Ethiopian long distance running legend, Haile Gebrselassie, will grace the 17th edition of the Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon as the race Ambassador, which will be held on October 16, 2022 in New Delhi, India.
The event organisers Procam International Managing Director, Vivek Singh, made the announcement on Thursday that they have invited the 10,000m Olympic champion during the 1996 and 2000 Games as the well as four successive World Athletics Championships 10,000m titles from 1993-99.
The 49 year-old won a further four world indoor gold medals and the 2001 World Athletics Half Marathon Championships title, and set no less than 15 world records outdoors and on the roads, and a further five world indoor records, revising the record books over a stunning range of distances from 1500m to the marathon.
“There are few things more inspiring and joyful than seeing a city run together. When we run together, we stay together, we win together,” said Gebrselassie, whose activities in Delhi will include motivating and inspiring the thousands of runners who will take to the streets of the Indian capital next month, as well as promoting the event in the final days before the gun goes. “Running and the community are the two things that are most important to me, and an event like the Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon brings them together in a special way. “The enthusiasm of the host city inspires something special in everyone involved in making this beautiful event possible. I’m going to be cheering all the runners as we celebrate the different hues of Delhi,” he added.
Haile’s incredible career achievements include an astonishing 27 world records across distances, making him arguably the greatest distance runner of all time.
Priya Agarwal Hebbar, Non-Executive Director, Vedanta Limited said, “The Vedanta Family is thrilled to welcome renowned Olympic champion Haile Gebrselassie to the 2022 Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon.”
The Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon will also include the Open 10K, Great Delhi Run (5 km), Senior Citizens’ Run (3 km), and the Champions with Disability Run (3 km).
Eliud Kipchoge will aim to win the BMW Berlin Marathon for the fourth time on Sunday (Sept 25) and the Kenyan is even threatening to challenge his own world record of 2:01:39.
A total of 45,527 runners from 157 nations are set to tackle 26.2 miles on the streets of the German capital but Kipchoge is the stand-out name as he returns to one of his favourite race venues.
His world record was set in Berlin in 2018 and he also won the event in 2015 and 2017. A fourth victory in Berlin would equal the achievement of Haile Gebrselassie, who won the race from 2006-09.
“Berlin is the fastest course. It’s where a human being can showcase their potential to push the limits,” Kipchoge said.
Kipchoge will turn 38 in November but his goal is to win an unprecedented third Olympic marathon title in Paris in 2024. He did not run in the World Championships this summer in Eugene but his most recent marathon was at the Tokyo Marathon in March where he broke the course record with 2:02:40 – the fourth fastest time in history.
On this weekend’s race, he said: “I’m thinking of running a very good race. And if it is my personal best, I will accept it.
“But I don’t want to commit to a time. I will try to push myself. I always say, if you want to push yourself, come to Berlin.”
This weekend his main rival is expected to be defending champion Guye Adola. The Ethiopian won last year’s race in 2:05:45 and posted a brilliant marathon debut of 2:03:46 when runner-up to Kipchoge in Berlin in 2017.
In addition there are a number of runners with PBs inside 2:06 who could challenge. They include the 2015 world marathon champion Ghirmay Ghebreslassie of Eritrea (2:05:34), Defene Debela Gonfa of Ethiopia (2:05:46), Mark Korir of Kenya (2:05:49) and Oqbe Kibrom (Eritrea) 2:05:53.
Despite his winning record in Berlin, Kipchoge is not invincible and he has been beaten on the course. In 2013 he finished runner-up to Wilson Kipsang although Kipsang received an anti-doping ban in 2020 for whereabouts failures.
The women’s field is led by US record-holder Keira D’Amato and Kenya’s Nancy Jelagat Meto. D’Amato’s best time of 2:19:12 was set when winning in Houston earlier this year and makes her the fastest female in the line-up.
Jelagat Meto, meanwhile, won the Valencia Marathon lats year in 2:19:31.
