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Vivian Melly beats Winfrida Moseti at Venloop

Kenya’s Vivian Jepkemei Melly won the 15th edition of the Venloop half marathon held on Sunday (15) in Venloop, Netherlands.

Melly led 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finish as she cut the tape in a time of 1:09.27 beating the reigning Bucharest International Half Marathon  champion, Winfridah Moraa Moseti who came home in second place in 1:10.11 with Cynthia Jepkosgei Chemweno closing the top three positions in 1:11.07.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympian, Jill Holterman from the Netherlands and Dibabe Kuma finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 1:14.45 and 1:18.32 respectively.



  1. Vivian Melly              (KEN) 1:09.27
  2. Winfridah Moseti     (KEN) 1:10.11
  3. Cynthia Chemweno  (KEN) 1:11.07
  4. Jill Holterman            (NED) 1:14.45
  5. Dibabe Kuma              (ETH) 1:18.32

Prisca Jeptoo targets the podium in Germany

The 2012 Olympic games silver medallist, Prisca Jeptoo will lead seven women who have gone under the sub 2:27 at 36th edition of the Haspa Marathon that will be held on Sunday (24) in Hamburg, Germany.

The 37 year-old comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 2:20.14 that she got at the 2012 London Marathon, where she took the bronze medal, has set her eyes on top honors with the aim of taking the title.

The 2011 World silver medallist will battle for glory with the 2009 World 10,000m silver medallist, Meselech Melkamu from Ethiopia, who is the current course record holder with a time of 2:21.54. The 37 year-old is also the five time World Cross Country Bronze medallist, and she comes to this race carrying a lifetime best of 2:21.01 that she got at the 2012 Frankfurt Marathon, where she took the top honor.

The two will battle for honors with the defending champion, Gadise Mulu who won this race with a personal best of 2:26.20.

Dibabe Kuma is also another title contender who also won this race in 2019, but she also comes with the second fastest on paper of 2:23.24 which is also her lifetime best, that she got at the 2018 Ljubljana Marathon, where she took the bronze medal.

While the elite women often have their individual pacemakers Jurrie van der Velden hopes that a group of athletes will run together for at least the first half of the race. “The pace for this group will likely be between 70:30 and 71:00, “he said.

Germany will be represented by their top athletes, Deborah Schöneborn and Kristina Hendel. Schöneborn, who achieved a strong 18th place in the Olympic marathon, last year, comes to this race with a personal best of 2:26.55. Hendel the Croatian born athlete who has received her German citizenship and hopes to be eligible to compete for Germany at the European Championships. She holds a personal best of 2:27.31

Another title contender is Alice Cherono from Kenya who comes with a personal best of 2:26.51 that she got at the 2019 Barcelona Marathon where she won the bronze medal.

The race surprise inclusion is the World 10k record holder, Yalemzerf Yehualaw who will be making her marathon debut and she is expected to run good time.

“We are happy to be back in the spring with a large race and with a very strong elite field. I am really looking forward to some very good performances. We hope to see a women’s course record on Sunday, “said chief organiser Frank Thaleiser.



  1. Priscah Jeptoo            (KEN) 2:20.14
  2. Dibabe Kuma              (ETH) 2:23.24
  3. Carla Rocha                (POR) 2:24.47
  4. Tseginesh Mekonnen  (ETH) 2:24.50
  5. Gadise Mulu                (ETH) 2:26.20
  6. Alice Cherono             (KEN) 2:26.51
  7. Deborah Schöneborn  (GER) 2:26.55
  8. Kristina Hendel            (CRO) 2:27.31
  9. Rosa Chacha                 (ECU) 2:28.17
  10. Andreia Hessel             (BRA) 2:34.55
  11. Maria Sagnes Wagan   (NOR) 2:35.34
  12. Camilla Elofsson          (SWE) 2:35.37
  13. Yalemzerf Yehualaw    (ETH) Debut
  14. Alia Mohamed               (UAE) Debut

World 10k record holder to make her marathon debut in Germany

World 10k record holder, Yalemzerf Yehualaw will make her marathon debut at the 36th edition of the Haspa Marathon that will be held on Sunday (24) in Hamburg, Germany.

