, 38:03

5. Melissa Dock, 38:04

6. Rosie Donegan, 38:07

7. Emily Durgin, 38:09

8. Erica Kemp, 38:13

9. Kim Conley, 38:16

10. Elaina Tabb, 38:18

Kenya Names World Under-20 Team

World Under-18 team graduated to the junior ranks in style by making it to the Tampere-bound side.
They include Samson Ndingiti (walk race-bronze), Mary Moraa (400m-silver) and Moitalel Mpoke (400m hurdles-silver).

Leonard Bett (2,000m steeplechase), Jackline Wambui (800m), George Manangoi (1,500m) and Caren Chebet (2,000m steeplechase) also made it alongside Edward Zakayo and Stanley Waithaka, who won silver and bronze in 3,000m and Lydia Jeruto, the World Under-18 800m silver medallist.
Also in the team in the only field event is men’s triple jump athlete Philip Musyoka.
Primary school pupils Zena Jemutai (South Rift) and Mercy Chepkorir (South Rift) claimed the two tickets.
Jemutai clocked 9:06.92 beating Chepkorir to second in 9:06.96.
Chepkirui attributed her dismal performance to lack of training, having just recovered from a hamstring injury, while Jemutai, a class seven pupil at Keringet Boarding Primary School, said good training back at home did the trick.

“The battle was tight but my joy is that I made it. I won’t just go to Tampere to add on the numbers, I am targeting a medal,” said Moraa, a Form four student at Mogonga High School.
Mpoke timed 50.87 to prevail in the men’s 400m hurdles, as James Mucheru (Nairobi) clocked 51.23 for second place to all book their tickets.
Zakayo, the Commonwealth 5,000m bronze medallist, and Waithaka, the National Cross Country Under-20 champion, strutted to a 1-2 finish in 13:19.74 and 13:23.67 in the men’s 5,000m to earn their berths.

“We have no choice but to maintain our steeplechase reign in Tampere,” said Bett.

“Winning at home shows that I’m in good shape and I will be going for nothing short of victory.”

Ndingiti, the World Under-18 10,000m race walk bronze medallist, clocked 42:03.30 to win his event and qualify, as Moraa timed 54.94 seconds to triumph, beating the qualifying standard time of 55.00 seconds.
Moraa will be the sole Kenyan in the race after second-placed Grace Nyakai (Central), who timed 56.75, failed to qualify.

“The battle was tight but my joy is that I made it. I won’t just go to Tampere to add on the numbers, I am targeting a medal,” said Moraa, a Form four student at Mogonga High School

“I happy I will be defending my title in Tampere. Since winning the title in 2016, I have gained enough experience that will enable defend my title,” said Chespol.

Mary Keitany Wins New York Mini 10K

Mary Keitany continued her reign as the queen of Central Park with a dominating victory at the NYRR New York Mini 10K here this morning.

The 36-year-old Kenyan cruised to her second straight title (and third overall) in the all-women’s race, clocking 30:59 and winning by more than a minute on a spectacular morning with comfortable temperatures (68F/20C) and relatively low humidity. Combined with her three wins in the TCS New York City Marathon, which finishes over the same climb through the park as today’s event, Keitany has earned a formidable reputation in the Big Apple

She recorded the fifth-best time in event history, and she covered the uphill second half in an incredible 15:08.

“At the beginning we were slow and so I started to push from 3 miles, because I wanted to see what time I could do,” said the winner, who had a disappointing fourth-place finish in April’s London Marathon. “I’ve been training well since London, and I really wanted to make up for that here in New York.”

Her time of 30 minutes, 59 seconds was the fifth fastest in the event’s 47-year history.

Keitany, a three-time New York City Marathon champion, was followed by two Americans — Aliphine Tuliamuk in 32:08 and Molly Huddle in 32:25. Boston Marathon champion Des Linden was 14th in 35:12, with Boston runner-up Sarah Sellers 17th in 35:29.

Conseslus Kipruto eyes World Steeplechase Record

World and Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto cracked a world lead with victory at Rome Golden Gala last week in Italy before vowing to attempt the World Record in Monaco on July 20.

Conseslus Kipruto (born 8 December 1994) is a Kenyan middle distance runner who competes in the 3000 metre steeplechase. In 2011 he won the World Youth and in 2012 the World Junior titles in the steeplechase. He also ranks second on the all-time junior lists with 8:01.16. Conseslus is the reigning Olympic and World champion in the steeplechase, his personal best of 8:00.12 minutes for the 3000 m steeplechase which was set at the Birmingham Diamond League event in 2016.

Kipruto, who is also the Commonwealth champion, chalked a season’s best of 8 minutes and 08:40 seconds, exacting revenge against compatriot Benjamin Kibet, who beat him in Eugene last Saturday.

“I know I can run faster and I now have four weeks to focus on training before attempting the world record in the Monaco Diamond,” said Kipruto, who boasts a personal best of 8:00.12 from Birmingham in 2016. “I will put all of my effort in there. I’m ready for it.”

Kenyan-born Saif Saaeed Shaheen of Qatar holds the world record time of 7:53.63 set September 3, 2004 in Brussels.

About Rome, Kipruto said he was prepared for the race and used his experience, having won the event in the past two years. Kipruto also wanted to forget the poor show in Shanghai where he failed to finish his 5,000m race before finishing second at Prefontaine Classic

The History of Steeplechase

While most track and field events are fairly straightforward – run this distance as fast as you can; throw this object as far as you can – one event in particular stands out for its sheer weirdness. This would be the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

You may, understandably, wonder what’s going on with the steeplechase: what are these massive barriers doing on the track, and why are the runners jumping over them? Why is there a water pit? And why, really, is this silly race called the steeplechase?

Credit: Tumo Photography

Allow us to explain.

Like many track and field events, the steeplechase’s origins can be traced back to United Kingdom. Runners, as they were apparently wont to do, would often race each other from one town’s church steeple to the next. The steeples were chosen because they were easy to see from long distances, leading to the name “steeplechase.” The countryside would also require runners to jump over various barriers over the course of their race. These included stone walls and small rivers. When the race was modernized, the walls were simulated with hurdles and the rivers and creeks were simulated with the water pit.

According to the IAAF, the modern 3,000-meter steeplechase track event – with the barriers and the water pit – first originated at Oxford University in the mid-19th century. It was then included in the English Championship in 1879. In the Olympics, men have raced the steeplechase since 1920, while the women, somewhat shockingly, only first raced it at the Olympics in 2008 in Beijing.

Today, the race features five barriers: four hurdles plus the barrier before the water pit. For the men, those barriers are 36 inches, and for the women they are 30 inche


s. The water pit, meanwhile, is 12 feet long for both.

Often you’ll see runners land one foot on the top of the barrier to propel themselves over it, though many elite runners just clear the whole thing altogether. Wipeouts are all too common, especially in or around the water.

An example of what can happen if you don’t properly traverse the water pit is on the photos, swipe forward.
It’s a quirky race, to be sure, but it’s also a sneakily fun one.