Further contenders include Ethiopia’s Gutemi Shone Imana, who has a best of 2:20:11, while Workenesh Edesa has run 2:20:24 and Sisay Gola, has clocked 2:20:50.
Kenya’s Maurine Chepkemoi and Vibian Chepkirui also have bests respectively of 2:20:18 and 2:20:59, although American Sara Hall, an original entrant, has withdrawn with an IT band issue.
Look out too for Rosemary Wanjiru of Kenya and Ethiopia’s Nigisti Haftu, who are both making their marathon debuts.
Berlin is also a traditionally popular event for British and Irish runners and entrants include Stephen Scullion and Sonia Samuels.
The event marks the beginning of a busy period of autumn marathon racing. The TCS London Marathon is on October 2 followed by Chicago on October 9, Amsterdam on October 16, Frankfurt on October 30 and New York City on November 6.
Kenya’s Sabastian Sawe broke 15,000m in record that was set by Haile Gebrselassie at the at the Brussels Diamond League Meeting, which is the 12th leg of the Wanda Diamond League series held on Friday (02) in Brussels, Belgium.
Sawe smashed the fifteen years record of 42’18 with a new record of 41’51”07 though the initial objective was to chase the world record for the one hour on the track held for two years by Mo Farah, that he set at this same venue.
The race organisers had set up a strong deep elite field that included the former world half marathon record-holder Kibiwott Kandie, Albert Kipkorir Tonui and Emmanuel Kipchumba to try and chase Mo Farah’s world Record mark of 21,330m.
Sawe put on a spirited fight but lost gas in the final stage and crossed the finish line in a Kenyan Record of 21250 with Kandie coming home in second place in 20940m. Tonui was forced to settle in third place in 19996m
Kipchumba who is a soldier with the Kenya Defense Forces came home in fourth with Australia’ Andreas Vojta finishing fifth in 19635m and 19316mrespectively.
Ethiopians Yalemzerf Yehualaw and Jemal Yimer will be heading back to defend their titles at the Antrim Coast Half Marathon that will be held on August 28, 2022 in Antrim, Northern Ireland.
The organisers have unveiled the line-up of the elite-level event that will start in Larne at 9am on Sunday, August 28 has attracted some of the world’s best athletes.
Race director and former international track star James McIlroy said: “This will be one of the best races held anywhere in the world this year. We have top class athletes attending the event from all over the world, including last year’s winners Yalemzerf Yehualaw and Jemal Yimer.
“Our race is one of the fastest in the world. It’s a great opportunity for world class runners to set personal bests. It’s also a great spectator event, as it is a rare opportunity for spectators to see world class athletes competing in Northern Ireland.”
In the women’s race, Yehualaw will be joined by fellow Ethiopians Tsehay Gemechu and Gete Alemayheu, Kenyan Beatrice Chepkemoi Mutai and American Jane Bareikis. The top Northern Irish competitors include Bangor’s Jessica Craig, Emma Mitchell of Banbridge and Aghagallon’s Fionnuala Ross.
The men’s elite race will see one of the biggest elite fields ever assembled in the United Kingdom with 78 runners taking their place on the start with a total of 18 nations.
Seven competitors have previously broken the 60-minute barrier. Last year’s winner Yimer will race against fellow Ethiopians Tesfahun Akalnew and Huseydin Mohamed. Yimer previously posted the fastest debut half-marathon of all time and has a personal best time of 58 minutes and 33 seconds.
Team GB brothers Callum and Derek Hawkins will make the trip to Larne, as will Irish Olympian Stephen Scullion.
The weekend’s events will kick off with a kids’ race on Saturday evening, followed by the Classic Street mile, in which former Olympic champion Haile Gebrselassie and ex-Team GB star Jo Pavey will participate.
The Emperor of endurance running will join Jo Pavey in the Antrim Coast Classic Street Mile on August 27 before commentating on the following day’s half-marathon.
The ‘Mid & East Antrim’ Antrim Coast Half Marathon, which takes place in Larne in Northern Ireland in late August, has secured a major coup with the signing of Haile Gebrselassie.
