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Stella Chesang takes down Uganda’s 21km National Record

The 2018 Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion Stella Chesang set a new Uganda National Record at the 17th edition of the Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon held on October 16, 2022 in New Delhi, India.

Chesang who is coming back from the maternity and running her second race this season after destroying the Absa Run Your City Cape Town 10km Road Race course record braved the heat and the tough conditions to erase the old course record of 1:08.44 that was set by Juliet Chekwel at the 2020 World Half Marathon Championships with a new National Record and personal best of 1:08.11.

The race was won by the 2017 World Cross Country Champion, Irene Chepet Cheptai who took the honors in a new personal best of 1:06.42, though this time was the slowest in four years. World Indoor silver medallist Champion Dawit Seyaum from Ethiopia took the silver medal in 1:08.02.

Dawit Seyaum beats Letesenbet Gidey in Oslo

The 2016 world Indoor silver medallist, Dawit Seyaum defeated the world-record holder in 5000m, 10,000m and the half marathon, Letesenbet Gidey in the women 5000m race at the Oslo Diamond League held on Thursday (16) at the Bislett Stadium in Oslo, Norway.

Seyaum who led a 1-2-3 Ethiopian podium finish battled for honors on a rainy track when facing a stiff competition that included her compatriots, Olympic bronze medallist in 10,00m Gidey, Olympic bronze medallist Gudaf Tsegay, Scottish record-setting in 10,000m, Eilish McColgan who led the race in the few laps but was unable to hold the pace before dropping off.
The 25 year-old waited patiently until the final 200m when she made her move along Gidey and Tsegay but she gave a kick that the two could not respond to, crossing the finish line first in a new personal best of 14:25.85 and was followed by Tsegay who crossed the line with a season best of 14:26.69 with Gidey forced to settle in third place in 14:26.92.

Hometown girl Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdahl who drove the train in the rain for several laps finished in fourth in a personal best and National record of 14:31.07 with Unites States Alison Monson coming home in fifth in 14:31.11.

The 2016 Olympics 10,000m champion Almaz Ayana who was making her Diamond League debut finished in sixth place in 14:32.17, chopping 11.45 seconds off her personal best and moving to No. 3 on the U.S. all-time list.

Almaz Ayana to battle Letesenbet Gidey in Oslo

The 2016 Olympics 10,000m champion Almaz Ayana will make her debut in a star studded deep elite field at the Oslo Diamond League, also known as the Bislett Games, which will take place on Thursday 16 June at the Bislett Stadium in Oslo, Norway.

The 30 year-old will have an uphill task as she will battle the world-record holder in 5000m, 10,000m and the half marathon, Letesenbet Gidey, who will also be looking for her first win after finishing second in the 5000m in Eugene in 14:24.29 and in the 10000m in Hengelo in 30:44.27.

Ayana will also face her compatriot World 1500m Indoor champion and record holder Gudaf Tsegay, the 2016 world indoor silver medallist Dawit Seyaum and the European silver medallist Eilish McColgan, who set the national 5000m record with 14:28.55 in Oslo in 2021 and won the 10000m early this month in Hengelo in 30:19.02.

Other tile contenders include world 5000m bronze medallist Konstanze Klosterhalfen from Germany, former 5000m and 10000m European champion Yasemin Can from Turkey and European cross country champion Karoline Bjerkeli Grovdal from Norway.

Dawit Seyaum breaks seventeen years meet record in 5000m race in Birmingham

World Indoor silver medallist Champion, Dawit Seyaum ran a world leading and meeting record time at the Müller Diamond League held on Saturday (21) at the newly renovated Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.

The 25 year-old who took off two seconds from the previous 5km record that was by Beatrice Chepkoech from Kenya, when she set a new 5k world record of 14:41 in November last year, was too swift to the race favorites that included World indoor bronze medal in the 3000m, Ejgayehu Taye and Fantu Worku.

The 2015 African games 1500m champion, erased the old meet record of seventeen years that was set by her compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba and set a new Meet record of 14:47.55.

Seyaum led an Ethiopian 1-2-3 podium finish as she was followed by the 2019 African Games silver medallist, Hawi Feysa who crossed the line in second in a time of 14:4894 with Worku closing the podium three finishes in 14:49.38.

