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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.

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.

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

Asaba 2018 in Pictures

The 2018 African Athletics Championship came to an end today with Kenya topping the table with 11 Gold medals 6 Silver and 2 Bronze medals. We share the images from the event that saw Kenyans triumph and emerge best from the rest of Africa.

Its worth noting that the event started with a poor planned transit of athletes who had to spend three nights in Lagos. Despite this, the sterling performance proved that the end justifies the means.

This was the situation for three good days.

And when it was time to go, they got up, dusted off and off they went to bag medals… Selfie time for the Lion, Manangoi

Hellen Obiri, Gold Medalist

Julius Yego is back too

Zakayo on his winning spree

Manangoi the man on a mission… The Lion

Congratulations to Team Kenya, back to training people. See you in 2020 when Algeria hosts this very championships just after Kenya that will host the World Under 20 Championships.

City with a Wild Animals Park to Host IAAF Under 20 Championship in 2020

Its Nairobi again. The IAAF announced that Nairobi in Kenya has been selected as the host city of the 2020 IAAF World Athletics U20 Championships.

Nairobi’s candidacy was formally endorsed by the IAAF Council in Buenos Aires yesterday.

By hosting an outstanding final edition of the IAAF World U18 Championships last year, Nairobi demonstrated its readiness to take the next step as a championship host.

Crowds of up to 60,000 attended the U18 Championships at Nairobi’s Moi International Sports Centre, creating an exciting atmosphere for the young athletes who had gathered from around the globe, and those attending the 2020 event can expect the same experience.

In a recent visit to the IAAF headquarters in Monaco, the Principal Secretary for Sports in Kenya, Ambassador Kirimi Kaberia, noted that 42 percent of Kenya’s population was under 15 (only 17 percent over 50) and sport was a vital component in the country’s development.

“Athletics is a very important part of our life. Everyone loves athletics in Kenya. You saw it during the world under 18 and you will see it again in 2020,” he said.

president Sebastian Coe noted the Kenyan Government’s strong support for the Nairobi bid and said it would be an ideal host for the championships.

“The U20 Championships showcases the future of our sport so Kenya, with a young and enthusiastic population and such a rich history in athletics, is a perfect fit for us,” Coe said.”We hope that awarding these championships will further encourage the development of athletics in Kenya and all over Africa, which is such a vibrant part of our international federation.”

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Sports and Heritage, the Honourable Rashid Echesa said:

“On behalf of the Kenyan Government, I would like to say that we welcome the decision that has been reached by the IAAF top brass to settle on the Republic of Kenya to host the prestigious IAAF World U20 Championships in the year 2020. It is indeed a great honour to be considered and selected to host the event. On behalf of Kenyan Government, I assure you that we will ensure that we put our best foot forward and put the necessary plans, systems and structures in place to ensure that the event runs smoothly and successfully. We welcome the world to Kenya.”

The president of Athletics Kenya, Lt Gen (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei said:

“The Executive Committee of AK, athletes and entire athletics fraternity are very excited to receive the good news from the IAAF that Kenya has been selected to host the WU20 in 2020. It is indeed a great honour to us all, particularly the great athletes who have significantly contributed to the development of world athletics over the years. All are welcomed back to Kenya, the home of heroes.”

The IAAF World U20 Championships Nairobi 2020 have been scheduled for July 7-12, 2020.

Source: IAAF

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.

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

Tuskys Wareng Cross-country in pictures

Former World Youth 3,000m champion Lilian Kasait and Emmanuel Bett were crowned the champions of the 2017 Tuskys Wareng Cross Country Championships held on Sunday in Eldoret.

At the same time,  reigning world under- 18  bronze medallist in the 1,500m Ednah Jebitok and upstart Robert Kiprop shone in junior races.

Kasait, the 2013 World Junior 3,000m champion returned to the course for the second time; winning in both races. Last year, she won in 6km junior women and following her graduation into the senior, she did not disappoint as she won the 10km senior race in 33:54.4.

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