Tag Archives: Brigid Kosgei

Pamela Kosgei wins the Cardiff Cross Challenge

Kenya’s Pamela Kosgei took the top honors in style at the Cardiff Cross Challenge, the first world Athletics Cross Country opener held on Saturday (15) in Cardiff, Wales

The 18 year-old who is the younger sister to world marathon record-holder Brigid Kosgei, won the Kenyan U18 cross country title earlier this year and more recently finished fifth in the 3000m steeplechase at the World Athletics U20 Championships in Cali.

The younger Kosgei took charge of the race with a kilometer to go as she passed past the 2020 British Athletics Championships bronze medallist, Amelia Quirk and glide further away from her, never looking back as she surged ahead and winning the race in a time of 20:21 with quirk coming home  in second.

Jessica Gibbon finished in third place.

Eilish McColgan to make marathon debut in London

British half marathon record holder to run 26.2 miles for the first time, at TCS London Marathon on October 2

Eilish McColgan will make her much anticipated marathon debut in London on October 2 as she takes on a world class field around the streets of the British capital.

The 31-year-old Scot broke Paula Radcliffe’s British half marathon record of 1:06:47 back on February 19, after clocking 1:06:26 at Ras Al Khaimah and now feels like it’s the right time to take on the marathon.

Since McColgan started competing on the roads she has broken the British 5km record, European 10km record and set a British best over 10 miles.

Given her natural progression through the higher distances on both track and field, it was always a question of not if but when McColgan took on 26.2 miles.

“It’s really just coming from a confidence side of things,” McColgan says. “I think I’ve known for like a very long time that like, this is where my career would go. I think my mum and my dad have known even longer than I have. From being a young kid they always said the marathon was the event I’d end up going to.

“The way I’ve progressed over the years now through the distances, taking on both the 5km and 10km, I remember thinking, I’ll never ever run a half marathon. And yet now, I’m excited. I couldn’t wait to get out and race it against some of those the top athletes in the world.

“It is my choice. I feel I’m going to do it when I’m ready to do it and I think that’s that time is coming now. I think there’s no better place to do that than the London Marathon.

McColgan takes to the streets of the British capital 26 years after her mum, Liz McColgan won the race. Like Eilish, Liz started out on the track and gradually progressed to the marathon, winning on debut in New York in 1991 before her triumph in London five years later.

“It’s amazing and it’s a bit surreal,” McColgan adds. “The more iconic images I’ve got in my head as a youngster were my mum running the London Marathon with Buckingham Palace in the background. It’s just incredible that so many years later I’m following in her footsteps and I think she’s excited to see that finally come into action.

“It’s always the iconic event. It was the one where I always watched my mum run as a kid when I sat in the hospitality area and ate all the free food! There’s not a London Marathon that my mum and dad have ever missed. It’s just got a buzz and everyone speaks about it, even those who don’t know much about athletics.”

Although this is McColgan’s debut marathon she does have experience of the London circuit though, having been the pacemaker for Charlotte Purdue last year.

Purdue is also part of the line-up which includes world marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei, defending champion Joyciline Jepkosgei and the fastest-ever female marathon debutant Yalemzerf Yehualaw.

Ethiopian duo Degitu Azimeraw and Ashete Bekere, who finished second and third last year, also return. Bekere finished second behind Kosgei at this year’s Tokyo Marathon.

In total, the field contains an astonishing nine women who have run inside 2:20.

So, how fast can McColgan run?

“I think to be competitive against the other British girls, I think we’re definitely capable of running 2:20 or under,” she says. “That’s certainly something that over from between now to Paris, I’ll have a big goal of trying to get down to those sort of times.

“Is 2:15 [Paula Radcliffe’s British and European record] unrealistic? Right now, I’d say so but if you ask me in a year’s time, who knows? I feel like I’m definitely growing with confidence. The more that I get these races behind me and certainly on the roads as well, as I said, it’s totally new to me.

“So I don’t want to completely limit myself because that’s certainly what I’ve done in the past. I just had no belief at all that I would ever achieve any of these times but I’m a different person now.”

Source: athleticsweekly.com

Peres Jepchirchir: My fans should expect good results in Oregon

Tokyo Olympic marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir has put her focus to be on the podium at the World Athletics marathon set for next month in Eugene, Oregon, United States.

Jepchirchir who said that she is used to be called in the team late promised her fans that this marathon will be theirs and they should expect good results.

“I was entered into the team due to the public demand and I must thank my fans who insisted that I should be in the team. I must thank God to be in team Kenya, though I joined the team late, I must thank Athletics Kenya,” said Jepchirchir.

Just like the 2021 Olympic Games, the newly crowned Boston marathon champion was entered late into the team and went ahead to win the second Olympic Games marathon gold in a 1-2 podium finish for Kenya with Brigid Kosgei coming home in second place.

