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Hellen Obiri to battle Ruth Chepngetich and Eilish McColgan in Manchester

Double World 5000m champion, Hellen Obiri will be the star to watch at the Great Manchester Run 10km Road Race that will be held on Sunday (22) in Manchester.

The 31 year-old will have an uphill task as she will face a deep elite field that has ever been assembled in Manchester.

The rich elite field includes former world half marathon record holder, Ruth Chepngetich who clocked 1:04.02 but the time was lowered by Letesenbet Gidey last year when she blazed off with an astonishing time of 1:02.52 at the Valencia Half marathon. Chepngetich is also fresh from taking the 10,000m race at the recently Athletics Kenya National Championships.

The reigning Commonwealth Games 5000m champion and the world cross-country gold medallist, will also renew her rivalry with the European Championships Silver medallist, Eilish McColgan, whom she beat by six seconds last year at the Great North Run.

McColgan has been in great form in recent time setting a UK 5km record early this month and followed it with a victory in the Vitality London 10k where she ran a personal best of 30:26, missing Paula Radcliffe’s British record by six seconds.

The 2011 Pan American Games champion, Sara Hall is another title contender as she comes with the third fastest time on paper of 31:33 that she got last year at the Mastercard NY Mini 10K where she took the honors.

South African ultra-marathon specialist, Gerda Steyn, will also test her speed over 10km as she also carries a time of 32:24 that she got at the 2020 Dubai 10k where she took the honors.

Three times European junior Cross Country Champion, Charlotte Purdue leads the British contingent that include Jess Piasecki, Steph Twell, Lauren Heyes, Lily Partridge and Calli Thackery.

Irene Cheptai smashes World 10K Bengaluru course record

The 2017 world cross country champion, Irene Cheptai smashed the race course record at the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) World 10K Bengaluru that was held on SUnday (15) in Bengaluru, India

The race unfolded in a very different fashion as Cheptai took on the race favorite, double World 5000m champion, Hellen Obiri and the reigning Agnes Tirop Cross Country champion, Joyce Chepkemoi Tele.

The race was a super-fast opening as Cheptai, Obiri and Joyce Tele went through the first 2km in 3:04.

Tele pulled away from the two at the 5km mark before Obriri, pushing the pace with Cheptai running in her slipstream as they passed the halfway point in 15:15.

Obiri took charge of the race for the next two kilometres, going through 6km in 18:23 and 7km in 21:32, before Cheptai took her turn to push at the front for a kilometre as Obiri briefly went through a bad patch. Obiri and Cheptai went for an enthralling head-to-head battle but with just 250m to go, Cheptai increased her pace leaving Obiri gasping for air as she surged ahead to erase the old course record of 31:19 that was set by the late Agnes Tirop in 2018, with a new course record and personal best of 30:35.

“When we raced through the 7km mark, I felt like Hellen’s pace had reduced, that’s when I tried harder to take lead. But even when I entered the stadium for the final lap, I was afraid of Hellen and I kept pushing my speed until I cut the tape,” said Cheptai.

Obiri came home in second place in a time of 30:44, also inside the old course record with Tele finished a distant third in 31:47 to complete an all-Kenyan podium finish.

Cheptai took home first place cheque of USD 26,000 for her victory and course record bonuses of USD 8000.

LEADING RESULTS

10KM WOMEN

  1. Irene Cheptai    (KEN) 30:35
  2. HEllen Obiri     (KEN) 30:44
  3. Joyce Tele          (KEN) 31:47

Athletics Kenya releases list of invited athletes for Commonwealth Games trials

Athletics Kenya has released the list of invited athletes for the trials to select the team that will represent the country at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The Kenya National trials will be held on 20th– 21st May, 2022 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani in Nairobi.

The 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held on 2nd – 7th August, 2022 in Birmingham, Great Britain.

The invited athletes include Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala, World 3000m Steeplechase champion, Conseslus Kipruto, Daniel Ebenyo Simiu, Timothy Cheruiyot et al.

The women team includes, Hellen Obiri, Mercy Cherono, Celliphine Chespol, Maximila Imali etc.

The invited athletes will participate in only 11 events.

Events

  1. 100m Men and Women
  2. 200m Men and Women
  3. 400m Men and Women
  4. 400m hurdles Men
  5. 800M Men and Women
  6. 1500m Men and Women
  7. 3000m Steeplechase Men and Women
  8. 5000m Men and Women
  9. 10,000m Men and Women
  10. 10Km Walk Men and Women
  11. Javelin Men

DOWNLOAD THE WHOLE LIST HERE

Hellen Obiri makes her debut In India

Double World 5000m champion, Hellen Obiri will be the star highlight at the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) World 10K Bengaluru that will be held on May 15, 2022 in Bengaluru, India.

The 31 year-old will be making her Indian racing debut next month with her eyes set on the course record of 31:19 that was set by the late Agnes Tirop in 2018. Tirop became the first woman athlete to defend her title at World 10K Bengaluru in 2019.

The two time Olympic silver medallist will face off with the reigning Agnes Tirop Cross Country champion, Joyce Chepkemoi Tele. This was a memorial race in honour of the late Tirop, after her tragic death in October 2021 which brought the world to a standstill. Tele comes to this race with a life time best of 31:38 that she got in 2019 at the 10K Valencia Ibercaja where she finished in seventh place. The 26 year-old also a personal best of 1:05.50 that she got at the Berlin Half Marathon earlier this month, where she took the silver medal.

Another title contender is the 2017 world cross country champion, Irene Cheptai, who also took the honors at the 2017 TCS World 10K. Cheptai has been in good shape recently with two strong second-place finishes at New York and Prague half marathons in the last six weeks.

