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Sharon Lokedi faces an uphill task at Boston Marathon

The reigning New York Marathon champion, Sharon Lokedi will lead a stellar team at the 127th edition of the Boston Marathon that will be held on Monday, April 17, 2023 on Patriots’ Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Lokedi who will also be making her debut here, stunned many as she ran away with the New York Marathon title with a personal best of 2:23.23. The 28 year-old will face off with the third fastest woman in the world Amane Beriso from Ethiopia, who improved her marathon personal best by nearly six minutes at the 2022 Valencia Marathon, placing third on the world all-time list with a time of 2:14.58. The Kenyan will also have to get past the World Marathon bronze medallist, Lonah Salpeter from Israel, who comes to this race with a life time best of 2:17.45 that she got in 2020 at the Tokyo Marathon where she took the honors.

The 2014 World Half silver medallist, Mary Ngugi from Kenya and Ethiopia’s Ababel Yeshaneh who finished in second and third last fall at the Boston marathon will be present and gearing for the top podium finish. Ngugi holds a personal best of 2:20.22 that she got last year at the London Marathon where she finished in seventh while Yeshaneh holds a personal best of 2:20.51 that she got in 2019 at the Chicago Marathon, where she took the silver.

The 2018 World Half Marathon Championships Silver medallist, Joyciline Jepkosgei, will also be on the start line as she fights to dethrone the four. The 30 year-old is a past winner of the New York City and London Marathons. Jepkosgei comes to this race with the second fastest time on paper of 2:17.43 that she got at the 2021 London Marathon, where she took the honors.

Kenya’s Sheila Chepkirui who will be making her Boston Marathon debut, comes to this race with a life time best of 2:17:29 that she got last year when finishing third in Valencia.

The 2012 World U20 3000m silver medallist, Hiwot Gebremaryam from Ethiopia will also fight for the top honors. Gebremaryam who also holds the Generali Milano Marathon All-comers’ record holder, was also the runner-up in Berlin in 2021 and third at the B.A.A. Half Marathon in 2022.

Among the American contingent are Sara Hall, Aliphine Tuliamuk, Emma Bates, Nell Rojas, Dakotah Lindwurm, Laura Thweatt, Annie Frisbie, Sara Vaughn and Erika Kemp. Rojas has finished as the top American at Boston two years in a row (fifth in 2:27:12 in October 2021 and tenth, 2:25:57 in April 2022), while Hall and Bates finished fifth and seventh, respectively, at the 2022 World Athletics Championships Marathon in Eugene.

“All of us at the Boston Athletic Association are eager to welcome every member of the 127th Boston Marathon women’s professional field to Boston,” said Jack Fleming, President and Chief Executive Officer of the B.A.A.

Sebastian Sawe beats Nicholas Kimeli at Iten Cross Country

Reigning Sevilla Half Marathon champion, Sebastian Kimaru Sawe took the top honors at the Iten Cross Country Meeting held on Saturday (03) at Iten Grounds, Elgeyo Marakwet County.

The 27 year-old who is also a one time Diamond League meeting winner beat a strong field that included Former African Cross Country Champion, Nicholas Kimeli and the reigning Cardiff Half Marathon champion Geoffrey Koech.

Sawe took the honors in 30:35.7 with Koech crossing the finish line in second in 30:38.7.  Kimeli who is the Romanian 10K all-comers record holder, was left with no choice but to settle in third place in 30:47.5.

Newton Club runners, Dennis Kipngetich and Asbel Kiprop came home in fourth and fifth place in 30:54.4 and 31:00.4 respectively.

World 10km record holder, Rhonex Kipruto and the World U20 3000m steeplechase Champion Amos Serem finished in a disappointing tenth and twentieth place in a time of 31:20.7 and 31:39.9 respectively.

LEADING RESULTS
10KM SENIOR MEN

  1. Sebastian Sawe      30:35.7
  2. Geoffrey Koech      30:38.7
  3. Nicholas Kimeli     30:47.5
  4. Dennis Kipngetich 30:54.4
  5. Asbel Kiprop           31:00.4

Irene Cheptai beats Jackline Chepkoech at Iten Cross

The 2017 World Cross Country Champion, Irene Chepet Cheptai beat the reigning Commonwealth Games 3000m steeplechase champion, Jackline Chepkoech in the 10km senior womens race at the Iten Cross Country Meeting held on Saturday (03) at Iten Grounds, Elgeyo Marakwet County.

