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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

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.

Life as Eliud Kipchoge

Eliud Kipchoge’s status as an all-time great of the sport cannot be disputed.

With his second successive Olympic title earlier this year, the Kenyan distance runner became even more of a marathon legend than he already was. It was his 11th victory in 13 official races over the distance, and adds to his growing list of accolades which includes multiple major marathon wins and the current world record of 2:01:39.

Not forgetting, of course, his sub-two-hour run in the marathon experiment in Vienna back in 2019.

His recent Olympic triumph on the streets of Sapporo – where he carved out the biggest winning margin in a men’s marathon at the Games since 1972 – confirmed that Kipchoge, now 37, is as dominant as ever. What makes his form more remarkable is the fact that he also excelled at the other end of the age spectrum, winning the world U20 cross-country title back in 2003 and then taking the senior world 5000m crown later that year while still a teenager.


Eliud Kipchoge wins the Olympic marathon title (© Getty Images)

Such longevity at this level is rare in the sport, matched only by icons such as Haile Gebrselassie, Merlene Ottey and Heike Drechsler. Leading a simple but focused life, Kipchoge says, has been key to his success to date.

Despite all he has achieved, Kipchoge still has some career goals he’d like to attain in the coming years. But he also has one eye on what he’d like to do in retirement.

Talking to the press on a recent trip organised by the NN Running Team, Kipchoge spoke all about his career, his future goals, his training, his life, and being an inspiration to others.

 

Eliud Kipchoge on…

… his career to date:

I enjoyed my 10 years on the track and I’m satisfied with the results I got. I won a world title in the 5000m, Olympic bronze and silver over 5000m, and silver at the Commonwealth Games. I also ran fast times and set a championship record with my world title in 2003, so I believe I left my mark on the track and I have no regrets about moving to the roads when I did.


Eliud Kipchoge wins the 2003 world 5000m title in Paris (© Getty Images)

For me it is critical to leave my imprint on the marathon by winning the majors, holding the world record, running under two hours, and, above all, rounding it all off by having won the Olympic Games.

There are many people who could break my marathon world record. I think Geoffrey Kamworor will one day break the world record. Joshua Cheptegei will also make his mark in the marathon, and Kenenisa Bekele will still be there.

… his future career goals:

Winning back-to-back Olympic golds was a great goal to have, and although I’d like to win a third one, I also have other goals on my bucket list. One is to run all of the Marathon Majors and win them all.

A sub-two-hour marathon (in an official race) is something to aim for, but if I don’t do it then I’m sure someone else will.


Eliud Kipchoge wins the London Marathon  (© Getty Images)

I have never thought about the half marathon world record, but I would like to improve my PB (59:25) and run 58 minutes or something.

The season is just getting started and it’s too early at this stage to make a final decision about next year’s World Championships.

… his approach to training:

I always strive to improve my fitness, and I approach it like education. For example, if you have an exam in two years, you have to plan carefully for it to be right.

I need time to train and to prepare my system well. Five months is good for me to have enough mileage in my muscles. It’s not boring; I always wake up motivated and ready to hit the road.


Eliud Kipchoge during a track training session (© Dan Vernon / NN Running Team)

I do a 30km run every Sunday, then every two weeks I’ll do another run of either 30km or 40km. Every day, I try to put more kilometres on my muscles to help me reach my future goals.

I train, I eat, I rest. I rest my body and my mind, which are two different things. I try to be mindful, to know where I am all the time.

We need to embrace innovation and technology – it’s the only way the world moves forward and evolves. Technology is good for everyone, but above all it is a change that makes us united. The main purpose for this technology is to promote faster recovery. The goal is that one day you can run a marathon and the next day people working can go back into the office. I respect people’s opinions and would ask that they respect ours. Ultimately, we must unite and move forward.

… his outlook on life:

I’m an advocate of living a simple life. It’s important to live in a humble way.

That simple life makes me more aware of what I’m doing and makes me present in every moment. It makes my mind move. If I am not a simple man, my mind will not be either and I will forget what is important. This is how you lose contact with the outside world.


Eliud Kipchoge during a training run (© Dan Vernon / NN Running Team)

During the Covid pandemic, I learned how to deal with uncertainty. I also learned that the world is not small and is actually full of challenges. Like, sometimes positivity runs away and negativity comes and takes over. It’s then when you need extra knowledge to navigate through those uncertainties.

Being an athlete and working as a farmer are two different things. But the saying “you reap what you sow” applies to both pursuits. If you plant in a good way, you will reap good fruits. And as an athlete, if you train well, you will perform well.

… his future life as an inspiration and ambassador:

I would like to retire quietly. I would like to go around the world and run with people and inspire them. I’d also like to start a business to give work to others. I also want to focus on my foundation, and extend my work outside of Kenya, in Africa, to help change more lives.

I want to be an inspiration to kids at schools, and children of any sport. I want to be an inspiration to people when it comes to fitness. I would like everyone to be fitter and to get involved in conserving the environment. I would like everyone to be involved in the change and in the education of this planet. Through know-how, we can make the world move forward.


