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Fastest times targeted as Geoffrey Kamworor added on Valencia Marathon elite list

Former World Half Marathon record holder Geoffrey Kamworor has been added on the star elite list of the 41st Edition of the Valencia Marathon that will be held in December, 5, 2021 in Valencia, Spain.

The 28 year-old has three World Athletics Half Marathon Championships gold medals under his belt, and he is back on the roads following his recovery from surgery after he was hit by a motorcycle in June last year.

The 2015 World silver medallist in 10,000m carries a personal best of 2:06.12 that he got at the 2012 at the Berlin Marthon.

Kamworor’s world half marathon record time was bettered by each of Kibiwott Kandie, Jacob Kiplimo, Rhonex Kipruto, and Alexander Mutiso at the 2020 Valencia Half Marathon and Kandie is the new half marathon world record holder.

Last year’s edition of this race featured elite athletes and four runners broke the previous course record of 2:03.51, with Evans Chebet setting a new course record of 2:03.00, the sixth-fastest marathon at the time.

Chebet’s victory also ensured that a Kenyan topped the podium again for the 18th time in the last 40 editions of the Valencia Marathon.

The race organisers have put together one of the strongest team to challenge the current course record of 2:03.00, which is the fourth fastest time in the world. Kamworor will battle for honors alongside Lawrence Cherono and Amos Kipruto, and the Ethiopians Mule Wasihun, Getaneh Molla, Kinde Atanaw and Andamlak Belihu.

The race selector of the International Elite athletes of the Valencia Marathon, Marc Roig, said, “This year’s marathon is extremely competitive, as we like in Valencia. I do not rule out an arrival to the sprint in male and, in fact, I am counting on it. Athletes know that Valencia offers one of the best circuits to achieve a personal best. And this, with the level of runners we have, can easily translate into several athletes breaking the circuit record. How much? We will see this on December 5”.

Government Constructing Stadium to Honour Eliud Kipchoge

The Nandi County Government will build and name a stadium in honour of Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge in recognition of breaking the world marathon record.

The Nandi County Governor Stephen Sang said that they are a building 200 bed Sports complex to be named after Eliud Kipchoge for setting a new record of two hours, one minute and 39 seconds in Berlin.

“We are in the process of building a new sports complex to be named Eliud Kipchoge Sports Complex which will accommodate the athletes as they train and prepare for events in Nandi,” said Sang.

The Governor said other facilities will be built and named after the Berlin Marathon women’s champion and course record holder Gladys Cherono and Amos Kipruto who finished second behind Kipchoge because of their good performance.

“I really want to thank the County Government of Nandi for recognizing our good performance in sports,” said Kipchoge.

The three athletes were later rewarded with heifers by the County Government at a breakfast meeting where he hosted Kipchoge, Cherono and Kipruto.

“We are here today to appreciate Kipchoge for his sterling performance in breaking the world marathon record. In return the County Government of Nandi will continue supporting the athletes through facilitation of equipment and better facilities,” said Sang.

Berlin Runner up Amos Kipruto for Rabies Free 10km race

A week after finishing second in the  will star in the Rabies Free Kenya 10km race at Kapsabet show ground on Saturday (September 22).

Kipruto who jetted back to the country on Wednesday a happy man after coming second in last Sunday’s Berlin Marathon by clocking 2:06:20, will be the star attraction in the race.

Nelly Jepkosgei , a second place finisher in the 2018 IAAF Diamond League in Doha has also confirmed participation.

The registration been pegged at Sh300 per athlete with the organisers urging runners to turn up in large numbers for this charitable course.

The event is the brainchild of Sharon Live On Foundation, meant to create awareness about rabies and on the need to vaccinate animals that spread the disease especially dogs.

Sharon Live On Foundation founder Barnaba Korir, whose daughter Sharon died from rabies in 2004 after she was bitten by a stray dog, said his vision is to eradicate rabies in the country, hence the initiative to pioneer the vaccination campaign.

Korir “Apart from the race, we will do education on the subject, and in the past, we have covered various areas. Our country will be free of rabies if its citizens get the correct information,” Korir said.

“We intend to make the race an annual event by hosting it in different counties to create rabies awareness. We first hosted in Kisumu and shifted to Kapsabet,” said Korir.

Among the sponsors of the event include SharonLive On Foundation , New Kenya Cooperative Creameries (KCC), County Government of Nandi and Golazo

There will be a 2km race for kids.

For registration and further information athletes and well-wishers can call 0723772643 or 071923939.

Last year, Emmanuel Bor and Judy Cherotich battled the punishing hot weather conditions to win the inaugural Sharon Live On 10km run in Kisumu.

Kapsabet-based Bor clocked 29:44.16 to emerge victorious beating Daniel Buret to second in 29:56.07 while Lameck Mwakio sealed the podium in 30:20.56.

Cherotich timed 36:35.82 for the victory while Esther Borura settled second in 36:36.92 as Emily Jemutai finished third in 37:47.62.

Eliud Kipchoge: The stats behind his world record at the Berlin Marathon

Imagine getting on a treadmill, setting it to 13mph, then running at that pace for two hours one minute 39 seconds.

Or imagine running 100m in 17.2 seconds – and if that sounds slow, try it – and then doing that another 420 times without pause.

Most of us wouldn’t last more than a minute or two; new marathon world record holder Eliud Kipchoge is emphatically not most people.

Improvements big and small

The first time the marathon was run over its current distance of 26.2 mileswas at the 1908 London Olympics, when it was won by American Johnny Hayes in a time of 2:55:18.

