Olympic 1500m champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen will make his debut in the senior men’s race at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Fingal-Dublin on 12 December.
Ingebrigtsen has dominated the U20 race since 2016, winning four successive individual titles and also leading Norway to the U20 team title in Tilburg 2018.
Jakob will be lining up alongside his older brother Filip who memorably won the senior men’s title at those championships three years ago.
The Norwegian team will also be strong contenders to land their first ever senior title as a collective. Their team is strengthened by the inclusion of Zerei Kbrom who recently relieved Jakob Ingebrigtsen of his Norwegian 10km record with 27:39 in Valencia.
Another perennial medal contender on the Norwegian team is Karoline Bjerkeli Grovdal, a medallist in the senior women’s race at the last five editions of the European Cross Country Championships.
After winning four successive silver medals between 2015 and 2018, Grovdal upgraded to silver behind Turkey’s four-time winner Yasemin Can in 2019. Will Grovdal go one step better and land the senior title some 12 years after she won the U20 title when Dublin staged these championships in 2009?
The 2009 Mediterranean Games silver medallist Halima Hachlaf has been banned by Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for doping violations.
The 33 year-old has been given six years for a second violation which is a violation of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.
On 23 January 2014, the Fédération Royal Marocaine d’Athlétisme (“FRMA”) Disciplinary Commission issued a decision confirming that the Athlete had committed an anti-doping rule violation under Rule 32.2(b) (Use of a Prohibited Substance or a Prohibited Method) of the IAAF Anti-Doping Rules based on an Adverse Passport Finding in relation to her Athlete Biological Passport and that a period of ineligibility of four (4) years from 19 December 2013 was imposed.
The second doping violation happened on 17 January 2021, when the Athlete provided a urine Sample, In-Competition, at the ‘4ème Meeting Fédéral’ held in Rabat, Morocco.
On 10 February 2021, the World Anti-Doping Agency (“WADA”) accredited laboratory in Lausanne, Switzerland (the “Laboratory”) reported an Adverse Analytical Finding in the Sample for the presence of Methylprednisolone (the “Adverse Analytical Finding”).
Methylprednisolone is a Prohibited Substance according to the WADA 2021 Prohibited List under the category S9. Glucocorticoids. It is a Specified Substance prohibited In-Competition when administered by oral, intravenous, intramuscular or rectal routes.
The Moroccan received the hefty penalty after failing to respond to the charge given to her by the set deadline leaving the AIU with no option but to ban her for six (6) years for a second anti-doping rule violation under the ADR.
World Under 18 400m silver medalist Mary Moraa has now been officially admitted into the National Police Service (NPS) after graduating as an administration Police officer.
The ceremony which is in its 57th edition was presided over by President Uhuru Kenyatta at their Embakasi A Campus in Embakasi, Nairobi County.
The President reminded the 2,610 (2,215 men and 395 women) new Police Officers to “serve faithfully and with utmost integrity” in line with their unit’s motto of ‘Uaminifu na Haki’.
At the same time, President Kenyatta cautioned the new officers against engaging in corruption and other workplace vices, and assured them that the Government’s would shield them from unjust condemnation. “The Government is committed to continue to uphold the dignity of police officers. So long as you do what is right and in accordance with the law, devoid of corruption and other ills, rest assured that you will be protected from any form of undue harassment or vilification,” he said.
Moraa turned to 800m from her well established 400m, she has not gained enough experience but slowly, she will be on course for better results.
Moraa showed her prowess when she beat the 2019 World Athletics Champion Halima Nakaayi from Uganda at the second edition of the Kip Keino Classic that was held at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani in September.
The 2021 Cape Town 12k Cityrun champion, Daniel Simiu Ebenyo was on another leveled as he ran a personal best at home at the inaugural Nakuru City Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (28) in Nakuru Cty.
The 26 years old who a fortnight ago was in South Africa took on Geoffrey Kipchumba head on as they battled for honors.
The Iten based runner was too superior as he gave his final kick to out sprint his rival cutting the tape in 59:03 with Kipchumba coming home in second in 59:42.
Felix Kibitok closed the first three podium finishes in 1:00.01.
Waweru Stron and Vincent Ngetich finished in fourth and fifth place as they both shared the same time of 1:00.19.
The 2019 Stanchart Marathon 21km winner pocketed Ksh 500,000.
Kenya’s Lucy Cheruiyot smashed the race course record at the 38th edition of the Mexico City Marathon that was held on Sunday (28) in Mexico City.
Cheruiyot took the charge of the race from the gun point and never relinquished the position as she chased the race course record of 2:33.27 that was set by Vivian Kiplangat from Kenya in 2019.
The 24 years-old went ahead unopposed as she passed the 10km mark with a time of 33:17, she had a difference in favor of almost three minutes over Amare Shewarge and Mexican Isabel Oropeza, who later couldn’t stand the pace.
Cheruiyot pulled herself further from the chasing group cutting the tape in a new course record of 2:27.22. Ethiopia’s Shewarge came home in second place after ten minutes. Leah Jebiwott from Kenya closed the first three podium finishes in 2:40.34
Eritrea’s Dolshi Tesfu took the top honors at the 6th edition of the Cross Internacional de Alcobendas that was held on Sunday (28) on the outskirts of Madrid.
Tesfu took the lead from the early stages of the women’s race with Lucy Mawia from Kenya being the only person who was able to keep up with her pace.
Tesfu and Mawia led by four seconds over Ethiopia’s Likina Amebaw. Tesfu stepped up the pace in the second lap, but Mawia was able to follow her.
Mawia took charge of the race during the last lap briefly, but Tesfu pulled away from her rival over the final uphill section of the course.
Tesfu finished 15th in the 10000m race at the Tokyo Olympic Games, gave a powerful kick to forge ahead and cut the tape in 26:45 beating Mawia to second place four seconds later. Amebew closed the first three podium finishes in 27:03.
Ethiopia’s Tsehay Alemu Maru ran away with title in a fiercely fought battle at the 37th edition of the Firenze Marathon that was held on Sunday (28) in Firenze, Italy.
Maru fought off her fellow country-mate Megertu Ifa Geletu and Mercy Jerop Kwambai who took it almost to the finish but she managed to give a kick of her lifetime cutting the tape in 2:27.17 with Geletu crossing the line four seconds later.
Kwambai was forced to settle in third place as she came home in a time of 2:17.32.
Souad Kanbouchia from Morocco and Obse Abdeta deme from Ethiopia came home in fourth and fifth place in 2:27.49 and 2:28.21 respctively.
The race course record of 2:24.17 that was set in 2018 by Kenyan born now trading for Israel Lonah Salpeter remained intact.
Kenya’s Cyprian Kotut came back to road with a bang as he won the 37th edition of the Firenze Marathon that was held on Sunday (28) in Firenze, Italy.
The 29 year-old led a Kenyan 1-2 podium finish as he fought for the honors with his fellow Kenyan, Samuel Lomoi cutting the tape in 2:08.59 as he missed the race course record with 19 seconds. The race course record of sixteen years set by James Kutto still stands.
Kotut was followed a minute later Lomoi who crossed the line in 2:09.54 with Olivier Irabaruta from Burundi closing the first three podium finishes in 2:10.13.
Olympian Oqbe Kibrom Ruesom from Eritrea and Solomon Soy from Kenya came home in fourth and fifth in 2:11.49 and 2:15.42 respectively.