The 30 year-old cut the tape in a time of 34:52.0 with the 2021 World U20 3000m steeplechase Champion coming home in second in 35:19.4.  The 1500m specialist, Millicent Kemboi closed the podium three finishes in 35:30.9.

Elgeyo Marakwekt County, Doris Jerop and Zenah Jeptoo from the Nandi County finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 35:35.8 and 35:53.0 respectively.

LEADING RESULTS

10km Senior Women

  1. Irene Cheptai           34:52.0
  2. ackline Chepkoech  35:19.4
  3. Millicent Kemboi     35:30.9
  4. Doris Jerop               35:35.8
  5. Zenah Jeptoo           35:53.0

Emmanuel Wanyonyi beats Abel Kipsang at Iten Cross Country

Reigning world U20m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi beat the World Indoor 1500m bronze medallist, Abel Kipsang in the 2Km Senior Mens’ at the Iten Cross Country Meeting held on held on Saturday (13) at Iten Grounds, Elgeyo Marakwet County.

The 17 year-old edged out the newly crowned Africa 1500m champion at the tape to take the title in a time of 5:47.5 with Kipsang crossing the line in second three seconds later.

Daniel Kosen from IkaIka Club closed the podium three finishes in 5:49.6.

Mathew Kipsang of Kenya Defense Foerces and Geoffrey Rono from, Torongofinished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 5:52.1 and 5:57.6 respectively.

This race will be used to select the mixed relay team. Athletics Kenya will select the first 3 athletes to cross the finish line for both women and men will be automatically selected to represent the country at the World Cross Chmapionships that will be held in Australia in February 2023.

The 4th and 5th athletes will be selected as reserves.

More to follow…

 

Stanley Biwott to battle Shifera Tamru at Honolulu Marathon

The Former New York City Marathon champion, Stanley Kipleting Biwott will make his return to running at the 50th edition of the Honolulu Marathon that will be held on Sunday (4) in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

The 36 year-old who has not completed a marathon since 2018 when he was fourth at the Abu Dhabi Marathon, made a return to racing after a long layoff earlier this year, when he won the Pandova Half Marathon with a time 1:01.57.

Biwott will not have an easy ride as he will face-off with the reigning Daegu Marathon champion, Shifera Tamru from Ethiopia who comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 2:05.18 that he got at the 2019 Dubai Marathon, where he finished in fifth place. The 24 year-old who will be making his debut here, has three marathon wins and five podium finishes in eight starts and was most recently fifth at the Chicago Marathon with a time of 2:07.53.

Biwott and Tamru will have to get past two fastest athletes, Ethiopia’s Asefa Mengstu, who comes with the fastest time on paper of 2:04.06 that he got at the 2018 Dubai Marathon and Branabas Kiptum from Kenya who holds a lifetime best of 2:04.17 that he got last year at the Milano Marathon. The Ethiopian has completed 13 career marathons with four wins and seven podium finishes whileKiptum has completed eighteen marathons in twenty starts with three wins and thirteen podium finishes.  Both athletes will also be making their debut in Honolulu.

The race organisers have put together this deep elite field to try and chase the race course record of 2:07.59 that was set in 2019 by Titus Ekiru from Kenya.

“We are excited to welcome top professional athletes to attack our incredible course records for the 50th anniversary race,” said Honolulu Marathon Association President Dr. Jim Barahal. “At its core the Honolulu Marathon is an athletic competition, whether against others or against oneself, and we are excited to see what transpires on December 11.

The winner will pocket a cool $25,000.

World Athletics Study: Female Athletes are the most abused online

Female athletes were the main target of online abuse during this year’s World Championships, a World Athletics study has found.

According to the research, which captured almost half a million posts on Twitter and Instagram, almost 60 per cent of abusive messages singled out women.

Over 40 per cent of those detected were found to be sexualised and sexist in nature, after the accounts of 461 athletes at the World Championships in Eugene were monitored between July 10 and August 1.

British pole vaulter Holly Bradshaw, who won Olympic bronze last year, suffered abuse having been forced to pull out when she was injured after her pole snapped in the warm-up.

The hamstring injury she suffered effectively ended her season as she withdrew from the final of the Commonwealth Games two weeks later, and Bradshaw was surprised at the volume of abuse she received.