A lot had changed in training and technology since then, and four years ago, Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto became the first man to go under 2:03, clocking 2:02:57, also in Berlin. Kimetto took 26 seconds off the previous record, which itself was an advance of 15 seconds – modest increments as the record nudges in the direction of the two-hour mark that many still doubt is humanly possible.

On Sunday, Kimetto’s compatriot Kipchoge broke the record by 78 seconds.

It is the largest single improvement on the world record in more than 50 years, since Australian Derek Clayton knocked it down by 2mins 37secs in 1967.

To put all this into some perspective, the average time for non-elite male runners at the London Marathon is 3:48 – more than an hour and three-quarters slower than Kipchoge’s record.

*Times rounded to nearest minute

Marathon king

Kipchoge is the reigning Olympic champion

Kipchoge, 33, has competed in 11 marathons. He’s won 10 and finished second in the other.

He has won the Berlin Marathon and the London Marathon three times each, and holds the record for each course.

Marathon Result
2013 Hamburg 1st
2013 Berlin 2nd
2014 Rotterdam 1st
2014 Chicago 1st
2015 London 1st
2015 Berlin 1st
2016 London 1st
2016 Rio Olympics 1st
2017 Berlin 1st
2018 London 1st
2018 Berlin 1st

By the way, if an improvement like Kipchoge’s was unusual, the location was not. Sunday was the seventh time the record has been broken in 15 years – each time it has happened at Berlin.

More perspective

Kipchoge’s average speed was 13mph, an average pace of 2.52km/h for each kilometre of the 42.195km race.

To break that down further, he ran every 400m in 68.8 seconds.

He covered 30km in 1:26:45, also the fastest time ever recorded for that distance.

Kipchoge ran the second half of the Berlin Marathon even quicker than the first, finishing the final 13.1 miles in 1:00:33

As Jon Mulkeen from the IAAF points, it’s enough to give you cramp just thinking about it.


Eliud Kipchoge thrashes world Marathon record

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge smashed the world marathon record hold at the 42nd edition of the Berlin Marathon that was held on Sunday (16) in Berlin, Germany.

Kipchoge who has won nine out of ten marathons that he has participated in thrashed the marathon record that was set in 2014 by Dennis Kimetto who ran 2:02.57 with the new marathon world record.

The 33-year-old broke the previous world record set in Berlin by fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in 2014 by 1 minute and 18 seconds.

Already the winner of his last eight marathons – including Olympic gold and three victories in London – the only thing to have eluded Kipchoge was Kimetto’s world record of 2:02.57 that was set in German capital in 2014.

Kipchoge, did not just beat it, he destroyed it. Shattered it. Put it so far out of reach it is difficult to envisage anyone surpassing it for years to come.

His incredible winning time of 2:01.39 was a full 78 seconds better than the previous mark – the first time the world record had been lowered by more than a minute in a race for 39 years and the single greatest improvement for 41 years.

“I lack words to describe this day,” Kipchoge said after becoming the first person to finish a marathon in less than 2 hours and 2 minutes. “I have run 2.00, 2.01, 2.03, 2.04 and 2.05. The next season I want to run 2.02.”

“They say you miss two times but you can’t miss the third time,” he said in reference to his two previous failed attempts to break the world record in Berlin.

The Kenyan defended his 2017 title in the German capital, pulling ahead of other runners early on amid perfect conditions. Mild autumn temperatures and little to no wind gave the runners an advantage over last year, when rain slowed the race.

The double Olympic and world medallist over 5,000m, it’s over the marathon distance that Kipchoge has flourished in recent years. He has now broken 2hr 5min on eight occasions and last year came within 25 seconds of becoming the first man to go below two hours under controlled conditions as part of a Nike project.

Berlin debutant and birthday boy Amos Kipruto came second in 2:06.23, followed by a third Kenyan, former world-record holder Wilson Kipsang, with 2:06.48.

Shogo Nakamura of Japan narrowly missed setting a new national record with a time of 2:08.16.

Watch Out: Kipruto Warns Kipchoge and Kipsang ahead of Berlin Marathon

Watch out for Kenya’s Amos Kipruto overshadowed by the publicity on Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge and former world record holder Wilson Kipsang hitting the headlines in the media ahead of Sunday’s Berlin Marathon.

Kipruto has been overshadowed in the media by race favourites Kipsang and Kipchoge but he is raring to go and cause an upset to the bigwigs.

Kipruto who may not be chasing for the world record like his compatriots Kipchoge and Kipsang is aiming for a win.

Kipruto who is under the “2 Running Club” banner will be up against Iten-based Kipsang (with a personal best time two hours, three minutes), who is managed by Volare Sports Management and Kipchoge (2:03:05), who is under Global Sports Communication in Kaptagat who are both eyeing a world record.

He is confident after his training session went on well without any incident and is optimistic he will do well on Sunday.

Based in Kapsabet, Nandi County, Kipruto might be the next world beater going by his record lately.

He started the season well after participating in his first World Marathon Majors race in Tokyo where he emerged third with his compatriot and training partner Dickson Chumba winning the race.

In 2017, Kipruto won Seoul Marathon after running in 2:05:54 before coming in fifth position in Amsterdam Marathon where he clocked 2:05:43.

Kipruto, who won in his debut marathon at the Rome Marathon (2:08:12) in 2016 said will not be going for the marathon record but wants to be in the podium after 42km.

“I will be targeting to run well and looking forward to lower my personal best because Berlin has a fast course,” said Kipruto.

He also said that his main target in the races is to get experience so that he can calculate how he can also one day be a world record holder.

Kipruto’s Italian coach, Claudio Berardelli, says Kipruto is strong and should perform well in the race.

“Kipruto has exhibited his potential capabilities in his training and I know he is going to perform well on Sunday,” said the coach.