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Kibiwott Kandie wins the Valencia Half Marathon

Former World Half Marathon record holder, Kibiwott Kandie won the Spanish half marathon for the second time in his career at the 16th edition of the Valencia Half Marathon held on Sunday (23) in Valencia, Spain.

The reigning Commonwealth Games 10,000m bronze medallist, who came to this race with a personal best of 57:32 that he got in 2020 when setting the then world half record fought for honors with the 2019 World 10,00m silver medallist, Yomif Kejelcha, former world U20 3000m champion, Tadese Worku both from Ethiopia and the 2018 Commonwealth Games 10,000m bronze medallist, Rodgers Kwemoi.

The 26 year-old was among the leading group of Sebastiean Kimaru Sawe,  Danield Mateiko, Kwemoi, Kejelcha and Worku,that went through the 5k mark in13:56 and passing sailing through the in 27:51.

Kandie broke away at 13 km mark and opened up a big gap over Mateiko, Kejelcha and Worku. The 2020 world half marathon silver medallist reached the 15 km in 41:17 after a fast split in 2:39 in the 14 km. Kandie covered the 5 km section between 10 and 15 km in 13:26 as he surged ahead to win in the third fastest time on Spanish soil of 58:10 and followed by Kejelcha who crossed the finish line in second in an Ethiopian record time of 58:32.

“I have been preparing so hard for this race over the last two months and that effort has paid off today. Despite the humidity, I felt great throughout and decided to increase the pace after midway. I am quite satisfied with my performance,” said Kandie.

Mateiko closed the podium three finishes in a time of 58:40.

Worku and Kennedy Kimuati finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 58:47 and 59:04 respectively.

The race course record of 58:07 that was set last year by Abel Kipchumba from Kenya remains standing



  1. Kandie Kibiwott    (KEN) 58:10
  2. Yomif Kejelcha      (ETH) 58:32
  3. Daniel Mateiko      (KEN)  58:40
  4. Tadese Worku         (ETH) 58:47
  5. Kennedy Kimuati   (KEN) 59:04

Kibiwott Kandie, the star to watch in Valencia

Former World Half Marathon record holder, Kibiwott Kandie will be the star to watch at the 34th edition of the Valencia Half Marathon that will be held on October 23, 2022 in Valencia, Spain.

The 26 year-old will be making his return to his familiar ground as this is the same venue where he set the then world record of 57:32 in 2020 which was lowered the following year by Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo  by one second at Lisbon Half Marathon.

Kandie will lead a strong deep elite field that includes his compatriot, the reigning Roma Ostia course record holder, Sebastian Sawe and last year’s third place finisher Daniel Mateiko who comes to this race with the third fastest time on paper of 58:26.

The three will fight for honors with three other athletes who have run under the 59 minutes time as they try to chase and lower the course record of Kandie.

The three will be joined by forth place finisher at last year’s edition, Kennedy Kimutai and the 2018 Commonwealth Games 10,000m bronze medallist, Rodgers Kwemoi. Kimutai and Kwemoi come to this race with personal bests of 58:28 and 58:30 respectively.

The 2019 World Junior cross country champion Milkesa Mengesha and the 2019 World silver medallist in 10,000m Yomif Kejelcha both from Ethiopia will also be on the start line to fight for honors.

The European Half marathon record holder, Julien Wanders from Switzerland will also fight for the title as well as Callum Hawkins who is the Scottish record holder in the marathon and the British all-time number three at that distance behind Mo Farah and Steve Jones.

The race organizer, Marc Roig, admitted that “world records cannot be achieved every year, and Valencia’s level featuring the world’s second best record for males and the WR for females means we should demand a lot but not pressure ourselves with new world records. But I am convinced that the quality of the elite that will run this half-marathon will be news around the world again thanks to its high standards.”

Over ten former Kenyans return to haunt Kenyan athletes in Oregon

Siblings Norah Tanui Jeruto, the former Commonwealth Youth Games 2,000m bronze medalist and Daisy Jepkemei, the former world junior 3,000m steeplechase champion are some of the huge athletes’ talents exported to other nations.

The duo will simply be Kenyans versus former Kenyans affair at this year’s World Athletics championships that will be held in Eugene, Oregon, in the United States of America.

