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Boston Marathon Champion Evans Chebet Crowned Kenya’s Best Athlete

Evans Chebet is the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) LG Sports Personality of the month of April 2022. The Kapsabet based athlete achieved the feat after winning his first ever marathon major title the prestigious Boston Marathon.

Chebet racked up victory in a time of 2 hours, 6 minutess and 51 seconds and has had his campaign effectively sewn up when the strong field of athletes in Boston failed to match his finishing touch. And he did it in bravado bearing compatriots Lawrence Cherono and defending champion Benson Kipruto to scintillating podium dash.

The 33-year-old was on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 awarded with a Vivace Washing Machine, with AI DD technology by the LG East Africa Managing Director Sa Nyoung Kim at Riadha house. “I am so delighted to win my first ever award, it goes a long way in motivating me ahead of my aim or running Berlin and New York Marathon. I thank LG and SJAK for the kind gesture of remembering athletes, we are grateful,” an elated Chebet said.

“It was such a great feeling to go to Boston and win especially after failing to finish in 2018,” he added. LG East Africa Managing Director Sa Nyoung Kim encouraged Kenyan Sportsmen and women to continue being the country’s brand ambassadors. “So, to all sportsmen and women in and out of this place, there is a brighter side waiting for you to show up, find your limits and dare to blow past them,” Kim said. “As LG Electronics East Africa, we commit to being present to support you through SJAK and ensure that your break the barriers and lift the trophy.”

“Our sponsorship of this award is not only aimed at inspiring our sportsmen to keep doing better, but it also signifies our commitment to contribute to the development of sports in Kenya by recognizing local talent,” the LG Managing Director added. Chebet beat a strong field of athletes nominated for the April award including Boston Marathon Women’s winner Peres Jepchirchir, rally star Karan Patel who won the third round of the 2022 FIA African Rally Championship (Equator Rally) from start to finish.

Also in the list was Maurine Chepkemoi, who destroyed the course record at the 75th edition of the Enschede marathon in Netherlands. The five gold medalists for the Kenya team Hit Squad at the Africa Zone 3 Boxing Championship in Congo were also nominated for the April award.

They were Light welterweight Teresia Wanjiru, Welterweight Everlyne Akinyi, Light heavyweight Elizabeth Andiego, Flyweight David Karanja and Bantamweight Shaffi Bakari Hassan. SJAK President Chris Mbaisi thanked LG for their unswerving support saying the partnership has gone a long way in rewarding excellence.

For 8 years LG has demonstrated their support for sports, both on and off the pitch. And together we share an ambition of creating opportunities at all levels and ensuring every aspiring athlete enjoys an enabling environment.” “We look forward to further developing our relationship over the coming years.”

Evans Chebet wins Boston Marathon

Kenya’s Evans Chebet took the top honors at the 126th edition of the Boston Marathon that was held on Monday (18) in Boston, United States.

The 33 year-old, who is the 7th-fastest marathoner in history, came to this race with a Personal best of 2:03:00 that he got at the 2020 Valencia marathon led 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finish when he cut the tape in 2:06.51.

Chebet was followed by the 2019 winner Lawrence Cherono, who came to this race with the fastest time on paper of 2:03.04 that he got at the 2020 Valencia Marathon but could not hold the pace of later and being forced to settle in second in a time of 2:07.21.

Defending champion, Benson Kipruto could not hold the fast pace of Chebet and Cherono as he closed the podium three finishes in a time of 2:07.27

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

World’s Fastest ever men’s field assembled for Boston Marathon

The organisers of the 126th edition of the Boston Marathon, which is the World Athletics Platinum Elite Label Road Race, have released their fastest ever elite list for men that will be held on Monday April 18, 2022 in Boston.

Three time Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele from Ethiopia leads the elite list of 12 men who have gone under the 2:06 mark. Bekele is the second fastest marathon runner in history with a personal best of 2:01.41.

“I recognise the tradition of the Boston Marathon and look forward to racing in April,” said Bekele. “For many years Ethiopia has had a strong tradition in Boston, and I am excited to join that legacy. I have long looked forward to racing the Boston Marathon.”

