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Sebastian Kimaru crashes the Sevilla Half Marathon course record

Kenya’s Sebastian Kimaru made his Internationa debut memorable when he ran the fastest time ever at the 27th edition of the EDP Sevilla Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (30) in Sevilla, Spain.

Kimaru was the surprise winner as he was tasked to pace the race but after the 10km mark he decided to forge ahead and fight for the title as he crashed the previous record of 1:00.44 that was set in 2020 by Eyob Faniel from Italy.

Sebastian Kimaru celebrates after crashing the Sevilla Half Marathon course record. Photo: Race Organisers

Kimaru cut the tape in a personal best of 59:02 which is the sixth fastest time in history at the flattest half marathon in Europe as he led 1-2 Kenyan podium finish. David Ngure came home in second place 1:00.22 with Gebrie Erkihuna from Ethiopia closing the first three podium finishes in 1:00.27.

All the first three runners ran under the previous course record.

LEADING RESULTS

21KM MEN

  1. Sebastian Kimaru    (KEN) 59:02
  2. David Ngure             (KEN) 1:00.22
  3. Gebrie Erkihuna      (ETH)  1:00.27

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

Rhonex Kipruto sets his eyes on world record in Germany

Rhonex Kipruto the 10km world record holder will target to lower his own record at the Road to Records race which will be held on Sunday (12) at the Adidas headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

The battle to lower the record has been dubbed, “Road to Records” after their signature racing shoe.

Kipruto who is also the World under-20 5,000m champion came within two seconds of the world record at the 2018 Birell Prague 10km race an IAAF Gold Label road race. His winning time of 26:46 is the second-fastest 10km performance in history behind Leonard Komon’s 26:44 world record from 2010.

Muktar Edris, the two-time 5km world champion from Ethiopia who of late has been in great shape, beat Mo Farah a two-time double world champion and two time double Olympic champion at the 2017 World championships in London.

The two have been paired together to try and lower the current world record set by Kipruto of 26:24 in January 12, 2020 in Valencia Spain.

Other assembled athletes to look after include Weldon Langat who has a personal best of 27:24.73 that he got early this year in Nairobi, Nicholas Kimeli from Kenya who also has a personal best of 12:51.78that he got in 2020 in Monaco, Italy and Birhanu Balew from Ethiopia who has a personal best of 27:07.49, which is also national record, that he got at the 60th Ostrava Golden Spike in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Italy will be represented by Eritrean born Italian Eyob Faniel who holds the Italian record over the half marathon of 1:00.07.

Olympic Marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir will be a special guest.

Kibiwott Kandie to Debut at New York City Marathon

Reigning world half marathon silver medalist Kibiwott Kandie will be making his maiden marathon appearance at the 50th edition of the New York City Marathon.

But focus will be on Kandie, as he may launch a sweet revenge against world half marathon champion Jacob Kiplimo, who beat him for the world title in Gdynia, Poland.

The Baringo County based man, who has competed in six half marathons, has lost only one as he makes the strides for the full marathon.

The 24-year-old beat Kiplimo and running under the one hour mark, will be out to prove his worthiness over the 42km when in New York.

But focus will be on Kandie, as he may launch a sweet revenge against world half marathon champion Jacob Kiplimo, who beat him for the world title in Gdynia, Poland.

The 24-year-old beat Kiplimo and running under the one hour mark, will be out to prove his worthiness over the 42km when in New York.

Kandie has beaten Kiplimo twice and once beating world 10km record holder Rhonex Kipruto

Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Abdi Nageeye (2:06.17), Eyob Faniel, Italy (2:07:19) and Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, Eritrea (2:07:11) will also battle for the podium.

Another Kenyan Albert Korir of 2:08.03 and Great Britain’s Callum Hawkins of 2:08:14 and Noah Droddy from the United States of 2:09:09 have also been named in the elite list.

LEADING TIME

Marathon MEN

  1. Kenenisa Bekele             (ETH)  2:01.41
  2. Abdi Nageeye                  (NED) 2:06.17
  3. Eyob Faniel                      (ITA)  2:07.19
  4. Ghirmay Ghebreslassie (ERT)  2:07.11
  5. Callum Hawkins              (GRT) 2:08.14
  6. Albert Kori                        (KEN) 2:08.03
  7. Noah Droddy                    (USA)  2:09.09
  8. Mohamed El Aaraby       (MOR) 2:09.16
  9. Jared Ward                        (USA)  2:09.25
  10. Kibiwott Kandie               (KEN) Debut
  11. Ben True                            (USA) Debut