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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.

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

From missing a jump to breaking the World Record

Beatrice Chepkoech is the new 3000M record holder after smashing the previous record held by Bahrain’s Jebet by eight seconds setting it at 8:44:32. With a calculated kick, Chepkoech remained behind her pacer that saw her complete the first kilometer in 2:55 then held on to her fast pace all the way to the finish line with Cortney Frerichs, an American finishing second in 9:00:85. Kenyan Hyvin Kiyeng finished third in 9:04:41 as Emma Coburn being the second American in the race in 9:05:06 with her fourth position.


But, who is Beatrice Chepkoech? She is an incredibly good miler with the capability of throwing in a kick in the last 400M in spite of the hurdles and is coached by Bran Som, a former Dutch 800M specialist who also happens to coach Faith Kipyegon.

A strong athletic spirit shouts from her performance at the Monaco Diamond League meet having missed a medal at the world althletic championships in 2017 after forgetting to take the water jump that is situated inside the track at the 200M mark. Runners do not go over it at the start of the race and is cordoned off by witches hats to ensure no athlete mistakenly jumps over it just yet but in the second lap, it is in play. Then, Chepkoech realized her mistake and backtracked but could not make it to the medal bracket with the leading being 50M ahead.


At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Chepkoech finished fourth in 9:16:05. It would be interesting to watch how Kiyeng and Coburn will step up in the coming races up against the now 3000M steeplechase world record holder, Beatrice Chepkoech.

Helen Obiri Third Straight Win

World 5000m Champion Hellen Obiri posted her third straight win as the 39th Kenya Defence Championships got underway at Kasarani Stadium yesterday.

She announced her intentions to represent Kenya at the Africa Senior Athletics Championships (in Asaba, Nigeria) and pick a slot in the team to IAAF Continental Cup that run in Ostrava, Czech Republic on September 8-9. The Continental Cup is the only silverware missing out from Obiri’s trophy cabinet.

Obiri, the Olympic silver medalist, stormed into the lead in the fifth lap, opening 200m gap before strolling to victory in 14:48.5. Joyline Koima of Mtongwe (15:03.6) came second ahead of Kahawa’s Gladys Kimana (15:06.8).

Thika’s Peninnah Kandia (15:16.2) returned fourth while world cross country veteran Innes Chenonge (15:19.5) of Moi Air Base checked in fifth.

“I am happy to have defended my title today. I did not perform well in the last two Diamond League meetings. I have been feeling too tired. I want to make the team to Africa Senior Athletics Championships and then head to Continental Cup in Ostrava,” said 28-year-old Obiri.

She added: “It will be my second time if I make it to the Continental Cup. I competed in 2014 in 1500m and finished fourth in 1,500m.”

In men’s 400m hurdles semi-finals, Olympic silver medalist Boniface Mucheru booked a place in tomorrow’s finals alongside reigning national champion Willy Mbevi who registered 51.6 seconds.

Mucheru, who clocked 52.1 seconds, will not defend his Africa title he won in Durban two years ago: “I have not recovered fully from the hamstring injury I picked two years ago. It’s unfortunate I will not feature in the Africa Senior Athletics Championships. I have been advised not rush into competitive races.”

In 5000m, 2014 Commonwealth Games Champion James Magut sailed into 1,500m finals after clocking 3:47.1. Collins Koros came second in 3:47.4 while Dennis Kilele finished third in 3:47.7. In the other semis Charles Simotwo won in 3:54.4 ahead of Lawi Kosgei (3:54.7).

Cc Standard Sports Kenya

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