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Julius tuwei wins Enschede marathon

Kenya’s Julius tuwei took the top honors at the 75th edition of the Enchede marathon that was held on Sunday (24) in Enchede, Netherlands.

Tuwei who led 1-2 Kenyan podium finish, faced a battle of life and death as he was pushed almost to the tape by three runners, Enock Onchari his compatriot, Tandu Abate from Ethiopia and Josphat Kiprotich.

The 28 year-old who came to this race with a personal best of 2:08.06 that he got at the2018 Valencia marathon where he finished in seventh place, held off the two cutting the tape with the third fastest time of 2:07.43 missing Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich time of 2:07.20 by twenty three seconds. World Marathon record holder, Eliud Kipchoge’s course record time of 2:04.30 that he set at last year’s edition remains standing.

Onchari was forced to settle in second place with a time of 2:07.52 with Abate closing the podium in 2:07.59.

Kenya’s Josphat Kiprotich and Kenneth Cheserek finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 2:09.08 and 2:10.23 respectively.



  1. Julius tuwei             (KEN) 2:07.43
  2. Enock Onchari        (KEN) 2:07.52
  3. Tandu Abate            (ETH) 2:07.59
  4. Josphat Kiprotich   (KEN) 2:09.08
  5. Kenneth Cheserek  (KEN) 2:10.23

Stanely Biwott wins the Padova Half Marathon

Former Paris Marathon champion, Stanely Kipleting Biwott took the top honors at the 12th edition of the Padova Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (24) in Padova, Italy.

The 36 year-old who in 2016 London Marathon ran a career best time of 2:03:51, finishing in second place behind the world record holder, Eliud Kipchoge. This time placed him in number six on the all-time ranking list.

Biwott who carried a personal best of 58:56 that he got at the 2013 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon pulled away from the lead group at the 15km mark, surging ahead and cutting the tape in a time of 1:01.57. He was followed by his compatriot David Ngure who also finished in second place in last years edition.

Ethiopia’s Barecha Geleto Tolosa closed the podium three finishes.

Cyprian Kotut breaks Eliud Kipchoge’s record in Hamburg

Kenya’s Cyprian Kotut prevailed in the final sprint against debutant Stephen Kissa from Uganda to smash the race course record at 36th edition of the Haspa Marathon that was held on Sunday (24) in Hamburg, Germany.

The 30 year-old who came to this race with a personal best of 2:07.13 that he got at the 2016 Paris Marathon where he took the honors, lived to his expectations of targeting the race course record of 2:05.30 that had been set by World Marathon record holder, Eliud Kipchoge in 2013. Kotut trounced Kissa with a powerful kick, setting a new course record of 2:04.47 which is also his personal best.

Kissa who was making his marathon debut, was forced to settle in second but managed to smash the Ugandan National Record (NR) with a time of 2:04.48.

Ethiopia’s Workineh Tadesse closed the podium three finishes when he crossed the finish line under the old course record in a new personal best of 2:05.07.



  1. Cyprian Kotut          (KEN) 2:04.47
  2. Stephen Kissa         (UGA) 2:04.48 (NR)
  3. Workineh Tadesse  (ETH) 2:05.07

Ruth Chepngetich beats Eliud Kipchoge to win the Sports Personality of the Month

World Marathon Champion Ruth Chepngetich has been named the LG/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) Sports personality for the month of March.

The 27-year-old beat stiff competition from other star nominees who included Olympics silver medalist Brigid Kosgei, Eliud Kipchoge, para-athlete Rodgers Kiprop who won the T11 5000m gold, and Nancy Chelagat who won the T11 1500m gold.

Others were World Under-20 bronze medalist Noah Kibet, who raced to silver in 800m at the World Indoor Championships, Kenya Open amateur winner Njoroge Kibugu, Samuel Gathimba who won a bronze medal at the World Race Walking Team Championships and Kabras Sugar’s Jone Kubu who guided his side to clinching the Kenyan Cup title.

Chepngetich was all smiles as she received her award, “It’s such a great feeling being acknowledged for your performance in a very competitive space. I want to become the first ever personality to win this award for the third time,” said Chepngetich.

For her efforts she was awarded with an LG Solardom Oven and a trophy engraved with her name.

Speaking at the event during the presentation ceremony held at Kenya Prisons Headquarters Nairobi, LG Electronics Corporates Marketing Manager Maureen Kemunto said;

“This award allows us as LG Electronics to strengthen sports cohesion among our sports champions and communities across diverse disciplines. Our commitment is to ensure that the desire the dream and vision of our sports personalities do not wither.”