Local school children look on while Eliud Kipchoge runs past (© Dan Vernon / NN Running Team)

Children are our future, and they are the future of the planet. It is important to have a good running environment. Children will be healthy if they have fresh air to breathe. It will also improve their school performance.

It’s a big responsibility, but I’m really happy to be an ambassador for Paris 2024. It will be something very special to have 30,000 people from all around the world running the Olympic marathon. It is really unique.

If Kenya got the chance to host the World Championships, it would be great. I’d just be there to sit and watch all the young stars compete, but it would make me the happiest man to welcome the world’s best athletes to Kenya.

14 things you may not know about Eliud Kipchoge

Favourite food:
Ugali.

Favourite animal:
Elephant.

Favourite football team:
Barcelona

Place(s) you’d like to visit:
I would like to visit South America and see what life is like there. I would also like to go to Haiti to see how they live there because people are suffering a lot there.

Best long-distance runner in history:
Haile Gebrselassie.

Biggest idol or inspiration:
Lewis Hamilton, for his concentration when in the car.

The moment of which you are most proud:
When I ran under two hours.

The sport you’d have done had you not been a runner:
Tennis.

One thing you really dislike:
Negativity in the world.

Hobbies outside of running:
Going for a walk with my family, going to the farm, and reading books to learn more.

Best time of your life outside of athletics:
When I went to the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi.

One thing you can’t live without:
My diary.

In one sentence, describe your relationship with your coach:
He is my coach for sport, for business and for life.

Your life motto:
We need to be positive. It is the only way to enjoy life.

Lawrence Cherono wins Valencia Marathon

Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono took the top honors at the 41st edition of the Valencia Marathon that was held on Sunday (5) in Valencia, Spain.

Cherono was forced into a sprint finish but he was too good with his feet as he out-sprinted Chalu Deso from Ethiopia to cut the tape in 2:05.12.

The 33 year-old was followed closely by Deso who crossed the line four seconds later.

Philemon Kacheran from Kenya closed the first three podium finishes in 2:05.19.

The race favorite and former world half marathon record holder Geoffrey Kamworor finished finished a disappointing fourth in 2:05.23. Ethiopia’s Abebe Negewo finished in fifth in 2:05.27.

LEADING RESULTS

42KM MEN

  1. Lawrence Cherono     (KEN) 2:05.12
  2. Chalu Deso                  (ETH) 2:05.16
  3. Philemon Kacheran   (KEN) 2:05.19
  4. Geoffrey Kamworor   (KEN) 2:05.23
  5. Abebe Negewo            (ETH) 2:05.27

Albert Korir targets the podium at the New York City Marathon

The 2019 Vienna City Marathon Albert Korir will be targeting a podium finish at the 50th New York City Marathon that will be held on Sunday (7) in New York, USA.

The 27 years-old will be returning to the New York City Marathon with an aim of finishing on the podium despite the heavy line-up that includes Kenenisa Bekele, Abdi Nageeye  and the defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor.

He finished in second place at the 2019 New York City marathon behind champion Kamworor and he will be returning to the course as his first outing since 2019 with the world being under the control of Covid-19.

Following his training program in his Kapkitony village in Elgeyo Marakwet County, the 2014 Kass marathon winner was optimistic that he will be hitting the podium as his target.

“I have been out of competition for a long time and heading to New York City, I need to be on the podium. As much as I want to win the race, it will be one of the most competitive ones now that many athletes have been out of competition for a long time,” said Korir.

Korir comes to this race with a personal best of 2:08.06 that he got at the 2019 Ottawa marathon. He has been training about 180km a week so that he can gain much endurance while competing at the one of the World marathon majors.

“Training for such a marathon is not easy. Remember I have not run for long because after New York in November 2019, I competed at the Eldoret City marathon finishing 10th meaning I have a big challenge ahead,” said Korir.

In 2017, he won the Vienna City marathon and managed third position at the Luboya Marathon, won silver at both Lake Biwa and Cape Town marathons respectively in 2018.

“My expectations are high with the aim of reaching high standards in the race. I don’t want to force myself, burning my chest so hard but I will do what my body will be prepared for,” he added.

In 2019, he won both Ottawa and Houston marathons before concluding the season with the second finish in the New York City Marathon

Fastest times targeted as Geoffrey Kamworor added on Valencia Marathon elite list

Former World Half Marathon record holder Geoffrey Kamworor has been added on the star elite list of the 41st Edition of the Valencia Marathon that will be held in December, 5, 2021 in Valencia, Spain.

The 28 year-old has three World Athletics Half Marathon Championships gold medals under his belt, and he is back on the roads following his recovery from surgery after he was hit by a motorcycle in June last year.

The 2015 World silver medallist in 10,000m carries a personal best of 2:06.12 that he got at the 2012 at the Berlin Marthon.

Kamworor’s world half marathon record time was bettered by each of Kibiwott Kandie, Jacob Kiplimo, Rhonex Kipruto, and Alexander Mutiso at the 2020 Valencia Half Marathon and Kandie is the new half marathon world record holder.

Last year’s edition of this race featured elite athletes and four runners broke the previous course record of 2:03.51, with Evans Chebet setting a new course record of 2:03.00, the sixth-fastest marathon at the time.

