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Where to Watch the World Athlete of the Year Award Ceremony

World Athletics (WA) will be holding the World Athlete of the Year ceremony today Wednesday 1 December from 6pm CET (GMT+1).

The ceremony will be streamed live across the world through the World Athletics YouTube channel and the Facebook page.

The live event will be hosted by marathon great Paula Radcliffe and long jump star Jazmin Sawyers.

Two times Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge and Two times Olympic 1500m champion Faith Kipyegon are the two Kenyans who have made it to the finals.

Below are the two WA live channels:

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Halima Hachlaf banned for six years for doping violation

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.

Mary Moraa admitted into the National Police Service

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’.

Mary Moraa after being admitted into the National Police Service. PHOTO:COURTESY

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.

Lucy Cheruiyot smashes the Mexico City Marathon course record

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



  1. Lucy Cheruiyot               (KEN) 2:27.22
  2. Amare Shewarge            (ETH)  2:37.03
  3. Leah Jebiwot                   (KEN) 2:40.34
  4. Sandra Rosas                   (COL) 2:43.56
  5. Argentina Valdepeñas   (MEX) 2:44.08

Dolshi Tesfu beats Lucy Mawia at Cross Internacional de Alcobendas

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.

Enok Onchari wins Marathon des Alpes

Kenya’s Enok Onchari won the 13th edition Marathon des Alpes that was held on Sunday (28) in Nice, France.

Onchari who last month won the Nyamira 10km Run was on fire on his marathon debut as he led a 1-2 Kenyan podium finishes when he cut the tape in a new personal best of 2:11.20.

He was followed by Dominic Ngueno who crossed the line three minutes later with Vincent Gerard from France closing the first three podium finishes in a distant time of 2:17.59.



  1. Enok Onchari       (KEN) 2:11.20
  2. Dominic Ngueno  (KEN) 2:13.17
  3. Gérard Vincent     (FRA) 2:17.59

Cyprian Kotut wins the 2021 Firenze Marathon

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.



  1. Cyprian Kotut       (KEN) 2:08.59
  2. Samuel Lomoi      (KEN) 2:09.54
  3. Olivier Irabaruta  (BDI) 2:10.13
  4. Kibrom Oqbe         (ERI) 2:11.49
  5. Solomon Soy         (KEN) 2:15.42

Edwin Soi runs away with Marathon de La Rochelle title

Kenya’s Edwin Soi took the top honors at the 30th edition of the Marathon de La Rochelle that was held on Sunday (28) in Rochelle, France.

Soi led a 1-2 Kenyan podium finish as he fought for the title with his fellow country-mate David Kiprono, who pushed him to the wire but Soi managed to hold him off cutting the tape in 2:09.14 with Kiprono crossing the line in second fourteen seconds later.

Ivan Horodyskyy from Ukraine closed the first three podium finishes in 2:10.13.

Ethiopia’s Azmeraw Mengist and Gilbert Masai from Kenya crossed the finish line in fourth and fifth place in 2:11.47 and 2:13.47 respectively.

The race course record of 2:07.13 that was set in 2011 by John Komen remained intact.



  1. Edwin Soi                  (KEN) 2:09.14
  2. David Kiprono          (KEN) 2:09.28
  3. Ivan Horodyskyy      (UKR) 2:10.13
  4. Azmeraw Mengist    (ETH) 2:11.47
  5. Gilbert Masai            (KEN) 2:13.06

Major Races for Tomorrow and Where to WATCH

Tomorrow two major races will take place with NN Zevenheuvelenloop that was supposed to be held on Sunday (21) postponed due to the rise of Covid-19 pandemic.

1. Event Info – Verona Marathon 2021.

 Category: International elite road race.

Date: Sunday, Nov 21st

Time: 08:00am (GMT)

Live stream and TV coverage:

Free live stream will be available on the race organizers YouTube channel.

2. Event Info – Lisbon Half Marathon 2021.

Date: Sunday, Nov 21st

Time: 09:00 (GMT)

2021 NN Zevenheuvelenloop (Seven Hills Run), an international 15km elite and amateur runner road race will not be held as it was cancelled at the eleventh hour by the race organisers due to Covid Pandemic

NN Zevenheuvelenloop Road Race cancelled

World famous 15km Road race better known as the NN Zevenheuvelenloop (Seven Hills Run) in Nijmegen has been cancelled due to rising COVID-19 cases in the Netherlands.

The organizers of the race where the world best times for both men and women were set, were ready to make a triumphant return on Sunday 21 November in Netherlands after a two-year hiatus, but were forced to cancel the race only yesterday.

“We really did everything we could to set up a safe NN Zevenheuvelenloop,” said Alexander Vandevelde the director of the Zevenheuvelenloop Foundation in a statement. “Our gratitude goes out to the municipality of Nijmegen for all their efforts and of course also to everyone who supported us until the last moment in our search for a safe edition. We sympathize with the disappointed runners who were looking forward to our fall classic.”

The NN Zevenheuvelenloop was founded in 1984 and has consistently been one of the world’s most competitive road races. Past champions include Ethiopia’s Haile Gebreselasie, Tirunesh Dibaba and Sileshi Sihene (three victories each); Kenya’s Tegla Loroupe (3 wins), and Scotland’s Liz McColgan (1 win).

Chepetegei stepped his first foot at the Nijmegen in 2015, where he was still a relatively unknown athlete when he won the very stormy edition and he went on to set the record and becoming Mr. Zevenheuvelen  and the only athlete to win four times; the 2016, 2017 and the 2018 edition consecutively. He was scheduled to run this year’s race.