Both Feysa and Worku finished under the old meet record.

Beatrice Chebet to battle Dawit Seyaum at Campaccio

The 2018 World U20 5000m champion, Beatrice Chebet will battle for honors with Ethiopia’s 1500m specialist Dawit Seyaum at the 65th edition of Campaccio in San Giorgio su Legnano that will be held today (Thursday 6).

The 2019 World U20 Cross Country champion will target to win her first World Cross Country Tour Gold race of the season after finishing second in Atapuerca in November last year and third at the Cross Italica in Seville.

The 21 year-old will have to pass through fire as she will clash with Seyaum who is in her best shape ever after setting the fastest time in 5k history of 14:39 in Lille last year.

Chebet will face –off once again with Eritrea’s Rahel Ghebreyohannes Daniel, who beat her by one second at Cross Internacional de Atapuerca.

Last year she beat a high-quality field to win the 3000m at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Doha in 8:27.49.

Kip Keino Classic silver medallist in 5000m, Eva Cherono and Lucy Mawia Muli,the winner of Cross Internacional de Soria have also be added on the startlist as well as Ethiopia’s Belayneh Pantaye, who clocked 14:44.51 for 5000m last year.

European U23 Cross Country champion Nadia Battocletti from Italy will carry the hopes of her country after a finishing seventh at the Tokyo Games in the 5000m finals in 14:46.29 which was two seconds shy of the Italian record.

The 21 year-old finished third last week at the Boclassic 5km race behind Seyaum and Kenyan born turned Kazakhstan international, Norah Jeruto.

Slovenia’s Klara Lukan, Poland’s European U23 steeplechase silver medallist Kinga Krolik, Italy’s European U23 10,000m silver medallist Anna Arnaudo and Giovanna Selva will also be on the start line to battle for honors.

This year’s edition of the famous Italian race will honor the memory of 1973 world cross-country champion Paola Pigni, who died last June, and Agnes Tirop, who finished third in 2017 and second in 2018 in San Giorgio su Legnano.

Dawit Seyaum smashes the 5KM world record

Ethiopia’s Dawit Seyaum smashed the 5KM world record at the Urbain Trail Lille Race that was held on Saturday (6) in Lille, France.

Seyaum took off two seconds from the previous record that was set in February this year by Beatrice Chepkoech from Kenya.

The 2015 African Games 1500m champion who was contesting in her fourth road race of her career, had former Africa 3,000m steeplechase champion, Norah Jeruto and African 5000m bronze medallist Meskerem Mamo for company through the early stages.

The 25 years-old held of the two surging ahead with a pace of her life as she cut the tape in a new personal best and world Record of 14:41.

Jeruto crossed the line in second place in a time of 14:43 with Mamo closing the podium first three in 14:55.



  1. Dawit Seyaum        (ETH) 14:41
  2. Norah Jeruto          (KZN) 14:43
  3. Meskerem Mamo   (ETH) 14:55

Senbere Teferi thrashes the 5km women race world record

Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi thrashed the 5km women world record at the at the Road To Records half marathon that was held on Sunday (12) at the Adidas headquarters in Germany.

The 2015 World 5000m Champion, blew the Sifan Hassan’s previous record of 14:44 to a new world record of 14:29.

Teferi led 1-2-3 Ethiopian podium finish as she was followed by Melknat Wudu who took silver in 14:54 and Nigisti Haftu took bronze in 14:54.

Kenya’s Agnes Ngetich and Dawit Seyaum came in fourth and fifth place in 15:02 and 15:10 respectively.



  1. Senebere teferi   (ETH) 14:29
  2. Melknat Wudu     (ETH) 14:54
  3. Nigisti Haftu         (ETH) 14:54
  4. Agnes Ngetich      (KEN) 15:02
  5. Dawit Seyaum       (ETH) 15:10

Nyairera out to make amends as she battles Semenya and Niyosaba in Lausanne

Olympic 800m bronze medallist Margaret Nyairera is seeking to bounce back at the Lausanne Diamond League meeting tomorrow after failing to finish in Paris a week ago.

