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Kipsang and Kiplagat focus on New York despite running in Berlin last month

Defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor leads a host of stars to next month’s New York Marathon.

Kamworor, who is the three-time World Half Marathon champion, will face stiff competition from several of his compatriots in the 42km race during the ‘Big Apple’ race.

Kamworor clocked 2:10:53 to win the event last year.

The defending champion will be up against former winner and world record holder Wilson Kipsang, who competed at last month’s Berlin Marathon, finishing third in 2:06:48.

The 2017 London Marathon champion, Daniel Wanjiru, will also be in the mix.

Wanjiru has a personal best of 2:05:21 set at the Amsterdam Marathon two years ago and will fancy his chances of performing well at the event.

Former New York City Marathon champion Stanley Biwott will also be seeking to reclaim the crown he won in 2015 in 2:10:34 while Stephen Sambu, who clinched the New York City Half Marathon in 2016 in 1:01:16, has also been entered.

In the women’s category, two- time world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat, who finished fourth at the Berlin three weeks ago in 2:21:18, aims to unseat last year’s champion Sharlene Flanagan of the USA.

London Marathon champion Vivian Cheruiyot will also be seeking to win her second marathon crown after her exploit in the British capital in April.

Mary Keitany will be chasing her fourth New York City Marathon crown after victories in 2014-2016.

Keitany is one the country’s most decorated marathoners with wins in other big city marathons including London, where she has won three times (2011, 2012 and 2016).

US-based Sally Kipyego made her marathon debut in 2016 in New York, finishing second to Keitany in 2:28.01 and will be aiming to go one place better.

Wacera lifts B.A.A. 10K Race title

Kenya’s Mary Wacera took top honors at t5he 8th edition of the B.A.A. 10K race that was held on Sunday (24) in Boston.

The 29 year-old faced one of the strongest fields in its eight-year history, bringing together Boston Marathon champions, Olympians, and global medalists on the roads of Boston.

Des Linden returns to the roads of Boston for her B.A.A. 10K debut. Linden became the first American woman since 1985 to win the open division at the Boston Marathon. A two-time Olympian, Linden will look to become the first woman to win both the Boston Marathon and the B.A.A. 10K in the same year since 2011. In addition to Linden, Buzunesh Deba, and Caroline Rotich and 2018 Paris Marathon women champion Betsy Saina was also on start line up.

Other notable figures are Ethiopians Mamitu Daska, two-time B.A.A. 5K winner Buze Diriba were also aiming for a first B.A.A. 10K crown.

Olympic silver medalist Sally Kipyego, and road racing ace Lineth Chepkurui were also on the battle front.

Wacera maintained her calm as she also faced stiff challenge but manage to give a powerful kick that enabled her her to out run Rotich cutting the tape in 31:55 with Rotcih crossing the line two seconds later to take second place.

Ethiopian Daska closed the top three podium finish in 31:59.

Diriba and Monicah Ngige took fourth and fifth place in 32:09 and 32:30.

Saina and Kipyego finished distant seventh and tenth place in 33:06 and 34:31


  1. Mary Wacera      (KEN) 31:55
  2. Caroline Rotich  (KEN) 31:57
  3. Mamitu Daska    (ETH) 31:59
  4. Buze Diriba        (ETH) 32:09
  5. Monicah Ngige   (KEN) 32:30


Keitany defends her New York 10km Race title

Kenya’s Mary Keitany proved yet again that she is still best as she defended her title at the 47th edition of the New York 10km Race that was held on Saturday (9) in New York, United States.

The 36 year-old finished a disappointing fifth in London Marathon in a time of 2:24.27 after leading for the better part of the race as compatriot Vivian Cheruiyot zoomed past to clinch the title.

The world record holder fought off a field that included the 2018 Paris Marathon winner Betsy Saina,former Kenyan now American citizen, Alphine Tuliamuk and long distance runner Molly Huddle who is also from American.

Keitany’s main target was to win the fourth title and also try to lower the course record of 30:28.06 that was set in 2002 by Paula Radcliff of Great Britain.

The Kenyan missed the course record by thirty one second to cut the tape in 30:59.

She was followed by US based Kenyan athlete Tuliamuk who crossed the line in 32:08 and was followed bu Huddle who closed the podium three in 32:25.

