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Eliud Kipchoge to make his debut at Boston Marathon

World record holder Eliud Kipchoge will make his marathon debut at the 127th edition edition of the Boston Marathon that will be held in April 17, 2023.

Kipchoge, who  lowered his own world record by 30 seconds to 2:01.09 Berlin Marathon, boasts an incredible career, having secured four victories apiece in the TCS London Marathon and the BMW Berlin Marathon and also triumphed at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2014 and the Tokyo Marathon this year 2022.

“I’m happy to announce in April I will compete in the Boston Marathon. A new chapter in my Abbott World Marathon Majors journey,” said Kipchoge.

The 38-year-old has never raced Boston, the worlds oldest that dates back to 1897, nor New York City but has repeated in recent years a desire to enter both of them.

Typically, he has run the London Marathon in the spring and the Berlin Marathon in the fall.

Kipchoge’s raced last in Unites States at the 2014 Chicago Marathon, his second of 10 consecutive marathon victories from 2014 through 2019.

The two time Olympic marathon champion will become the first reigning men’s marathon world record holder to race the Boston Marathon in more than 40 years.

Jonathan Korir, the man to watch in Valencia

Kenya’s Jonathan Korir will lead a strong Kenyan elite team at the 42nd edition of the Valencia Marathon that will be held on December 4, 2022 in Valencia, Spain.

The 35-year-old who trains with world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge at Global Sports Communication camp in Kaptagat, comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 2:04.32 that he got last year at the Amsterdam Marathon where he finished in fourth place.

Korir who also finished fifth at the Commonwealth Games marathon will battle for honors with his compatriots, former World marathon champion Geoffrey Kiruithe, former Santa Pola International Half Marathon champion Alexander Mutiso, Bahrain Night Half Marathon champion Philemon Kiplimo and Kelvin Kiptum

The reigning Maratón BP Castellón champion, Ronald Korir who holds a personal best of 2:07.29 and Bethwell Kipkemboi of 2:07.41 and the 2021 fourth finisher at Eindhoven Marathon Simon Kipkosgei have been included in the start list to fight for the podium.

The race organizer have selected this team to try and chase the race course record of 2:03.00 that was set I n 2020 by Evans Kibet from Kenya.

Faith Kipyegon has the marathon in mind

The Olympic and world 1500m champion reveals that close friend Eliud Kipchoge has inspired her to tackle the 26.2-mile event in future.

Many view already her as a true athletics great, but Faith Kipyegon doesn’t quite see it that way. Yet. Despite being a two-time Olympic and world champion over 1500m, the Kenyan believes she has more work to do before any such tag can be justified.

In a wide-ranging exclusive interview with Euan Crumley in the latest issue of AW, which is on sale from November 10, among other things the Kenyan discusses how she wants to leave a legacy, as well as outlining what she believes needs to happen in the fight against doping in her home country.

The 28-year-old still has more ambitions to fulfil on the track, too, but admits that the future will see her heading down a road which she hopes will lead to even more success.

Kipyegon trains at the camp in Kaptagat from which her close friend Eliud Kipchoge hones his mastery of the marathon, and admits that seeing the world record-holder at work has inspired her to tackle the 26.2-mile event in the future.

“I don’t see myself as a great, yet,” says Kipyegon who, like Kipchoge, is also coached by Patrick Sang. “I need to achieve more towards the marathon and I’m really looking forward to following in Eliud’s footsteps.

“He has already shown us the way and, training with him, I see what he does every day.

“I will work my way up towards the marathon in future and I will be the greatest.

“When you stay with marathon runners, you don’t see yourself as a 1500m athlete any more – you see yourself as a marathoner. You follow them on long runs, you follow them on fartleks and you see every day what they do. [It makes you feel like] ‘I need to do this’.

“That’s motivation from Eliud, from the whole group in Kaptagat that has really inspired me to see myself in the marathon in future.

“[When I will run one] is something I can’t predict, but I want to build myself and build my commitment towards marathon and just go step by step [through the distances] towards it.”