The 22 year-old who smashed the 10k world record early this year with a time of 29:14 in Castellon, brings all the requirements and characteristics for success in the marathon. She also holds the second fastest half marathon and life time best of 1:03.51.

Yehualaw who the race organisers expect to put a good show and great performance with their target being to attack the race course record of 2:21.54 that was set by her fellow compatriot, the 2009 World 10,000m silver medallist , Meselech Melkamu who will also be making her return to the Hamburg city.

“Yalemzerf has trained well and we are looking forward to a promising and interesting marathon debut, “said Jurrie van der Velden, who is the elite coordinator of the Haspa Marathon Hamburg. Unfortunately Yalemzerf Yehualaw’s flight to Hamburg was delayed so that she missed the press conference on Thursday. The Ethiopian could produce one of the fastest debuts ever and break the course record.

The race defending champion Gadise Mulu and the 2019 winner Dibabe Kuma both from Ethiopia will are also on the start list ready to fight for honors.


Chemtai beats Kuma to win Dam2Damloop 10miles race

Israel’s Lornah Chemtai surprised many when she beat Ethiopia’s Dibabe Kuma to second at 34th edition of the Dam2Damloop 10miles road race that was held on Sunday (23) Amsterdam, Holland.

The European 10,000m gold medallist took to the fields that had the defending the defending champion, Mercelyne Chelangat and Ethiopia’s finest Kuma.

Both athletes came with their personal best of 53:08 and 52:52 but both could not match the pace of the Kenyan-Israel athlete. The rains could not be allowed to dampen the race as Chemtai ran almost the entire course with Kuma being a threat at the finish line but she held on to claim her first victory on Dutch soil as she cruised passed the tape in a new personal best of 50:45.

Kuma came in second and was given the same time as Chemtai.

European 10,000m siver medallist Susan Krumins, was the first Ducth to cross the line in third place in 51:29.

Defending champion and commonwealth Games bronze medallist, Chelagat managed to finish a distant fourth in 52:07 with Kenya’s Evaline Chirchir crossing the line in fifth in 52:33.


  1. Lornah Chemtai       (ISR) 50:45
  2. Dibabe Kuma            (ETH) 50:45,
  3. Susan Krumins         (NED) 51:29
  4. Mercelyne Chelangat  (UG) 52:07
  5. Evaline Chirchir        (KEN) 52:33

Chelangat faces a Fierce battle at Dam Tot Damloop 10mile race

Uganda’s Mercelyne Chelangat will defend her title at the 34th edition of the Dam Tot Damloop 10miles road race that will be held on Sunday (23) Amsterdam, Holland.

The commonwealth Games bronze medallist will face off with European 10,000m gold medallist Lonah Chemtai Salpeter and Ethiopia’s finest Dibabe Kuma.

The 20 year-old Ugandan who took the last year‘s edition in a time of 53:08 over the distance and 1:08.14 in Half will be lookin to defend her title against Kuma who has a personal best of 52:52 that she got in 2015 at this course and has also a personal best of 1:08.37 in half which is the second leading time among the invited elite athletes.

The Kenyan – Israel runner, Chemtai carries a personal best of 1:08.58 that she got in Valencia in early this year will also show her prowess as she battles with two for the top prize.

Kenya will be represented by the 2014 Commonwealth 10000m gold medallist Joyce Chepkiruir who arrived first in Zaandama and she is focused on the top prize.

The 30 year-old comes to this race with a personal best of 51:30 over the distance and has a personal best of 1:06.18 which is the fastest time in half Marathon that she got in 2014 at Praha and she is the main threat to the three.