The 2016 Olympic 10,000m champion Almaz Ayana and the world 1500m record holder Genzebe Dibaba will be making their historical move to marathon at the 47th edition of the Amsterdam Marathon that will be held on October 16, 2022.
The 30 year-old smashed the 10,000m record at the Rio Olympics Games in a time of 29:17.45 erasing the old record of the 23 year-old record by 14 seconds that had been set by Wang Junxia from China. The record lasted for five years and was broken by Dutch superstar Sifan Hassan to 29:06.82 which lasted for only two days as it was lowered by her compatriot Letensebet Gidey at the Ethiopian trials on the same track with a time of 29:01.03.
The two times world 5000m and 10,000m champion, Ayana returned to the game after taking a sabbatical leave of nearly three years and made a huge announcement at the Great North Run where she finished in third place behind the double world 5000m champion, Hellen Obiri who will also be making her marathon debut in New York this year.
The 31 year-old, Dibaba, will follow her older sisters and fellow Olympic medalists Tirunesh and Ejegayehu into the marathon. Dibaba still holds 1500m world record of 3:50.07 that she set in 2015, though Faith Kipyegon threaten the record this year when she fell short of the record with 31 seconds as she set the second-fastest time in history of 3:50.37 last month in Monaco.
Dibaba who missed the 2019 World Championships with a right foot injury and Tokyo Olympics, ran the then-fastest debut half marathon for a woman of 1:05.18 in Valencia in 2020. The five time world Indoor champion ran the Dubai half marathon early this year but she dropped out due to fatigue.
World 5000m silver medallist and Commonwealth Games champion Beatrice Chebet saw off a world class field at the Zurich Diamond League Meeting held on Thursday (08) in Zurich, Switzerland.
The 22 year-old faced a stellar field that included the world Indoor 1500m champion, Gudaf Tsegay from Ethiopia, world indoor 3000m bronze medallist and world 5 km record holder on the road, Ejgayehu Taye, Olympic 5000m and 10000m champion, Sifan Hassan and her compatriot World 10000m bronze medallist Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi.
Chebet and Tsegay stuck together at the 4k mark and were closely followed Taye and Kipkemboi with Hassan trailing the leading pack as the five women tried to outdo each other with a kilometer remaining.
Chebet and Taye broke away from the lead group but Kipkemboi stayed along with them.
Chebet produced a lethal kick that no one could respond to at the final stage, surging ahead with zeal and power to cut the tape in14:31.03 with Kipkemboi coming home in second in 14:31.52. Tsegay who was targeting her first Diamond Trophy was left with no option but to settle in third place in 14:32.11.
“I am very happy with my p[erfomance today and winning the trophy is the best way to close the season,” said Chebet.
The Dutch track super star who is contemplating to switch to marathon finished in a disappointing fifth place in 14:37.05
Reigning Olympic 5000m and 10000m champion Sifan Hassan bounced back from the disappointment at the World Championships in Eugene, where she finished fourth in the 10000m and sixth in the 5000m, with a win in the women 3000m race at the Silesia Diamond League held at Silesian Stadium in Chorzow, Poland.
Hassan took on this year’s world 10000m bronze medallist and 2019 world 5000m silver medallist Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi from Kenya and Ethiopia’s Ejgayehu Taye, who set the world seasonal best time in the 5000m with her lifetime best of 14:12.98 at the Prefontaine Classic.
Hassan seemed to be on a mission as she engaged her gear at the 100m final straight to announce her comeback with a deserved victory as she crossed the line with a season best of 8:39.27 with latter coming home in second and Kipkemboi finishing in third place.
The 2013 World silver medallist, Mercy Cherono has been lined up against a star studded field at the sixth Wanda Diamond League meeting of the season in Oslo on Thursday.
The 31 year-old who is also the 2014 commonwealth Games champion will battle for honors with the Diamond League title holder and the inform Francine Niyonsaba, who was the first athlete to be identified as having DSD to officially break a world record when clocking 5:21.26 for 2000m to take over two seconds from the former mark. Niyosaba comes to this race carrying the season opener title from Doha.
The back to back winners in Birmingham and Eugene, Dayit Seyaum and Ejgayehu Taye from Ethiopia have also been lined up to face Cherono.
Cherono who made her statement known in Rabat after picking up her first Diamond League victory since 2015, will have an uphill task as she will also face the Tokyo bronze medallist Gudaf Tsegay, the 2018 European silver medallist and the Scottish record holder Eilish McColgan and the 2016 European 10,000m bronze medllist, Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal, who will also be running on home soil.
The 2018 European 5,000m silver medallist, Eilish McColgan smashed her mums 31 year record at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games held on Monday (06) in Hengelo, Netherland.