Nyairera has had a mixed season so far at the circuit, finishing sixth at the Prefontaine Classic in Oregon, where she posted 1:58.67 in her first outing.
Nyairera hopes to find her form ahead of the Africa Championships slated for Nigeria next month. “The Diamond league races will enable me find the right form ahead of the Africa Championship,” she added.
Nyairera, who bagged silver the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast last April, said the early start to the season has contributed to her struggles on track. “The season started early with the Commonwealth Games but I hope come the Africa even,  I will be in peak condition,” she added. World and Commonwealth Games champion Caster Semenya won the two-lap race in Paris in 1:54.25. Former world champion Eunice Sum will also be in contention in the Swiss city after finishing ninth in 1:59.25 in Paris.
The two Kenyans will face off with Olympic silver medallist Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi, who was second in Paris behind Semenya in 1:55.86. Others to look out for include Ajee Wilson of the United States, home favourite Selina Buchel, Lynsey Sharp of the United States and Alemu Habitam of Ethiopia.
Davis Kiplangat leads a formidable strong Kenyan contingent in the 5000 metres alongside Collins Cheboi, Vincent Letting, David Bett, Sylvester Kiprotich and Richard Kimunyan in the 12-lap race.
They face stern test from Ethiopia’s World champion Muktar Edris alongside Yomif Kekelecha and world Under-18 champion Selemon Barega in a competitive field that is expected to produce fireworks.
Winny Chebet will lead Kenya’s hunt in the 1,500 metres alongside Nelly Jepkosgei and Emiliy Cherotich. The trio will be up against Hassan Sifan (Netherlands), Meraf Bahta (Sweden), Laura Muir (Great Britain), Dawit Seyaum, Gudaf Tsegay (Ethiopia), Liden Hall (Australia) and Arafi Rababe (Morocco).

Chebet and Chepkoech make it to the 1500m finals at World Indoor Championships

Kenya’s Winny Chebet made a historic debut at the ongoing World Indoor Championships in Birmingham when she crossed the line with a personal best of 4:05.81.

The 27 year old finished second in heat three that was won by the 2016 Indoor Champion Dutch national Sifan Hassan who cut the tape in season best of 4:08.46.

The former African junior champion will face an uphill task as she will battle for honors with the inform Genzebe Dibaba who 24 hours ago won gold in 3000m final.

While speaking to the press Chebet said, ” I thank God because i ran my PB during my debut. Am going to face Dibaba, Sifan and Muir but i will do my best to beat them God willing”.

Another Kenyan Beatrice Chepkoech will also be the star to watch as she took control of her heat to lead from the start to finish cutting the tape in 4:09.31.

Chepkoech who competes in 3000m steeplechase is best remembered from the last year’s world championships when she took a wrong turn making her finish in fourth position in a race that she was poised to win.

The two Kenyans will also battle with Hassan who took silver and the British champion Laura Muir who won a first medal (bronze) for his nation in the same race.

There are two notable big names that failed to make it to the final. The 2016 silver medalist Dawit Seyaum from Ethiopia who crossed the line 4:10.20 and former European 5000m champion Meraf Bata who tripped with two laps to go that forced her to finish a distant eight in 4:22.40.Both miss out on non-automatic qualifying slots.

The 1500m finals will be held on today (Saturday 3).

Hellen Obiri finishes distant fourth as Genzebe Dibaba retains 3000m title

A thrilling start to the IAAF World Indoor Championships track programme ends with a first global medal for Britain’s Muir

What a start to the track programme at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham on Thursday evening, with a tremendous 3000m race and atmosphere heightened by a top British athlete in the thick of the battle for medals.

Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia won a thrilling race to claim her third successive world indoor 3000m title as Laura Muir took the bronze.

Muir went into this event as the double European indoor champion but her global record against tougher opposition had previously been less convincing.

It was led by defending champion Dibaba, the outdoor 1500m and indoor 3000m world record-holder. She had maybe not looked at her best this winter but still easily topped the 2018 world 1500m and 3000m lists and was bidding to win Ethiopia’s eighth gold in the last nine editions where they have won a total of 14 medals.