The 49-year-old, who won multiple global titles during his career, will run the inaugural Antrim Coast Classic Street Mile for fun with Jo Pavey, young athletes and parents on the evening of August 27 before joining race director James McIlroy to commentate on a half-marathon the next day that features Britain’s Marc Scott and Callum Hawkins and Ethiopians Yalemzerf Yehualaw and Jemal Yimer.
Yehualaw comes to this year’s race having broken the women’s world record over 10km with 29:14 in Castellon, Spain, in addition to running the fastest female debut marathon ever of 2:17:23 in Hamburg in April.
At the Antrim Coast event last year she appeared to break the world record for 13.1 miles with 63:43 but was denied the mark due to the course being found to be 54 metres short.
Yalemzerf will be joined at this year’s Antrim Coast event by her training partner Tsehay Gemechu. The 23-year-old Ethiopian comes to this year’s with a personal best of 65:08 and has been winner of the Lisbon Half-Marathon two years in a row and Copenhagen Half-Marathon in 2021.
In addition for this World Athletics Elite Label road race there is Gete Alemayehu, who recorded 66:37 for second in Barcelona Half-Marathon in April. Beatrice Chepkemoi of Kenya, who has a PB of 67:29, will make it four women who have run under 67 minutes 30 seconds confirmed for the event.
The men’s race sees the first eight finishers from the 2021 race return for a second year. Ethiopian record-holder and last year’s winner, Yimer, is the fastest in the race with a personal best of 58:33. He also comes into the race off the back of a 2:08 marathon in Boston in April and a 10km personal best of 27:49 over 10km in Atlanta last weekend.
Ethiopian Tesfahun Akalnew was runner-up in Larne 12 months ago and has subsequently recorded a 2:06:55 marathon in Amsterdam and will be looking to go one better than last year, while also getting under the 60-minute barrier.
With eight Africans already confirmed in the men’s race who have run under 60 minutes it will give the British duo Scott and Hawkins the perfect opportunity to break the 60-minute barrier and get close to Sir Mo Farah’s British record of 59:32 which was set in Lisbon seven years ago.
Northern Ireland, Ireland, England and Scotland will also confirm their teams for the race in coming days, but a strong line up is guaranteed with 120 runners already confirmed in the elite race, which is double the size of last year.
James McIlroy, the race director and former 800m international, said: We’re delighted that Haile has agreed to join us for our one-mile run. He is one of the most talented athletes of all-time, and this event gives everyone the opportunity to run alongside the great man.”
Ruth McIlroy, wife of James and co-race director, added: “Everyone connected with the race and Northern Ireland as a whole are delighted that Haile wants to attend this year’s event. He will be running the 1st Antrim Coast Classic Street Mile on the Saturday evening, and what an inspirational athlete to have running alongside the kids and adults alike?
“Since Yalemzerf’s run last year when she appeared to have become the first women to have broken the 64-minute barrier, our elite runners coming from Ethiopia has multiplied five-fold, but having Haile Gebrselassie now confirmed is something special, as he’s loved wherever he goes.
“Yalemzerf’s coach Tessema Abshero paced many of Haile’s world record attempts on the road, and Haile also acts as a mentor to Yalemzerf, so to have both Haile and Tessema along with Jo Pavey participate in our first mile will be something pretty special.”
Olympic 10,000m champion Selemon Barega defeated a strong deep elite field in the 10,000m race at the Ethiopian Trials held on Monday (06) in Hengelo, Netherland.
The 21 year-old who moved to third place on the world indoor all-time list with his performance in Lievin last year, was too swift as he took on a more experienced field that included the 2019 World silver medallist Yomif Kejelcha, who was the fastest athlete on paper with a time of 26:49.34 that he got in Doha, the current world record holder in the 5km road race, Berihu Aregawi and the World U20 3000m Champion Tadese Worku.
