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Keneth Renju runs away with Prague Half Marathon title

Kenya’s Keneth Kiprop Renju used experience to snatch the title at the 23rd edition of the Prague Half Marathon that was held on Saturday (2) in Prague, Czech Republic.

The 25 year-old battled for honors in one of the deepest field ever assembled at this course as he battled the top four favorite’s athletes, Philemon Kiplimo the eight fastest athlete in history of 21k, Kennedy Kimutai and Mathew Kimeli.

Renju took off from the group of eight at the last few hundred metres as the race was decided by kicks as the chase for the tape came almost to the wire tape but he was more superior running away with the tape in a time of 59:28 with the race favorite forced to settle in second place five seconds later.

“It was difficult today; the wind was blowing a lot. We took turns with the boys, but it was a fight. I’m glad that after two years I showed a beautiful performance again and I believe that it will be even better. Because I’m trained,” said Renju.

Mathew Kimeli who came to this race with the fourth fastest time on paper closed the podium three finishes in a time of 59:46.

Benard Kimeli, the winner of the last two editions could not manage to appear on the podium finishing in fourth in 59:59.

Weldon Langat Kipkirui and Josphat Chumo Kiptoo finished in fifth and sixth place in a time of 1:00.57 and 1:01.04 respectively.

Africa Cross Country Champion Alfred Barkach, who is the most experienced runner in this field finished in a disappointing seventh place in 1:01.01.

The fifteen years race course record of 58:47 that was set by Atsedu Tsegay from Ethiopia remains standing.

LEADING RESULTS
21KM MEN

  1. Kenneth Kiprop Renju           (KEN) 59:28
  2. Philemon Kimaiyo Kiplimo  (KEN) 59:33
  3. Mathew Kimeli Kipkorir        (KEN) 59:46
  4. Benard Kimeli                          (KEN) 59:59
  5. Weldon Langat Kipkirui         (KEN) 1:00.57
  6. Josphat Chumo Kiptoo           (KEN) 1:01.04
  7. Alfred Barkach Chelal             (KEN) 1:01.01

Battle of the titans in Prague

Kenya’s Philemon Kiplimo, the eighth fastest half marathon runner in history will lead a deep men’s elite field at the 23rd edition of the Prague Half Marathon that will be held on Saturday in Prague, Czech Republic.

The 23 year-old comes to this race with the eight fastest time of 58:11 that he got in 2020 at the Valencia Half marathon where he finished in fifth position.

Kiplimo will not have an easy ride as he has been lined up with three compatriots who have gone under the fifty nine minutes mark. They are Kennedy Kimutai, who comes to this race with a personal best of 58:28 that he got last year in Valencia after crossing the line in fourth place.

The 25 year-old Keneth Kiprop Renju who is the oldest among the four comes to the race carrying on his shoulder a personal best of 58:35 that he got early this year at the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon where he took the bronze medal.

Another title contender is Mathew Kimeli, who comes to the city of Prague with a personal best of 58:43 that he got last year in Valencia after finishing in seventh place.

The above four runners have all run under the race course record of 58:47 that was set fifteen years ago by Atsedu Tsegay from Ethiopia.

Five more runners who have run under the 60 minutes mark have also been lined up to fight for the pole position and also chase the course record mark. The 26 year-old Benard Kimeli, is more familiar with this course after taking the 2021 honors with a life time best of 59:07. Fourth place finisher at this year’s Napoli City Half Marathon Josphat Kiprotich has also been rolled in as he comes with a personal best of 59:35.

Ethiopia’s Gerba Dibaba will also be on the start line up as he comes with a personal best of 59:39. The 21 year-old who started his running career in October last year has participated in two half marathons both in Portugal and this will be his first time to step in Czech Republic and his third road race.

Africa Cross Country Champion Alfred Barkach, who is the most experienced runner in this field and Wisley Kibichii both carrying personal best of 59:46 and 59:57 from Delhi Half Marathon and Movistar Medio Maratón de Madrid respectively.

LEADING TIME

21KM MEN

  1. Philemon Kiplimo      (KEN) 58:11
  2. Kennedy Kimutai       (KEN) 58:28
  3. Keneth Kiprop Renju (KEN) 58:35
  4. Mathew Kimeli           (KEN) 58:43
  5. Benard Kimeli             (KEN) 59:07
  6. Josphat Kiprotich       (KEN) 59:35
  7. Gerba Dibaba              (ETH) 59:39
  8. Alfred Barkach           (KEN) 59:46
  9. Wisley Kibichii           (KEN) 59:57

Rungaru and Kipkirui favourites at Prague Half Marathon

Kenyans James Rungaru and Caroline Chepkoech Kipkirui will start as favourites at the 20th edition of the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon, an IAAF Gold Labelroad race, on Saturday (7).

