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Edwin Soi beats Andrew Kwemoi in Bogotà

Kenya’s Edwin Soi took the took his second victory on Colombian soil at the 22nd edition of the Bogotà Half Marathon held on Sunday (02) in Bogota, Colombia.

Soi who took his first victory recently in Carrera del Pacífico in Cali on September 11, was the man on a mission as he battled for honors with Andrew Kwemoi from Uganda whom they stumbled due to Soi’s confusion, but fortunately they did not fall to the ground. The two took the race almost to the tape but the Kenyan emerged victorious after a powerful kick, cutting the tape first in 1:05.27. Kwemoi who beat the fastest man in 10,000m race this year, Kibiwott Kandie was forced to settle in second place as he  came home two seconds later.

“I am very happy to win in Bogotá, but the route was very difficult and challenging. After winning in Cali it helped me to train in Paipa because it is also high up and it is a great place to train. I hope to return next year again to the Bogotá half marathon”, said Soi

Kenya’s Daniel Muindi Muteti finished in third place in 1:06.45.

Moroccan born-Spain National, Mohamed Reda and the reigning Commonwealth Games marathon silver medallist, Alphonce Simbu finished in fourth and fifth place in 1:08.13 and 1:08.18 respectively.

The race course record of 1:02.20 that was set in 2011 by Geoffrey Mutai from Kenya remains standing.



  1. Edwin Soi               (KEN) 1:05.27
  2. Andrew Kwemoi   (UGA) 1:05.29
  3. Daniel Muteti       (KEN) 1:06.45
  4. Mohamed Reda    (MOR) 1:08.13
  5. Alphonce Simbu  (TZA)  1:08.18

Edwin Soi runs away with Marathon de La Rochelle title

Kenya’s Edwin Soi took the top honors at the 30th edition of the Marathon de La Rochelle that was held on Sunday (28) in Rochelle, France.

Soi led a 1-2 Kenyan podium finish as he fought for the title with his fellow country-mate David Kiprono, who pushed him to the wire but Soi managed to hold him off cutting the tape in 2:09.14 with Kiprono crossing the line in second fourteen seconds later.

Ivan Horodyskyy from Ukraine closed the first three podium finishes in 2:10.13.

Ethiopia’s Azmeraw Mengist and Gilbert Masai from Kenya crossed the finish line in fourth and fifth place in 2:11.47 and 2:13.47 respectively.

The race course record of 2:07.13 that was set in 2011 by John Komen remained intact.



  1. Edwin Soi                  (KEN) 2:09.14
  2. David Kiprono          (KEN) 2:09.28
  3. Ivan Horodyskyy      (UKR) 2:10.13
  4. Azmeraw Mengist    (ETH) 2:11.47
  5. Gilbert Masai            (KEN) 2:13.06

Muktar Edris wins Giro al Sas 10km race

Two time world 5000m champion, Muktar Edris won the 74th edition Giro al Sas 10km race that was held on Saturday (2) along the streets of the historic center of Trento, Italy.

Edris won the fourth title with a sprint finish ahead of his fellow country-mate, Yassin Hajis, when he crossed the line in 28:14. Yunis was forced to settle in second place two seconds later. Uganda’s Hosea Kiplangat closed the first three podium finishes in 28:20.

Muktar Edris wins the 2021 Giro al Sas 10km race. PHOTO: Organisers

The Ethiopian who has participated in this eight times was rewarded with Fabio Giacomelli Memorial award for the most presence at the race. Others who have been given this award include Antonio Ambu who raced their seven times and Kenya Edwin Soi who has raced their five consecutive times (2009 to 2013).

Rogers Kibet and Charles Mneria both from Kenya finished in fourth and fifth place in 28:27 and 29:07 respectively.


  1. Edris Muktar         (ETH) 28:13
  2. Haji Yassin            (ETH) 28:15
  3. Hosea Kiplangat    (UG)  28:20
  4. Rogers Kibet          (KEN) 28:27
  5. Charles Mneria      (KEN)29:07

Kipruto smashes Patrick Komen 10km record as he wins UAE Healthy Kidney 10km Race

Kenya’s Rhonex Kipruto and Mathew Kimeli came into today’s UAE Healthy Kidney 10-K here with one thing on their minds: taking down the Central Park record for 10-K, the 27:35 standard set by Leonard Patrick Komon at the same race in 2011.

