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Abel Kipchumba to face Jacob Kiplimo at Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon

Kenya’s Abel Kipchumba will battle the world half marathon record holder Jacob Kiplimo at the 15th edition of the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon that will be held on Saturday, 19th February, in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.

Kipchumba secured the second-fastest time in the 2021 Half Marathon distance category, with a personal best of 58:07 that he got at the Adizero Road to Records in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

The 27 years-old would not have an easy leeway as he will face the half marathon biggest obstacle in recent times, the inform Kiplimo.

The 21 year-old dominated the race on his way to beating his closest rival by more than two minutes, as he took one second off the previous world record set by Kenya’s Kibiwott Kandie in Valencia in 2020.

The Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist in 10000m and fifth in the 5000m, covered the opening 5km in 13:40, 10km mark in 27:05, and passed through 15km in 40:27.

But Kipchumba will be expected to deliver an exciting competition and add to a series of world-class records including first place at the 2021 Valencia Half Marathon and second place in the 2020 Napoli City Half Marathon.

Kipchumba and Kiplimo will attack the race course record of 58:42 set by two Kenyans Bedan Karoki in 2018 and Stephen Kiprop in 2019.

Raki Phillips, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, stated, “The unveiling of the race routes, technical sponsor and elite athletes of the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon marks an important milestone. The marathon has proven to be a huge success in previous years, and with only a few weeks till the upcoming race, we are excited to welcome back an incredible line-up of athletes and sports enthusiasts to our wonderful Emirate.”

The event will take place with robust safety precautions to safeguard the health and wellbeing of participants and spectators. Participants will have to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.

Abel Kipchumba beats Rhonex Kipruto at the Valencia Half Marathon

Kenya’s Abel Kipchumba beat Rhonex Kipruto at 30th edition of the the Valencia Half Marathon that was that was held on Sunday (24) in Valencia.

Kipchumba led 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finish as crossed the line with the fastest time this year of 58.00 which was also his new personal best.

Kipchumba was closely followed by the World 10km record holder, Kipruto who crossed the line nine seconds later with Daniel Mateiko closing the first three podium finishes in a new personal best of 58:26.

LEADING RESULTS

21KM MEN

  1. Abel Kipchumba     (KEN) 58:00
  2. Rhonex Kipruto       (KEN) 58:09
  3. Daniel Mateiko        (KEN) 58:26

Letesenbet Gidey and Yalemzerf Yehualaw target world half marathon record in Valencia

The Valencia Half Marathon Trinidad Alfonso EDP witnessed a men’s world record last year as Kibiwott Kandie ran a stunning 57:32. This time the women’s world record is the target and organisers have assembled a star-studded line-up for the World Athletics Elite Label road race on Sunday (24).

Ethiopians Letesenbet Gidey and Yalemzerf Yehualaw will clash in a long-awaited showdown. Gidey is the world 5000m and 10,000m record-holder, while Yehualaw ran 1:03:44 in August, and although that time will not be ratified as a world half marathon record the two athletes will now go head-to-head in Valencia as they target the 1:04:02 run by Ruth Chepngetich in Istanbul in April, a mark which is pending world record ratification.

The 23-year-old Gidey has competed sparingly this year but managed to set a world 10,000m record by running 29:01.03 in Hengelo before claiming bronze at the Tokyo Olympics.

While the diminutive Yehualaw is an accomplished half marathon specialist, with nine outings over the last three seasons, Gidey will tackle the distance for the first time but her impressive 44:20 world best for the 15km set in Nijmegen in 2019 suggests she might become the first debutante to set a world record for the distance.

Reportedly, each of the Ethiopian aces will be joined by their respective pacemakers – Mebrahtu Kiros and Genetu Molalign – in a battle which promises to be fierce, while the organisers will provide an official pacemaker for the rest of the elite targeting a 1:05 clocking.

That second group looks set to be led by Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi, the winner in 2019 thanks to a 1:05:32 time; her compatriot Hawi Feysa, fresh from a 1:05:41 PB in Copenhagen last month; Sheila Chepkirui, runner-up last year in a career best of 1:05:39; and her fellow Kenyan Brenda Jepleting, a 1:06:52 performer.

