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Amane Beriso threatens Brigid Kosgei World Record at Valencia Marathon

Ethiopia’s Amane Beriso threatened the Women World Record when she ran the second fastest time in the World at the at 42nd edition of the Valencia Marathon held on Sunday (04) in Valencia, Spain.

The 31 yerar-old who came to this race with lifetime best of 2:20.48 that she got at the Dubai Marathon where she finished in second. Beriso beat the race favorite Letesenbet Gidey when she cut the tape with a new course record  time of 2:14.58 erasing the old record of  2:17.16 that was set in 2020 by Olympic Marathon champion Peres Jepchichir.

Gidey who was making her debut over the distance, set two of her four world records in Valencia in the 5000m with 14:06.02 in 2020 and in the half marathon with 1:02.52 in 2021, was forced to settle in second place with a lifetime best of 2:16.49.

Kenya’s Shelia Chepkurui who was making her debut over the marathon distance after setting her half-marathon best of 1:04:36 in Ras Al Khaimah, set the fastest time indebut when she crossed the line in tird in atime of 2:17.29.

Another Ethiopian Tadu Teshome finished in fourth with Fancy Chemutai coming home in fifth in a time of 2:17.36 and 2:18.11 respectively. Both athletes pulled life time bests

Kelvin Kiptum runs second fastest time in world in Valencia Marathon

Kenya’s Kelvin Kiptum made his debut memorable when he ran the second fastest tim this year in the world at 42nd edition of the Valencia Marathon held on Sunday (04) in Valencia, Spain.

The 23 year-old destroyed the entire field when he cut the tape in a new course record time of 2:01 54 destroying the previous course record time of 2:03.00 that was set in 2020 by Evans Kibet from Kenya.

The sixth fastest Tanzanian, Gabriel Geay also took the suprise second when he he crossed the line with a life time best of 2:03.29 with ALexander Mutiso from Kenya who was also making his debut closing the podium three finishes in a personal best of 2:03.40.

Reigning world marathon champion Tamirat Tola found going too tough as the new kids on the block punished him severly as he came home in fourth in 2:04.36 with former Kenyan now Turkeys citizen  Kaan Kigen Özbilen (Mike Kipruto Kigen) crossing the finish line in fifth in 2:04.36

 

Victoria Ohuruogu in trouble after training with banned boyfriend

Victoria Ohuruogu is being investigated for training with her boyfriend – who is currently serving a doping ban. In an investigation conducted by The Times, the Team GB 400m star, 29, was photographed training alongside her long-term partner Antonio Infantino, who was born in England but now represents Italy.

It was announced in April that the sprinter, who specialises in the 100 and 200m and competed at the Tokyo Olympics, had been banned for failing a drugs test. The couple, who have been in a relationship for 10 years, were spotted at Willesden Sports Centre in northwest London completing two 150m sprints by a reporter at The Times.

Under article 2.10 of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code, an athlete is banned from association “in a professional or sport-related capacity with any athlete support person who is serving a period of ineligibility”. The UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) organisation opted not to comment on any active investigation on Ohuruogu.

Infantino told The Times: “Victoria has been my partner for over 10 years, and we live together and share a car,” he said. “I was running my own 150m session that Saturday. I still like to work out but have no intention of returning to track professionally. Vicky had a longer 400m session with her training partner, set by her coach [Christine]. As far as my lawyers have made me aware, I am allowed to be around Victoria, but not advise or support professionally.

“Christine has given Victoria her old training diaries and has done an incredible job since our old coach passed away last year. I do not wish for what happened with me to implicate her and we have been very careful for me not to be involved in any professional capacity.

“I do not coach, write the programme or advise in any sense. I was not at any of her major championships, as Christine attended these. I didn’t want my own problems with the sport to impact her — and now this has. I believe I have been careful not to breach what I understand to be the rules.”

UK Athletics have issued a statement regarding the photographs which read: “Athletes who compete for GB & NI and members of the world-class programme receive regular anti-doping education which outlines their responsibilities towards clean athletics and adhering to the WADA code.

“We will be communicating with the athlete concerned to ascertain the facts before making any further comment.” This is not how Ohorugu would have wanted her 2022 to end given the breakthrough year she has had on the track.

She ran a 400m personal best of 50.50 and claimed a Commonwealth silver medal as well as relay bronze at the World Championships in Eugene and the European Championships in Munich.

Eliud Kipchoge to make his debut at Boston Marathon

World record holder Eliud Kipchoge will make his marathon debut at the 127th edition edition of the Boston Marathon that will be held in April 17, 2023.

Kipchoge, who  lowered his own world record by 30 seconds to 2:01.09 Berlin Marathon, boasts an incredible career, having secured four victories apiece in the TCS London Marathon and the BMW Berlin Marathon and also triumphed at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2014 and the Tokyo Marathon this year 2022.

“I’m happy to announce in April I will compete in the Boston Marathon. A new chapter in my Abbott World Marathon Majors journey,” said Kipchoge.

The 38-year-old has never raced Boston, the worlds oldest that dates back to 1897, nor New York City but has repeated in recent years a desire to enter both of them.