The course, which winds through the historical heart of the Czech capital, is notoriously fast, evidenced last year when Joyciline Jepkosgei broke the world record with a sizzling 1:04:52 run, while picking up world records for 10km (30:04), 15km (45:37) and 20km (1:01:25) en route. While the latter two are now considered world bests and Jepkosgei has gone on to further improve the 10km and half marathon marks, her performance was nonetheless one of the most memorable road running achievements in recent memory.

The men’s course record is fast too. Atsedu Tsegay clocked 58:47 to win the 2012 edition, still the seventh fastest performance in history and Ethiopian national record. The 27-year-old returns to Prague hoping to bounce back into sub-one hour territory for the first time since 2013. He showed reasonably good form last month in Lisbon, where he clocked 1:00:28 in windy conditions to finish fifth in the Portuguese capital.

But it will be 25-year-old Kenyan Rungaru who brings the strongest credentials and form to the start line on Saturday. Four weeks ago, Runguru clocked 59:37 to win the City Pier City Half Marathon at The Hague, his first dip into sub-one hour waters.

Justus Kangogo meanwhile is the fastest in the field at 59:31 set in last year’s Rome-Ostia race. He was sixth in the same contest last month in 1:01:02.

Others to watch include Josphat Tanui who returns with purpose after finishing second both here last year in 1:00:38 and in Usti Nad Labem, some 90 kilometres to the north, with a 59:22 personal best.

Meanwhile, Benard Kimeli is looking to move his good fortunes in Prague up in distance. Last September the 22-year-old won the Birell Prague 10km in 27:10, the fastest performance in the world in 2017. he made his half marathon debut in at the RAK Half in Ras Al Khaimah in February, clocking 1:00:16 for eighth.

Geoffrey Ronoh, 35, also has sub-60 minute credentials, but his 59:45 lifetime best came four years ago.

On the women’s side, the favourite role falls on Kipkirui, after her notable 2018 start. In February, the 23-year-old clocked 1:05:07 at the RAK Half to become the fifth fastest ever over the distance, yet finished no better than third in that high quality race. That performance wasn’t a one-off. In January she clocked 1:06:48 to finish second in Houston.

Her compatriot Joan Melly Chelimo is also expected to challenge. The 27-year-old was fourth in Ras Al Khaimah in 1:05:37, landing her at No. 8 on the all-time performers list.

They’ll be challenged by 2015 winner Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia, the runner-up here last year in 1:06:14. That performance remains the 27-year-old’s lifetime best but she’s illustrated strong form in 2018 after a fourth place finish in the Dubai Marathon where she clocked 2:19:53, finishing fifth.

Kiptanui wins Lisbon Half Marathon

Kenya’s Erick Kiptanui won the 26th edition of the EDP Lisbon Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (11) in Lisbon, Italy.

From the start to the first turn, a stretch of about 7km, the runners forged on with a tailwind, but over the next ten they faced a headwind, with the final four again run with the wind. Until that second turn point, more than 15 runners remained in the lead group. Only after the 17th kilometre did the race begin to change.

The 28 year-old held on and cut the tape in 1:00.05 in his first marathon race.

“I must thank the organisation for inviting me and trusting that I can run at this level. I think I could have achieved a better result if there were no strong wind.

“In future races I believe I can run under one hour, and of course, if I return to Lisbon I’m sure I will run faster than today, because this is a great course.”

Eritrean Yohanes Gebregergish came in second with a personal best of 1:00.16, and was followed by another Kenyan Morris Gachaga who came in third with a personal best of 1:00.17.

Another debutant from Kenya Nicholas Kosimbei crossed the line in fourth place in 1:00.21, ahead of the experienced Atsedu Tsegay, a late hour entrant, who clocked 1:00:28, and world record holder Zersenay Tadese, who was sixth with 1:00:29, faster than he ran in Marugame last month.

LEADING RESULTS
MEN
1. Erick Kiptanui                (KEN) 1:00.05
2. Yohanes Gebregergish  (ERI)    1:00.16
3. Morris Gachaga             ( KEN) 1:00:17
4. Nicholas Kosimbei        (KEN)  1:00:21
5. Atsedu Tsegay               (ETH)   1:00:28