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Edwin Soi runs away with Marathon de La Rochelle title

Kenya’s Edwin Soi took the top honors at the 30th edition of the Marathon de La Rochelle that was held on Sunday (28) in Rochelle, France.

Soi led a 1-2 Kenyan podium finish as he fought for the title with his fellow country-mate David Kiprono, who pushed him to the wire but Soi managed to hold him off cutting the tape in 2:09.14 with Kiprono crossing the line in second fourteen seconds later.

Ivan Horodyskyy from Ukraine closed the first three podium finishes in 2:10.13.

Ethiopia’s Azmeraw Mengist and Gilbert Masai from Kenya crossed the finish line in fourth and fifth place in 2:11.47 and 2:13.47 respectively.

The race course record of 2:07.13 that was set in 2011 by John Komen remained intact.



  1. Edwin Soi                  (KEN) 2:09.14
  2. David Kiprono          (KEN) 2:09.28
  3. Ivan Horodyskyy      (UKR) 2:10.13
  4. Azmeraw Mengist    (ETH) 2:11.47
  5. Gilbert Masai            (KEN) 2:13.06

Ednah Mukhwana destroys the Bilbao Night Marathon course record

Kenya’s Ednah Mukhwana destroyed the race course at the 12th edition of the Bilbao Night Marathon that was held on Sunday (24) in Bilbao, Spain.

Mukhwana cut off a whooping six minutes five seconds off the previous record that was set in 2019 by Ethiopia’s Zeritu Wakjira to set a new course record of 2:36.29.

Mukhwana who ran the better part of the race solo was followed a distant later by Spain’s Dolores Marco who crossed the line thirteen minutes later.

Another Kenyan Priscila Chepatiy closed the first three podium finishes in 2:50.55.



  1. Ednah Mukhwana   (KEN) 2:36.29
  2. Dolores Marco         (SPN) 2:49.24
  3. Priscila Chepatiy     (KEN) 2:50.55

In the Half Marathons race, Kenya’s Elvis Chebor took the honors in 1:01.54 as he led 1-2 Kenyan podium finish with Gilbert Masai coming home in second in 1:01.59 with Spain’s Unai Arroyo finishing in third in 1:06.30.

In the women category Rachael Zena took the honors in 1:11.23 and was followed by Gladys Jeruto from Kenya in 1:12.25 with Spain’s Olaia Carrasco coming in third in 1:18.48.

Chepkirui targets Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon course record

Former Commonwealth and African 10,000m champion Joyce Chepkirui of Kenya will face a stiff challenge as she returns to the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon in the Czech Republic on Saturday.

The Prague Half Marathon champion leads a horde of eight Kenyans at the race. The team departed Nairobi on Wednesday for the Czech capital.

Ethiopia’s world half marathon champion Netsanet Gudeta is fastest on the entry list but Chepkirui is banking on her endurance and speed to turn the tables and claim the title.

“I have had very good training and will be happy to see who the opposition lining up against me is. I want to run a fast time and look at making the Kenya team for the World Championships in 2019 in Qatar,” she said Wednesday in Nairobi.

Chepkirui said she will not be seeking a slot in the Kenya team at the Africa Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria, but will be keen to improve her performance on the road.

“I have no plans to compete on the track this season. My focus is on the road race and hopefully, I will string together good results and put my name up for selection to the marathon team for the World Championships next year,” she added.

Gudeta of Ethiopia is the leading athlete, based on time. She was second at the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon last year, running 27 seconds quicker than the 66:38 course record of Mary Keitany from 2015.

But Chepkirui, who ran 66:19 to win the Prague Half Marathon in 2014, will be the athlete to watch.

Alongside Chepkirui, Kenya will also have Antonina Kwambai (68:07) and Linet Masai (69:33) who are returning from maternity leave and are keen to restart their road racing careers.

Other athletes to watch out for will be Ethiopia’s Aselefech Mergia (67:21), and Trihas Gebre of Spain (69:57), who is the top European along with in-form Frenchwoman Clemence Calvin.

Eva Vrabcova-Nyvltova leads the domestic entries. Organizers have invited seven athletes who have previously run under the 70-minute mark.

Ethiopia’s Jemal Yimer, who was second in Ras Al-Khaimah in United Arab Emirates in February in a time of 59:00 is the fastest of four sub-60 runners in the men’s field.

He will have to contend with Kenyans Gilbert Masai (59:31), Justus Kangogo (59:31), Stephen Kiprop (59:44) and Abel Kipchumba (60:05), while Jiri Homolac (63:23) is the top domestic entrant.