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Jonathan Korir, the man to watch in Valencia

Kenya’s Jonathan Korir will lead a strong Kenyan elite team at the 42nd edition of the Valencia Marathon that will be held on December 4, 2022 in Valencia, Spain.

The 35-year-old who trains with world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge at Global Sports Communication camp in Kaptagat, comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 2:04.32 that he got last year at the Amsterdam Marathon where he finished in fourth place.

Korir who also finished fifth at the Commonwealth Games marathon will battle for honors with his compatriots, former World marathon champion Geoffrey Kiruithe, former Santa Pola International Half Marathon champion Alexander Mutiso, Bahrain Night Half Marathon champion Philemon Kiplimo and Kelvin Kiptum

The reigning Maratón BP Castellón champion, Ronald Korir who holds a personal best of 2:07.29 and Bethwell Kipkemboi of 2:07.41 and the 2021 fourth finisher at Eindhoven Marathon Simon Kipkosgei have been included in the start list to fight for the podium.

The race organizer have selected this team to try and chase the race course record of 2:03.00 that was set I n 2020 by Evans Kibet from Kenya.

Sally Kaptich sets her eyes on Valary Aiyabei record in Frankfurt

The 2014 World Half Marathon bronze medallist, Sally Chepyego Kaptich will be chasing the race course record at the 39th edition of the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon that will be held on October 30, 2022 in Frankfurt, Germany.

The 36 year-old comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 2:21.06 that she got at the 2019 Berlin Marathon where she finished in position three.

Kaptich who shares the  same management (Global Sports Communication) with World Marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge, will face a stiff line up that includes her compatriot, the 2015 World Athletics Championships silver medalist, Helah Jelagat Kiprop who comes to this race with the third fastest time of 2:21.27 that she got at the 2016 Tokyo Marathon where she took the top honors.

The two will battle for honors with Yeshi Chekole as she comes to this race with the second fastest time of 2:21.17 that she got early this year at the Seville Marathon.

The race organisers have assembled this strong deep elite field to try and chase the race course record of 2:19.10 that was set in 2019 by Valary Aiyabei from Kenya in 2019.

“With three runners who have already run under 2:22, we have a very strong women’s field on the start line,” said the Race Director Jo Schindler. “We’ve noted the interest shown by top runners in the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon. Despite the two years break which was caused by the Corona pandemic, the race continues to enjoy a strong reputation and runners know that we can offer a course and atmosphere which make setting personal bests a real possibility. Our aim is to create a unique running experience for mass and elite competitors alike and to see many beaming faces at the end of race day.”

Three-time champion Philemon Rono to defend his title at Toronto Marathon

Toronto all-comers record holder, Philemon Rono will return to defend his title for the fourth time at the Toronto Marathon that will be held on October 06, 2022.

The runner who established himself globally as a pace maker, pacing for former world marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang (2:03.23), has won the title three times will be returning to the course that he describes as ‘my home’ after competing on the course for five times.

Popularly called ‘baby police’ due to his small body as a police officer, Rono said that he will be returning home for another title God willing.

“I am going back home. The race and the course, I know it very well,” said Rono.

The 31 year-old who is based at the Global Sports Communication alongside marathon giants Eliud Kipchoge, Abel Kirui, Laban Korir, Augustin Choge among others, ran the second the second fastest time of 2:05.37 at the 2020 Valencia marathon and this year he holds the season best time of 2:07.03 that he got at the Seoul Marathon where he finished in position six.

The ever smiling Rono first won the title in 2016 when he clocked 2:08.26 and defended his title the following year in 2:06.52. However, he was denied an opportunity to collect a hat-trick in 2018 when Benson Kipruto won the title with a time of 2:07.24.

“I will be heading there with the purpose of a victory. I have the course record and improving will be better due to my good training,” he added.

Rono, who trains under 1992 Olympic Games 3,000m steeplechase silver medalist Patrick Sang, went ahead to reclaim the title in 2019 when he managed a course record time of 2:05.00 and the championships will be returning this year after two years break due to the coronavirus that affected the sporting world.

Abel Kirui: Kenya must bring the championships marathon record back home

Two-time World Athletics championships marathon champion Abel Kirui has urged Kenyan marathoners not to sleep but work hard to reclaim the championships record that was taken by Ethiopian Tamirat Tola.

Tola broke the championships record set by Kirui during the 2009 World championships in Berlin when he clocked 2:06.54 but it was lowered to 2:05.36.

“My world marathon championships record has been broken after thirteen years, but I was not bothered so much but we need to bring the record back. The record has been broken, gone to Ethiopia but as Kenyans we must not sleep, we need this record back,” he said.