After last year’s climax, when no fewer than four men ran inside the then world record of 58:01, one of them – Rhonex Kipruto – will be the marquee athlete this time.

The Kenyan star, who clocked a 57:49 debut last year, also excelled in Valencia in January 2020 when he set the world 10km record of 26:24. He couldn’t place higher than ninth at the Tokyo Olympics over 10,000m but proved to be in top form in September when he recorded 26:43 at a 10km road race in Herzogenaurach.

While a men’s world record assault is not planned on this occasion, the pacemakers are set to go through the opening 10km in 27:30 on the hunt for a sub-58:00 finish time. In addition to Kipruto, Sunday’s field includes another four Kenyan athletes with PBs under 59 minutes: Philemon Kiplimo, who was fifth last year in Valencia in a career best of 58:11, plus Kelvin Kiptum (58:42), Abel Kipchumba (58:48) and Felix Kipkoech (58:57). Yet Kipruto’s toughest opposition might come from the two-time world 5000m champion Muktar Edris.

The 27-year-old Ethiopian posted a promising debut over the distance last November by clocking 59:04 in New Delhi and should play a key role on Sunday, while the European challenge will be headed by Norway’s Sondre Moen and Spain’s Carlos Mayo.

Weather forecasters predict an ideal morning for running, with a 13ºC temperature and a very slight breeze. After the four records set in Valencia last year – the men’s 10km, half marathon and 10,000m, plus the women’s 5000m – the city could witness another world best on Sunday.

Abel Kipchumba runs a world lead at the Road To Records half marathon

Kenya’s Abel Kipchumba took the top honors in the Road To Records half marathon with a world lead time at the Adidas headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

Kipchumba led 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finishes as he destroyed the fastest three race favorites that included Alfred Barkach from Kenya of PB 59:46, Girma Bekele Gebre from Ethiopia who was third at the 2019 New York City Marathon and Teklemariam Medhin from Eritrea who had a PB of 61:47.

Kipchumba gave a powerful kick in the 100m to cut the tape in a personal best of 58:48, securing the world’s fastest men’s half marathon time of 2021.

“I am very happy with the personal record,” said Kipchumba.

The race organisers had assembled a strong field to try and lower the world half marathon record of 57:32 that was set in Valencia by Kibiwott Kandie.

Kipchumba lowered the previous world lead time of 58:57 that had been set by Felix Kipkoech from Kenya early this year.

Alexander Mutiso crossed the fine line in second place with a personal best of 59:20 with Amos Kibiwot closing the first three podium finishes in 59:3.4.

Kenya’s Raymond Magut and Phenus Kipleting finished in fourth and fifth place in 1:00.00 and 1:00.08 respectively.

LEADING RESULTS
21KM MEN

  1. Abel Kipchumba                    (KEN) 58:48
  2. Alexander Mutiso Munyao   (KEN) 59:20
  3. Amos Kibiwott                        (KEN) 59:34
  4. Raymond Magut                     (KEN) 1:00.00
  5. Phenus Kipleting                    (KEN) 1:00.08

Kiprop beats Kipyego to lift Mattoni Usti nad Labem Half Marathon

Kenya’s Stephen Kiprop became the talk of the town when he denied the defending champion Barselius Kipyego a chance to write history when he thrashed him at the 8th edition of the Mattoni Usti nad Labem Half Marathon that was held on Saturday in Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic.

The 19 year-old took control of the race at the 12km mark and he never looked back as he was chased by Kipyego who could not march his pace denying him the chance for the third title as he cut the tape in a new personal best of 59:41.

The defending champion and race course recorder of 59:15 that he set in last year’s edition crossed the line in second in 1:00.25 with Abel Kipchumba closing a Kenyan podium finish in 1:00.39.

