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Irene Kimais smashes the Roma Ostia Half Marathon course record

Kenya’s Irene Kimais smashed the race course record of the 47th edition of the RomaOstia Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (6) in Roma, Italy.

Kimais took charge of the race after the half mark and she never looked as she attacked the previous course record of 1:06.35 that had been set last year by Kenyan, Joyce Tele.

Kimais was followed by Ethiopian Kadir Madina Mehamed who crossed the line in second with a time of 1:07.09.

“I am delighted with this success. I had never raced in such a context. I did my personal and course records, what more could you want today! If I have to analyze this test, I admit that I started too quickly and that I struggled a little in the last 3 kilometers. But the warmth of the public helped me to finish the race in the best possible way,” said Kimais.

Irene Kimais receives her trophy after winning the 2022 Roma Ostia Half Marathon with a course record time. Photo: Courtesy

Ethiopia’s Demise Shure Ware closed the podium three finishes in a time of 1:08.17.

United State’s Allie Kieffer and Failuna Matanga from Tanzania came home in fourth and fifth place in a time of 1:09.17 and 1:09.35 respectively.



  1. Irene Kimais                       (KEN) 1:06.03
  2. Mehamed Madina Kadir   (ETH) 1:07.09
  3. Demise Shure Ware           (ETH) 1:08.17
  4. Allie Kieffer                         (USA) 1:09:17
  5. Failuna Matanga,               (TAN) 1:09.35

Keitany targets to regain New York Marathon title

Kenyan Mary Keitany will be targeting a fourth victory at the TCS New York City Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label race, on 4 November.

Keitany and her compatriot, 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon champion Vivian Cheruiyot, will join previously announced Shalane Flanagan, the 2017 winner, and 2018 Boston Marathon champion Des Linden of the US in a race that features 10 Olympians and three Abbott World Marathon Majors race champions.

Keitany, 36, is the women’s only marathon record-holder who finished runner-up in this race last year after notching three successive titles. In 2016, she had a dominating performance in which she surged ahead at Mile 14 to finish the course on a solo run in 2:24:26. Her 3:34 margin of victory was the greatest in the women’s race since 1980, and she became the first able-bodied runner since Grete Waitz to win the event three years in a row.

“I was disappointed not to defend my title last year, but I was not 100 percent healthy and Shalane ran a strong race,” said Keitany, the 2012 and 2016 World Marathon Majors champion. In April 2017, Keitany won her third London Marathon title, breaking the women’s only marathon record in a blistering time of 2:17:01.

Joining Keitany from the international side will be two Ethiopians, reigning IAAF World Half Marathon champion Netsanet Gudeta and Mamitu Daska, who finished third in New York last year.

Molly Huddle, who was third in New York in 2016, 2018 Boston Marathon runner-up Sarah Sellers, 2016 New York runner-up Sally Kipyego, and 2017 fifth-place finisher Allie Kieffer are also in the line-up.

Kamworor and Flanagan to defend their New York City Marathon titles

Reigning TCS New York City Marathon champions Geoffrey Kamworor and Shalane Flanagan will defend their titles at the IAAF Gold Label road race on Sunday 4 November.

At last year’s race, Kamworor claimed his first major marathon victory while Flanagan became the first US woman to win in New York since Miki Gorman did so in 1977.

Kamworor held off compatriot Wilson Kipsang down the final turns in Central Park to win last year. The 2015 runner-up separated himself from the field with a 4:31 penultimate mile to finish in 2:10:53.

The Kenyan has won the past three IAAF World Half Marathon Championships and recorded three consecutive sub-2:07 performances at the Berlin Marathon from 2012-2014, with his 2:06:12 clocking from 2012 remaining his personal best.

“Racing once more in the TCS New York City Marathon means so much to me,” said the three-time world cross-country champion. “It is my favourite race, and although thousands of miles separate my training base in Kaptagat, Kenya to New York, the event feels like home.”

Flanagan ended a 40-year drought for US women at the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon by seizing the crown from Kenya’s Mary Keitany with a time of 2:26:53. With her first victory in just her second appearance at the New York City Marathon – she was runner-up in her marathon debut in 2010 – Flanagan became the sixth US women’s champion in the event.

The 16-time national champion and Olympic silver medallist will join previously announced Des Linden, the 2018 Boston Marathon champion, and Allie Kieffer, the fifth-place finisher at last year’s TCS New York City Marathon.

“When I think about returning to race in New York City, I’m flooded with magical memories,” said Flanagan. “My heart skips a beat, I get butterflies in my stomach, and my palms get sweaty. New York City is incredibly special to me. It’s where I ran my first marathon in 2010, placing second, and of course, my dream-come-true moment in 2017 when I won.”