England’s Holly Bradshaw after withdrawing from the Women’s Pole Vault final due to injury at the Alexander Stadium on day five of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Picture date: Tuesday August 2, 2022.

“I was shocked with the extent of the abuse, I wouldn’t have expected it,” she told the PA news agency.

“Someone said I was too big and snapped the pole. There was a barrage of comments, I was taken aback. If I fell over in the street, I don’t have 10 people crowded around me berating me. Just because it’s online doesn’t make it OK and it needs to stop.

“The report and the more people stand up and speak out, the more likely things are to get changed. When someone congratulates you it’s great, but when someone negatively comments it attacks your personality and values. It’s very easy for the brain to remember that.”

Between July and August, 427,764 posts and comments on Twitter and Instagram were captured for analysis.

Of all the online abuse, 60 per cent was sexual or racial in nature, with racist comments depicted in the form of offensive language and the use of monkey emojis against black athletes.

Abuse targeting male athletes tended to include general slurs, with 29 per cent of posts including racist abuse.

Of the abusive posts, 59 per cent needed intervention from the social platforms, with five per cent so serious that World Athletics is considering further sanctions against individuals, including sending evidence and reports to law enforcement agencies.

It is World Athletics’ second study – following last year’s first during the Olympics in Tokyo, with the body monitoring three times more athletes – and has enabled the governing body to improve its safeguarding policy.

“The results of this study are disturbing, but it’s important that we know where and how our athletes are being abused on social media so we can take steps to protect them and prevent future occurrences,” World Athletics president Seb Coe said.

“There is no place for abusive behaviour in our sport and we need to send a clear message to those who think athletes are fair game for this mistreatment. We won’t hesitate to sanction individuals who abuse our athletes where we can identify them.

“We have a duty to safeguard our athletes to the best of our ability and that is why we have developed robust safeguarding policies to set the standards we want to see in our sport.”

Source: independent.ie

 

Iten Cross Country to host Battle of the titans

The last circuit of the Athletics Kenya Cross country meeting will be held on Saturday (13) at Iten Grounds, Elgeyo Marakwet County.

The race organisers have billed this to be the battle of the titans as they expect more than 1,000 athletes to feel the ground with top elite athletes gracing the event.

After this Cross Country Meeting the final leg will held in the capital Centre for the Athletics Kenya National Cross Country that will be held on Saturday (10th) at Kenya Prisons Training College in Ruiru.

Athletics Kenya will use the Ruiru Meet to select the team to represent Kenya at the World Cross country championships that will be held in February 18th 2023 in Bathurst, Australia next year.

The visa application timelines to travel to Australia forced Athletics Kenya to change dates as the deadline to apply for visa was set to be on 11th December 2022. Australia visa processing takes at least two months. This has necessitated Athletics Kenya to change the dates of the previous Cross-Country Calendar.

The North Rift Athletics Kenya Public Relations officer, Boniface Tiren said that all preparations have been finalized because they are expecting a big number of athletes seeking the national trials slot.

“As the last meet in the circuit, we may host over a 1,000 athletes and that needs better preparations and that we have done,” said Tiren.

With many athletes involved in other races across the world, Tiren said those who missed to compete in other races or meetings across the country, will have an opportunity to prove themselves.

“Some athletes have not had a chance to compete in other races and this will be their last chance to get that slot to compete at the national trials. So we expect a tough race with top athletes facing off,” he said.

Hassan Toriss beats Kiprop Tonui to lift the Bali Marathon title

Morocco’s Hassan Toriss took the top honors at the 10th edition of the Bali Marathon that was held on Sunday (28) in Bali Indonesia.

The 29 year-old who holds a personal best of 2:12.41 that he got early this year at the Daegu Marathon where he finished in twelfth place, dismantled a rich field that included four sub 2:20 athletes as he rammed into victory in a time of 2:15.38.

He was followed by two Kenyans Kiprop Tonui and Cornelius Chepkok who came home in second and third place in a time of 2:16.15 and 2:17.00 respectively.

Toriss took home kshs 1,618,400.

LEADING RESULTS

42KM MEN

  1. Hassan Toriss            (MOR)  2:15.38
  2. Kiprop Tonui             (KEN)   2:16.15
  3. Cornelius Chepkok   (KEN)   2:17.00