Kipyegon is one of the nominees in this year’s AW Readers’ Choice Awards, which launch this week in the magazine and online. This is your chance to pick which individuals, across a range of categories, you think have excelled in 2022.

Marius Kipserem banned for three years for doping

Double Rotterdam marathon champion Marius Kipserem has been banned for three years by Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for the Presence/Use of a Prohibited Substance (EPO), which is a breach of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

Kipserem was nabbed by the AIU officials on On 17 August 2022, where he provided his urine Sample Out-Of-Competition test in Kapsabet, Kenya, which gave a positive result which he had earlier denied but on 11 October 2022 he expressly confirmed in writing that he admitted the Anti-Doping Rule Violations and accepted the Consequences.

Kipserem who paced Eliud Kipchoge at the Ineos 1:59 Challenge has had his results disqualified from August 17, 2022.

The Kenyan who had fully recovered from an accident after his car had rolled when he was going to pick his kids from School in February this year, had bounced back on the roads after his running legs were not badly hurt.

The 34 year-old who is the 2018 Abu Dhabi marathon champion, is credited in winning the Rotterdam marathon twice, Hefei Marathon and competing at Milan, London and many marathons across the world.

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Eliud Kipchoge nominated for the World Athlete of the Year Award

Two times Olympic marathon champion, Eliud Kipchoge has been nominated for the 2022 World Athlete of the Year Gala Award that will be held in December.

Kipchoge recently made history as the fastest man on earth after breaking his own world marathon record by thirty seconds.

The 37 year-old is the only other Kenyan male to win the award after the 800m world record holder David Rudisha winning it 2010.

Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion Soufiane El Bakkali from Morocco has also been added to the list, making it two male athletes from the Continent.

Below are the 2022 nominees for World Athlete of the Year

  1. Kristjan Ceh (Slovakia)

– World discus champion

– Diamond League discus champion, throwing a national record 71.27m on the circuit in Birmingham

– European discus silver medallist

2. Alison dos Santos (Brazil)

– World 400m hurdles champion

– Diamond League 400m hurdles champion

– Ran a world-leading South American record of 46.29

3. Mondo Duplantis (Sweden)

– World pole vault champion indoors and outdoors

– Diamond League and European pole vault champion

– Improved his world record to 6.19m and 6.20m indoors, and then 6.21m outdoors

4. Soufiane El Bakkali (Morocco)

– World 3000m steeplechase champion

– Diamond League 3000m steeplechase champion

– Unbeaten in 2022, running a world-leading 7:58.28 in Rabat

5. Grant Holloway (USA)

– World 110m hurdles champion

– World indoor 60m hurdles champion

– Diamond League 110m hurdles champion

6. Jakob Ingebrigtsen (Norway)

– World 5000m champion, world 1500m silver medallist indoors and outdoors

– European 1500m and 5000m champion

– Diamond League 1500m champion in a world-leading 3:29.02

7. Eliud Kipchoge, (Kenya)

– Improved his world marathon record to 2:01:09

– Berlin Marathon champion

– Tokyo Marathon champion

8. Noah Lyles (USA)

– World 200m champion

– Diamond League 200m champion

– Ran a world-leading national record of 19.31 to move to third on the world all-time list

9. Anderson Peters (Grenada)

– World javelin champion

– Commonwealth javelin silver medallist

– Threw a world-leading NACAC record of 93.07m, moving to fifth on the world all-time list

10. Pedro Pichardo (Portugal)

– World triple jump champion with a world-leading leap of 17.95m

A three-way voting process will determine the finalists.

The World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family will cast their votes by email, while fans can vote online via the World Athletics social media platforms. Individual graphics for each nominee will be posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube this week; a ‘like’ on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube or a retweet on Twitter will count as one vote.

The World Athletics Council’s vote will count for 50% of the result, while the World Athletics Family’s votes and the public votes will each count for 25% of the final result.

Voting for the World Athletes of the Year closes at midnight on Monday 31 October. At the conclusion of the voting process, five women and five men finalists will be announced by World Athletics.