Commissioner General of Prions, Brigadier (Rtd) John Warioba said awarding Chepngetich for the second time in two seasons is good for the service and works to motivate many other athletes to aim higher.

“I wish to take this opportunity to thank SJAK and sponsors LG for highlighting our athletes’ performances across all sports. I hope more athletes from the prisons service will be inspired by this award to do better for the country,” the Commission General underscored.

Marathon legend Catherine Ndereba also thanked the sponsors LG and SJAK for the noble idea to fete athletes.

“This award will help athletes explore their talents and realise their potential in sports, during our days we did not have such incentives. I am happy to have a junior officer win the award, it brings back the memories of my golden days, I appreciate that one of our own Gathimba was in the nomination list,” Ndereba underscored.

This is her second award, having bagged the April 2021 gong following her exploits at the Istanbul Half Marathon in a new World Record of 1:04:02.

Mosinet Geremew to battle Elisha Rotich at Seoul Marathon

The 2019 World marathon silver medallist, Mosinet Geremew will lead a deep elite field at the 76th edition of the Seoul Marathon that will on Sunday (17) in Seoul, South Korea.

The 30 year-old who is also a former Ethiopian record-holder, comes to this race with a personal best of 2:02.55. this time is the third fastest time in history which he got at the 2019 London Marathon, where he finished in second place behind Eliud Kipchoge.

Geremew who has finished in top three in eight of his nine completed marathons, will face stiff field that includes eight men with sub-2:06 time.

The Ethiopian will be making a comeback after failing to finish the Tokyo Marathon, but he will return to action this Sunday in a bid to become just the second Ethiopian man in history to win the Seoul Marathon.

Getenew will face his compatriot, Herpasa Negasa who comes to this race with the second fastest time on paper of 2:03.40 that he got at the 2019 Dubai Marathon where he took the silver medals.

Kenya will put their hopes on Elisha Kipchirchir Rotich, who won the 2021 Paris Marathon as he carries to this race a personal best of 2:04.21. The 32 year-old also has five other career marathon victories to his name, and he is a silver medallist in Seoul in 2019.

Three-time Toronto Marathon winner Philemon Rono is also entered, as is his compatriot Mark Korir. The 2015 Paris Marathon winner comes to this race with a personal best of 2:05.49 and this will be his fifth appearance in Seoul; he has made the podium three times in the Korean city but is yet to take any honors.

Kenyan-born marathoner Wilson Loyanae Erupe who acquired Korean citizenship in 2018 and now known as Joohan Oh, holds the race course record with a time of 2:0513. He has also been dropped in with the race organisers after taking four honors in this race.

Ugandan will heavily rely on Filex Chemonges and Moses Kibet to deliver the title to their country as they are also worthy competitor. Chemonges represented Uganda at the Tokyo Olympics and he also holds the Ugandan National Record of 2:05.12. Kibet on the other hand has only competed in two marathons to date but he has a personal best of 2:05.20 that he got at the 2021 Amsterdam Marathon.

The 2017 Seoul runner-up Felix Kandie, two-time Amsterdam winner Benard Kipyego and Kenneth Keter from Kenya have also been added to the list.

Brazilian Olympian Daniel do Nascimento, Solomon Kirwa Yego and Martin Kosgey will also be on the line up to fight for the honors.



  1. Mosinet Geremew (ETH) 2:02.55
  2. Herpasa Negasa     (ETH) 2:03.40
  3. Elisha Rotich          (KEN) 2:04.21
  4. Philemon Rono      (KEN) 2:05.00
  5. Filex Chemonges   (UGA) 2:05.12
  6. Joohan Oh               (KOR) 2:05.13
  7. Moses Kibet            (UGA) 2:05.20
  8. Mark Korir               (KEN) 2:05.49

2022 Boston Marathon is the deepest field in history

This Boston Marathon may not have legends Eliud Kipchoge or Kenenisa Bekele, but it does have most of the other stars of recent years. It is arguably the deepest Boston men’s field in the race’s 126-year history.

Like with the women’s race, Boston got a boost with a return to its Patriots’ Day date for the first time since 2019. The world’s other jewel spring marathon, London, which usually has the best roster of the spring, is once again being held in the fall this year due to the pandemic.