The former Olympic Games marathon silver medalist missed to represent Kenya because he was not selected in the team to represent the country.

“All in all, the championships were good and I was pleased by the results in Oregon being number four in the world is not easy thing. Having competed and won two times, it is not an easy task because
each athlete prepares 100% for the championships,” he said.

However, he addressed some technicalities that Athletics Kenya should handle to avoid future challenges for athletes like early preparations, psychology, moral support, visa challenges so that they are composed for their minds to be ready “For an athlete to produce good results, we need to have six months of preparations. I wish we could have early selection and early preparations. These two months’ selections to the world event can’t have good results. If you talk to Eliud Kipchoge on how he started his preparations, it took him longer than expected,” said the former Chicago marathon champion.

At the Commonwealth Games, Kirui was full of praise for marathon team captain by his training mate at the Global Sports Communication Jonathan Korir.
“The team is still young and Korir is good, ready to run for medals. He is too close to Eliud for many programmes and am sure he will give up something good and the projection will be positive,” he said.

“Being a captain is an opportunity for leadership which is a gift. Imagine getting the Kenyan flag from the president is a big honour, making history. One has to motivate the team to lead, you are an example in discipline and you need to show it to the world,” he added.

With many athletes switching allegiance to other nations, he commented that they are all Kenyans and their earnings come to develop in Kenya, not their new found lover.

“Kenya has a lot of talents. There is no challenge that Kenyans are going out there and competing against Kenyans. This is a sign that the country is a factory producing more raw materials that they can export to
other countries. I have no problem with them changing nationalities.
Imagine they miss a chance to compete for Kenya and then they get it elsewhere, then they come and compete, it is exciting,” he said.

“In these other nations, they are given good money unlike Kenyan and they will come and invest in Kenya. Our country should also motivate athletes so that they don’t change their nationalities.”

At the World under 20 championships in Cali, Colombia, Kirui said that they should go and retain their overall title they had won at the two championships, starting from the 2018 in Tampere and 2021 in Nairobi.

“If you have been following the junior athletes, they are fine, disciplined, most of the time they produce good results and are not afraid of that. They should retain their title. I want them to be number one in the world just as they did last year and 2018.”

Elias Ngeny runs the fastest time in 800m race in Mauritius

Kenya’s Elias Ngeny ran the fastest time in men’s 800m race at the ongoing 22nd edition of the Africa Senior Athletics Championships at the newly refurbished Cote d’Or National Sports Complex in Reduit, Mauritius.

The 24-year-old, who is a Global Sports Communication based athlete gave the country hopes when took the top honors in heat one in a scintillating time of 1:47.32 with Ethiopia’s Tolessa Nabil coming in second in 1:47.82 and  South Africa’s Jabulane Ncamane coming home in third in 1:47.82 to qualify for the semi-finals.

Ethiopia’s Efrem Weldegebrel took the top spot in heat two in 1:49.96 with South Africa’s Kabelo Mohlosi coming home in second in 1:50.21. These two got the automatic qualification to the next round.

In heat three race all five participants made it to the next round as they met the qualifying time. Botswana’s Tshepiso Masalela won the heat in 1:48.69 followed by Tunisia’s Chimimmi Riadhi in 1:48.80 with Somalia’s Hassal Ali Idow coming third in 1:49.03.

Others who made the cut in this heat include Ethiopia’s Bacha Morka Mulata and Tom Dradriga from Uganda who finished in fourth and fifth place in 1:49.34 and 1:50.30 respectively.

Nicholas Kiplagat is another Kenyan who made it to the semi-final when he finished in second in 1:50.20 with Ethiopia’s Slimane Moula winning the heat in 1:50.50.
Heat five also send two athletes to the next round as Tunisia’s Ayovmi Abdessalem won the race in 1:50.83 with Ramzi Abdennouz following him closely in 1:50.86.

Watch Out: Kipruto Warns Kipchoge and Kipsang ahead of Berlin Marathon

Watch out for Kenya’s Amos Kipruto overshadowed by the publicity on Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge and former world record holder Wilson Kipsang hitting the headlines in the media ahead of Sunday’s Berlin Marathon.

Kipruto has been overshadowed in the media by race favourites Kipsang and Kipchoge but he is raring to go and cause an upset to the bigwigs.

Kipruto who may not be chasing for the world record like his compatriots Kipchoge and Kipsang is aiming for a win.

Kipruto who is under the “2 Running Club” banner will be up against Iten-based Kipsang (with a personal best time two hours, three minutes), who is managed by Volare Sports Management and Kipchoge (2:03:05), who is under Global Sports Communication in Kaptagat who are both eyeing a world record.