The winners will be revealed on World Athletics’ social media platforms in early December.

Further information about the World Athletics Awards 2022 will be announced in the coming weeks.

Eliud Kipchoge tips injured Mo Farah to get back to his best

Mo Farah has been tipped to return to his best after being forced out of this year’s London Marathon with a hip injury.

The Londoner had been due to run his first 26.2-mile distance for three years in the capital but was forced to withdraw the week of the race.

Farah has vowed to make his comeback at next year’s edition, which returns to its traditional April date on the calendar.

But despite the fact the four-time Olympic champion will have turned 40 by then, another London Marathon absentee, Eliud Kipchoge, backed him to get back to his best on the streets of his home city.

“Absolutely Mo Farah can still keep going,” said Kipchoge. “I want to wish him a quick recovery from his injury. Injuries are part of the challenges of elite sport. My advice is to recover from your injury and come back.

“Mo Farah has a lot more to give. I think he will come back stronger. The training is there and, after the injury, he can come back and show the world what is actually in him.

“Age is a number. If you are training well and focused in the right direction on what you are doing then you can continue to perform. Mo can still win the best races.”

 

Source: standard.co.uk

Amos Kipruto wins the London Marathon

World bronze medallist, Amos Kipruto beat a strong elite field that included the second fastest man in the world Kenenisa Bekele at the 42nd edition of the London Marathon held on Sunday (02) in London.

The 30 year-old who finished in second place behind Olympic champion and world record holder Eliud Kipchoge at Tokyo Marathon in March this year, took the bold step at the 38km mark as he pulled away from the leading group to win his first ever Major with a time of 2:04.39.

Ethiopia’s Leul Gebresilase came home in second in 2:05.12 with Olympic bronze medallist, Bashir Abdi from Belgium closing the first three podium finishes in a time of 2:05.19.

The third fastest man on paper with a time of 2:03.51, Kinde Atanaw from Ethiopia came home in fourth in a time of 2:05.27 with the Ethiopian legend Bekele crossing the finish line in fifth in 2:05.53.

 

 

Kipchoge hopeful of lowering his record in new future

Two times Olympic champion, Eliud Kipchoge insists that he can get even faster after smashing his own marathon world record at the Berlin Marathon in Germany.

The 37 year-old took of all time took half a minute off his previous mark to win his fourth Berlin title in 2:01.09.

“There is still more in my legs and I still have a future career,” He warned. “My mind is still moving and the body is still absorbing the training. No limitations.”

Kipchoge now boasts four of the five fastest marathon times in history and has won 15 of his career races over 26.2 miles. He also ran 1:59:40 for the marathon distance at an exhibition in Vienna in 2019.

The G.O.A.T went through 10K in 28:23 and reached halfway in 59:51 but such a scorching early pace cost him his chance of a first official sub two-hour time.

“The truth is I am getting on a bit and sometimes your body doesn’t allow you to do things,” he said.

Kipchoge’s time in Berlin served as a reminder of the gap between Farah, with his 2:05.11 British record, and the top end.

Eliud Kipchoge has eye on world record in Berlin

Eliud Kipchoge will aim to win the BMW Berlin Marathon for the fourth time on Sunday (Sept 25) and the Kenyan is even threatening to challenge his own world record of 2:01:39.

A total of 45,527 runners from 157 nations are set to tackle 26.2 miles on the streets of the German capital but Kipchoge is the stand-out name as he returns to one of his favourite race venues.

His world record was set in Berlin in 2018 and he also won the event in 2015 and 2017. A fourth victory in Berlin would equal the achievement of Haile Gebrselassie, who won the race from 2006-09.

“Berlin is the fastest course. It’s where a human being can showcase their potential to push the limits,” Kipchoge said.

Kipchoge will turn 38 in November but his goal is to win an unprecedented third Olympic marathon title in Paris in 2024. He did not run in the World Championships this summer in Eugene but his most recent marathon was at the Tokyo Marathon in March where he broke the course record with 2:02:40 – the fourth fastest time in history.