Much of that success had not only been down to Dibaba but to Meseret Defar, who had won four golds, two silvers and a bronze over those eight championships. With Defar now retired from the track, the East African nation surprisingly chose junior Fantu Worku rather than 2016 runner-up Dawit Seyaum as their second option.

Also in the field was the 2017 world 5000m champion Hellen Obiri and the 2016 world indoor 1500m champion Sifan Hassan, who won the world 5000m bronze in 2017.

Other possible medal contenders were expected to be Shelby Houlihan, who finished with a 28-second last 200m to win the US Champs, Germany’s European under-23 1500m champion Konstanze Klosterhalfen and former European 5000m champion Meraf Bahta of Sweden.

Most of the home crowd’s attention though was on Muir. Scotland have a good record in the event with Yvonne Murray having won by the record margin of 12 seconds in 1993 and Liz McColgan was second in 1988.

Liz’s daughter Eilish was Muir’s team-mate here and, like Muir, is doubling up at 1500m. They have a much simpler task than McColgan senior had 30 years ago.

She had 13 minutes recovery after her world record-pace 3000m and still placed sixth in the shorter event. They have a whole day to the heats.

The race started at a relative jog with Muir ahead in 36 seconds with McColgan second and Dibaba at the back of the field of 14.

The first 400m was completed in 75.31 with Muir still ahead. “We didn’t think anyone would take it out hard,” said Andy Young, Muir’s coach, “and I said to Laura that if she found herself at the front then that’s fine as she’d be running the shortest distance, staying out of trouble and with no wind obviously as it’s indoors.”

The pace got slower rather than faster as Muir led the pack through 800m in 2:35.76 – over 80 seconds for that second 400m which is outside 10 minutes pace.

Just before the completion of the first kilometre, Klosterhalfen pushed ahead and led through the mark in 3:14.67 and the pace picked up significantly.

Halfway was reached with the German ahead in 4:41 and 1600m in 4:58.66. The next 400m she kept the pressure on with a 69-second section and gradually the contenders began to emerge as 2000m was reached in 6:07.62.

Muir had been running on the inside in fourth or fifth but was having trouble moving up on the outside such was the increased tempo. Dibaba then shot ahead in the final kilometre and began even more of a drive for home and now eight were left in the battle for medals.

The 400m between 2000m and 2400m was run in 64.5 and Dibaba now had a small lead with Obiri, Klosterhalfen, Hassan and Muir the only likely challengers. The Ethiopian’s 400m up to the bell was a vicious 62.43 and she was now clear but Hassan and Muir were in hot pursuit and began to close along the back straight.

Dibaba held her form in covering that last circuit in 30.44 but even faster were her two pursuers. Muir got right up to the Dutch athlete’s shoulder and sensing Muir was closing, she moved from the inside to lane three, risking disqualification, and the pair finished about four metres back and separated by a 10th of a second.

Dibaba’s final kilometre was 2:37 – around 7:52 pace – and the second half a very fast 4:04, which was 37 seconds quicker than the first half!

“I’m very happy to be indoor champion for the third time,” said Dibaba. “This is a great competition and the race was fantastic. This day is for me and my country.

“It was a tactical race and I controlled all the competitors. With 1000m left they all pushed very hard and at that moment I had to go and win the race.

“I’m surprised I wasn’t good in 2017 but 2018 is my time. Tomorrow in the 1500m I will try to get gold medal number two.”

Muir was delighted with her first global medal and said: “Thank you to the crowd. I had to dig in on that last lap. I ran as hard as I could.

“I felt so much more relaxed here than I was at Sopot four years ago when the pressure got to me. I did not intend to lead, just to stay out of trouble and then it was a case of following the pace and trying to run on the inside but stay in contact and wait for the move.

“I feel I’m improving every year and getting stronger.”

Young added: “It was maybe the most stacked field of the championships, unless you also include the (women’s) 1500m too! So to come out with a medal in that situation is fantastic. She came so close to a silver medal as well, but it was still a great race.”

Obiri was a distant fourth, four seconds behind Muir, with Houlihan using her kick for fifth as Klosterhalfen faded to seventh.

Source: athleticsweekly.com