With most exports lining up on track and road running where over 1900 athletes from 192 World Athletics (WA) member federations will be battling out for 43 gold medals at the Eugene Hayward Field between July 15th to July 24th.

According to the list released by WA, Jeruto. Who won the World Youth 2,000m steeplechase in 2011 and succeeded by Jepkemei who won the title in 2013 as the race became a family affair will be representing Kazakhstan.

They will fly the Kazakhstan at the world championships and are expected to give a competitive race against fellow Kenyans running for Kenya.

Jeruto is also the 2016 Africa Senior Athletics 3,000m steeplechase champion while Jepkemei is the former Africa Youth 2,000m steeplechase champion.

Another Kenyan born Winfred Mutile Yavi will be running for Bahrain in the same race against Kenyans led by world 3,000m record holder Beatrice Chepkoech, Jackline Chepkoech, Celliphine Chespol Chepteek and Purity Kirui.

In the recent past, Kenyan athletes’ have switched their allegiance has seen their new nations claim a big share of Kenyan glory as they are spread across the world.

Just like in 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Ruth Jebet won gold in the 3,000m steeplechase and Eunice Kirwa won silver in the marathon behind Jemimah Sumgong.

Despite Kenyans switching nationalities, their love is not lost since they can communicate in Swahili and still train in their country of origin.

Eunice Chebichii Chumba will be representing her new found lover Bahrain where she will be competing in a marathon. Just Chebichii, Lonah Chemtai Salpeter will be representing Israel in the marathon.

The two former Kenyans will be chasing the marathon title against reigning champion Ruth Chepngetich, Olympic marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir, Paris marathon champion Judith Jeptum Korir and Vienna City marathon champion Angela Tanui.

In men, Jonah Koech will be representing the hosts in the 800m competing against Kenyans led by reigning world under 20 800m bronze medalist Noah Kibet, reigning Commonwealth Games 800m champion Wycliffe Kinyamal, Olympic 800m champion Emmanuel Korir and world under 20 800m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi.

In a crowded 10,000m, Belgium’s Isaac Kimeli will be up in arms for his new nation, competing against Commonwealth Games 10,000m bronze medalist Rodgers Kwemoi Chumo, Daniel Mateiko and Stanley Waithaka Mburu.

Two former Kenyan athletes will be flying the American flag in the 3,000m steeplechase. Hillary Bor and Bernard Keter will face former country mates Leonard Bett, Abraham Kibiwot, Benjamin Kigen and reigning champion Conseslas Kipruto.

Others who have switched allegiance include, Bahraini Benson Kiplagat Seurei, the son of 1987 All Africa Games 1,500m champion James Seurei who competes in 1,500m, Mike Ozbilen Kigen in marathon representing Turkey, Abraham Rotich (800m) and Albert Rop (5,000m), Rose Chelimo, Isaac Korir and Abraham Cheroben (10,000m).

Lucy Kimani, Yasemin Can, Tarik Langat Akdag run in 3,000m steeplechase, Ali Kaya, Ilham Tanui, Ozbilen, Meryem Akda, Bernard Lagat, Paul Chelimo, Leonard Korir and Shadrack Kipchirchir, Evans Kiplagat.


Rodgers Kwemoi breaks the Istanbul Half Marathon course record

The 2018 Commonwealth Games 10,000m bronze medallist, Rodgers Kwemoi broke the race course record at the 44th edition of the Istanbul Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (27) in Istanbul, Turkey.

The 25 year-old led 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finish as he erased the previous record of 59:35 that was set last year by Kibiwott Kandie and set a new personal and course record of 59:15

The 2016 World U20 Champion was followed the ten fastest man in half marathon races,Daniel Mateiko who came to this race with the fastest time on paper of 58:26 but he was forced to seetle in second place in a time of 1:00.05. Emmanuel Bor closed the podium three finishes in a new personal best of 1:00.20.



  1. Rodgers Kwemoi  (KEN) 59:15
  2. Daniel Mateiko     (KEN) 1:00.05
  3. Emmanuel Bor      (KEN) 1:00.20

Daniel Mateiko targets the podium at Istanbul Half Marathon

Kenya’s Daniel Mateiko leads the elite list at the 8th edition of the Istanbul Half Marathon that will be held on 27th March, 2022 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Mateiko comes to this race with a personal best 58:26 which is among the ten fastest times in half marathon races.

