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Erick Kiptanui and Caroline Kipkirui Lead Strong Delhi Half Marathon Fields

Organisers have announced the elite fields for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label road race, whose 14th edition is set for 21 October.

Leading the list is this year’s fastest man over the distance, Eric Kiptanui. The Kenyan has already notched up two impressive half marathon victories in 2018, winning the high-quality Lisbon and Berlin races earlier in the year, coming home in the German capital in a world-leading 58:42 to move up to number four on the world all-time list.

Kiptanui will be accompanied on his first trip to India by his training partner Daniel Kipchumba, who paced Kiptanui to 15 kilometres in Berlin. A few weeks later, Kipchumba stood on top of the podium himself after a win at the Verbania half marathon in Italy in 59:06.

Two-time TCS World 10K winner Alex Korio – whose best of 58:51 was set in the 2017 Copenhagen Half Marathon – has been a regular participant in Procam International events in recent years and has run in Delhi twice in the past, last in 2015, but has never faced either of his two compatriots in battle so the tactics between the three Kenyans will be fascinating to watch.

Representing Ethiopia will be two men who are better known as marathon runners but who can still boast of outstanding half marathon credentials.

Leul Gebresilase was second in the Dubai Marathon at the start of the year in 2:04:02 while Feyisa Lilesa won a memorable silver medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, their half marathon bests are 59:18 and 59:22 respectively.

Adding to the considerable global interest in the race, USA’s Leonard Korir and New Zealand’s Zane Robertson are also in the men’s elite field. Korir just missed the North and Central American record of 59:43 when he ran his personal best of 59:52 at this race last year while Robertson holds the Oceania area record with 59:47.

All the runners will have in mind the very good course records in Delhi.

The men’s mark is 59:06 and was set by Ethiopia’s Guye Adola in 2014 while the women’s course record has been standing since 2009 and belongs to Kenya’s Mary Keitany at 1:06:54.

The two fastest women in the ADHM elite field, Kenya’s Caroline Kipkirui and Ethiopia’s 2016 ADHM winner Worknesh Degefa, will go head-to-head again after a memorable duel in the Prague Half Marathon back in April.

Kipkirui – who set a personal best of 1:05:07 in Ras Al Khaimah in January – prevailed by just one second on that occasion to take second place in the Czech capital and it’s certain that Degefa will have that in mind ahead of her fourth ADHM appearance.

Two other highly-rated Ethiopian women will also be on the start line in Delhi: Yeshaneh Ababel and Senbere Teferi.

Ababel was second at the ADHM 2017 and has since been victorious at the Istanbul and Yangzhou half marathons while Teferi, who will be making her half marathon debut, has won world championship medals on the track and at cross country in the past and will arrive in Delhi fresh from setting a 3000m personal best when representing Africa at the recent IAAF Continental Cup.

All the leading runners will also have in their sights first prize cheques of US$27,000 with a total prize money purse (combined men and women) of US$280,000.

Elite fields for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2018 (with personal bests):

Eric Kiptanui           (KEN) 58:42
Alex Korio                (KEN) 58:51
Daniel Kipchumba (KEN) 59:06
Leul Gebresilase     (ETH) 59:18
Feyisa Lilesa            (ETH) 59:22
Zane Robertson      (NZL) 59:47
Moses Kurong        (UGA) 59:50
Andamlak Belihu   (ETH) 59:51
Leonard Korir         (USA) 59:52
Aron Kifle               (ERI) 1:00:31
Getaneh Molla      (ETH) 1:00:34
Betesfa Getahun  (ETH) 1:00:54

Caroline Kipkirui    (KEN) 1:05:07
Worknesh Degefa   (ETH) 1:06:14
Yeshaneh Ababel    (ETH) 1:06:22
Zeineba Yimer         (ETH) 1:08:07
Shitaye Eshete        (BRN) 1:08:25
Salome Nyirarukundo (RWA) 1:08:48
Stacy Ndiwa            (KEN) 1:09:09
Darya Maslova       (KGZ) 1:11:06
Senbere Teferi        (ETH) debut
Tsehay Gemechu  (ETH) debut

Caroline Kipkurui beats Fancy Chemutai to lift the Birell Grand Prix 10K title

Kenya’s Caroline Kipkurui outsprinted the race favorite Fancy Chemutai to win the Birell Grand Prix women 10K title that was held on Saturday night in Birell, Prague.

Chemutai who had projected to run under the 30:36 mark that she got at last year’s race when she finished in second place, led her teammates to reach the 5K mark in 14:48, suggesting a sub-30 minute finishing time or possibly even a world record was possible.

Chemutai opened up a gap on Kipkirui and it continued to grow over the next two kilometres.

In the closing stages, though, Kipkirui and Diana Kipyokei reeled Chemutai back in and they crossed the Stefanik Bridge together with Kipkirui now looking the freshest of the trio.

The 24 year-old, who has turned in a host of impressive performances on the track and roads this year, gave a powerful kick in the closing stages to cut the tape in a new personal best of 30:19, making her the fifth fastest runner on the world all-time list, one place ahead of Paula Radcliffe, whose best of 30:21 was still the world record up until April 2017.

Chemutai came home second in 30:22 with Diana Kipyokei closing the three first finishes in a personal best of 30:23.

Diana Tuitoek and Perine Nenkampi crossed the line in fourth and fifth place in 31:17 and 31:25 respectively.


