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Gelete Burka targets her own record in Ottawa

The 2015 World 10,000m silver medallist Champion, Gelete Burka will be targeting to lower her own record at the 47th edition of the Ottawa Marathon now renamed to Tartan Ottawa International Marathon that will be held in May 29,2022 in Ottawa, Canada.

Burka comes to this race with a personal best of 2:20.45 that she got at the 2018 Dubai Marathon where she finished in sixth place. She holds the race course record with a time of 2:22.10 that she set in the same year and hopes that Ottawa will add pacers who can push her to run under 2:19 which she hopes she is capable of achieving.

“Ottawa is a good memory for me,” she continues. “When I was training I had a bit of a leg problem with an injury to my calf and I came to Ottawa with that injury. Also I got those stomach cramps. It was not easy. That was why I smiled when I came to the finish,” said Burk.

Burka is faithful to her church, The Glorious Life Church where attends without fail as she is also an usher and a member of the forty-member choir.

The 36 year-old has a rich cabinet as she is the 2008 World Indoor 1500m Champion, the 2006 World Cross Country champion

Burka has represented Ethiopia in six successive world outdoor championships and three Olympics. In Rio Olympics six years ago, she finished fifth in the 10,000m with a personal best of 30:26.66. Had it not been for a slight on the part of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) a year later, she might never have turned to the marathon.

“In 2017 I was in Netherlands at the Ethiopian trials for the world championships. I took the top honors in 10,000m with a time of 30:40.87, but the  EAF never selected me to the team for the world championships in London,” she explains her smile having vanished now. “After that I stopped track and that is the point when I went to the marathon. So, I trained for the Dubai Marathon where I ran a life time best of 2:20.45.” A year later she won the 2019 Paris Marathon in 2:22.47, then finished third in Chicago in a time of 2:20.55.

“The training is going on well and with two months to go I will be in great shape for the course” Burka concluded.

Laban Korir, Tamirat Tola to attack Lawrence Cherono’s record at the Amsterdam Marathon

Kenya’s Laban Korir will have a tough task as he faces the 2016 Rio Olympic 10,000m bronze medallist Tamirat Tola at the 44th edition of the Amsterdam Marathon that will be held on Sunday October 17 in Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Korir debuted here in 2011 and took the second spot in 2:06.05 and has since raced here four times. The 35 years- old who is the leader of the NN Running Team training camp in Kaptagat is also a training partner with the world marathon record holder and first man to run under two hours, Eliud Kipchoge.

Korir carries a personal best of 2:05.54 that he got in 2016 in Amsterdam.

Kenyan will have to brace for a fierce fight as he faces Tola who comes to this race with a personal best of 2:04.06. Tola is a silver medallist from the 2017 world championship marathon that was held in London.

The 30 years-old won the 2017 marathon of Dubai in a time of 2.04.11. The following year Tola finished third at the Dubai Marathon when he clocked a personal best of 2:04.06. This is the same time as the race course record that was set by Lawrence Cherono from Kenya in 2018.

The race organizers have added another fastest athlete on paper; Leul Gebresilase from Ethiopia who holds a time of 2:04.02. The 29 year old got this time at the 2018 Dubai Marathon.

Another Kenyan looking for the top podium finish is Jonatan Korir who carries a personal best of 2:06.40 that he got in April this year at the marathon of Enschede.

The TCS Amsterdam Marathon is a Platinum Label race a\with the course record set in 2018 by Cherono and the organizers have put together the best fastest athlete to attack the course record.



International Athletics Associations Federation (IAAF) Integrity Unit suspends Kenyan marathoner for allegedly doping.

The world governing athletics body integrity has suspended the 2006 Commonwealth Games 10,000m gold and 5000m bronze medalist Kenya’s Lucy Wangui Kabuu after testing positive for banned narcotic, morphine.

According to the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), Kabuu’s suspension was effected on August 1 after her blood samples showed presence of Morphine which is a prohibited substance under Article 2.1 of the Anti Doping rules.

“@AIU_Athletics has issued a Notice of Charge against Lucy Wangui for a violation of Article 2.1 of the Anti-Doping Rules.

The Kenyan marathon runner is has been Provisionally Suspended from all competition,” a statement on the AIU official twitter feed said on Friday afternoon.

Since 2011, the Japan based Kabuu, has competed and won at the Great North Run in England and the Delhi Half Marathon in India .

She made her marathon debut in 2012 and became the eighth fastest woman ever with a time of 2:19:34 hours for second place at the Dubai Marathon in United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Before graduating into road race running, she was a team silver medal winner at the 33rd IAAF World Cross Country Championships in 2005 held at St Galmier’s Hippodrome Joseph Desjoyaux, France.