Seven of the past eight winners will also return to Boston, including 2021 champion Benson Kipruto of Kenya. Lawrence Cherono (2019), Yuki Kawauchi (2018), Geoffrey Kirui (2017), Lemi Berhanu (2016), and two times winner Lelisa Desisa (2015 and 2013) are the other six former winners.

The 2021 fastest man in marathon, Titus Ekiru, who holds a personal best of 2:02.57 that he got in Milan, will be battling for the top honors too. “I am happy to announce that I’ll be lining the street of Boston Marathon for my first time next April in the Boston Marathon]. Can’t wait for it!”

The 2020 world leader Evans Chebet, New York City Marathon winner Albert Korir, and three-time world half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor.

LEADING RESULTS

42KM MEN

  1. Kenenisa Bekele      (ETH) 2:01.41
  2. Titus Ekiru               (KEN) 2:02.57
  3. Evans Chebet           (KEN) 2:03.00
  4. Lawrence Cherono  (KEN) 2:03.04
  5. Bernard Koech         (KEN) 2:04.09
  6. Lemi Berhanu          (ETH) 2:04.33
  7. Lelisa Desisa            (ETH) 2:04.45
  8. Gabriel Geay             (TAN) 2:04.55
  9. Benson Kipruto        (KEN) 2:05.13
  10. Geoffrey Kamworor (KEN) 2:05.23
  11. Eric Kiptanui             (KEN) 2:05.47
  12. Bethwell Yegon         (KEN) 2:06.14
  13. Geoffrey Kirui            (KEN) 2:06.27
  14. Eyob Faniel                 (ITA) 2:07.19
  15. Yuki Kawauchi           (JPN) 2:07.27
  16. Albert Korir                (KEN) 2:08.03
  17. Amanuel Mesel          (ERI) 2:08.17
  18. Bayelign Teshager     (ETH) 2:08.28
  19. Tsegay Weldibanos    (ERI) 2:09.07
  20. Scott Fauble                (USA) 2:09.09
  21. Colin Bennie               (USA) 2:09.38
  22. Trevor Hofbauer         (CAN) 2:09.51
  23. Jared Ward                   (USA) 2:09.25
  24. Ian Butler                     (USA) 2:09.45
  25. Mick Iacofano             (USA) 2:09.55
  26. Jake Riley                     (USA) 2:10.02
  27. Jerrell Mock                 (USA) 2:10.37
  28. Jemal Yimer                (ETH) 2:10.38
  29. Juan Luis Barrios       (MEX) 2:10.55
  30. Matt McDonald          (USA) 2:11.10
  31. Matt Llano                   (USA) 2:11.14
  32. Elkanah Kibet              (USA) 2:11.15
  33. CJ Albertson                (USA) 2:11.18
  34. Diego Estrada              (USA) 2:11.54

Shura Kitata to defend his London Marathon title despite hamstring injury

Ethiopia’s Shura Kitata who is the reigning London Marathon champion has insisted he is ready to defend his crown on Sunday (3) despite being troubled by a hamstring injury.

Last year in October, Kitata edged a sprint finish in the elite men’s race to topple the great Eliud Kipchoge, who had won the annual event in England’s capital on four occasions.

The Ethiopian could not follow up a maiden London Marathon title with success at the Olympics this summer and pulled out in hot and humid conditions in Sapporo.

“I have some slight problems but still I am preparing to win and looking forward to it,” the 25-year-old said via a translator during Wednesday’s press conference.

“I was prepared very well before the Olympics and just two weeks before I had a hamstring injury, that was a big pressure for me. Otherwise I have prepared well and I am feeling confident to run on Sunday.

“The hamstring and the pain is not really easy and when it is a very fast speed, there might be some problem but I am looking forward to doing what I did before.”

Another sprint finish this year would raise doubts over the Ethiopian’s ability to clinch the event for a second time but he reflected on the life-changing experience of triumphing over Kipchoge, who bounced back to defend his Olympic title in August.

“I was very happy with the win last year and it had great meaning because Eliud is a very famous runner and a very strong runner so winning meant a lot,” Kitata added.

