Getaye Gelaw banned for six years for doping

Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has banned Getaye Gelaw from Ethiopia for six years for the presence and use of a prohibited substance (EPO) on multiple occasions, which is a violation of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

The sanction includes an additional period of ineligibility of 2 years, due to the seriousness of the offence and the nature of aggravating circumstances. All his results achieved since 05 Sept 2021 is disqualified.

The 2019 DOZ Maraton champion was banned after violating Rule 2 ADR which constitute an Anti-Doping Rule Violation: “2.1 Presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an Athlete’s Sample […] 2.2 Use or Attempted Use by an Athlete of a Prohibited Substance or a Prohibited Method”

Vivian Melly beats Winfrida Moseti at Venloop

Kenya’s Vivian Jepkemei Melly won the 15th edition of the Venloop half marathon held on Sunday (15) in Venloop, Netherlands.

Melly led 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finish as she cut the tape in a time of 1:09.27 beating the reigning Bucharest International Half Marathon  champion, Winfridah Moraa Moseti who came home in second place in 1:10.11 with Cynthia Jepkosgei Chemweno closing the top three positions in 1:11.07.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympian, Jill Holterman from the Netherlands and Dibabe Kuma finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 1:14.45 and 1:18.32 respectively.

LEADING RESULTS

21KM WOMEN

  1. Vivian Melly              (KEN) 1:09.27
  2. Winfridah Moseti     (KEN) 1:10.11
  3. Cynthia Chemweno  (KEN) 1:11.07
  4. Jill Holterman            (NED) 1:14.45
  5. Dibabe Kuma              (ETH) 1:18.32

Erick Sang wins Venloop half marathon

Kenya’s Eric Kiplagat Sang took the top honors on his debut at the 15th edition of the Venloop half marathon held on Sunday (15) in Venloop, Netherlands.

The 21 year-old endured the high temperatures with lead group of seven who shoved each until the half way mark that Sang engaged a high gear leaving them behind as he forged a head cutting the tape in a new personal best of 1:00.55.

Sang was followed by his compatriot Moses Koech who crossed the line in a time of 1:01.20 with Yakoub Labquira from Morocco closing the podium three finishes in 1:02.03.

Kenya’s Edwin Yator and the 2016 African silver medallist in 10,000m, Wilfred Kimeli Kimitei, who was the race favorite came home in fourth and fifth place in 1:02.58 and 1:03.11 respectively.

LEADING RESULTS

21KM MEN

  1. Erick Sang              (KEN) 1:00.56
  2. Moses Koech          (KEN) 1:01.21
  3. Yakoub Labquira   (MAR) 1:02.03
  4. Edwin Yator            (KEN) 1:02.58
  5. Wilfred Kimitei      (KEN) 1:03.11

Dennis Kipkosgei wins Rock n Roll Atlantic City Half Marathon

Kenya’s Dennis Kipkosgei took the top honors at the Rock n Roll Atlantic City Half marathon held on Sunday (15) in Atlantic City, USA.

The 26 year old endure the chilly weather as he pulled away from the lead group at 15km mark and he never looked back as he ran the remaining 6km solo to cut the tape in a time of 1:04.21.

Kipkosgei was followed a distant later by United States Trevor Conde who crossed the finish line 1:07.48 with his compatriot Arturs Bareikis closing the podium three finishes in 1:10.40.

Ethiopia’s Hirut Guangu and Jane Bareikis came home in fourth and fifth place in a time of 1:14.46 and 1:16.06 respectively.

LEADING RESULTS

21KM MEN

  1. Dennis Kipkosgei   (KEN) 1:04.21
  2. Trevor Conde          (USA) 1:07.48
  3. Arturs Bareikis        (USA) 1:10.40
  4. Hirut Guangu           (ETH) 1:14.46
  5. Jane Bareikis            (USA) 1:16.06

Meseret Dinke beats Marion Kibor as she lifts Genève Marathon title

The reigning Lagos City Marathon champion, Meseret Dinke lived to the race expectations as she demolished a strong elite field at the 17th edition of the Generali Genève Marathon held on Sunday (15) in Geneva, Switzerland.

The 25 year-old who came with the fastest time on paper of 2:25.12 that she got last year at the Valencia marathon where she finished in ninth place, took on the 2019 Rochelle Marathon champion, Marion Kibor and the 2021 Eldama Ravine Half marathon champion, Sharon Chelimo.

The 2012 Vienna City silver medallist was too good on the Kenyans as she left them with seven kilometres to go, increasing her pace to cut the tape in her third fastest time of 2:26.22.

Kibor came home in second place with over two minutes as she crossed the line in a personal best of 2:28.30 with Chelimo finishing in third place in 2:33.02.