Chebet’s victory also ensured that a Kenyan topped the podium again for the 18th time in the last 40 editions of the Valencia Marathon.

The race organisers have put together one of the strongest team to challenge the current course record of 2:03.00, which is the fourth fastest time in the world. Kamworor will battle for honors alongside Lawrence Cherono and Amos Kipruto, and the Ethiopians Mule Wasihun, Getaneh Molla, Kinde Atanaw and Andamlak Belihu.

The race selector of the International Elite athletes of the Valencia Marathon, Marc Roig, said, “This year’s marathon is extremely competitive, as we like in Valencia. I do not rule out an arrival to the sprint in male and, in fact, I am counting on it. Athletes know that Valencia offers one of the best circuits to achieve a personal best. And this, with the level of runners we have, can easily translate into several athletes breaking the circuit record. How much? We will see this on December 5”.

Faith Kipyegon receives another award

Faith Kipyegon, the double Olympic 1,500m champion was named the LG Sport’s Personality for the month of August.

The mother-of-one successfully defended her 1500m gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Games in a new Olympic record of 3:53.11, beating Great Britain’s Laura Muir and Netherland’s star Sifan Hassan.

Kipyegon went home with a state-of-the-art LG Artificial Intelligence washing machine worth Ksh92,000 and a glittering trophy engraved with her name.

Kipyegon, who was awarded by the LG Electronics Managing Director, Sa Nyoung Kim on Tuesday morning at her Global Sports Communication Training Camp in Kaptagat said the award will motivate her to more success ahead of next season.

“I am so surprised about this award. It has never happened before. Being the off season, Coach Patrick Sang called me and said that there is an urgent meeting. Little did I know I was to receive this award. It is an inspiration for me and my teammates at the camp,” Kipyegon said.

The LG Managing Director appreciated the partnership, saying that the electronic firm is committed to developing sports in the country.

“I am humbled to be at such a humble camp which has so many championships. LG and SJAK will continue working together to support and motivate sports personalities achieve their dreams,” LG boss Sa Nyoung Kim said.

Kipyegon was voted the best ahead of world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge, Peres Jepchirchir Olympics as well as Olympic 800m gold medalist Emmanuel Korir.

Also in the nominees were World Under-20 Walk champion Heristone Wanyonyi, 100m sensational Ferdinand Omanyala and World Under-20 800m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi.

Kipyegon also becomes the third female athlete in 2021 to lay hands on the coveted award, previously won by the likes of Kipchoge, Geoffrey Kamworor, Mary Moraa, Milan marathon winner Titus Ekiru and the world marathon women champion Ruth Chepng’etich.

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

Ankle injury rules out Geoffrey Kamworor

Three times world Half Marathon champion, Geoffrey Kamworor has pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics due to an ankle injury.

The 28-year-old is also the 2017 New York marathon, and previous world record holder had hopes of a medal in the 10,000m after winning the national trials.

Kamworor made the announcement through his Facebook account when he said, ” This week I had to make the tough decision to skip the Olympics. I’m feeling very fit and in great shape, but unfortunately a painful spot in my foot is preventing me from running 25 laps on spikes by next week.

Geoffrey Kamworor poses for a photo at the Global Communication Camp. Photo: Geoffrey Kamworor
I will build on the fitness I currently have and looking ahead towards great goals in the marathon in near future, see you soon.”

He won silver at the 2015 world championships in Beijing, behind Britain’s Mo Farah.

The injury comes after he was hit by a motorcycle while training near his home in June last year, suffering a fractured tibia.

Kipsang and Kiplagat focus on New York despite running in Berlin last month

Defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor leads a host of stars to next month’s New York Marathon.

Kamworor, who is the three-time World Half Marathon champion, will face stiff competition from several of his compatriots in the 42km race during the ‘Big Apple’ race.

Kamworor clocked 2:10:53 to win the event last year.

The defending champion will be up against former winner and world record holder Wilson Kipsang, who competed at last month’s Berlin Marathon, finishing third in 2:06:48.

The 2017 London Marathon champion, Daniel Wanjiru, will also be in the mix.

Wanjiru has a personal best of 2:05:21 set at the Amsterdam Marathon two years ago and will fancy his chances of performing well at the event.

Former New York City Marathon champion Stanley Biwott will also be seeking to reclaim the crown he won in 2015 in 2:10:34 while Stephen Sambu, who clinched the New York City Half Marathon in 2016 in 1:01:16, has also been entered.

In the women’s category, two- time world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat, who finished fourth at the Berlin three weeks ago in 2:21:18, aims to unseat last year’s champion Sharlene Flanagan of the USA.

London Marathon champion Vivian Cheruiyot will also be seeking to win her second marathon crown after her exploit in the British capital in April.

Mary Keitany will be chasing her fourth New York City Marathon crown after victories in 2014-2016.

Keitany is one the country’s most decorated marathoners with wins in other big city marathons including London, where she has won three times (2011, 2012 and 2016).

US-based Sally Kipyego made her marathon debut in 2016 in New York, finishing second to Keitany in 2:28.01 and will be aiming to go one place better.