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Yihunilign Adane runs away with Toronto Marathon title

Ethiopia’s Yihunilign Adane ran away with the honors in style in an exciting race which featured multiple late-race lead changes at the 21st edition of the Toronto Waterfront Marathon held on Sunday (16) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Adane was among the leading group of seven that included, Kiprono Kipkemoi, Enock Onchari, Felix Kandie, Barselius Kipyego, and Felix Kibitok, and Ethiopian Kebede Tulu Wami, who went through the 5k mark in 14:40.

That pack of seven was still together as they sailed through the half way mark in 1:02.27 but in the second half, the pace slowed further and the athletes’ competitive instincts took over with Kandie being the first to pull away from the seven. The 35 year-old put in a mighty surge as the pack quickly broke up, and at 35-K Kandie had an 11-second lead. “I wanted to run a sub-2:07 tempo, I was feeling well,” said Kandie.

The Ethiopia wasn’t worried about Kandie, and he stuck to his plan and it worked. At around 39k, Adane flew past Kandie and built a 13-second lead and by the 40K mark he increased his speed and as he surged on alone to cut the tape in a time of 2:07.18 and collecting his second marathon win of the season after clinching the Barcelona Marathon in May.

“I am very very happy, I could have run a little better, but I am very very satisfied,” said Adane, through a translator.

Kandie who was hurting was also passed by his compatriot Kipkemoi, who crossed the finish line in second in 2:08.24 with Kandie forced to settle in third in 2:08.44.

Onchari and Canadian Trevor Hofbauer came home in fourth and fifth place in a time of 2:10.07 and 2:11.00 respectively.

The race defending champion and favorite, Kipyego finished in a distant sixth place in 2:11.12.



  1. Yihunilign Adane      (ETH) 2:07:18
  2. Kiprono Kipkemoi    (KEN) 2:08:24
  3. Felix Kandie               (KEN) 2:08:44
  4. Enock Onchari          (KEN) 2:10:07
  5. Trevor Hofbauer      (CAN)  2:11:00
  6. Barselius Kipyego    (KEN) 2:11:12

Kiprop beats Kipyego to lift Mattoni Usti nad Labem Half Marathon

Kenya’s Stephen Kiprop became the talk of the town when he denied the defending champion Barselius Kipyego a chance to write history when he thrashed him at the 8th edition of the Mattoni Usti nad Labem Half Marathon that was held on Saturday in Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic.

The 19 year-old took control of the race at the 12km mark and he never looked back as he was chased by Kipyego who could not march his pace denying him the chance for the third title as he cut the tape in a new personal best of 59:41.

The defending champion and race course recorder of 59:15 that he set in last year’s edition crossed the line in second in 1:00.25 with Abel Kipchumba closing a Kenyan podium finish in 1:00.39.



  1. Stephen Kiprop      (KEN) 59:41
  2. Barselius Kipyego  (KEN) 1:00.25
  3. Abel Kipchumba    (KEN) 1:00.39
  4. Hicham Amghar     (MAR)1:01.15
  5. Amos Kurgat          (KEN) 1:01:28

Kipyego looks for History at Mattoni Usti nad Labem Half Marathon

Kenya’s Barselius Kipyego will defend his title at the 8th edition of the Mattoni Usti nad Labem Half Marathon that will be jeld on Saturday in Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic.

The 25 year-old smashed his own course record of 59:15 that he had set in 2016 with a new course of 59:14.

Kipyego battled with Joseph Tanui from Kenya and the late Ismail Juma from Tanzania who passed on after this race through a tragic road accident in his home of Tanzania.

The Kenyan who ran the fifth fastest time and is also targeting to write history as the first man to win the race three times, but he will not have it easy as he will face Ethiopia’s finest Guye Adola and  Kenyans Josephat Tanui and Albert Kangogo.

Adola who came to the lime light at the 2014 IAAF world Half Marathon where he won an individual bronze medal with a personal best of 59:21 and went on to lower his time at the 2014 Delhi Half Marathon in 59:06 will also be chasing his first title in Czech.

The 27 year-old Ethiopian is remembered when he debut at the 2017 Berlin Marathon challenging Eliud Kipchoge as he came second with a finishing time of 2:03.46 that made him the fastest marathon-debut ever.

Tanui on his part carries a personal best of 59:22 that he got at this race last year when he finished second behind Kipyego, will also be battling to unseat kipyego and the Ethiopian as he seeks to lift his first title over the distance.

Another title contender is Kangogo who carries on his shoulder a personal best of 59:25 that he got at the 2017 Kobenhavn in Denmark.

Japan will also bring along a strong team to Ústí nad Labem headed by Kenji Yamamoto who has a a personal best of 1:01.47 that he got at Yamaguchi, while the United States will be represented by Jared Ward,30, who comes to this race with a personal best of 1:01.42.

Chemlany leads elite runners to compete in Prague Marathon

Former Macao Marathon champion Stephen Kwelio Chemlany is leading a slew of Kenyan stars at this year’s Prague Marathon on May 6.

Chemlany has had a good performance in Asia, winning in China and South Korea at the Seoul Marathon.

However, he seeks to dominate a new fortress as he heads to Europe, eyeing the Prague title against a top international lineup, which includes Chicago Marathon champion Galen Rupp.

“It will have top names because the course there is good. But it is down to what you do in your preparations and then wait to see how the opponents perform against your running. I have no worries of injuries and am focused on doing the job right in Prague,” Chemlany said on Wednesday from Eldoret, Kenya.

Chemlany, who has been training in the USA, was runner-up at the 2011 Berlin Marathon and came fourth at the 2013 Berlin Marathon.

He leads five Kenyan runners including Japhet Kosgei (2:08:88), Barselius Kipyego, who clocked 2:13:06 last year in Ljubljana, Duncan Maiyo and Felix Kibitok, who is making his debut in the marathon.

America’s Rupp, who dropped out of the Boston Marathon two weeks ago, is hopeful to be back to fitness just 20 days after his failed attempt in his home country.

Rupp dropped out of Boston Marathon, which was held under cold and windy conditions, because of breathing and hypothermia problems.

The course record in Prague is held by Kenya’s Eliud Kiptanui at 2:05:39 and has stood the test of time since 2010. In each of the last nine editions of Prague Marathon, the winning time has been under two hours and nine minutes.

Rupp’s personal best is 2:09:20, which he ran to win last year’s Chicago Marathon in October.

Other athletes expected to race in Prague include Sisay Lemma of Ethiopia (2:04:08), Bazu Worku (2:05:25), Mekuant Ayenew (2:09:00) and Japan’s Suehiro Ishikawa (2:09:10).

source: xinhuanet.com