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Albert Korir to defend his New York City Marathon title

Kenya’s Albert Korir will be heading back to New York City to defend his NYCC marathon title at the 50th edition of the race that will be held on November 06, 2022 in New York.

The 27 year-old last year thrashed a strong deep elite field that included Kenenisa Bekele, Abdi Nageeye and the defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor, two years after finishing second.

“I’m very happy to return to New York after my victory last year, but I also feel a great responsibility to defend my title,” Korir said in a statement. “It was surprising to me that the list of athletes who have returned to defend their title has very few names on it, but I am training very hard to join them. It is never easy, but I have the benefit of experience.”

The race organisers have assembled a deep field that include the 2021 runner-up Mohamed El Aaraby of Morocco, along with 2020 London Marathon winner Shura Kitata of Ethiopia and Evans Chebet from Kenya.


Kenya’s marathon to Oregon to train Individually

Athletics Kenya president Gen. (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei, has announced that Kenya’s marathon team will be training individually ahead of the World Athletics Championships set for next month in Eugene, Oregon, USA

Speaking in Eldoret after meeting all selected marathon team, Tuwei said that they short time for the marathoners to train in camps for the biennial championships after missing last year.
“The team is here in preparations for the world championships in Oregon and anything that they wanted to know their needs,” said Tuwei.
He said that the team selection should was perfect and agreed that they will be training from where they are.
“Training in their current camps will give them a good chance to better their performance because change of training area will affect them due to the short period we have ahead of Oregon and we shall support them fully as Athletics Kenya,” assured the president.
He added that he wants them, by the time they go to the championships, they have received support after getting support from all over the quarters of the country.
“Since we selected the team we have not heard any challenges and noise from the public, meaning we have selected the best for this country,” he said as he they plan to name the final team in Nairobi during the track and field trials for the Commonwealth Games and World championships team.
Team captain Lawrence Cherono said that as a team, they are preparing well for the show.
“We are a full team, committed to take the mantle and we are ready for the task. We will do our best as a team following a good discussion with team mates and federation president and have promised we shall work together,” said Cherono.
Women marathon defending champion Ruth Chepng’etich said she was ready to defend her title.
“Am praying that we have good results in Oregon and raedy to defend my title,” said Chepng’etich.
The men’s marathon team is led by Chicago and Boston marathon champion Lawrence Cherono, who will be serving as team captain, two time New York marathon champion Geoffrey kamworor, Barnabas Kiptum and former world marathon champion Geoffrey Kirui as reserve.
Olympic marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir leads women race followed by defending champion Ruth Chepng’etich, Judith Jeptum Korir and Angela Tanui as reserve.

Asbel Kiprop involved in a motor bike accident

Three times World 1500m champion, Asbel Kiprop is nursing head injuries after being involved in an accident on Wednesday in Eldoret.

Kiprop becomes the third athlete to be involved in a motorbike accident after three-time world half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor and the two time world Youth 3,000m steeplechase champion, Celliphine Chespol were both knocked while on their morning runs.

While speaking exclusively to Athletics News, the former Olympic 1500m champion who returned this year from his suspension, said the motorbike that was carrying him slide around his home area.

“A slide motorbike accident at my locality home. Nilikua nabebwa na pikipiki” said Asbel.


Nicholas Kimeli breaks the World 10K Bengaluru course record

Former Africa cross country champion Nicholas Kipkorir Kimeli broke the race course record at the World 10K Bengaluru Road Race that was held on Sunday (15) in Bengaluru, India.

The Tokyo 5000m fourth finisher took the lead at the 9km mark and pulled away from Ethiopia’s reigning world U20 10,000m champion Tadese Worku to erase the men’s previous record of 27:44 that was set by his compatriot Geoffrey Kamworor in 2014.

The race started off in an unusual manner with Reynold Kipkorir from Kenya who was to eventually finish ninth – out on his own for much of the first 5km, passing the halfway point in 14:00 with the rest of the elite field staying around 70m in arrears.

But shortly after going through 5km, Worku took charge of the race and engaged the gear to tow the leading men back to Kipkorir before going past him just before the 6km point and then increasing the pace further.

Kimeli stayed calmed behind Worku for the next 3km, letting him to do all the hard work as the pair gradually got back onto course record pace as they also put a daylight between themselves and the rest of the men’s field.

Worku who looked fresh as they reached the final kilometre could not respond when Kimeli took the lead, with the latter almost sprinting like a middle-distance runner over the final 300m as he cut the tape in a new course record of 27:38.

“Honestly, I was not expecting to get the course record. When we reached 5K, we didn’t think we will get the course record, in fact, even when we crossed the 7K-mark, I didn’t think we will make the record. But only when Worku pushed ahead, I picked up pace towards the end,” said Kimeli.

Worku was forced to settle in second place inside the old record with a time of 27:43.

The race favorite and former world half-marathon record holder, Kibiwott Kandie closed the first three podium finishes in a time of 27:57.

Two-time reigning world champion 5000m Muktar Edris crossed the line in a disappointing seventh place.

Kimeli pocketed a cool USD 26,000 for his victory and course record bonuses of USD 8000.