Kitata will battle for the honors with Evans Chebet from Kenya who will be making his debut and Birhanu Legese from Ethiopia who is the fastest man in the field following his winning run of 2:02.48 at the 2019 Berlin Marathon.

All you need to know about the Virgin Money London Marathon

The 2021 London Marathon is set to take place at the end of this week, making a physical return after a virtual event was held in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

An estimated 100,000 runners are expected to take part, making this the biggest event yet in its history.

Before that though there is an important event competitors will need to attend ahead of making their way to the starting line.

The Virgin Money London Marathon Running Show begins from tomorrow (Wednesday 29 September).

It is a place to soak in the atmosphere of the famous run with a number of speakers and activities to take in.

Also, it is part of the Six Steps to the Start Line that all runners need to complete to be able to actually be allowed to run.

Here’s all you need to know about the exhibition.

What do runners need to do at the Virgin Money London Marathon Running Show?
A number of steps from the ‘Six Steps to the Start Line’ need to be completed by runners at the event.

This starts with Step 2, which is packing your kitbag in advance.

The kitbag would have been sent to runners ahead of time, and it will be handed to them once they cross the finish line on the day.

Things to put in might be warm clothing or non-perishable food items.

Even if you don’t want to put anything in, you still need to bring it to the Running Show as a souvenir medal; New Balance finisher’s T-shirt, BUXTON Natural Mineral Water and Lucozade Sport will be included regardless.

Dropping off your kitbag is the main part of attending.

Taking a lateral flow test on the day you are going to the ExCel centre is also important, as proof of a negative test and your kitbag will be required for you to pick up your bib number.

What if I cannot attend the Virgin Money London Marathon Running Show?

If you are a runner and you cannot attend the event then you can nominate someone to drop your items off for you.

They must have:

  • Your kitbag with the self-adhesive sticker attached
  • A letter, written and signed by you, authorising that person – by name – to collect your bib number and drop off your kitbag
  • A clear photocopy of your passport or driving licence showing your name and your signature
  • Evidence of their negative lateral flow test
  • Their own suitable photo identification with them

What will be on at the Virgin Money London Marathon Running Show?
Over 100 charities and other companies will have stands at the event.

This ranges from the likes of the WWF, British Heart Foundation and Alzheimer’s Research UK to Joe Nimble, Knead It Sport, Peloton and New Balance.

Additionally, special celebrity guests and experts will be there to provide insight on how best to approach the run.

BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin will be one of those people, having run the virtual event last year, with talks like ‘Running Free of Injuries’ with Paul Hobrough will also be useful.

In 2019, Sir Mo Farah was one of those individuals to come along

Where does the Virgin Money London Marathon Running Show take place?
The show is taking place at ExCel London, with the closest station being the Prince Regent DLR.

Full address is: ExCel London – Entrance Hall S10, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London, E16 1XL.

What time is the Virgin Money London Marathon Running Show open?
It is open from Wednesday 29 September to Saturday 2 October in the build-up to the actual marathon.

From Wednesday to Friday it is open from 10am to 8pm, with slightly shorter hours on Saturday from 8.30am to 5.30pm.

Source: surreycomet.co.uk

Vincent Kipchumba to battle Shura Kitata at London Marathon

Ethiopia’s Shura Kitata will have an uphill task at the 41st edition of the Virgin London Marathon that will be held on Sunday (3) in the streets of London.

Kitata who just edged a sprint finish to the line beating his main rival Vincent Kipchumba from Chumba whom he forced to cross the line in second.

The Ethiopian ended Eliud Kipchoge’s dominance last year will be looking to bounce back after he succumbed to the heat and humidity of Sapporo, failing to finish the Olympic marathon. He tends to do well in London, having come second in 2018 and fourth in 2019.

Kitata will once again battle his main challenger Kipchumba at the same race as they seek to dethrone each other. Kipchumba came incredibly close to winning in London, a run which followed up winning performances in Vienna and Amsterdam in 2019. The 31 years-old comes to this race with a personal best of 2:05.09 that he got in Amsterdam in 2019.

