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Paskalia Jepkogei breaks the Eindhoven Marathon course record

Kenya’s Paskalia Jepkogei broke the course record at the 37th edition of the Eindhoven Women Marathon held on Sunday (09) in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

Jepkogei who came to this race with a personal best of 2:34.06 that she got at the 2021 Istanbul Marathon where she took the honors, took advantage of Ethiopia’s Ayalew Asayech who took a wrong turn at the final stage therefore over taking her and erasing the old course record 2:24.33 that had been set eleven years ago by her compatriot Gerogina Rono with a new course record time of 2:22.46.

Asayech was left with no option but to take the second slot five seconds later as she also finished under the old record.

Kenya’s Zeddy Chebet came home thirteen minutes later to take the third spot as her compatriot Eunice Jeptoo finished in fourth in 2:35.22.

Belgium’s Karen Van Proeyen finished in fifth place in 2:36.07.



  1. Paskalia Chepkogei     (KEN) 2:22.46
  2. Ayalew Asayech           (ETH) 2:22.51
  3. Zeddy Chebet               (KEN) 2:35.16
  4. Eunice Jeptoo               (KEN) 2:35.22
  5. Karen Van Proeyen      (BEL) 2:36.07

Pius Karanja wins Eindhoven Marathon

Kenya’s Pius Karanja slashed six minutes from his previous personal best as he took the top honors at the 37th edition of the Eindhoven Marathon held on Sunday (09) in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

The 30 year-old who came to this race with a personal best of 2:12.53 that he got at the 2018 Gyeongju Marathon where he finished in sixth place, led a 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finish as he led the lead group through the half way mark in 1:03.06 but Ethiopian Deribe Robi and Mark Kiptoo who was the oldest on the start list pulled away from the group at the 30k mark.

The two were caught up at the 33k mark and were passed as they could not keep up with the pace of Karanja, Joshua Kemboi, Felix Kerich and Gevin Kerich.

Kerich and Karanja engaged their gear at the 40km mark leaving Kemboi fighting for air as the two battled on the final straight, but Karanja got an upper hand as he surged past Kerich who could not handle his powerful final kick as he cut the tape in a new personal best of 2:06.55.

Kerich who was making his making his debut over the distance, was forced to settle in second place in a new personal best of 2:07.07 with Kemboi closing the podium three finishes also in a personal best of 2:08.09.

Kirwa and Eritrea’s Okubay Gebretnsae came home in fourth and fifth place in a time of 2:08.48 and 2:09.15 respectively.

The race course record of 2:05.46 that was set ten years ago by Dickson Chumba from Kenya remains standing.



  1. Pius Karanja                 (KEN) 2:06.55
  2. Gevin Kerich                 (KEN) 2:07.07
  3. Joshua Kemboi             (KEN) 2:08.09
  4. Felix Kirwa                   (KEN) 2:08.48
  5. Okubay Gebretnsae     (ERI) 2:09.15

Kimutai to battle three time winer Loyanae at Seoul Marathon

Marius Kimutai will line up for the Seoul Marathon with the aim of achieving his third successive victory over 26.2 miles, but the Kenyan faces a tough challenge at the IAAF Gold Label road race on Sunday (17).

Since setting his PB of 2:05:47 in Amsterdam in 2016, Kimutai won both of his marathons last year, clocking 2:06:04 in Rotterdam and 2:08:33 in Ljubljana. In between those runs, he also set a half marathon PB of 1:00:07.

For what can often be an unpredictable event, the 26-year-old has an impressively consistent record at the marathon distance. He has finished on the podium at 11 of his 12 marathons to date, winning six of those races.

But Sunday’s race could be one of his toughest marathons to date as he faces two other men with sub-2:06 personal bests, one of whom is a three-time winner in Seoul and course record-holder.

Wilson Erupe Loyanae first won in the Korean capital in 2012, clocking a course record of 2:05:37. He won again three years later in 2:06:11 and then successfully defended his title in 2016 in 2:05:13, an improvement on his course record.

He returned to Seoul last year, but in a high-quality race finished fifth in 2:06:27. He failed to finish the Gongju Marathon seven months later, but is determined to put that behind him with a good run on Sunday.

Like Kimutai, Deribe Robi will be contesting the Seoul Marathon for the first time. The Ethiopian set his best of 2:05:58 at the 2015 Eindhoven Marathon. He already has one marathon under his belt this year – a 2:12:09 run in Xiamen – and ran 2:06:38 at the Valencia Marathon five months ago.

At 39 years of age, Oleksandr Sitkovskyy is the most experienced man in the field. The Ukrainian has competed at three Olympic Games, his best result being a 12th-place finish in 2012, while his PB of 2:09:11 was set just a few years ago in Marrakech.

The women’s race also features someone who knows how it feels to win in Seoul.

Margaret Agai won in the Korean capital last year, clocking 2:25:52. Her lifetime best of 2:23:28 came when winning in Daegu in 2013, but she set a half marathon PB of 1:09:43 last year.

With a best of 2:21:56, Mulu Seboka is the fastest woman in the field. The Ethiopian’s best performance last year, however, was 2:29:17 and her last victory came in 2014, the year in which she won in Dubai, Daegu and Toronto.