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Nobert Kigen wins the Prague Marathon

Kenya’s Nobert Kigen took the top honors at the 27th edition of the Prague International marathon that was held on Sunday (8) in Prague, Czech Republic.

KIgen who took bronze at last years edition was a man on a mission this year as he took on Kelkile Woldaregay and Yitayal Zerihun both from Ethiopia and his two compatriots, Edwin Kosgei and Ronald Korir who gave him a hard time but managed to hold off the four in the last 3km to cut the tape in a time of 2:07.54.

“I am so happy for winning this years race after coming third last year. I was a bit concerned that I thought I might not have the finish kick but am glad it clicked and I took the title,” said Kigen.

The 29 year-old was followed almost a minute later by Woldaregay who crossed the line in a time of 2:08.30 with Zerihun closing the podium in 2:08.44.

Kosgei and Korir were forced to settle in third and fourth place in a time of 2:08.58 and 2:09.53 respectively.

The race course record of 2:05.39 that was set in 2010 by Eliud Kiptanui from Kenya remains untouched



  1. Nobert Kigen              (KEN) 2:07.54
  2. Kelkile Woldaregay   (ETH) 2:08.30
  3. Yitayal Zerihun          (ETH) 2:08.44
  4. Edwin Kosgei              (KEN) 2:08.58
  5. Ronald Korir               (KEN) 2:09.53

Kiptanui to battle Tsegay as he targets to defend his title

The men’s race at the 2018 Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon could prove to be very competitive as Ethiopian course record holder Yemane Tsegay returns to Ottawa to defend his title against last year’s champion, Kenyan Eliud Kiptanui.

Tsegay set the course record of 2:06:54 in 2014. Kiptanui won the 2017 event in 2:10:14.

Joining the two men will be 2016 Boston Marathon champ Haile Lemi Berhanu, who holds an impressive personal best (PB) of 2:04:33 and his Ethiopian counterparts Deriba Robi (PB 2:05:58) and Adugna Takeli Bikila (PB 2:08:51).

Tigist Tufa, the Ethiopan female course record holder (2:24:31), is also returning to Ottawa hoping to defend the title she also set in 2014. Tufa went on to win the 2015 London Marathon. Competing against Tufa will be her compatriot Gelete Burka, who boasts a 2:20:45 personal best from earlier this year, and crowd favourite American Sara Hall, who came in 2nd at the US half-marathon championships, on May 6.

Canadians to watch at the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon include Tristan Woodfine of Cobden, Ontario, who won the Banque Scotia 21k de Montreal (1:05.42) last month, 2017 Mississauga Marathon winner Lucas McAneney, and Lioudmila Kortchaguina who won the 2017 BMO Vancouver Marathon.

The 44th Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon will take place Sunday, May 27 at 7:00 a.m. (ET). The race will be tweeted live @ottawamarathon, and broadcast live on RunOttawa.ca and locally on Rogers-22.

About the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend

The 2017 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend welcomed more than to 43,000 participants in six races, including the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, the Scotiabank Half Marathon, the Ottawa 10K, the HTG Sports 5K, the Ottawa 2K and Scotiabank Ottawa Kids Marathon. Runners raised $826,175 for 64 local and national charities through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.

The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is one of only two running events in the world to host two IAAF Gold Label races: the Ottawa 10K and the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon. The 2018 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend will take place on May 26-27, 2018.


Chemlany leads elite runners to compete in Prague Marathon

Former Macao Marathon champion Stephen Kwelio Chemlany is leading a slew of Kenyan stars at this year’s Prague Marathon on May 6.

Chemlany has had a good performance in Asia, winning in China and South Korea at the Seoul Marathon.

However, he seeks to dominate a new fortress as he heads to Europe, eyeing the Prague title against a top international lineup, which includes Chicago Marathon champion Galen Rupp.

“It will have top names because the course there is good. But it is down to what you do in your preparations and then wait to see how the opponents perform against your running. I have no worries of injuries and am focused on doing the job right in Prague,” Chemlany said on Wednesday from Eldoret, Kenya.

Chemlany, who has been training in the USA, was runner-up at the 2011 Berlin Marathon and came fourth at the 2013 Berlin Marathon.

He leads five Kenyan runners including Japhet Kosgei (2:08:88), Barselius Kipyego, who clocked 2:13:06 last year in Ljubljana, Duncan Maiyo and Felix Kibitok, who is making his debut in the marathon.

America’s Rupp, who dropped out of the Boston Marathon two weeks ago, is hopeful to be back to fitness just 20 days after his failed attempt in his home country.

Rupp dropped out of Boston Marathon, which was held under cold and windy conditions, because of breathing and hypothermia problems.