Kamworor targets Bengaluru 10k title

World Half Marathon champion, Geoffrey Kamworor will be targeting to take top honors at the 11th edition of the Bengaluru 10k Race that will be held on Sunday(27) in Bengaluru, India.

Kamworor who has not run on the road since winning the New York Marathon in November has established himself as one of the world’s leading distance runners in recent years, winning the last two world cross country and world half marathon titles.

The 25 year-old will face the defending champion Alex Korio, who also won this race in 2013 “I took some rest after Valencia and before starting my preparations towards Bengaluru.

Geoffrey Kamworor at the TCS World 10K Bengaluru 2018 press conference. Photo: Organisers

“I have a very good coach in Patrick Sang who understands me and my requirements for the races that are about to happen. He makes sure that I prepare well for every race and for me, belief is my strongest factor. When there is a strong field, like here in the TCS World 10K, I have to make sure that I am in love with the race so that I can do my best.”,” Kamworor told the press on Saturday.

But Korio will give Kamworor a run for his money. The 27-year-old race defending champion was an impressive winner last year, beating a world-class field by 14 seconds.

He also reduced his half marathon best to 58:51 in Copenhagen later in the year.

He will come to the Indian race with a point to prove, however, after having to drop out in the world championship event in Valencia back in March.

In addition to Korio and Kamworor, who won here in 2012 and 2014, another two-time winner in Bengaluru to return for this year’s race is Ethiopia’s Mosinet Geremew, who took the title in 2015 and 2016. Geremew is also the winner of Yangzhou Half-Marathon in China and the Dubai Marathon.

Kenyan born Abraham Cheroben of Bahrain who is the two times Valencia Half Marathon champion will also be on the battle line as he carries a personal best of 27:35 that he got at Utrecht in 2015.

Another title contender is Aron Kifle of Eritrea  who is fresh from setting a personal best of 60:31 at Valencia when he took silver.

Rungaru and Kipkirui favourites at Prague Half Marathon

Kenyans James Rungaru and Caroline Chepkoech Kipkirui will start as favourites at the 20th edition of the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon, an IAAF Gold Labelroad race, on Saturday (7).

The course, which winds through the historical heart of the Czech capital, is notoriously fast, evidenced last year when Joyciline Jepkosgei broke the world record with a sizzling 1:04:52 run, while picking up world records for 10km (30:04), 15km (45:37) and 20km (1:01:25) en route. While the latter two are now considered world bests and Jepkosgei has gone on to further improve the 10km and half marathon marks, her performance was nonetheless one of the most memorable road running achievements in recent memory.

The men’s course record is fast too. Atsedu Tsegay clocked 58:47 to win the 2012 edition, still the seventh fastest performance in history and Ethiopian national record. The 27-year-old returns to Prague hoping to bounce back into sub-one hour territory for the first time since 2013. He showed reasonably good form last month in Lisbon, where he clocked 1:00:28 in windy conditions to finish fifth in the Portuguese capital.

But it will be 25-year-old Kenyan Rungaru who brings the strongest credentials and form to the start line on Saturday. Four weeks ago, Runguru clocked 59:37 to win the City Pier City Half Marathon at The Hague, his first dip into sub-one hour waters.

Justus Kangogo meanwhile is the fastest in the field at 59:31 set in last year’s Rome-Ostia race. He was sixth in the same contest last month in 1:01:02.

Others to watch include Josphat Tanui who returns with purpose after finishing second both here last year in 1:00:38 and in Usti Nad Labem, some 90 kilometres to the north, with a 59:22 personal best.

Meanwhile, Benard Kimeli is looking to move his good fortunes in Prague up in distance. Last September the 22-year-old won the Birell Prague 10km in 27:10, the fastest performance in the world in 2017. he made his half marathon debut in at the RAK Half in Ras Al Khaimah in February, clocking 1:00:16 for eighth.

Geoffrey Ronoh, 35, also has sub-60 minute credentials, but his 59:45 lifetime best came four years ago.

On the women’s side, the favourite role falls on Kipkirui, after her notable 2018 start. In February, the 23-year-old clocked 1:05:07 at the RAK Half to become the fifth fastest ever over the distance, yet finished no better than third in that high quality race. That performance wasn’t a one-off. In January she clocked 1:06:48 to finish second in Houston.

Her compatriot Joan Melly Chelimo is also expected to challenge. The 27-year-old was fourth in Ras Al Khaimah in 1:05:37, landing her at No. 8 on the all-time performers list.