The18-year-old, out-dueled his training partner and best friend, smashing the record with a 27:08, the fastest 10-K ever on a record-eligible course on U.S. soil. He also obliterated the world best for 8-K en route, splitting 21:45 (certified split). Buze Diriba of Ethiopia, the recent United Airlines NYC Half champion, won the women’s race in 32:04, two seconds ahead of countrywoman Aselefech Mergia.

With a USD $30,000 bonus on the line for the record (to go with USD $10,000 for first place) in the New York Road Runners-sponsored event, there was more than enough incentive, so the two young Kenyans bolted off the line and set a searing pace in cool, comfortable temperatures (9C/49F). By the time they ran the mostly uphill first mile in 4:31, there was just one other runner on their heels, unseeded Fikadu Girma Teferi, an Ethiopian attached to a local running club. Teshome Mekonen of Ethiopia trailed about 10 meters back, followed by Kenyan Edwin Soi, the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist in the 5000 meters.

Kipruto and Kimeli pressed the pace up the East Drive of the park, with Kipruto frequently running ahead as they cut the tangents on the roadway with laser-like focus. The pair, who train in Iten, Kenya, under famed coach Brother Colm O’Connell, passed two miles in 8:46 (thanks to a blazing 4:15 split) and continued to push up Harlem Hill to hit 3-miles in 13:09 (4:23 split). By the 5-K mark (13:39) the course record was in serious jeopardy.

Approaching 6-K, Kipruto, who came into the race with a personal best of 27:13 from the Birell Grand Prix in Prague last September, began to open up a gap on Kimeli. Despite a series of rolling hills during this segment of the race, he reached 4-miles in 17:37 (4:28) and had built a 15-meter lead. “The hills were tough,” Kipruto said after the race, making a waving motion with his arm to simulate the relentlessly undulating portion of the course. “It was a real challenge out there.”

As the road started to descend into the lower portion of the park, Kipruto kept his foot on the gas, blowing through the 8-K mark in 21:45, well under the 22:02 world best set by Stephen Sambu in Boston in 2014. Passing 5-miles in 21:51 off a 4:14 split, the world record (Komon’s 26:44 from 2010) seemed in reach. Alas, Kipruto, now almost 50 meters clear of Kimeli, lost ground on that standard, clocking 26:18 at 6-miles (4:27). The course record, however, was clearly about to become history.

Kipruto broke the tape in 27:08, superior to both the USATF (27:11) and ARRS (27:19) ratified U.S. all-comers records. “I didn’t think I was going to win,” the soft-spoken teenager said. “I thought it would be Mathew, but at 6-K I knew I was running alone and I wanted the record, so I continued to run hard.”

Kimeli (27:19) finished strong to also break the Central Park record, while Mekonen (28:10) was a distant third. Teferi (28:36) finished fourth, with Soi (29:07) fifth. Brendan Martin of the New York Athletic Club was the top American, 10th in 30:39.

In the women’s race, Laura Thweatt of the United States led a pack of five runners through 5K in 16:12, including Diriba, Mergia, Monicah Ngige of Kenya and unseeded Ethiopian Sinke Dessie Biyadgilgn (along with assorted sub-elite men as part of the event’s mass-start format). “I’m a cross country girl at heart, so I loved the hills,” said the Boulder, Colorado, resident, the 2015 USATF cross country champion. “I knew the other women weren’t going to go out on record pace and the hills would help me stay in it a little bit longer.”

Thweatt continued to set the pace through 8-K (25:52) before Diriba, Mergia and Ngige pulled away. Diriba, who won the United Airlines NYC Half in March with a strong kick in Central Park, did the same on Sunday to secure the title. Ngige was third in 32:15, followed Thweatt (setting a road personal best of 32:22) and Biyadgilgn (32:56). “As we were running, I knew I had better speed than them, so I knew I could win,” Diriba said through an interpreter. She said she hardly noticed the men running around the leading women, and felt the pace was well within her comfort zone. “We went a little bit slower on the uphills, but it was fine.”

For Thweatt, the race marked a big step on her comeback from injury following the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon. She finished sixth in that race with a personal best 2:25:58, but subsequently had to take six months off from running while suffering from osteitis pubis, an inflammation of the tendons in the pelvic bone. “I felt like I gave it everything today,” she said. “It’s all part of a progression to a fall marathon.”