On this weekend’s race, he said: “I’m thinking of running a very good race. And if it is my personal best, I will accept it.

“But I don’t want to commit to a time. I will try to push myself. I always say, if you want to push yourself, come to Berlin.”

This weekend his main rival is expected to be defending champion Guye Adola. The Ethiopian won last year’s race in 2:05:45 and posted a brilliant marathon debut of 2:03:46 when runner-up to Kipchoge in Berlin in 2017.

In addition there are a number of runners with PBs inside 2:06 who could challenge. They include the 2015 world marathon champion Ghirmay Ghebreslassie of Eritrea (2:05:34), Defene Debela Gonfa of Ethiopia (2:05:46), Mark Korir of Kenya (2:05:49) and Oqbe Kibrom (Eritrea) 2:05:53.

Despite his winning record in Berlin, Kipchoge is not invincible and he has been beaten on the course. In 2013 he finished runner-up to Wilson Kipsang although Kipsang received an anti-doping ban in 2020 for whereabouts failures.

The women’s field is led by US record-holder Keira D’Amato and Kenya’s Nancy Jelagat Meto. D’Amato’s best time of 2:19:12 was set when winning in Houston earlier this year and makes her the fastest female in the line-up.

Jelagat Meto, meanwhile, won the Valencia Marathon lats year in 2:19:31.

Further contenders include Ethiopia’s Gutemi Shone Imana, who has a best of 2:20:11, while Workenesh Edesa has run 2:20:24 and Sisay Gola, has clocked 2:20:50.

Kenya’s Maurine Chepkemoi and Vibian Chepkirui also have bests respectively of 2:20:18 and 2:20:59, although American Sara Hall, an original entrant, has withdrawn with an IT band issue.

Look out too for Rosemary Wanjiru of Kenya and Ethiopia’s Nigisti Haftu, who are both making their marathon debuts.

Berlin is also a traditionally popular event for British and Irish runners and entrants include Stephen Scullion and Sonia Samuels.

The event marks the beginning of a busy period of autumn marathon racing. The TCS London Marathon is on October 2 followed by Chicago on October 9, Amsterdam on October 16, Frankfurt on October 30 and New York City on November 6.

 

Source: athleticsweekly.com

David Tumo to battle for top honors at the Bali Marathon

Kenya’s David Barmasai Tumo will battle for top honors at the 10th edition of the Bali Marathon (also known as the Maybank Marathon or Maybank Bali Marathon) that will be held on Sunday (28) in Bali, Indonesia.

The 35 year-old comes to this race carrying on his shoulder a personal best time of 2:07.18 that he got at the 2011 Dubai Standard Chartered Marathon where he took the honors.

Tumo represented Kenya at the World Championships Marathon in Daegu but he finished a disappointing fifth place , was also once managed by Jos Hermens who is also the manager of the world fastest marathoner Eliud Kipchoge.

The Kenyan who holds the Lagos City Marathon course record of 2:10.23 will face a stiff challenge that includes Bazu Worku Hayla from Ethiopia, who holds the fastest time on paper of 2:05.25 that he got at the 2010 Berlin Marathon when aged 20 years and finished in third spot.

Ethiopians Alemu Gemechu and Mesfin Teshome are the other title contenders as they come to this race holding their personal best of 2:08.47 and 2:09.04 that they got at the 2020 Marathon International de Marakech and the 2016 Dubai Marathon respectively. The two will be joined by their compatriot Feyissa Mulgeta who also comes with a personal best of 2:12.59.

Morocco will be represented by Hassan Toriss who holds a personal best of 2:12.41 that he got this year at the Daegu Marathon where he finished in twelfth place.

LEADING TIME

  1. David Barmasai       (KEN) 2:07.18
  2. Alemu Gemechu     (ETH) 2:08.47
  3. Bazu Worku Hayla  (ETH) 2:05.25
  4. Hassan Toriss          (MOR) 2:12.41
  5. Feyissa Mulgeta      (ETH) 2:12.59
  6. Mesfin Teshome     (ETH) 2:09.04