The 31 year-old had set her eyes on the Paula Radcliffe’s long-standing British National Record of 30:01.09 that was set in 2002 in Munich. She slipped off the record pace in the second half but managed to smash the old Scottish record of 30:57.07 that was set by her mother Liz McColgan in 1991 in Hengelo. This time made Liz, the third woman to run under 31 minutes, moving to second on the world all-time list behind Ingrid Kristiansen and narrowly ahead of Olga Bondarenko.
Eilish crossed the finish line in a new Scottish Record of 30:19.09 which makes her the fifth fastest European in history behind Sifan Hassan (29:06.82), Radcliffe (30:01.09), Lornah Kiplagat (30:12.53) and Kristiansen (30:13.74), all of whom won global titles in their careers.
“Still, it’s a personal best and a Scottish record – my mum’s record, which she set here. She’ll be happy for me. She’s my coach,” said Eilish.
Letesenbet Gidey, whose world-leading time of 29:01.03 also came at Hengelo last year, finished second in a time of 30:44.27 with her compatriot Ejgayehu Taye coming home in third in 30:44.68.
The 2018 European 5,000m silver medallist, Eilish McColgan became the fifth European all-time 10,000m runner as she ran from the gun-to-tape at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games held on Monday (06) in Hengelo, Netherland.
The 31 year-old set her eyes on the Paula Radcliffe’s long-standing British National Record of 30:01.09 that was set in 2002 in Munich as she slipped off record pace in the second half, erasing the old Scottish record set by her mother Liz of 30:57.07 with a new record of 30:19.09. This time makes her the fifth fastest European in history behind Sifan Hassan of 29:06.82, Radcliffe of 30:01.09, Lornah Kiplagat (30:12.53) and Ingrid Kristiansen (30:13.74), all of whom won global titles in their careers.
The 2017 European Indoor bronze medallist defeated the world record holder for the 5000m and 10,000m Letesenbet Gidey from Ethiopia who came home a distant second in 30:44.27 with her compatriot reigning World Indoor bronze medallist Ejgayehu Taye coming in third in 30:44.68
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.
World U18 1500m champion Lemlem Hailu was on cloud nine as she ran away with wonmen 3000m title at the 18th edition of the World Indoor Championships that is being held in the Serbian capital’s Stark Arena in Belgrade.
The 20 year-old ran a tactical race as they partnered with her fellow country-mate Ejgayehu Taye with a purpose of making sure the title went home.
Lemlem took charge of the race with three laps to go and kept increasing her pace with the 2016 World Indoor silver medallist Dawit Seyoum surging up to Lemlem’s shoulder but she was too good with her kick as forged ahead to make sure the title went home for the ninth time in the last ten editions that their country had participated in.
The Kip Keino 1500m champion crossed the line in a time of 8:41.82. American record holder for the indoor mile, Elinor Purrier came home in second place in 8:42.04.
Taye closed the first three podium finishes in 8:42.04.
World U20 5000m Champion Beatrice Chebet from Kenya finished in tenth position in a time of 8:47.50
Burudi’s Francine Niyonsaba became the sixth fastest woman over the 3000m in history at the Paris Diamond League Meeting that was held on Saturday (28) at the Stade Charlety in Paris.
The 2017 World 800m silver medallist Champion produced the most eye-catching performance of the day when she held of the challenge of the 2018 World U20 Championships silver medallist, Ejgayehu Taye from Ethiopia, crossing the line in a world lead of 8:19.09.
The 2016 and 2017 World Indoor gold medallist Champion broke three records in this race which is a world-leading time, national record and Meet Record and made history’s sixth fastest outdoor performer.
Taye who is also from the Tokyo Olympics and could not qualify to the finals as she finished fourth in heat held on to come home second in National Record and personal best of 8:19.8.
Margaret Chelimo kipkemboi from Kenya closed the podium three first finishes with a personal best of 8:21.53.
United States Elise Cranny and Ethiopia’s Fantu Worku came home with personal bests in fourth and fifth place in 8:30.30 and 8:30.76.
Another Kenyan Beatrice Chebet finished in tenth position in 8:44.27
Kenya’s Beatrice Chebet gave Kenya her first gold medal when she won the 5000m women race at the ongoing World U20 Championships that is happening in Tampere Stadium in Finland.
Chebet became the first Kenyan woman to win this race as she cut the tape with a personal best of 15:30.77.
The Lodiani based athlete was appearing for Kenya for the third time after she finished fourth in the 3,000m at the World Under-18 Championships and ninth during the Africa Cross Country Championships in March this year.
“I am happy to win the gold medal for my country,” said Chebet. “It was tough racing the two Ethiopians as they are strong but I had a good fight with them.”
The Kenyan was closely followed by Ethiopia’s Ejgayehu Taye who crossed the line in a personal best of 15:30.87. Girmawit Gebrzhihair also from Ethiopia closed the podium finish in also a PB of 15:34.01.
Uganda’s Sarah Chelangat and Hellen Ekarare Lobun form Kenya finished in fourth and fifth place in 15:43.01 and 15:45.07 respectively.