  1. Nicholas Kimeli     (KEN) 27:38
  2. Tadese Worku         (ETH) 27:43
  3. Kibiwott Kandie     (KEN) 27:57

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

Lawrence Cherono leads men marathoners for World Championships

The Valencia marathon champion, Lawrence Cherono will be leading Kenyan women marathoners’ at the 18th edition of the World Athletics Championships that will be held from July 15-24 at the newly reconstructed Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

The 33 year-old is the eighth fastest marathon performer of all time with his 2:03.04 that he got at the 2020 Valencia Marathon.

Cherono who has one of the most powerful kick for a marathoner out-sprinted two-time Boston winner and World Championship Silver medalist Lelisa Desisa on the final block of Boylston Street in April 2019 when he cut the tape in 2:07.57 then went it again in October the same year at the Chicago Marathon out-kicking three other runners in the final 200 meters to win the race in 2:05.45.

Cherono will lead two time New York City marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor, 2021 Milano marathon second placed Barnabas Kiptum while former world marathon champion Geoffrey Kirui, who has been battling with injuries will be on bench.

World championships marathon team


  1. Lawrence Cherono     2:03.04
  2. Barnabas Kiptum        2:04.17
  3. Geoffrey Kamworor   2:05.23
  4. Geoffrey Kirui             2:06.27 (reserve)

Geoffrey Kamworor targets the Podium at Boston Marathon

Three-time world half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor will target the podium at the 126th edition of the Boston Marathon that will be held on Monday April 18, 2022.

The two time New York City marathon champion said he has been healed from the groin injury and preparing for the race set to attract top runners from across the world.

Kamworor pulled out of the Agnes Tirop Memorial World Cross Country championships that were held last month after picking a groin injury few hours to the event.

The 29 year-old won the world half marathon titles in 2014 in Copenhagen in Denmark, before defending his title two years later and rounded up at the 2018 show in Valencia, Spain.

“I was well prepared for the Agnes Tirop World Cross Country Tour but it was very unfortunate that in the last two weeks to the race I got an injury. That groin injury was the reason for pulling out,” said the former world Athletics championships 10,000m silver medalist.

With Boston ahead of him, he decided that he was not going to compete at the race, with the course having mud and other obstacles that may ruin his injury more.

“With that course, I saw that it is better not to run because the mud and the way the course could not allow me to compete. I had to evade the tough course to avoid more problems after the race,” he added.

The two times world cross country champion will be joining a host of top athletes at the Boston marathon hoping to run to the podium as he did in the New York City Marathon.

“For now, I can say I am in top form just trying to train by sharpening skills and am ready. Right now I am going on well with my training ahead of the Boston marathon,” he added.

Letesenbet Gidey and Geoffrey Kamworor withdraw from Agnes Jebet Memorial cross

Five times World Cross Country champion, Letesenbet Gidey and two times world cross country champion Geoffrey Kamworor have withdrawn from the Agnes Jebet Memorial cross country championships which is the fifth edition of World Athletics Cross Country Gold Tour that will be held on Saturday (12) at Lobo village in Kapseret, Uasin Gishu County.

The 23-year-old won four gold medals at the junior level and one at senior. Gidey had a memorable 2021 after running world records in both the women’s half-marathon and 10,000m plus claimed Olympic 10,000m bronze in Tokyo. The Ethiopian is also a world 10,000m silver medallist.

Kamworor carries on his shoulders two senior world cross country titles that he won in 2015 and 2017 after the 2011 World Under 20 title.

More to follow…

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.



  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

Geoffrey Kamworor the star to watch at Agnes Tirop World Cross Country Tour

Three-time world half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor will be on startline at the Agnes Tirop World Cross Country Tour that will be held on February 12 at the Lobo village in Kapseret, Uasin Gishu County.

Kamworor carries on his shoulders two senior world cross country titles that he won in 2015 and 2017 after the 2011 World Under 20 title.

The announcement was made during the launch of the World Athletics Cross Country Tour Gold by the event organizer Barnabas Korir who is also the Athletics Kenya Youth and Development chairman.

The meet will attract forty top notch athletes who have been to the event with many Kenyan athletes expected to join the list once they are selected after the AK National Cross Country Championships that will be held in Eldoret on January 22, 2022.

“Kenya will select up to ten athletes for the event. This will be part of the 40 athletes: 20 women and similar number for men that will take part in the competition. Expect a stiff competition since all athletes will be battling for points,” said Korir.

The guests present during the launch included Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Sports Dr. Amina Mohamed, Athletics Kenya President (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei, Uasin Gishu Governor, Jackson Mandago and Eliud Kipchoge, the world marathon record holder. Other top notch athletes included Kamworor, Faith Kipyegon, Jonathan Korir, Alice Aprot and Rhonex Kipruto.

The race category will the 10km senior men and women, 8km junior men, 6km junior women, U18 6km boys, U18 4km girls, 2km boys and 1km for children and masters race.

The winners will pocket $400,000 (Sh43m) prize money and $75,000 (Sh8m) will be set aside for the best male and female runners in the cross country tour.