He is confident after his training session went on well without any incident and is optimistic he will do well on Sunday.

Based in Kapsabet, Nandi County, Kipruto might be the next world beater going by his record lately.

He started the season well after participating in his first World Marathon Majors race in Tokyo where he emerged third with his compatriot and training partner Dickson Chumba winning the race.

In 2017, Kipruto won Seoul Marathon after running in 2:05:54 before coming in fifth position in Amsterdam Marathon where he clocked 2:05:43.

Kipruto, who won in his debut marathon at the Rome Marathon (2:08:12) in 2016 said will not be going for the marathon record but wants to be in the podium after 42km.

“I will be targeting to run well and looking forward to lower my personal best because Berlin has a fast course,” said Kipruto.

He also said that his main target in the races is to get experience so that he can calculate how he can also one day be a world record holder.

Kipruto’s Italian coach, Claudio Berardelli, says Kipruto is strong and should perform well in the race.

“Kipruto has exhibited his potential capabilities in his training and I know he is going to perform well on Sunday,” said the coach.

Joshua Cheptegei to defend FNB Durban 10k Citysurfrun title

Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei will defend his title at the 2nd edition of the Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN that will be held on Sunday, 14 October in Durban, South Africa.

Cheptegei ran the fastest time ever on South African soil over the 10km in 2017, clocking 27:28 to smash the previous all-comers record of 27:55 that was set by Andrew Limo from Kenya in 2009.  Cheptegei made the decisive break in 2017 just after the 6km mark when he forged ahead of team mate Stephen Kissa and Swiss sensation, Julien Wanders. Only a strong headwind in the second half of the race prevented Cheptegei from coming close to the low end of the 27 minute mark.

Cheptegei got his 2018 campaign off to a flying start by winning both the 5000m and 10 000m titles at the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane in April and was all set to compete at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond Leaque event in Oregon before a knee injury saw him withdraw the rest of the season.

“I picked up a knee injury just before I came to South Africa for the Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix Meeting in March while preparing for the Commonwealth Games. It wasn’t too bad in March and I was supposed to only do the 5000m in Brisbane, but the Uganda Federation asked me to do the 10 000m too. Winning both the 5000m and 10 000m was very important for me as representing my country means a lot to me. But it did mean that I had to sit out the rest of the track season as we did not want to make the injury worse,” said Cheptegei.

“It was a precautionary measure,” confirms Cheptegei’s agent, Jurrie van der Velden of Global Sports Communication. “We have big plans for Joshua, which will culminate in 2020, so we thought it prudent that he heals completely and focusses on the road season towards the end of the year. He is now fully healed and is looking forward to defending his title in Durban on 14 October.”

Cheptegei is keen to defend his title in Durban. “I have been away from racing for far too long and cannot wait to run in Durban. I want to keep my title and believe I can run a really fast time in Durban, now that I know the route. South Africa has been a happy hunting ground for me in my last two visits,” said Cheptegei. The 22-year-old is looking to improve on his 27:28 which is also a lifetime best. “My training has been good. The injury is now healed. I know the route.  I know the conditions and am expecting a good race. My time from last year is in danger as I want to go around 27:20 or better, so over the next six weeks I will be sharpening up for Durban.”

Joshua Cheptegei has one race leading up to the FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN, the Dam tot Damloop  in Zaadam, a 10 miler (16km) race on 23 September. “That will be my final tune up for Durban.  I am excited about the rest of the year and my visit to Durban again.”

Cheptegei won the silver medal at the World Championships in the 10 000m in 2017 before going on to do the track double at the Commonwealth Games.

He also came within three seconds of the 15km World Record (41:13 – Leonard Patrick Komon, 21 November 2010) at the Zevenheuvelenloop in Holland on 19 November 2017. Cheptegei clocked 41:16. Having dealt with his injury, the FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN will be the perfect way to end his 2018 campaign.

Philemon Rono chases a hat trick at Toronto marathon

Philemon Rono will be seeking to win his third consecutive victory at the 19th edition of the Toronto marathon that will be held on October 21, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Rono, who trains under 1992 Olympic Games 3,000m steeplechase silver medalist Patrick Sang at Global Sports Communication in Kaptagat, Uasin Gishu County.

The runner who established himself globally as a pace maker, pacing for former world marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang (2:03.23), the former University of Eldoret won the title last year with a course record of 2:06.51 becoming the fastest marathoner on Canadian soil.

The 27 year-old broke Ethiopian Yemane Tsegay’s record of 2:06.54 that he set in 2014, will be on the starting line up to defend his title for the third time after winning in 2016, defended in 2017 and will be in Canada for a hat trick as he nears to break the Kenneth Mugara’s record of winning the race four times.