LEADING RESULTS

MEN

  1. Stephen Kiprop      (KEN) 59:41
  2. Barselius Kipyego  (KEN) 1:00.25
  3. Abel Kipchumba    (KEN) 1:00.39
  4. Hicham Amghar     (MAR)1:01.15
  5. Amos Kurgat          (KEN) 1:01:28

Kiprop smashes Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon record

Kenya’s Stephen Kiprop took top honors at the 9th edition of the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon that was held on Saturday (23) in Olomouc, Czech Republic.

The 19 year-old who came to this race with a personal best of 59:44, beat a strong and experienced field that included Jemal Yimer, who was second in Ras Al-Khaimah in United Arab Emirates in February in a time of 59:00 which was the fastest of four sub-60 runners in the men’s field.

He also had to contend with Kenyans Gilbert Masai (59:31), Justus Kangogo (59:31), and Abel Kipchumba (60:05).

With less experience against the best Kiprop pulled away late in the race to build a strong gap that could not be matched with rest, smashing off the course record of 1:00.17 that was set in 2014 by Geoffrey Ronoh, with a new course record of 1:00.15.

“The wind wasn’t as bad as it seemed at the start, though if it hadn’t been there at all, I could easily have run 30 seconds faster. Even so, I really enjoyed the race.”

Kiprop was followed closely by Ethiopian

Kiprop was followed closely by Ethiopian Yimer who crossed the line twenty two seconds later and Kipchumba closing the podium three finishes in 1:00.57.

Cheruiyot and Kangongo had to settle on fourth and fifth place in 1:01.00 and 1:01.34 respectively.

LEADING RESULTS

MEN

  1. Stephen Kiprop     (KEN) 1:00.15
  2. Jemal Yimer          (ETH) 1:00.37
  3. Abel Kipchumba   (KEN) 1:00.57
  4. Evans Cheruiyot    (KEN) 1:01.00
  5. Justus Kangogo     (KEN) 1:01.34

Chepkirui targets Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon course record

Former Commonwealth and African 10,000m champion Joyce Chepkirui of Kenya will face a stiff challenge as she returns to the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon in the Czech Republic on Saturday.

The Prague Half Marathon champion leads a horde of eight Kenyans at the race. The team departed Nairobi on Wednesday for the Czech capital.

Ethiopia’s world half marathon champion Netsanet Gudeta is fastest on the entry list but Chepkirui is banking on her endurance and speed to turn the tables and claim the title.

“I have had very good training and will be happy to see who the opposition lining up against me is. I want to run a fast time and look at making the Kenya team for the World Championships in 2019 in Qatar,” she said Wednesday in Nairobi.

Chepkirui said she will not be seeking a slot in the Kenya team at the Africa Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria, but will be keen to improve her performance on the road.

“I have no plans to compete on the track this season. My focus is on the road race and hopefully, I will string together good results and put my name up for selection to the marathon team for the World Championships next year,” she added.

Gudeta of Ethiopia is the leading athlete, based on time. She was second at the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon last year, running 27 seconds quicker than the 66:38 course record of Mary Keitany from 2015.

But Chepkirui, who ran 66:19 to win the Prague Half Marathon in 2014, will be the athlete to watch.

Alongside Chepkirui, Kenya will also have Antonina Kwambai (68:07) and Linet Masai (69:33) who are returning from maternity leave and are keen to restart their road racing careers.

Other athletes to watch out for will be Ethiopia’s Aselefech Mergia (67:21), and Trihas Gebre of Spain (69:57), who is the top European along with in-form Frenchwoman Clemence Calvin.

Eva Vrabcova-Nyvltova leads the domestic entries. Organizers have invited seven athletes who have previously run under the 70-minute mark.

Ethiopia’s Jemal Yimer, who was second in Ras Al-Khaimah in United Arab Emirates in February in a time of 59:00 is the fastest of four sub-60 runners in the men’s field.

He will have to contend with Kenyans Gilbert Masai (59:31), Justus Kangogo (59:31), Stephen Kiprop (59:44) and Abel Kipchumba (60:05), while Jiri Homolac (63:23) is the top domestic entrant.

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