“I thank fans who have confidence and trust in me. What I can tell my fans is to pray for me for good health on that day and I will try my best not to let you down. I have earned fans and the public demand because of what I have been doing. I ran well in the Tokyo Olympics even after I joined the team late, I went ahead to win the Olympic Games marathon title. So after that I gained public confidence,” added two time world half marathon champion.

The 29 year-old who became the first woman athlete to win an Olympic marathon gold medal, New York Marathon and Boston Marathon, said that, initially she had rejected the offer but later accepted because she had just competed at the Boston marathon in April and she had little time to prepare.

“I won the Boston marathon in April and when I was told the first time, I did not accept but later I accepted because I had little time to train and prepare for the race. But I believe in myself that I can, the same way I did at the Olympics, I came back and went to compete at the New York marathon with a win,” said Jepchirchir.

Four world-record holder to debut in marathon

Olympic 10,000m bronze medallist, Letesenbet Gidey, the world-record holder in 5000m, 10,000m and the half marathon, will make her marathon debut at the 41st edition of the Valencia Marathon that will be held on Dec, 4, 2022 in Valencia, Spain.

The 24 year-old broke the 5000m world record in Valencia in October 2020, and then broke the half marathon world record in Valencia last October.

Gidey who also holds the 15km world record of 44:20 world best that she set in 2019 in Nijmegen, Netherlands, announced On May 11, on her Instagram page that she will be stepping up to the marathon distance.

Valencia is one of the best marathons for producing fast times. In 2020, Kenyan Peres Jepchirchir took honors at the event with the sixth fastest time in history of 2:17.16.

According to Jack Daniels VDOT performance tables, which predict an athlete’s performance based on previous performance, Gidey’s half marathon world record of 1:02:52 translates to a sub 2:12 marathon.

Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei currently holds the world record for the marathon with 2:14:04, which she set in 2019 at the Chicago Marathon.

Last month, Yalemzerf Yehualaw ran the fastest debut marathon in history of 2:17.23 in Hamburg, Germany, which also became the new Ethiopian National Record.

Neither of the two preceding world-record holders in the 10,000m — Ethiopian Almaz Ayana and Dutchwoman Sifan Hassan — have run a marathon.

Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba, who preceded Gidey as 5000m world-record holder, won the 2017 Chicago Marathon and last raced in 2018.

Kenyan women, once in a rivalry with Ethiopians, have recently dominated, winning eight of the last nine World Marathon Majors.

Gidey will use the Valencia’s flat and fast marathon course, to try and chase Kosgei’s world record which could be under threat.

Ruth Chepngetich beats Eliud Kipchoge to win the Sports Personality of the Month

World Marathon Champion Ruth Chepngetich has been named the LG/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) Sports personality for the month of March.

The 27-year-old beat stiff competition from other star nominees who included Olympics silver medalist Brigid Kosgei, Eliud Kipchoge, para-athlete Rodgers Kiprop who won the T11 5000m gold, and Nancy Chelagat who won the T11 1500m gold.

Others were World Under-20 bronze medalist Noah Kibet, who raced to silver in 800m at the World Indoor Championships, Kenya Open amateur winner Njoroge Kibugu, Samuel Gathimba who won a bronze medal at the World Race Walking Team Championships and Kabras Sugar’s Jone Kubu who guided his side to clinching the Kenyan Cup title.

Chepngetich was all smiles as she received her award, “It’s such a great feeling being acknowledged for your performance in a very competitive space. I want to become the first ever personality to win this award for the third time,” said Chepngetich.

For her efforts she was awarded with an LG Solardom Oven and a trophy engraved with her name.

Speaking at the event during the presentation ceremony held at Kenya Prisons Headquarters Nairobi, LG Electronics Corporates Marketing Manager Maureen Kemunto said;

“This award allows us as LG Electronics to strengthen sports cohesion among our sports champions and communities across diverse disciplines. Our commitment is to ensure that the desire the dream and vision of our sports personalities do not wither.”

Commissioner General of Prions, Brigadier (Rtd) John Warioba said awarding Chepngetich for the second time in two seasons is good for the service and works to motivate many other athletes to aim higher.

“I wish to take this opportunity to thank SJAK and sponsors LG for highlighting our athletes’ performances across all sports. I hope more athletes from the prisons service will be inspired by this award to do better for the country,” the Commission General underscored.

Marathon legend Catherine Ndereba also thanked the sponsors LG and SJAK for the noble idea to fete athletes.

“This award will help athletes explore their talents and realise their potential in sports, during our days we did not have such incentives. I am happy to have a junior officer win the award, it brings back the memories of my golden days, I appreciate that one of our own Gathimba was in the nomination list,” Ndereba underscored.

This is her second award, having bagged the April 2021 gong following her exploits at the Istanbul Half Marathon in a new World Record of 1:04:02.