Event organisers have named the main contenders for the men’s race which includes four runners on the start list with the personal bests which are faster than the current course record of 59:35 that was set last year by Kibiwott Kandie from Kenya.

The 24 year-old achieved a major breakthrough in 2021. First he broke the one hour barrier in Copenhagen with 59:25, then he improved by almost a full minute to 58:26 when he was third in Valencia.

Another top title contender is the 2016 World U20 Champion, Rodgers Kwemoi who is the second fastest athlete on paper and carries a personal best of 59:16 that he got last year at the Medio Maraton Valencia where he finished in position nine.

Ethiopians Solomon Berihu and Huseyidin Esa will travel to Istanbul carrying with the personal bests of 59:17 and 59:32 respectively. Berihu clocked his personal best when he finished in second place at the New Delhi in 2019 while Esa only emerged on the international road running circuit in autumn last year. The 21 year-old made an instant impact with a second place in Lisbon in 59:39 and then improved four weeks later at his second international race, winning the Poznań Half Marathon with his current Personal best.

Turkey will be represented by former Kenyan; Aras Kaya who will hope to do better than the last year’s edition where he finished 12th place with a time of 1:03.36. Kaya holds personal best of 1:00.51 which he got at the World Championships after finishing in 24th place.

Wilfred Kimitei wins the Iten End Gender Based Violence Race

Wilfred Kimitei took the top honors at the Iten End Gender Based Violence (GBV) race that was held on Sunday (5) in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County.

The 2016 African silver medallist in 10000m fought for the honors with Patrick Kipkurui but experience played a role here as Kimitei cut the in 30:07.1 with Kipkurui coming home six seconds later.

Peter Mwaniki closed the first three podium finishes in 30:14.4.

Daniel mateiko and Kiprono Kipkemei finished in fourth and fifth place in 30:18.8 and 30:28.2 respectively.



  1. Wilfred Kimite         -30:07.1
  2. Patrick Kipkurui      – 30:12.6
  3. Peter Mwaniki          – 30:14.4
  4. Daniel mateiko        – 30:18.8
  5. Kiprono Kipkemei   – 30:28.2
  6. Kelvin Kibiwott        – 30:38.9
  7. Paul Korir                  – 30:44.6
  8. Shadrack Chesir       – 30:48.9
  9. Bernard Kipkurui     – 30:54.8
  10. Geoffrey Kipsang     – 31:01.1

Abel Kipchumba beats Rhonex Kipruto at the Valencia Half Marathon

Kenya’s Abel Kipchumba beat Rhonex Kipruto at 30th edition of the the Valencia Half Marathon that was that was held on Sunday (24) in Valencia.

Kipchumba led 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finish as crossed the line with the fastest time this year of 58.00 which was also his new personal best.

Kipchumba was closely followed by the World 10km record holder, Kipruto who crossed the line nine seconds later with Daniel Mateiko closing the first three podium finishes in a new personal best of 58:26.



  1. Abel Kipchumba     (KEN) 58:00
  2. Rhonex Kipruto       (KEN) 58:09
  3. Daniel Mateiko        (KEN) 58:26

Amdework Walalegn beats Kenneth Renju to claim the Copenhagen title

Ethiopia’s Amdework Walalegn beat his fierce rival Kenneth Renju from Kenya at the sixth edition of the Copenhagen Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (19) in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Walalegn overpowered Renju with a fire kick at the finish line to cut the tape ahead of him in 59:10 with Renju crossing the line in two seconds later.

Daniel Mateiko from Kenya closed the first three podium finishes in 59:25.
Ethiopia’s Abe Tilahun and Zerei Kbro from Norway finished in fourth and fifth place in 59:46 and 1:00.07 respectively.

Three other Kenyans Enos Kakopil of 1:00.17,  Geoffrey Koech of 1:00.20 and Shadrack Kimining of1:01.12 finished in sixth, seventh and ninth place respectively.



  1. Amdework Walalegn  (ETH) 59:10
  2. Kenneth Renju             (KEN) 59:12
  3. Daniel Mateiko            (KEN)  59:25
  4. Abe Tilahun                  (ETH) 59:46
  5. Zerei Kbro                     (NOR) 60:07