Betsy finished fourth placed in 32:33.


  1. Mary Keitany          (KEN) 30:59
  2. Alphine Tuliamuk (USA) 32:08
  3. Molly Huddle         (USA) 32:25
  4. Betsy Saina             (KEN) 32:33


Dibaba beats Jepkosgei to lift fourth time the Great Manchester Run 10km title

Ethiopia’s long distance runner Tirunesh Dibaba claimed her fifth Great Manchester Run 10km title that was held on Sunday (10) in Manchester.

Dibaba beat a strong field that included World Half-Marathon record holder Joyciline Jepkosgei from Kenya when she cut the tape in 31:08.

Dibaba was followed closely by Jepkosgei 49 seconds later with the 2018 Paris Marathon winner Betsy Saina from Kenya closing the podium three in 32:25.

Birhane Dibaba also from Ethiopia and Clemence Calvin from France crossed the line in fourth and fifth place in 32:32 and 32:38 respectively.


  1. Tirunesh Dibaba      (ETH) 31:08
  2. Joyciline Jepkosgei  (KEN) 31:57
  3. Betsy Saina               (KEN) 32:25
  4. Birhane Dibaba        (ETH) 32:32
  5. Clemence Calvin      (FRA) 32:38

Jepkosgei shakes off injury, faces Dibaba in Great Manchester 10km Run

World Half-Marathon record holder Joyciline Jepkosgei has shaken off her injury and will return to action this Sunday at the Great Manchester 10km run.

Speaking in Nairobi, Jepkosgei says she feels stronger after her recovery from a foot injury, which she sustained days prior to the World Half Marathon in Valencia, Spain in March.

Though she raced in Valencia with the injury finishing second, the 24-year old believes she can now focus her attention on breaking more records this year.

“What I have in plan for 2018 is to challenge some course and world records in selected races,” she said Thursday in Nairobi.

Indeed, her schedule has started piling up and she will have to be at her best form if she is to realize her dreams.

Last year in Prague (Czech Republic), Jepkosgei shattered the 10km record clocking an impressive 30:05. It is this time that she wants to improve on in Manchester.

“My training has gone on well. There is nothing much I have changed during my training and I’m looking forward to the race where I want to lower the record, even by a second,” said Jepkosgei.

However, the Kenyan will not be running against the clock alone. She has her hands full as she comes up against Ethiopian long distance runner Tirunesh Dibaba, the three-time Olympic gold medallist and the race defending champion.

“I am expecting a stiff competition but I will run in line with my training skills. I have done good training and I won’t fear anyone,” she added.

Dibaba and Jepkosgei will go head-to-head over 10km in the Great Manchester Run with a focus on setting a faster time.

However, the onus will be on Dibaba to prove she has recovered from the exhaustion of the London marathon, where her intent to set a world record was blown after she failed to sustain the excruciatingly fast pace. She did not finish the race.

Other top names confirmed for the women’s race include former winner Betsy Saina from Kenya and Tokyo Marathon winner Birhane Dibaba from Ethiopia.

Saina recently won the Paris marathon and feels she has shaken off the fatigue and was ready to challenge at the top again.

“My marathon legs are finally accepting to be quick again. I have run the fastest 400m laps since 2016. I am excited to have my wheels back before my 10km race in Manchester,” said Saina.

“Every dream is valid, put in some work and be patient,” said Saina.


Saina now targets Manchester 10km road race

Paris Marathon champion Betsy Saina will return to action just one month after her victory in the French capital when she competes in the Manchester 10km Road Race on May 18.

Saina broke her road-racing jinx when she won the Paris Marathon last month, clocking a time of 2:22:56, reports Xinhua news agency.

“I did my first marathon in Tokyo and I didn’t finish it. Just like in New York. Paris was my third attempt and I proved it was my distance and I’m really glad I won. It’s a pleasure,” Saina said on Friday from Eldoret.

She has since been locked down as she recovers from the daunting distance and hopes she will emerge stronger as she starts her training to compete in Manchester.

“My marathon legs are finally quick again. I feel they are the fastest they’ve been since 2016. The recovery went well and I am excited to have my wheels back before my 10km race in Manchester next weekend,” she added.

Saina wins Paris Marathon in style


Kenya’s Betsy Saina won the 42nd edition of the Paris Marathon that was held on Sunday (7) in Paris, France.

