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World 10K Bengaluru Race is BACK

After two years of postponement of the World 10K Bengaluru due to COVID-19, the race organisers on Thursday announced its return and it will be held on May 15, 2022 in Bengaluru, India.

The event will be conducted in two formats: one will be physical and the other one via app-based run.

The open 10K category will have some of the world’s elite athletes, Majja Run (5km), Senior Citizen Run (4.2km) and Champions with Disability (4.2km) will see the participation of amateur runners from across the country.

The virtual app-based run will be held via the specialized event app for two race categories – Open 10K and 5K.

Registrations for the World 10K Bengaluru 2022 begin on March 25 and close on May 11.

The last edition, which was held in 2019, saw the late Agnes Tirop of Kenya become the first women’s athlete to defend her title at World 10K Bengaluru. Ethiopia’s Andamlak Belihu took his first win in the men’s race.

The women course record of 31:19 was set by Tirop in 2019 while the Men’s record of 27:44 that was set in 2014 is held Geoffrey Kipsang.

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”.

Erick Kiptanui and Caroline Kipkirui Lead Strong Delhi Half Marathon Fields

Organisers have announced the elite fields for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label road race, whose 14th edition is set for 21 October.

Leading the list is this year’s fastest man over the distance, Eric Kiptanui. The Kenyan has already notched up two impressive half marathon victories in 2018, winning the high-quality Lisbon and Berlin races earlier in the year, coming home in the German capital in a world-leading 58:42 to move up to number four on the world all-time list.

Kiptanui will be accompanied on his first trip to India by his training partner Daniel Kipchumba, who paced Kiptanui to 15 kilometres in Berlin. A few weeks later, Kipchumba stood on top of the podium himself after a win at the Verbania half marathon in Italy in 59:06.

Two-time TCS World 10K winner Alex Korio – whose best of 58:51 was set in the 2017 Copenhagen Half Marathon – has been a regular participant in Procam International events in recent years and has run in Delhi twice in the past, last in 2015, but has never faced either of his two compatriots in battle so the tactics between the three Kenyans will be fascinating to watch.

Representing Ethiopia will be two men who are better known as marathon runners but who can still boast of outstanding half marathon credentials.

Leul Gebresilase was second in the Dubai Marathon at the start of the year in 2:04:02 while Feyisa Lilesa won a memorable silver medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, their half marathon bests are 59:18 and 59:22 respectively.

Adding to the considerable global interest in the race, USA’s Leonard Korir and New Zealand’s Zane Robertson are also in the men’s elite field. Korir just missed the North and Central American record of 59:43 when he ran his personal best of 59:52 at this race last year while Robertson holds the Oceania area record with 59:47.

All the runners will have in mind the very good course records in Delhi.

The men’s mark is 59:06 and was set by Ethiopia’s Guye Adola in 2014 while the women’s course record has been standing since 2009 and belongs to Kenya’s Mary Keitany at 1:06:54.

The two fastest women in the ADHM elite field, Kenya’s Caroline Kipkirui and Ethiopia’s 2016 ADHM winner Worknesh Degefa, will go head-to-head again after a memorable duel in the Prague Half Marathon back in April.

Kipkirui – who set a personal best of 1:05:07 in Ras Al Khaimah in January – prevailed by just one second on that occasion to take second place in the Czech capital and it’s certain that Degefa will have that in mind ahead of her fourth ADHM appearance.

Two other highly-rated Ethiopian women will also be on the start line in Delhi: Yeshaneh Ababel and Senbere Teferi.

Ababel was second at the ADHM 2017 and has since been victorious at the Istanbul and Yangzhou half marathons while Teferi, who will be making her half marathon debut, has won world championship medals on the track and at cross country in the past and will arrive in Delhi fresh from setting a 3000m personal best when representing Africa at the recent IAAF Continental Cup.

All the leading runners will also have in their sights first prize cheques of US$27,000 with a total prize money purse (combined men and women) of US$280,000.

Elite fields for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2018 (with personal bests):

MEN –
Eric Kiptanui           (KEN) 58:42
Alex Korio                (KEN) 58:51
Daniel Kipchumba (KEN) 59:06
Leul Gebresilase     (ETH) 59:18
Feyisa Lilesa            (ETH) 59:22
Zane Robertson      (NZL) 59:47
Moses Kurong        (UGA) 59:50
Andamlak Belihu   (ETH) 59:51
Leonard Korir         (USA) 59:52
Aron Kifle               (ERI) 1:00:31
Getaneh Molla      (ETH) 1:00:34
Betesfa Getahun  (ETH) 1:00:54

WOMEN –
Caroline Kipkirui    (KEN) 1:05:07
Worknesh Degefa   (ETH) 1:06:14
Yeshaneh Ababel    (ETH) 1:06:22
Zeineba Yimer         (ETH) 1:08:07
Shitaye Eshete        (BRN) 1:08:25
Salome Nyirarukundo (RWA) 1:08:48
Stacy Ndiwa            (KEN) 1:09:09
Darya Maslova       (KGZ) 1:11:06
Senbere Teferi        (ETH) debut
Tsehay Gemechu  (ETH) debut

Rhonex Kipruto targets Birell Grand Prix title

The top three men from last year’s Birell Prague Grand Prix will return to challenge for the IAAF Gold Label road race on Saturday (September 8) in the Czech Republic.

Defending champion Benard Kimeli will be up against fellow Kenyans whom he led to a Kenyan sweep of the men’s podium.

It was the first time in history that three men had finished inside 27:20 in the same 10km race.

The top three Kenyans in last year’s race return to Prague in devastating forms and race promises to produce fireworks if their form is anything to go by.

The IAAF World U20 Championships  10,000m gold medalist compatriot Rhonex Kipruto, third in Prague last year in 27:13, has improved on that mark in April with his 27:08 victory in the UAE Healthy Kidney 10km race in New York, recording the fastest performance in the world at that distance for eight years.

Kipruto went ahead and won the 10,000m title at the IAAF World U20 Championships Tampere 2018 with a dominant run.

Kimeli, who won last year’s Birell Grand Prix in 27:10, returned to Prague earlier this year for the half marathon, which he won in a PB of 59:47.

Last year’s runners up, Mathew Kimeli finished second to Kipruto in the UAE Healthy Kidney 10km race in New York in 27:19, just eight seconds shy of the PB he set when finishing in the same position at last year’s Birell Grand Prix when he separated Kimeli and Kipruto is in the fray.

Ethiopia’s Andamlak Belihu threatens to break the Kenyan’s dominance.  He won over 10km in Ottawa in a PB of 27:48, finishing 34 seconds ahead of Benard Kimeli, and went on to take the 10,000m silver medal at the African Championships in Abuja, Nigeria.

Belihu finished 10th in the 10,000m at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 at the age of 18 against formidable and experienced athletes like World and Olympic champion Mo Farah.

Athletes from Europe will be bidding to wrestle the title from Africans. Germany’s European Cup winner Richard Ringer and Belgium’s Soufiane Bouchiki are in contention after having reduced their respective 10,000m PBs to 27:36.52 and 27:41.20 respectively this year.

Britain’s Luke Traynor won against an all-European line-up at the Ceske Budejovice Half Marathon earlier this year, after improving on his 10km PB to 28:3.1.