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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


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

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.

Know Your Athlete – Timothy Cheruiyot

IAAF Diamond League 1500m champion Timothy Cheruiyot says the high point of his career so far was earning a world silver medal. The Kenyan’s all-time low, however, was missing out by 0.07 on qualification for the 2014 IAAF World U20 Championships.

So who is this runner? Well, he is a 23 year old Kenyan runner,

the 2017 World Silver medalist, Diamond League trophy winner, and 2nd fastest athlete in the World over 1500m from 2017. He is also the 2018 Commonwealth Games Silver medalist from the Gold Coast.

Cast back to the the Distance Medley Relay (DMR) at the 2015 IAAF World Relays Championships, in the Bahamas and you’ll see the emergence of a new star on the track. 1st time to represent Kenya. 1st time to travel by plane. 1st time to run a DMR. Intended aim for the 20 year old? Rewrite Kenya’s existing World Record. No pressure. The WR fell to Team USA and Timothy achieves silver and gains a valuable learning experience. A hunger to improve instilled. More experience required.

re-match with Blankenship 3 weeks later at the Prefontaine Classic, International Mile, Eugene meant 3rd overall and a solid debut mile time of 3.53 but with his eyes focussed on making the World Championships in Beijing. It happened. Both early qualification rounds navigated. A place in the 1500m final. 7th in the World at the end of his first 2015 season.

2016 brought a win at the Rabat Diamond League, a silver medal at the African Championships, Durban and 2nd in the Anniversary Games Ermsley Car mile, London. An excruciatingly close 4th place at the Kenyan Olympic Trials meant Rio was not to be. But another breakthrough to end this season – a win and PB at the Diamond League finals in Brussels (3.31.34). 4th fastest in the world to end the 2016 year.

By the end of the 2017 season Timothy was 2nd fastest in the world over 1500m and 3rd fastest over the mile, a world Silver medalist and Stockholm and Zurich Diamond League finals winner.

Personal Bests

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.