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Leonard Korir to battle Kipchirchir, Zienasellassie at USATF Half

Kenyan-born American long-distance runner, Leonard Korir will be the star to watch at the USATF Half Marathon that will be held on Saturday (7) in Indianapolis.

The 35 year-old who is a two-time USATF Half Marathon champion started his season on a high note as he was a runner-up at the USATF 15 km Championships and a fourth-place finisher at the USATF Cross Country Championships, which places him at the top of the USATF Running Circuit overall standings with 19 points, four points ahead of Shadrack Kipchirchir, whom they will battle for honors with on Saturday.

Korir will also face off with the Eritrean-born American, Futsum Zienasellassie who finished in position six at the USATF 15 km Championships and ninth at the USATF Cross Country Championships.

The 29 year-old, whose father is a priest in the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church, beat Korir at the 2021 USATF Half Marathon Championships, placing fifth to Korir’s seventh.

The 2019 Pan American Games 10,000m champion Lawi Lalang and Reid Buchanan who is also the silver medallist at the same games have also been incorporated to fight for the top prize money of $7,000.

Other contenders include, Jacob Thomson, who placed tenth at the USATF 15 km Championships, Noah Droddy, Sid Vaughn and Caleb Kerr.

PRIZE MONEY

1st – $7,000

2nd – $3,500

3rd – $2,500

4th – $1,800

5th – $1,200

6th – $1,000

7th – $900

8th – $800

9th – $700

10th – $600

Nicholas Kosimbei runs world leading time at Cherry Blossom

In less than two months after crushing Atlanta Half Marathon course record, Nicholas Kosimbei set another record at the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run after running with the world leading time.

The 25 year-old set the world fastest time of the year set the record set ten years by compatriot Allan Kiprono.
Kosimbei faced off with the 2016 African silver medallist, Wilfred Kimitei and Shadrack Kimining, the most consistent athletes over the half marathon with the best time of 59.27 that he got at the 2020 Houston Half Marathon.
Kosimbei, who represents the Marin County Track Club (MCTC) in California, led 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finish as he held off the two giants cutting the tape in a world leading time of 45:15.
“I wanted to run ahead at 5k, but the pace was a little slow before that, so I tried to push it a little bit,” he said. Kosimbei wasn’t concerned about leaving himself vulnerable while leading. “That’s my style,” he said. “I’m happy with my race, but I still want to break the record on my own. I was not sure exactly what the record was while I was racing.”
“I am very happy with the performance — we came and got the job done,” said Kosimbei’s coach and agent, Antony Scott. “There’s some more work to do in training, and we look forward to coming back in 2023 for an attempt at a faster course record.”
Kimitei who holds a personal best of 28:02 that he got at the 2016 Brunssum Parelloop 10km race was forced to settle in second place in a time of 45:43 with Kimining coming home in third place in 45:48.
United States Futsum Zienasellassie and Reid Buchanan finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 46:53 and 46:57 respectively.

Four ‘Kenyans’ to headline the USATF 10-Mile Championships

Kenyan-born American long distance runner, Augustus Maiyo has been lined up among the top athletes to headline the star studded field at the 48th edition of the USATF 10-Mile Championships that will be held on 12 the September in Washington, D.C.

The 38 years-old will be running at the Boston Marathon on October 11 and will face a strong field opponent that includes Ethiopian-born American Biya Simbassa, who has fastest 10 mile personal best of 46:57, over Maiyo’s 47:05.

Three other Kenyan born athletes but now trading for USA have been included in this field, Elkanah Kibet of 47:15, Shadrack Biwott of 47:53 and Emmanuel Bor of 47:39

The four will have a fierce battle with the Four-time national champion Chris Derrick who comes to this race with the fastest personal best of 46:53. The race also includes the reigning national ten mile champion Futsum Zienasellassie who has a personal best of 46.55 which is two seconds slower that Derrick.

Other title contenders include Kiya Dandena (46:58), Girma Mecheso (47:22), and Noah Droddy (47:28).

Biwott, Droddy and Kibet are all running the TCS New York City Marathon, and Mecheso is running Boston.