1. Caroline Kipkirui    (KEN) 30:19
2. Fancy Chemutai     (KEN) 30:22
3. Diana Kipyokei       (KEN) 30:23
4. Dorcas Tuitoek       (KEN) 31:17
5. Perine Nenkampi   (KEN) 31:25

Vivian Cheruiyot to battle Joyciline Jepkosgei at Great North Run

Kenyans will once again be the talk in the City of Newcastle as world’s fastest woman over the half-marathon distance Joyciline Jepkosgei will face off with the 2018 London marathon champion Vivian Cheruiyot at the 38th edition Great North Run that will be held on Sunday (9) in England.

Jepkosgei, the world half marathon record holder, has been added to the field for the world’s biggest half-marathon this weekend and will be the main competitor to challenge the reigning Olympic 5,000m Cheruiyot in the iconic race.

“I have no injury concerns after shaking off the foot problem back in March. I hope to do well in my return to England,” said Jepkosgei..

The Kenyan clocked 64.51 in the Prague Half Marathon last year where she also broke the world 10km, 15km and 20km records.

She went on to beat her own 10km world record time back in Prague three months later when she clocked 29.43 to become the first woman to ever run under the 30 minutes mark in the distance.

Cheruiyot won on her debut over the distance in 2016, and finished second to Mary Keitany last year.

“I want to be on top of that podium again next month as I look forward to returning to England for the Simplyhealth Great North Run,” Cheruiyot said.

Last year, Keitany led Kenyans to sweep the top five places at in Great North Run women’s elite race.

The World marathon record holder timed 1:05:59 seconds, the third fastest women’s time in the race’s history for her third win.

Cheruiyot finished in second place with Caroline Kipkirui closing the podium three finish.


Vivian Cheruiyot Eyes Second Great North Run Victory

Reigning Olympic 5,000m Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot is eyeing her second Great North Run victory in the next race scheduled for September 9 in the United Kingdom.

Cheruiyot,  who is determined to take the title will also return to Tyneside as she bids to make it two victories in three years.

Cheruiyot won on her debut over the distance in 2016, and finished second to winner Mary Keitany last year.

“I want to be on top of that podium again next month as I look forward to returning to England for the Simplyhealth Great North Run,” Cheruiyot said.

Last year, Keitany led Kenyans to sweep the top five places at in Great North Run women’s elite race.

The World marathon record holder timed 1:05:59 seconds, the third fastest women’s time in the race’s history for her third win.

Vivian Cheruiyot was placed second, and Caroline Kipkirui third.

Keitany broke clear of the pack in the opening stages and set a tough pace as she finished one minute and 45 seconds clear of fellow Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot, who won last year.

Tirop smashes TCS World 10K course record

Kenya’s Agnes Tirop pulled a surprise to many when she broke the World 10K women race in Bengaluru that was held early Sunday in Bengaluru, India.

The race that was ran under humid and hot conditions could not prevent the battle between three women who all went through the race with a course record in mind as they fought their way to the very last 500m which separated the three.

A pack of nine runners went through two kilometres in 6:30 and three in 9:42 before a slight increase in pace saw the pack reduced to the five main protagonists at the halfway point, reached in 16:01.

The Kenya trio of Pauline Kamulu, Caroline Kipkirui and Agnes Tirop were accompanied by Ethiopia’s Netsanet Gudeta and Senbere Teferi.

With the world half marathon champion Gudeta continuing to force the pace, as she had done almost from the gun, after 6km Kamulu started to drop away.

After nine kilometres was passed in 28:25, Kipkirui started to suffer and was unable to stay with her two rivals. With 500m to go it was down to a head-to-head battle between Teferi and Tirop, the latter using her sub-8:30 speed over 3000m on the track to outkick Teferi about 250m from the line before winning in 31:19.

“I knew my training had been going well but I didn’t come here expecting to win as it was such a strong field. Maybe my chances were 50/50. It helped that the Ethiopians made the pace in the first half of the race and I felt very comfortable following them,” said Tirop.

The Ethiopian crossed the line in second place three seconds later while Kipkirui closed the podium three in 31:28.

Gudeta and Kamulu took fourth and fifth place in 31:53 and 32:16 respectively.

irop was closely followed by Teferi



  1. Agnes Tirop           (KEN) 31:19
  2. Senbere Teferi       (ETH) 31:22
  3. Caroline Kipkirui  (KEN) 31:28
  4. Netsanet Gudeta    (ETH) 31:53
  5. Pauline Kamulu    (KEN) 32:16

Tirop headlines the Bengaluru 10k Race

Former World cross country champion Agnes Jebet Tirop will headline the 11th edition of the Bengaluru 10k Race that will be held on Sunday 8, July in Bengaluru, India.

The 23 year-old comes to this race with a personal best of 31:00 that she got at Tilburg in Netherlands in 2017.

She will face off with her fellow country mate, Pauline Kaveke Kamulu and Caroline Chepkoech Kipkirui as they seek to thump thumb the Kenyan dominance in road races.
The trio will face-off with Netsanet Gudeta from Ethiopia who recently beat the world half marathon record holder Joyciline Jepkosgei at the 2018 World Half Marathon that was held in Valencia.The Ethiopian comes to this race with second fastest time of 31:35 that she got at Ottawa in 2017.

Kamulu will also be seeking to create history as she is fresh from finishing second in women’s 3,000m flat at the Doha Diamond League earlier this month. The 24 year-old won bronze at the 2018 World Half Marathon Championships in a personal best of 1:06.56.

Kipkirui heads to Bengaluru 10K race with a personal best of 31:58 that she got at Mobile, United States in 2016.

The trio will be looking to lower the course record of 31:58 that was set by Ethiopian Wude Ayalew in 2010.

Two more Ethiopians will also be on the start line led by Sanbere Teferi and Zeineba Yimer.