The course record in Prague is held by Kenya’s Eliud Kiptanui at 2:05:39 and has stood the test of time since 2010. In each of the last nine editions of Prague Marathon, the winning time has been under two hours and nine minutes.

Rupp’s personal best is 2:09:20, which he ran to win last year’s Chicago Marathon in October.

Other athletes expected to race in Prague include Sisay Lemma of Ethiopia (2:04:08), Bazu Worku (2:05:25), Mekuant Ayenew (2:09:00) and Japan’s Suehiro Ishikawa (2:09:10).

source: xinhuanet.com

Tsegay and Tufa the course record holders return to Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon

Ethiopia’s Yemane Tsegay and Tigist Tufa the will return to the 44th edition of the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon that will be held on the May 27 in Ottawa, Ontario Canada.

Tsegay and Tigist are the course record holders that they set in 2014.

Tufa who set the course record of 2:24.31 in 2014 went on to win the 2015 London Marathon to end four years of Kenyan domination.

Tsegay’s 2014 course record of 2:06.54 also broke the Canadian soil record that year. He came in 2nd at the 2015 Boston Marathon the following April.

Last year’s edition was won by Eliud Kiptanui from Kenya who pulled 2:10.14 with the women title going to Ethiopian Guteni Imana who cut the tape in 2:30.18.

Lonyangata defends his Paris Marathon title

Kenya’s Paul Lonyangata defended his title at the 42nd edition of the Schneider Electric Paris Marathon that was held on Sunday (8) in Paris, France.

Three Kenyan pacemakers, Joseph Kiptum, Ben Kiptai and Edwin Koech– took turns to sustain a regular rhythm. The group of 20 passed the 15km checkpoint in 44:55 and forging on, the trio carried maintained the pace to hit the 20-km mark in 59:48. Nineteen athletes composed the leading group at halfway, passed in 1:03:00. Only Tariku Bekele began to struggle with the pace.

The leaders hit 25 kilometres in 1:14.55 before the three pacemakers had drifted back, leaving 15 men going through the 30 kilometres in 1:30.17.

Mathew Kisorio also from Kenya took charge of the team at 31km mark but the Ernest Ngeno, Lonyangata and Ethiopian Yitayal Atnafu held on to his pace.

Lonyangata decided to pull away from the three at the 40km and never looked back to lead a Kenyan podium finish cutting the tape in 2:06.25 which was 15 seconds outside his personal best he set last year at the same race.

He was closely followed by Mathew Kisorio 11 seconds later with Ngeno crossing the line in third in 2:06.41.

Ethiopia’s Atnafu crossed the line in fourth and Eliud Kiptanui coming in fifth in 2:07.00 and 2:08.20 respectively.


  1. Paul Lonyangata (KEN) 2:06.25
  2. Mathew Kisorio   (KEN) 2:06.36
  3. Ernest Ngeno       (KEN) 2:06.41
  4. Yitayal Atnafu     (KEN) 2:07.00
  5. Eliud Kiptanui     (KEN) 2:08.20

Vincent Yator to miss Paris Half Marathon after fatal road accident

Kenya’s Vincent Yator, who was injured in a road accident which killed another runner Francis Kiplagat, will not honor a call to compete at the Paris Half Marathon on March 4.

Though Yator has been discharged from hospital, his mission to compete in the Paris Half Marathon will have to wait as he recovers from home.

“Yator has been discharged from the hospital and is recovering at home in care of his family, friends and teammates. Good news and best wishes from the entire team,” his management group Ikaika Sports said on Saturday.

Yator was listed as the top athlete for the Paris Half Marathon coming in as the winner of the 2015 edition, but will now have to watch from home as compatriots Evans Cheruiyot, Eliud Kiptanui and John Koech battle it out for the honors.

Yator, 28, was to be one of the 45,000 runners on the start line of the most popular half marathon in France.

“It is a pivotal event of the early season and a key milestone in the build-up to the main Paris Marathon in May,” said organizers in a statement.

Without Yator, Kenyans will look upon Cheruiyot, fourth in last year’s Karlovy Half Marathon (1:00:59) to wrest the title accompanied by Eliud Kiptanui (1:01:34) and John Koech (1:01.38).

Frenchman Yohan Durand (1:03:43) in the 2010 Lille half marathon will have to dig deep. In the women’s race Kenya will be led by Former Boston Marathon champion Sharon Cherop.

The Kenyan recorded her personal best in New Delhi in 2011 of 67:08 and will face competition from fellow Kenyan Pauline Wanjiku (69:09) in Warsaw in 2014 and runner-up in last year’s race.

There is also Ethiopian Haklima Beriso, third in Paris in 2010.