Vivian Kiplagat targets the course record at Milano Marathon

Kenya’s Vivian Jerono Kiplagat will be making the return to the 21st Edition of the Milano City Marathon that will be held on Sunday (3) in Milan, Italy.

The 30 year-old comes to this race with a personal best of 2:21.11 that she got at the 2019 Abu Dhabi Marathon where she took the top honors.

Kiplagat who is also the Honolulu champions was used as a rabbit at the 2020 the London Marathon, pacing for the women World Record holder Brigid Kosgei who finished in fourth place after running at the torturous weather patterns in Tokyo Marathon. Kosgei is also a 2015 Milano marathon winner.

Kiplagat won the Milano title in 2019 with a time of 2:22.25 and she will be targeting to reclaim her spot after her course record time was lowered last year by Hiwot Gebrekidan from Ethiopia, who set a new course record time of 2:19.35.

Brigid Kosgei crushes the Tokyo Marathon Course record

World women Marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei crushed course record of the 16th edition of the Tokyo Marathon which is a World Athletics Elite Platinum Label road race that was held on Sunday (6) in Tokyo, Japan.

The Tokyo Olympic marathon silver medallist came back to this city for the second time with a mission to improve on her silver to gold and it went on as she had anticipated, smashing the previous record of 2:17.45 that had been set by Kenyan-Israeli runner Israel Lonah Chemtai Salpeter in 2020.

The three times world marathon majors champion increased her pace and leaving Ashete Bekere from Ethiopia at the 35km mark gasping for air she ran the fastest ever time on Japanese smashing the previous record with a new course record of 2:16.02.

“My training was good in Kenya and the race went as I had planned. The weather was good though it was windy but am glad that I have won the race,” said Kosgei.

Bekere came home in second over a minute later with a time of 2:17.58 with Gotytom Gebreslase also from Ethiopia closing the podium finishes in 2:18.18.

Amsterdam Marathon course record holder, Angela Tanui from Kenya could not keep up with the heat as she came home in fourth place in a time of 2:18.42.

Changes to the course have enabled runners to finish earlier than previous editions of the event.



Battle of the Titans as Obiri, Kosgei and Yeshane battle in United Arab Emirates

Double World 5000m champion Hellen Obiri, has been added to the star studded elite list to run at the 15th edition of the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon that will be held on Saturday, 19th February, in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.

The 32 year-old comes to this race with a personal best of 1:04.51 that she got in 2021 at the Instabul Half marathon last year in April.

Obiri will take on the current world marathon record-holder Brigid Kosgei in what promises to be an entertaining race. This will be the second time that the two will be competing after meeting at the 2018 San Silvestre Vallecana, where Obiri started her road race career.

Kosgei is a two-time London Marathon champion (2019 and 202). The 27 year-old will be targeting to better her half marathon personal best time of 1:04.49 that she got at the 2020 edition which was two seconds better than the previous world record.

The two Kenyans will battle the 2020 world record in the half marathon, Ababel Yeshaneh who clocked 1:04.31 which was a world record at that time. The Ethiopian is also the 2014 African Cross Country silver medallist Champion.

Raki Phillips, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, stated, “The unveiling of the race routes, technical sponsor and elite athletes of the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon marks an important milestone for this 15th edition. The marathon has proven to be a huge success in previous years, and with only a few weeks till the upcoming race, we are excited to welcome back an incredible line-up of athletes and sports enthusiasts to our wonderful Emirate.”

The event will take place with robust safety precautions to safeguard the health and wellbeing of participants and spectators. Participants will have to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.

Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon 2022 Medal designs revealed

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has revealed the official 2022 medal designs for participating runners at the 15th edition of the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon, that will be held on Saturday (19) in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.

World-class runners set to compete in the race include Abel Kipchumba, Jacob Kiplimo, Brigid Kosgei, and reigning champion of the 2020 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon, Ababel Yeshaneh.

The organisers have commissioned four, stunning designs and lanyards – one for each category: Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay, 5km and 1 mile, with each medal featuring high-quality gloss and matte metallic finishes. The intricate bespoke design includes the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon’s familiar runner icon and RAKTDA’s new ‘Rakahida’ logo, which is inspired by the ‘‘kashida’’ from traditional Arabic calligraphy.

The intricate bespoke design of the medals includes the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon’s familiar runner icon and RAKTDA’s new ‘Rakahida’ logo, which is inspired by the ‘kashida’ from traditional Arabic calligraphy.

The colours for the medals have been carefully selected and represent Ras Al Khaimah’s three key natural elements and core values, the sea with its perpetual swelling and subsiding, the desert with its undulating dunes, and the mountains with its staggering elevations. The design of the medals cleverly depicts the journey into the nature-based Emirate, starting with the exciting coast, slowly moving into the mystic desert, and then onto the greatness of the mountains.