The 30 year-old who was debuting at this race took control of the race at the 38km mark after Ethiopian Amane Gobena fell at the 35km mark near the water station point who also happened to be the fastest in the lineup.

Saina opened a small a gap over Ruth Chepngetich and went on to cut the tape in  2:22.55 with the later coming in second four seconds later. Ethiopia’s Gulume Chala closed the podium three finish in 2:23.06.

Ashete Bekele from Ethiopia and Stella Barsosio from Kenya took the fourth and fifth place in 2:23.27 and 2:23.43 respectively.



  1.  Betsy Saina            (KEN) 2:22.55
  2. Ruth Chepngetich (KEN) 2:22.59
  3. Gulume Chala        (ETH) 2:23.06
  4. Ashete Bekele         (ETH) 2:23.27
  5. Stella Barsosio        (KEN) 2:23.43

Why Vivian Cheruiyot dropped out of NYC Half Marathon

Olympic 5000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot who was among the NYC Half Marathon title contender failed to finish the 13th edition of  the NYC Half after experiencing breathing problems.

Cheruiyot who was the third fastest in the field with a 67:44 PB behind Ethiopians Mamitu Daska (66:28 PB) and Buze Diriba (66:50 PB), drifted off the lead before 10-K and dropped out in Central Park in the 10th mile shortly after the men’s leaders caught her.

Her manager, Mike Skinner, while speaking to the press said,  “Vivian had problems breathing in the cold weather”.

“She was taken to hospital but now she is alright. Expect her to come with a bang in London Marathon,” Skinner concluded.

The race was won by Diriba in 1:12.23 with Betsy Saina finished a disappointing sixth place in 1:13.31.

Diriba takes the NYC Half Marathon crown as Saina finishes a disappointing sixth place

Ethiopia’s Buze Diriba outclassed her opponents as she claimed the title at the NYC Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (18) in New York.

Diriba who ran under the worst weather conditions in United States race history pulled away from the rest of the team at 15km but United States Emily Sisson stuck by her as she led the two till the 200m mark when the Ethiopian kicked to cut the tape in 1:12.23.

Sisson who finished as runners up in last years race had to settle for the same position this year as she crossed the line in the same time of 1:12.24.

Norway’s Karolinwe Bjerkeli Grovdal closed the podium three in 1:12.43 as Ethiopian Mamitu Daska who led at the beginning of the race settled for fourth place in 1:12.50.

Kenyan race favorite Vivian Cheruiyot dropped from the race at the early stages as Betsy Saina finished a disappointing sixth place in 1:13.31.

The winner pocketed US dollars 20,000.



  1. Buze Diriba             (ETH) 1:12.23
  2. Emily Sisson           (USA) 1:12.24
  3. Karolinwe Grovdal (NOR) 1:12.43
  4. Mamitu Daska        (ETH) 1:12.50
  5. Serena Burla           (USA) 1:13.15
  6. Betsy Saina              (KEN) 1:13.31

Saina lifts Marugame Half Marathon title

Kenya’s Betsy Saina took the top honors at the 72nd edition of the Kagawa Marugame International Half Marathon, that was held on Sunday (4) in Marugame, Japan.

Saina was part of a lead group of six led by Japanese national record holder Kayoko Fukushi that went through the downhill first 5 km in 16:15, a decent 1:08:34 pace aided by a tailwind. Saina accelerated to 16:00 for the next 5 km, and by the halfway turnaround the battle remained for two, Saina and Ethiopian Ftaw Zeray with the others forming a chase group that was led by 2011 Pan American Games gold medalist Sara Hall from United States.

Saina dropped Zeray on the uphill return trip and sailed on alone into the headwind to cut the tape in 1:09.17.

The second position was taken by Japanes Kaori Morita who blazed the second half with just over 1 km to go, holding on to finish in the runner-up position in 1:10.10 with third place going to  Zeray who crossed the line in 1:10.31.

The Japanese National record holder finished a disappointing 7th place in 1:13.17,while the two-time marathon world champion Edna Kiplagat dropping even further to 12th in 1:13.56.


  1. Betsy Saina  (KEN) 1:09.17
  2. Kaori Morita  (JPN) 1:10.10
  3. Ftaw Zeray    (ETH) 1:10.31