Barega who is the fifth fastest runner in the 5000m race (behind Joshua Cheptegei, Kenenisa Bekele, Haile Gebrselassie, and Daniel Komen) in history with a time of 12:43.02 managed to hold the four top notch athletes from his country to cross the line a new personal best of 26:44.73 with Worku coming home in second also in a personal best of 26:45.91.
The 2018 World Junior bronze medallist, came home in third in a personal best of 26:46.13.
Kejelcha, who is a two time world Indoor champion, was forced to finish outside the podium in a season best of 26:49.39 with Milkesa Mengesha finishing in fifth place in a personal best of 27:00.24.
Olympic 10,000m champion Selemon Barega will take on Diamond Trophy holder Berihu Aregawi in a deep elite field in the 5000m race at the fifth leg of Diamond League meeting that will be on 9th June 2022 in Rome, Italy.
Barega who is the fifth fastest runner (behind Joshua Cheptegei, Kenenisa Bekele, Haile Gebrselassie, and Daniel Komen) in history with a time of 12:43.02 that he got when winning the 2018 Diamond Trophy in Brussels four years ago.
The 22 year-old is a two-time 3000m World Indoor Championship medallist, taking a silver in 2018, and a gold in 2022 in Belgrade, will take on his compatriot, Aregawi who is reigning Diamond League champion.
Aregawi is the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics 3000m silver medallist and he is also the bronze medalist in the 10000m race at the 2018 World Athletics U20 Champion.
The 21 year-old set the fifth fastest time of 7:26.20 in 3000m history at the Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe which was the first of this season’s seven World Indoor Tour Gold meetings.
Barega and Aregawi will be joined by the double World 5000m Champiom, Muktar Edris and Yomif Kejelcha, who claimed the Diamond League title in 2015 and set a 3000m Diamond League record of 7:26.25 in Oslo last year.
That time bettered the previous series record of 7:26.64 that had been set by Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo a year earlier in the same city.
Olympian Grant Fisher kicked off his 2022 campaign in stunning fashion at the Boston University Hemery Valentine Invitational that was held on Saturday (12) in Boston, USA.
Fisher is a former high school powerhouse who won two Foot Locker titles and broke 4:00 in the mile while balancing soccer with running, delivered on his immense promise and shattered the previous record by by more than seven seconds, clocking 12:53.73.
Fisher smashed Galen Rupp’s American indoor document of 13:01.26, and missed by a whisker the Bernard Lagat’s American outside record of 12:53.60.
Fisher finished fifth at the Tokyo Olympics in10,000m and ninth in the 5000m.
This times has also placed him to fifth place in the world lists of all time that includes Kenenisa Bekele ‘s world record time of 12.49.60 (the only man under 12:50 in history). He followed by the legend Haile Gebrselassie and Daniel Komen as well as Isaiah Koech both from Kenya.
Fisher is also the first non-Kenyan or Ethiopian in history.
The Area Record is 13:01.26 and was set in 2014 in Boston by Galen Rupp.
Fisher’s performance is subject to verification by the USATF Records Committee.
Ethiopia’s Berihu Aregawi set the 5th fastest 3000m time in history at the 37th edition of the Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe which is the first of this season’s seven World Indoor Tour Gold meetings, which was held on Friday, January 28 in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Just a few weeks after his world record for the 5km on the road, Aregawi had replaced his tall compatriot Haile Gebrselassie as the meeting record holder.
The 20 year-old beat a strong field that included 2017 European Indoor champion Adel Mechaal and Jacob Krop from Kenya.
Aregawi took on the two with a mission as he trounced them when he cut the tape in a new personal best of 7:26.20 with Mechaal coming home in second in 7:36.57. Krop closed the first three podium finishes in 7:38.15.
Aregawi is the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics 3000m silver medallist and he is also the bronze medalist in the 10000m race at the 2018 World Athletics U20 Champion
Aregawi finished fourth in the 10000m at the Olympic Games in Tokyo and won the Wanda Diamond League final in the 5000 meters in Zurich last year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 football team:
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:
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:
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:
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.