So this field includes every man who won Boston, London and New York City in 2019 and 2021 (save Kipchoge), the last two world champions, plus recent winners of Chicago and Tokyo.

Picking a favorite is difficult, but the entries can be separated between recent breakthroughs and veteran champions.

Three men in the field earned their first major marathon victories last fall: Kenyans Benson Kipruto (Boston) and Albert Korir (New York City) and Ethiopian Sisay Lemma (London).

The names with more pizzazz: Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor, a longtime training partner of Kipchoge, won New York City in 2017 and 2019, plus three world half marathon titles. But he was fourth in his lone marathon since the start of the pandemic, missing time after fracturing a tibia when hit by a motorcycle while training in June 2020.

Kenyan Lawrence Cherono is the only man other than Kipchoge to win two annual major marathons in one year since the start of 2015. He claimed Boston and Chicago in 2019 and hasn’t had a bad marathon in four years.

Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa is still just 32 years old, which is remarkable given his resume: Boston champion in 2013 and 2015, New York City champion in 2018 and world champion in 2019. He has a DNF and a 35th in two marathons over the last two and a half years, though.

Another Ethiopian, Birhanu Legese, is the third-fastest man in history and thus the fastest man in this field with a personal best of 2:02:48 from 2019. He won Tokyo in 2019 and 2020 and hasn’t finished worse than fifth in a marathon in the last three and a half years.

Ethiopians Lemi Berhanu (won Boston in 2016, second in 2021) and Evans Chebet (seventh-fastest man in history at 2:03:00) also deserves mention.

The fastest Americans in the field are Scott Fauble (2:09:09) and Colin Bennie (2:09:38), plus Olympians Jake Riley and Jared Ward.

Source:  olympics.nbcsports.com

Eliud Kipchoge Renews his Contract with KTB

World Marathon Record Holder Eliud Kipchoge has renewed its partnership with the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) as its Magical Kenya Ambassador.

The partnership is part of the continued efforts by the Board to leverage Kenya’s status as a global sporting powerhouse to market the destination to the world.

Eliud was first signed as Kenya’s tourism ambassador in 2020, a partnership that saw the champion promote Kenya as a preferred tourism destination locally, regionally, and internationally through various campaigns.

Speaking during the announcement at an event held at Karura Forest, Kipchoge said that he was honoured to renew his partnership with Magical Kenya as its destination ambassador, noting that his love for Kenya made the engagement fulfilling to him.

“I am very delighted to renew this partnership with Magical Kenya which has now become my family. It is such a great honor to be given the responsibility to represent my country as its Tourism Ambassador. I have enjoyed this role which has also made me learn a lot about Kenya. For instance, in 2020, I was able to witness the great wildebeest migration, today I am at Karura forest which is an important conservation ecosystem in Kenya. I hope that I can continue to serve my country in this role and also raise awareness of conservation and the beauty of Kenya.” Said Kipchoge

Tourism & Wildlife CS Najib Balala says that the partnership will not only focus on destination marketing but also in showcasing the country’s conservation efforts to the world;

“Our journey with Eliud Kipchoge as destination ambassador commenced in 2020 right after the Covid-19 pandemic was recorded in the country. Eliud’s contributions to the country over the years have been important in ensuring that Magical Kenya is recognizable across the world. His role as destination ambassador has been important, especially during the period when there was less travel, he helped in creating awareness about the destination as well as marketing and showcasing Magical Kenya to the world.”


Abdi Nageeye wins Rotterdam Marathon

Tokyo Olympics silver medallist, Abdi Nageeye smashed the Dutch National Record as he beat a strong deep elite field at the 41st edition of the NN Rotterdam Marathon that was held on Sunday (10) in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The Somali-Dutch born athlete was forced to a sprint finish by Ethiopia’s Leul Gebresilase who could not onto the third kick attempt which was too much for him.

The 33 year-old who is also coached by Eliud Kipchoge’s coach, Patrick Sang, forged ahead with a powerful kick to smash the Dutch National Record 2:06.17 that he set last year with a new Record of 2:04.54 which is also his personal best. Negeeye also became the first Dutch to win this race

Kenya’s Reuben Kipyego Kiprop who was the the second fastest athlete on paper with a time of 2:03.55 and who had led the race from the 30km mark was forced to settle in third place with a time of 2:05.10.

The race course record of 2:03.36 that was set last year by Tokyo marathon Olympic bronze medallist Bashir Abdi from Belgium remains intact.