Typically, he has run the London Marathon in the spring and the Berlin Marathon in the fall.

Kipchoge’s raced last in Unites States at the 2014 Chicago Marathon, his second of 10 consecutive marathon victories from 2014 through 2019.

The two time Olympic marathon champion will become the first reigning men’s marathon world record holder to race the Boston Marathon in more than 40 years.

Kenya Government Declares full scale War on Doping

The Kenyan Government has moved in with speed on the fight against doping after the leniency by the World Athletics Council of not suspending the country from active athletics events.

The Cabinet Secretary for Youth Affairs, Sports and Arts Ababu Namwamba, said the government wants the resources it deploys to the Athletics Kenya and the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) for testing, investigating and enforcement issues across the spectrum be used in taking decisive action against doping.

The Cabinet Secretary who was addressing the media at the at Maktaba House on Thursday, thanked the World Athletics and Athletics Integrity Unit for allowing Kenya the chance to freely race and participate in international events.

“We want to bring in all the stake holders that include the public, athletes, coaches, agents, managers and athletes’ managements to fight this war which we will win by all means. We will also partner with investigative and Judicial agencies, so that they can prosecute and jail the culprits. This a war we must win and we will,” said Ababu.

Accompanied the CS during the presser were Athletics Kenya President, Jack Tuwei, Athletics Kenya Chief Administrative Officer, Susan Kamau, Athletes Representative, Milcah Chemos with athletes Mary Moraa, Maximillla Imali and Dan Kiviasi.

This announcement follows what the World Athletics said yesterday that they have let Kenya be but they will be closely watching the country.

‘World Athletics has been concerned,’ said Sebastian Coe. ‘Kenya has been on the watch list for a few years already.

The World Athletics president who was speaking in Rome said, “In one year 40 per cent of all the positive tests in global athletics have been in Kenya and this is not a situation that World Athletics was prepared to sit and watch develop”.

The country has been in panic for the last few weeks that they would be blacklisted in the style of Russia by World Athletics, given that the country has 55 athletes who are serving the doping bans.

World Athletics Council: Forty percent of Global Dopers are from Kenya

The World Athletics Council spared Kenya from being banned from active competitions by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) due to rampant doping problem in the country.

World Athletics President Seb Coe said reports about a possible full-scale ban for the country were misguided, and that increased funding and vigilance from the Kenyan government and the pledge of investing $5 million per year into anti-doping efforts over the next five years, persuaded authorities to stop short of the most radical sanctions.

‘World Athletics has been concerned,’ said Coe. ‘Kenya has been on the watch list for a few years already.

The country has been in panic for the last few weeks that they would be blacklisted in the style of Russia by World Athletics, given that the country has 55 athletes who are serving the doping bans.

The World Athletics president who was speaking in Rome said, “In one year 40 per cent of all the positive tests in global athletics have been in Kenya and this is not a situation that World Athletics was prepared to sit and watch develop.”

Athletics Integrity Unit Chairman David Howman (right) and AIU Head Brett Clothier addressing the World Athletics Council meeting in Rome, Italy. Photo: AIU

All stakeholders internationally and domestically are now aligned to resolve this situation and I am pleased we have a united response. But my instinct tells me it will be a long journey.’ He said.

Kenya is among four countries included in Category A – member federations the World Athletics believe are most likely to have doping problems – along with Ethiopia, Belarus, hosts of next year’s European Games, and Ukraine and this has subjected its athletes to increased testing in the last ten months leading up to a major event to be eligible. “I know the Kenyan government feels this has been a disfiguring period in what should have been a Herculean period for Kenyan athletics,” Coe said. “But I’m really delighted, because actually, all the stakeholders that matter, both domestically and internationally, are now aligned in coming together to really do everything we can to resolve this situation.”

Kenya Survives the World Athletics Ban

World Athletics Council has said that Kenya would not be banned by Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) after the interference of the Kenyan Government

World Athletics president Seb Coe made the announcement in Monaco immeadiately after the council meeting where he categorically stated that AIU will continue monitoring the Kenya after the Government commitment of over 5 million dollars towards the fight against doping.

World Athletics president said, “As WA, we have been concerned with situation in Kenya with the high numbers of positive cases which constitute to 40 percent of global athletes coming from Kenya.”

“We are happy with what the Kenyan Government has done after committing money that will help to fight the vice. It was of great importance that the government came in to save the situation and we will continue to follow the progress,” he said.

 

Emmanuel Korir targets David Rudisha’s record next season

Tokyo Olympic 800m champion, Emmanuel Korir has set his focus on breaking the World record in the coming season.

The 27 year-old wrote his name in the history books, when he took the top honor in Tokyo and became the fifth Kenyan man (Paule Ereng, William Tanui, Wilfred Bungei and David Rudisha) to win the 800m title at the summer Games .

Korir who is also the reigning world 800m champion has had brilliant season and is ranked as the sixth fastest athlete of all time over the 800m, holding a lifetime best of 1:42.05 and is also the three-time Diamond League champion.

Korir who burst into the limelight at the 2016 Kenyan Championships where he secure a personal best of 1:46.94 that opened his doors for scholarship at the University of Texas in El Paso (UTEP) under the stewardship of his current coach, the 1988 Olympic 800m champion, Paul Ereng.

