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Vane Nyanamba suspended for doping Violation

Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has provisionally suspended Vane Nyaboke Nyanamba for the presence and use of a prohibited substance, which is a violation of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

Nyanamba was busted after an In-Competition urine sample test at the Zurich Marato Barcelona where she had finished in fifth place with a personal best of 2:25.32. She also holds a personal best of 1:08.58 that she got at the Barcelona Half Marathon in October 2021.

Analysis of the sample, carried out established an adverse analytical finding (“AAF”) for Norandrosterone, a metabolite of Nandrolone, which is a prohibited substance under the World AntiDoping Code (“WADC”) and the ADR which violates rule 2.1 and rule 2.2.

The 27 years-old last participated in Kenya for the Olympic Games Trials, that were held at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, where she participated in the 10000m race finishing in position fourteen in a time of 35:01.79 automatically failing to make it to the team.

Haftu Teklu smashes the Barcelona Half Marathon course record

Ethiopian Haftu Teklu smashed the course record of the 31st edition of the Barcelona Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (17) in Barcelona, Spain.

Teflu was in a lead group of seven athletes, including the two Ugandan hares Abel Sikowo and Mathew Chekwurui, set an intense pace which took them through 5km mark at a record pace with Eritrean Aron Kifle and Teklu passing with a time of 14:05 (18 seconds below the record).

At the 10km mark, the group passed with 28:08 (28 seconds ahead) and the first hare, Chekwurui, gave the baton to Sikowo so that he would shoot up to kilometer 15.

Teklu who was debuting held onto Sikowo who slowed down leaving Kissa and Teklu to kick and fight for honors but the Ethiopian carried the day with a strong kick cutting the tape in a new personal best and new course record of 59:39, five seconds behind the previous record that was set in 2018 by Mule Washiun from Ethiopia.



  1. Haftu Teklu       (ETH) 59:34
  2. Stephen Kissa   (UG)  60:14
  3. Chala Regasa    (UG)  60:33
  4. Aron Kifle         (ETH) 60:48
  5. Abel Sikowo      (UG)  61:39

Sandra Chebet beats Brillian Kipkoech to win the Barcelona Half Marathon

Kenya’s Sandrafelis Tuei took the top honors at the 31st edition of the Barcelona Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (17) in Barcelona, Spain.

Tuei had to battle with her fellow country-mate Brillian Kipkoech, two Ethiopians Asnakech Akowe and Alemaz Samuel.

The four have made perfect relays and, with 2km to go, Tuei pulled away from the group with a powerful kick cutting the tape in a time of 1:07. 17.

Tuei led 1-2 Kenyan podium finish as she was followed closely by Kipkoech who crossed the line nineteen seconds later. Ethiopian Awoke closed the first three podium finishes in 1:07.42.

Mercyline Chelangat from Kenya and Alemaz Samuel from Ethiopia finished in fourth and fifth place in 1:08.48 and 1:08.53 respectively.



  1. Sandrafelis Tuei         (KEN) 1:07.17
  2. Brillian Kipkoech.      (KEN) 1:07.26
  3. Asnake Awoke            (ETH)  1:07.42
  4. Mercyline Chelangat  (KEN) 1:08.22
  5. Alemaz Samuel           (ETH) 1:08.48
  6. Vane Nyaboke             (KEN) 1:08.53

Traynor and Fisikovici win the Ceske Budejovice Half Marathon

Great Britain’s Luke Traynor and Moldova’s Lilia Fisikovici shared the honours in the elite races at the Mattoni Ceske Budejovice Half Marathon, a race with a five star endorsement by European Athletics Running for All, on Saturday (2).

The organisers of the Ceske Budejovice Half Marathon assembled European-only elite fields as part of RunCzech’s EuroHeroes initiative which is supported by European Athletics. The foremost purpose of the initiative is to support distance running at an elite level in both the Czech Republic and Europe more widely.

“It is very important that European athletes get more opportunities to race at the top level in road races across Europe and EuroHeroes is a fantastic initiative to encourage and promote our road race stars on the continent,” said European Athletics president Svein Arne Hansen on the initiative.

Traynor made the most of the opportunity as he became the first European winner in Ceske Budejovice in 63:42 ahead of Ukraine’s Roman Romanenko, the winner of the Karlovy Vary Half Marathon a fortnight ago. Romanenko clocked 64:05 with Austria’s Valentin Pfeil third in 65:08.

“We ran together right from the start, Roman kept up with me for practically the whole race, but I felt I had a bit extra to give and in the end managed to speed up a bit,” said Traynor, who has a lifetime best of 61:57 from the Barcelona Half Marathon in February.

“Although I’m a bit tired, I have to say I really enjoyed the race, the atmosphere was fantastic, with loads of fans along the course and I’m also delighted with my finishing time. Even though my personal best is two minutes faster, it’s still a good time on this course which is a tad tricky.”

There was a rare win for Moldova in the elite women’s race as Lilia Fisikovici, who holds her country’s national records in the half marathon and marathon, clocked 73:20. She was a comfortable winner ahead of Ukraine’s Olha Kotovska (74:14) and Italy’s Rosaria Console (74:38).

“I’m slightly in shock, but really delighted. I absolutely loved the city, the fans were amazing and I also ran really well. At the seventeenth kilometre I felt I could speed up a bit, overtook my rivals and managed to stay ahead right till the finish,” said the winner.

In total, 3252 runners took part in the half marathon and another 2913 took part in the dm Family Run.

The European Athletics Quality Road Race standards act as an assurance for road runners throughout Europe. They distinguish between races that respect the standards and those that haven’t sought certification or assessment. They form the foundation of Running for All, a strong, recognisable brand for running activities throughout Europe.