The race course record of 2:24.19 that was set last year by Maureen Chepkemoi from Kenya remained undisturbed

LEADING RESULTS

42KM WOMEN

  1. Meseret Dinke    (ETH) 2:26.22
  2. Marion Kibor      (KEN) 2:28.30
  3. Sharon Chelimo  (KEN)2:33.02

Emmanuel Gisamoda beats Sila Kiptoo in Switzerland

Tanzania’s Emmanuel Gisamoda made his marathon debut memorable when he ran away with the honors at 17th edition of the Generali Genève Marathon held on Sunday (15) in Geneva, Switzerland.

The 33 year-old battled Sila Kiptoo and Stanley Bett for the honors but he was too swift on the two as he left them at the 25km mark and never looked back as he forged ahead solo for the reminder of the race to cut the tape for the first time over the distance with a personal best of 2:10.39.

Gisamoda was followed by Kiptoo who crossed the line in 2:11.31 with Bett closing the podium three finishes a distant later in 2:14.39.

Ethiopia’s Birhan Nebebew and Zaphania Cheruiyot from Kenya finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 2:14.39 and 2:14.58 respectively.

LEADING RESULTS

42KM MEN

  1. Emmanuel Gisamoda    (TZN) 2:10.39
  2. Sila Kiptoo                       (KEN) 2:11.31
  3. Stanley Bett                     (KEN) 2:12.01
  4. Birhan Nebebew             (ETH) 2:14.39
  5. Zaphania Cheruiyot        (KEN) 2:14.58

Deribe Robi beats Michael Kunyunga at Riga Marathon

Ethiopia’s Deribe Robi Melka took the top honors at the 31st edition of the Riga Marathon that was held on Sunday (15) in Riga, Latvia.

The 31 year-old who came to this race with a personal best of 2:05.58 that he got at the Eindhoven Marathon where he took the silver medal beat Michael Kunyunga from Kenya to take the honors in a time of 2:12.07 with the latter crossing the finish line in second place in 2:13.00.

Duncan Koech from Kenya closed the podium three finishes in 2:13.04.

Kenya’s Samwel Kiptanui Maswai and Hosea Kipkemboi finished in fourth and fifth place in 2:19.46 and 2:23.28 respectively.

The race course record of 2:08.51 that was set in 2019 by Andualem Shiferaw from Ethiopia remains standing.

In the women’s categories, Mekuria Aberu Zennebe from Ethiopia took the honors in a time of 2:30.53 with Uzbekistan’ s Marina Khmelevskaya coming home in second in 2:33.19 with Aynalem Teferi Kasahun from Ethiopia closing the podium three finishes in 2:38.21.

The race course record of 2:26.18 that was set in 2019 by Birke Debele from Ethiopia remained untouched.

Berhane Tsegay breaks the Copenhagen Marathon course record

Eritrea’s Berhane Tsegay Tekle broke the race course at the 43rd edition of the Copenhagen Marathon that was held on Sunday (15) in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The 39 year-old who came to this race with a personal best of 2:12.25 that he got at the Cannes Marathon where he finished in fourth place cut off almost four minutes from his personal best as he erased the old course record of 2:09.54 that was set in 2019 by Jackson Limo from Kenya, setting a new course record and personal best of 2:08.23.

More to follow…

Helah Kiprop smashes the Copenhagen Marathon course record

Former World Athletics Championships silver medallist, Helah Kiprop smashed the course record at the 43rd edition of the Copenhagen Women Marathon that was held on Sunday (15) in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The 37 year-old who came to this race with the fastest time on paper of 2:21.27 that she got at the 2016 Tokyo Marathon where she took the honors, destroyed the old course record of 2:29.29 that was set in 2019 by  Etalemahu Habtewold from Ethiopia by 5:19 minutes and setting a new course record of 2:24.10.

More to follow…

Stella Chesang destroys the Run Your City 10K Course record

The 2018 Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion Stella Chesang destroyed the course record of the Absa Run Your City Cape Town 10km Road Race held on Sunday (15) in Cape Town, South Africa.

The 25 year-old battled for honors with the race defending champion Jesca Chelangat from Kenya and the 2015 World 1500m champion, Genzebe Dibaba Keneni who was making her return from the maternity leave.

The world mountain running championships champion who is training in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County ahead of the Commonwealth Games and the world championships, destroyed the old course record of 38:05 that had been set in 2019 by Brillian Kipkoech from Kenya.

The 2015 Africa Junior bronze medallist, cut off a whopping eight minutes of the previous record when she set a new course record and Ugandan National Record of 30:39.

Chelangat was forced to settle in second place in a time of 30:48 which is also inside the old record.

Genzebe who is the current world record holder for the 1500m, and the indoor events of the one mile, 3000m and 5000m came home in third place in a time of 31:02.

South Africa’s Obertina Kanyongo and Sarah Chelangat finished in fourth and fifth place and were given same time of 31:35.

LEADING RESULTS

10KM WOMEN

  1. Stella Chesang    (UGA) 30:39
  2. Jesca Chelangat  (KEN) 30:48
  3. Genzebe Dibaba  (ETH) 31:02

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