Korir has hinted that he will be going after two times Olympic 800m champion, David Rudisha’s World Record of 1:40.91 that he set at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

“I think next year, I would like to get to 1:41.00. If I can maintain the shape we can push to the World Record, It can be achieved, nothing is impossible. It just needs a proper plan,” said Korir.

The Elgeyo-Marakwet County born athlete who also holds the World Indoor 600m record was first discovered by renowned coach Brother Colm O’Connell, in 2011 while schooling at St. Francis Kimuron, the same high `school that Rudisha attended. At this particular time he was doing the 100m and 200m sprints but was convinced by the coach to take short races which suited him.

Korir who resides now in El Paso is the 2018 4×400m relay African champion. He also holds the second fastest time ever run on Kenyan soil of 44.21 that’s just 0.03 seconds shy off the 26 year long-standing 400m Kenya National Record that was set in 1992 in Barcelona by Samson Kitur.

The man who once almost fell into depression after a calf injury that put him out of active competition and lost sponsors, then dealing isolation after many of his friends dropped him, is planning to create more athletics history in the coming season and beyond as he targets to become the fourth man (Billy Konchellah,Wilson Kipketer and David Rudisha) to win two gold medals in 800m race at the World Championships.

Olympic champion Michael Johnson had to learn how to walk again after stroke

Olympic legend Michael Johnson has opened up on the toughest battle of his career after suffering a stroke.

Johnson, 55, is regarded as one of the finest sprinters in history and won four gold medals in three consecutive Olympic Games, setting the world record in the 200m with a time of 19:32, which was later broken by Usain Bolt.

But in 2018, doctors feared he may never walk again after he suffered a stroke that impacted his complete left side, losing all mobility and co-ordination.

The American, who is now part of BBC’s athletics coverage, made an incredible recovery though and within two months he claims he was almost back to normal.

“I had a huge advantage after a stroke, having been an athlete – that recovery, and trying to get my strength back, to walk and run again,” he told Performance People, a new podcast from Ben and Georgie Ainslie.

“The first day I could leave my bed, I had a walker and the therapist took me around the hospital floor to get me started. While I was doing it, he was coaching me, teaching me how to walk.

“There was no difference to coach explaining to me on the track every day. ‘Michael, you need to do this’. I looked back and I realised I had probably walked 200m in 20 minutes not 20 seconds. But I wasn’t discouraged.

“They didn’t know if I would walk again but I told my wife I was going to make a full recovery and faster than anyone else had.”

Johnson is now able to continue his hobbies, including cycling, rowing and of course running, and admits he had to dig deep to overcome the setback

“You spend a lot of time looking at yourself in the mirror for some symmetry. What I would see some days was a shell of a person I used to be,” he added.

“Prior to my stroke, I would avoid being vulnerable at all costs and avoid being dependent on anyone else. I wanted to be the one everyone else could depend on

“But two months after my recovery, I was running again. It was because of learning those skills as an Olympic athlete, to be your best.”

Russia’s doping suspension will be lifted week

Russian athletics chiefs are hopeful that their global ban for doping will be lifted, sources in the country have told the Daily Mail.

World Athletics are due to discuss the prospect of removing the Russian federation’s suspension, which has stood since 2015, at a meeting of the ruling body’s council in Rome.

The Russian Athletics Federation has worked hard to get its house in order since a systemic doping regime was revealed amongst its athletes.

And, though Russian athletes will remain banned from representing the country as a result of the war on Ukraine, their ruling body could be welcomed back into the fold.

World Athletics, whose president is Seb Coe, imposed the eight-year ban after a damning investigation by the World Anti-Doping Agency revealed the scale of Russian drug-taking.

The huge, state-sponsored regime sabotaged London 2012 and, according to the investigative report, included ‘cover ups, destruction of samples [and] payment of money to conceal doping tests’.

The Russian federation was hit with further sanctions in 2020, including a $10million fine, after the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) found senior individuals had conspired to break anti-doping rules.

In a separate WADA case, its investigators found that data from a Moscow anti-doping laboratory had been tampered with. It meant the Russian anti-doping agency remained suspended, a sanction which will be reviewed next month.

Only 10 Russian athletes, meanwhile, were allowed to compete as ‘Authorised Neutral Athletes’ at last year’s Tokyo Olympics.

However, the Russian federation is now confident that the corrupt individuals have been weeded out and its system is compliant with anti-doping regulations.

Rune Andersen, the independent chairman of the Russian taskforce, was due to deliver a report to the World Athletics council updating them on this progress.

The council began its two-day meeting in the Italian capital on Tuesday. They were also due to discuss the spate of doping sanctions levelled against Kenyan athletes, amid reports that their national federation could be at risk of a suspension.

However, the Kenyan government last week pledged $5million to fight doping after Brett Clothier, the head of the AIU, said increasing resources was ‘where this fight goes next’.

Coe is entering the final year of his second term as World Athletics president and will need to decide shortly whether to run for office again. He has been linked with the presidency of the International Olympic Committee, with Thomas Bach’s second term coming to an end in 2025.