They’ll be challenged by 2015 winner Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia, the runner-up here last year in 1:06:14. That performance remains the 27-year-old’s lifetime best but she’s illustrated strong form in 2018 after a fourth place finish in the Dubai Marathon where she clocked 2:19:53, finishing fifth.

Mesfin faces tough challenge as he defends his title at Chongqing Marathon

Defending Chongqing International Marathon champion and course record-holder Afewerk Mesfin will return to the IAAF Gold Label road race on Sunday (25).

The 25-year-old Ethiopian outraced Kenya’s Julius Tuwei in the final 500 meters of last year’s race to take the victory with a three-second margin. His winning time of 2:09:49 marked the first sub-2:10 clocking in the six-year history of the race and equalled the PB Mesfin set on his marathon debut in Dubai in 2013.

It was also Mesfin’s second career victory over 26.2 miles, following his win at the 2014 La Rochelle Marathon.

But the former steeplechaser will face a tough challenge when he defends his title in Chongqing as the organisers have assembled a group of high level runners in the Chinese southwest city.

Mesfin’s fiercest opponent should be his compatriot Endeshaw Negesse, who is also the fastest entrant on paper. Negesse holds a 2:04:52 lifetime best, set when finishing fourth – 10 places ahead of Mesfin – at the 2013 Dubai Marathon.

The 30-year-old won the 2015 Tokyo Marathon in 2:06:00, the second-best time of his career, but was then out of action for the next two years. He returned to competition two months ago at the Dubai Marathon, where he finished 18th in 2:26:17, but he will be aiming to go a lot quicker on Sunday.

Sisay Jisa Mekonnen, also from Ethiopia, is another serious candidate for the title. The 35-year-old finished third at the 2012 Paris Marathon in a lifetime best of 2:06:27 and last year he came within two minutes of that time when clocking 2:08:09 to finish fourth in Dubai.

His one marathon victory to date – the 2013 Guangzhou Marathon in 2:11:25 – came on Chinese soil, which might be a good omen for Sunday’s race.

Abayneh Ayele should also be regarded as one of the hot favourites. After making his debut over the classic distance in 2015, the consistent Ethiopian clocked 2:07:16 to finish fourth in Eindhoven, registered his PB to 2:06:45 at the 2016 Dubai Marathon and finished fifth in Paris last year in 2:07:42. Like Mekonnen, the 30-year-old also has experience of winning in China, having won the 2015 Lanzhou Marathon.

Charles Kiama Munyeki leads the Kenyan contingent. The 32-year-old set his PB of 2:07:06 at the Chicago Marathon back in 2009, but last bettered 2:10 back in 2012.

Munyeki’s compatriot Edwin Kimaiyo should be another man to watch on Sunday. He trimmed 35 seconds off his PB to finish fourth at last year’s Shanghai Marathon in 2:09:12.

While the race organisers may not be expecting an assault on the women’s course record of 2:22:41 set by China’s Wang Jiali in 2012, a close competition can be expected on Sunday.

Workenesh Edesa appears to be a slight favourite. The Ethiopian clocked a career best of 2:24:04 to win the 2016 Xiamen Marathon in 2016 and then came close to that mark last year when finishing second in Xiamen in 2:26:27. The 25-year-old also won the 2015 Marrakesh Marathon.

Since her first race in China in 2011, Ethiopia’s Meseret Legese has returned to China each year and achieved her PB of 2:25:43 in Wuhan two years ago. She won the 2016 Hengshui Lake International Marathon and clocked 2:31:00 to finish fifth in Hong Kong in January. But despite her extensive experience in China, Sunday’s contest will be her first race in Chongqing,

Fellowing Ethiopian Fantu Jimma Eticha clocked her 2:26:14 career best at the 2015 Dubai Marathon. The 30-year-old, who is still waiting for her first marathon victory since debuting at the distance in 2014, finished third in Hong Kong two months ago in 2:30:10.

Compatriot Zinash Debebe Getachew also arrives in Chongqing with high spirits. The 21-year-old chopped nearly three minutes off her PB to finish fourth at last month’s Seville Marathon in 2:27:47.

Kenyan veteran Priscah Jepleting Cherono, 37, is another sub-2:28 runner. She clocked 2:27:41 en route to winning at the 2016 Venice Marathon and last year she registered a solid 2:28:29 at the Seoul Marathon.

Alemitu Abera Begna of Ethiopia is the fastest woman on paper thanks to her winning mark of 2:23:14 at the 2012 Houston Marathon, but she hasn’t bettered 2:25 since then and has completed just three races in the past four years, including a fourth-place finish at the Barcelona Marathon in 2:30:55 two weeks ago.