“I will try my best to defend my title and break the course record too because the course has become my home following the double wins I did in the last two years,” said Rono after Tuesday morning training at his camp.

In 2016, he won the race in 2:08.27 following an accident where he hit the guard rail.

The 27 year old runner failed to complete the 2018 Boston marathon race due to poor weather, trains alongside Olympic marathon champion Eliu Kipchoge, New York City marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor, two times world champion Abel Kirui among others said his training is in top gear and is happy to return to Toronto again.

Popularly called the ‘baby Police’ due to his shortness and glamorous police officer said he wants to run sub 2:04 or 2:05 this year and beyond.

“My training is great and am hoping for better time again on the course,” said Rono

KINYAMAL PIPS CONSESLUS, MANANGOI FOR TOP AWARD

The Commonwealth Games 800m gold medaslist Wycliffe Kinyamal beat Olympic and World champion Conseslus Kipruto and Commonwealth Games gold medalist Elijah Manangoi for the StarTimes/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) Sports Personality of the month of April, 2018.

The 21 year old emerging middle distance runner who stunned the world during 2018 event in Gold Coast, Australia becomes the tenth recipient of the monthly award.

In the vote by a panel of Sports Journalists, Kinyamal shook off stiff competition posed fellow athletes who included Conseslus Kipruto who won the 3000 metres steeplechase gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in a new Games Record.

The two lap runner also fended off opposition from World champion and Commonwealth Games 1500 metres gold medallist Elijah Manangoi.

Other nominees for the April award were boxer Christine Ongare who won a bronze, Kenya’s only medal outside track and field at the 2018 Commonwealth Games  and rally driver Manvir Baryan who became the first non-local to win the Rally of South Africa.

Kinyamal helped Kenya reclaim the 800m Commonwealth Games title after World Record holder David Rudisha was beaten to second place during the 2014 edition in Glasgow, Scotland.

His gold medal was the first for Kenya in the 2018 Commonwealth games.

A gold medalist at the 2016 East African Junior Athletics Championships in Dar Es Salaam Tanzania where he made his first impact in the 800m regionally, Kinyamal  took home a 42-inch digital television set and KSh100, 000 courtesy of StarTimes.

The fast rising athlete is affiliated to Global Sports Communication and is based in Kaptagat Uasin Gishu County.

An excited Kinyamal said he was surprised by the accolade which is his first.

“This surprise is truly an inspiration as I progress with my athletics career. Glasgow was a good outing for Team Kenya and for me winning Kenya’s first gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. I hope to deliver more medals for Kenya. Thank you SJAK and StarTimes for this award.” An elated Kinyamal added.

JOURNALISTS HONOUR OVERLOOKED CHAMPION KAMWOROR

After being overlooked for his exploits by the Kenya Police Service, three time World Half Marathon champion Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor caught the eyes of journalists and was feted for bringing honour to the country.

The athlete who also doubles up as a track star was a recipient of the StarTmes/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) Sports Personality of the month award.

Kamworor was recognized for his exploits in long distance running and specifically the 2018 World Half Marathon championships in Valencia, Spain where he successfully defended his title for the third consecutive time.

A panel of Sports journalists settled on the 25-year-old as the month of March, 2018, Sports Personality in favour of four times Africa Rally Championships (ARC) champion motorsports ace Carl Tundo who sealed his fifth Safari Rally title.

Kamworor becomes the ninth recipient of the award given in partnership between the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya and pay tv company StarTimes.

Kamworor who is managed by Global Sports Communication based in Kaptagat Uasin Gishu County received a  42-inch digital television set and KSh100, 000 courtesy of StarTimes.

“I want to thank journalists for recognising me with this award and Kenyans who have supported me all these years but I am unhappy that my employer has never seen anything good in me,” also the 2017 New York City Marathon champion.

Despite winning the World Cross Country Championships and World Half Marathon Championships titles thrice, and the World Championships’ 10,000 metres silver once, Kamworor, nicknamed “Man of all Surfaces” for his prowess in the track, cross country and road running competitions, is disappointed that his employer, the National Police Service, is yet to recognize and appreciate him for the honour he has brought to the country and Police force.

Kamworor complained that he has competed for the National Police Service for many years but has never promoted him despite his achievements.

“My Kenya Police colleagues have been promoted several times yet I have achieved more than them. It’s not about the money, but a pat on back in recognition of someone’s effort,” said Kamworor.

“The monthly award is a modest token to show that efforts by our athletes do not go unnoticed which will motivate other up and coming sportsmen and women to excel in their respective fields,” said SJAK President Chris Mbaisi.