The third-fastest marathon runner of all time, Birhanu Legese will also be on the start line and he will be out to continue his winning habit after victories in the Tokyo Marathon both in 2019 and last year. Legese comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 2:02.48 that he got in 2019 at the Berlin Marathon.

The reigning Valencia Marathon champion Evans Chebet will also be battling for thye honors as he comes to this race with a personal best of 2:03.00 that he got last year in Valencia.

Selected others:

  1. Mosinet GEREMEW    (ETH) 2:02.55 PB
  2. Titus EKIRU                  (KEN) 2:02.57 PB
  3. Mule WASIHUN            (ETH) 2:03.16 PB
  4. Sisay LEMMA                (ETH) 2:03.36 PB
  5. Kinde ATANAW             (ETH) 2:03.51 PB
  6. Tristan WOODFINE      (CAN) 2:10.51 PB

2020 Results

Men

  1. Shura Kitata                (ETH) 2:05.41
  2. Vincent Kipchumba   (KEN) 2:05.42
  3. Sisay Lemma                (ETH)  2:05.45

Shura Kitata faces a tough battle as he defends his London Marathon title

Ethiopia’s Shura Kitata will be the star to watch at the 41st edition of the London Marathon that will be held on 3rd October in London.

Kitata who pulled out of the Olympic Games marathon last weekend after suffering in the hot and humid conditions in Sapporo – will line up with the other men who joined by Vincent Kipchumba from Kenya and Sisay Lemma from Ethiopia, who also struggled in the heat of the Olympic Games marathon.

Shura beat Eliud Kipchoge in the 2020 London Marathon to secure his first London Marathon title, just a second ahead of Vincent Kipchumba.

The two will be joined by the 2020 Valencia Marathon champion, Evans Chebet who was the fastest man in the world last year with his personal best of 2:03.00.Another title contender is the two-time Tokyo Marathon champion Birhanu Legese from Ethiopia, who is the third-fastest marathoner of all time with a time of 2:02.48 that he got at the 2019 Berlin Marathon.

Kitata will also face-off with Mosinet Geremew and  Mule Wasihun both coming to the race with a personal best of 2:02.55 and 2:03.16) respectively. This two also finished on the podium at the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon, also return.

Kitata was quoted by race organisers saying,“I was disappointed to have to pull out of the Olympic Games marathon but I just did not adapt to the weather well. It was very cold in Ethiopia prior to leaving for Tokyo and when we got there the weather took its toll on my body and made my breathing very hard. But I’m healthy and looking forward to racing in the Virgin Money London Marathon again. I am preparing very well and my coach has me very ready to defend my title in London.

 “Winning last year was an unforgettable memory and it gave me huge excitement to bring back such a big victory to my country and to make my family and coaches proud. I have set my mind on how I can run fast and better than last year and I’m looking forward to seeing if I can repeat the victory and make history in the race.”

Virgin Money London Narathon event director, Hugh Brasher, said: “We are delighted to welcome our reigning champions back to defend their titles at the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon and, as always, they will be challenged by a stellar field of the world’s best marathon runners. Sunday 3 October is set to be an extraordinary day in our history as these great athletes lead the way as tens of thousands of mass runners take on their 26.2 mile challenge from Greenwich to Westminster and around the world in the virtual event.”

The organisers have allowed a limit of up to 50,000 runners in the mass race and up to 50,000 around the world to take on the virtual event, completing the 26.2 miles on the route of their choice any time between 00:00 and 23:59:59 BST.

LEADING RESULTS

ELITE MEN

Name Country PB
Birhanu LEGESE ETH 2:02:48
Mosinet GEREMEW ETH 2:02:55
Titus EKIRU KEN 2:02.57
Evans CHEBET KEN 2:03.00
Mule WASIHUN ETH 2:03.16
Sisay LEMMA ETH 2:03.36
Kinde ATANAW ETH 2:03.51
Shura KITATA ETH 2:04.49
Vincent KIPCHUMBA KEN 2:05.09
Tristan WOODFINE CAN 2:10.51