This will be the third time that the Cherry Blossom will host a national championship event, and a $26,000 national championships prize money purse –plus a $10,000 national record bonus pool– will be on offer.

“It has been nearly two years since the last time the U.S. Ten Mile Championships for men was held,” observed longtime event director Phil Stewart through a media release. “I know a host of talented Americans are eager to take an important middle-distance test as most of them prepare for fall marathons, of which there are plenty, with all six Abbott World Marathon Majors events taking place over a six-week period between September 26 and November 7.”

The race will also be hosting an international elite field with separate prize money, USA athletes can “double dip” if they finish high in the overall placing, too. The overall race champions will earn $5000 (equal for men and women), and the USA champions will get the same amount. Both the international and USA Championships prize money go 10-deep, bringing the total race purse to $46,000.

Korir Eyes USATF 20 km Championships title

Reigning USATF running overall champion, Leonard Korir will be targeting to increase his points at the USATF 20 km Championships that will be held on American runners Labor Day morning.

The USATF 20 km Championships, hosted by the Faxon Law New Haven Road Race, are the seventh stop on the 2018 USATF Running Circuit.

Seven of the top ten finishers from 2017 are back and ready to contend for the title. Last year, Korir finished one second behind race champion Galen Rupp, but with no Rupp entered, Korir will seek to earn his second USATF 20 km title after winning the race in 2016.

In addition to vying for the victory, Korir seeks to take over the lead in the USATF Running Circuit. He currently sits four points behind leader Sam Chelanga, 55-51, and Chelanga is not racing.

Korir will be running both with and against his U.S. Army teammates in New Haven. In what’s become a familiar sight in the USATF Running Circuit, Korir is joined by a trio of other U.S. Army teammates and fans can expect them to run a large portion of the race together up front.

Elkanah Kibet, Samuel Kosgei and Haron Lagat are each having terrific 2018 seasons. Kibet, who is preparing for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, placed fourth at the USATF 20 km Championships in 2016, while earning a fifth place finish at the USATF 25 km Championships earlier this season and a third place finish in the 10,000m at the USATF Outdoor Championships.

For Kosgei, Monday’s race is another chance to move up the USATF Running Circuit standings. Currently sitting sixth overall, Kosgei finished sixth at the USATF 20 km Championships in 2017. Using that experience, along with the momentum built from fifth place finishes at the USATF Half Marathon Championships and USATF 25 km Championships earlier this season, Kosgei should be in the top three as the race enters the closing stages.

For Lagat, he’s stepping up in distance. The experience steeplechase runner on the track finished sixth in the event this summer at the USATF Outdoor Championships, while earning a runner-up finish at the USATF 10 km Championships. If he can hold form with his teammates until the final stages of the race, his superior speed could prove crucial to earning a top three placing.

Not to be overlooked, Martin Hehir, who recently joined former Syracuse teammate Justyn Knight and coach Chris Fox in a new Reebok-sponsored training group, enters Monday’s race sitting fourth in the USATF Running Circuit standings, only 1.5 points behind third place Scott Fauble. Hehir showed success earlier in the season at the USATF 15 km Championships, where he placed third, and is ready to challenge for another big finish.

Other notable returnees include USATF Running Circuit veterans Christo Landry and Tim Ritchie. Landry placed fourth at the 2017 USATF 20 km Championships, which came off a third place finish in 2016. Ritchie captured fifth place in both the 2017 and 2016 editions. Both runners haven proven expertise on the course and if fully healthy could very well push for another top five finish.

Similar to others in the field, Aaron Braun is using Monday’s race as a tune-up to the Chicago Marathon, as are Kiya Dandena and Jonas Hampton, who finished seventh and eighth at the USATF 20 km Championships in 2017.

Ahmed Osman, who placed tenth in 2017, Olympian Donn Cabral, USATF Running Circuit veteran Fernando Cabada, Oregon Track Club runner Luke Puskedra and Braun’s HOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elite teammate Futsum Zienasellassie also have a chance to vie for top five finishes.