  1. Abdi Negeeye        (NE) 2:04.54
  2. Leul Gebresilase  (ETH) 2:04.54
  3. Reuben Kiprop      (KEN) 2:05.10

Eliud Kipchoge: “I struggle with motivation sometimes”

Even for the greatest, running life can be a struggle.

The world’s fastest marathoner Eliud Kipchoge admits that he’s had to dig deep to find the strength to keep going.

Kenya’s Double Olympic men’s marathon champion says he often turns to the millions who have been inspired by his runs, his grandeur achievements, and his motivating quotes.

“I struggle with motivation, but I try all the time to get inspired by fans messages around the world,” Kipchoge said on Wednesday (6 April) during a webinar organised by his NN Running Team to mark five years of the athletics management group.

“I have been inspiring people around the world and [the thought of this] is what sometimes gives me the energy to jump out of bed and do the necessary.”

Marathon man Kipchoge on how he keeps focus

 As amazing as his athletic accomplishments are, the world record holder has always been forthright on how much sometimes his passion hurts.

“In the journey of life, there [are] ups and downs. In marathon, there [are] a lot of challenges, ups and downs. There is pain in training, pain in running,” he shared on the documentary titled Kipchoge: The Last Milestone that focused on his successful attempt to become the first person to run a marathon in under two hours.

The 37-year-old champion cemented his position as the greatest distance runner of all time, by becoming the first man in 40 years to win marathon gold at successive Olympic Games, when he won at Tokyo 2020 in 2021.

And, as he targets an unprecedented third Olympic marathon title at Paris 2024, Kipchoge gave a sneak peak on how he manages to stay focused on his staggering racing goals.

“[When I am running] Many things are always crossing my mind from West to North, East to South, but I try to block them and concentrate fully on the road, concentrate fully on the task ahead and finishing the race,” the Kenyan, who enjoys his long runs, offered.

“After training for four months [for a race] I know that the only way to block what’s in my mind and concentrate fully is by making my mind easy and block any [distracting] messages coming in.”

During the hour-long webinar, the NN Running Team shared insights from the their management, physiotherapist, nutritionist, and Patrick Sang, the lead coach at the simple Kaptagat training camp.

“Running is a team sport. It is no longer an individual event as people think,” four-time Olympic medallist Kipchoge said.

“When NN formed the running team we discovered that the team is especially important especially in marathon running, helping each other both physically and mentally.”

That team was formed in April 2017 by Jos Hermens, who assembled the some of the best distance runners in the world, led by the two fastest marathoners, Ethiopia’s triple Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele, and Kipchoge, to train in structured training camps.

It’s a concept that the man who has won 14 of the 16 major marathons in his career claims has made him a better runner. Kipchoge also explained that during the pandemic he found it difficult to go back to training alone due to lockdown restrictions.

What next for Eliud Kipchoge in 2022

 Kipchoge He opened his season on March 6 running the fastest time ever in Japan of 2:02:40 to win the Tokyo Marathon.

Since then, he has tapered down his training, focusing more on the gym sessions despite not ‘liking the weightlifting’ bit, but he’s enjoying working on his core muscles.

The huge Kelly Clarkson fan has not yet decided if he will do a marathon towards the end of the year, but has just added a new sport on his bucket list.

“I am bad at swimming. I don’t know how to swim…that’s on my bucket list…”

Source: olympics.com

Kenenisa Bekele withdraws from Boston Marathon

World marathon second fastest runner, Kenenisa Bekele from Ethiopia has withdrawn from Boston marathon that will be held in April 18, 2020.

The 39 year-old said he was “just not ready” and wanted to avoid repeating his last marathon in New York City in November, when he finished sixth while running six minutes slower than he did at the Berlin Marathon six weeks earlier. He said in a finish-area interview that day that he had a little hip problem.

“All focus on fall marathon,” his agent Jos Hermens said Tuesday. “He knows the next one has to be a good one!”

The three times Olympic champion was due to race the world’s oldest annual marathon for the first time.

The former 5000m and 10,000m world-record holder on the track, made his marathon debut in 2014 and ascended to win Berlin in 2016 in 2:03.03, then the second-fastest time in history.

The five times world champion has started eight marathons with these results: a win (in Berlin in 2019 in 2:01.41, missing Eliud Kipchoge‘s world record by two seconds), a runner-up, a third, two sixths and three DNFs. He also withdrew before the 2020 London Marathon.