The race organisers, Procam International have pulled out the stops to bring the very best athletes in the world to India’s technology capital after a three-year hiatus enforced by the pandemic, with the last edition of the World Athletics Elite Label Race taking place in 2019.

The TCS World 10K Bengaluru 2022 has a total prize money of US$210,000, with the winner taking home a cool US$26,000.

“It’s a true pleasure to be able to bring some of the world’s leading distance running stars to Bengaluru. The pandemic has meant this race has not happened since 2019 but we were always determined that, when conditions allowed, we would once again stage world-class races for elite runners and amateurs,” said Vivek Singh, joint managing director of race promoters Procam International. “Our commitment to getting India running again and helping people pursue a healthy lifestyle has never wavered and now we are back with a bang in Bengaluru,” he concluded.

Hellen Obiri wins 5000m race at Kenya Defence Championships

Double World 5000m champion, Hellen Obiri from Laikipia Air Base took the top honors in the women 500m race finals at the ongoing Kenya Defence Forces Track and Field Championships that are being held at their Ulinzi Sports Complex in Langata, Nairobi

The 32 year-old recently signed with On Running which is an athletic shoe and performance Sportswear Company originating from Switzerland that designs and markets sports clothing and running shoes.

Obiri used her vast experience to lift the title in a time of 15:33.93 with the reigning Prague Half Marathon champion, Nesphine Jepleting coming home in second place.

Hellen Obiri wins the Istanbul Half Marathon

Double world champion, Hellen Obiri won for the second time the 44th edition of the Istanbul Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (27) in Istanbul, Turkey.

The 31 year-old made her half marathon debut here in 2020 where she ran an exceptional time of 1:04.51 that made her the fourth-fastest Kenyan of all-time over the distance.

Obiri has gained experience in half marathon running since her debut. She has put her focus on road races, she won the Great North Run in last September with a time of 1:07.42 and recently she displayed her great form when she finished second at the Ras Al Khaimah half marathon that was held last month, where she also improved on her personal best to 1:04.22.

Obiri lived to her expectations as she beat two Ethiopians when she cut the tape with her third fastest time of 1:04.48.

She was followed by the 2019 African Games 10,000m champion Tsehay Gemechu from Ethiopia who crossed the line in 1:05.52 with her compatriot Bekelech Gudeta closing the first three podium finishes in a time of 1:06.35.

The race course of 1:04.02 which is still the world record that was set in 2021 by Ruth Chepngetich from Kenya remains standing

LEADING RESULTS

21KM WOMEN

  1. Hellen Obiri           (KEN) 1:04.48
  2. Tsehay Gemechu   (ETH) 1:05.52
  3. Bekelech Gudeta    (ETH) 1:06.35

Hellen Obiri targets the podium at Istanbul Half Marathon

Double world champion, Hellen Obiri will be making her comeback at the 44th edition of the Istanbul Half Marathon that will be held on March 27, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey.

The 31 year-old made her half marathon debut here in 2020 where she ran an exceptional time of 1:04.51 that made her the fourth-fastest Kenyan of all-time over the distance.

Obiri has gained experience in half marathon running since her debut. She has put her focus on road races, she won the Great North Run in last September with a time of 1:07.42 and recently she displayed her great form when she finished second at the Ras Al Khaimah half marathon that was held last month, where she also improved on her personal best to 1:04.22.

The World Cross Country Champion is now ranked the fifth fastest half marathon runner of all time. “I am so happy to be returning to Istanbul. I ran my half marathon debut in this race last year and I hope I can improve both my position and my time on this occasion,” Obiri said.

The race organizers have lined up for Ethiopians who have personal best of sub 1:07.00 that will also face Obiri in the coming three weeks time.

The 2021 Copenhagen half marathon champion, Tsehay Gemechu leads the four athletes as she comes to this race with the second fastest time on paper of 1:05.08.

The 23 year-old has an impressive half marathon record with four wins out of five races. Hawi Feysa was second behind Gemechu in Copenhagen in September, when she ran a personal best of 1:05.41 in her debut.

Nigsti Haftu and Bekelech Gudeta are the other title contenders and they come to this race with their personal best of 1:06.17 and 1:06.54. Haftu got her all time best at last year’s Valencia Half Marathon where she finished in sixth place while Gudeta got her lifetime best at this race in last year’s edition where she finished in position seven.

The two times Olympic 5000m silver medallist is ready to battle the four and she is looking forward to the challenge on the flat course.

“My training has been going on well but I know it will be a tough challenge as the field is very strong. I look forward to an exciting race in a beautiful city, “said Obiri.

The four athletes have been put together by the race organizer to chase the race course record of 1:04.02 that was set last year by Ruth Chepngetich from Kenya. This time still stands as the world record because it has been ratified by the World Athletics.

The current world half marathon record holder is Letesenbet Gidey from Ethiopia who broke the previous mark by more than a minute in 2021 in Valencia.

Hellen Obiri beaten to second as Girmawit Gebrzihair lifts Rak Half title

Double World 5000m Champion, Hellen Obiri was beaten to second place by the World U20 5000m bronze medallists Girmawit Gebrzihair from Ethiopia at the 15th edition of the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon that was held on Saturday (19) in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.

Gebrzihair took on a rich field that included Obiri, the two times Olympic 5000m silver medalist and two times 5000m World Champion and Genzebe Dibaba, the 2016 Olympic silver medallist and three times world indoor champion.

The 20 year-old faced a fierce competition from start to finish as Obiri stayed with her the entire race but she managed to increase her pace as they reached towards the finish to beat Obiri by eight seconds when she crossed the line in a new personal best of 1:04.14. Obiri came home in second place crossing the line also in a new personal best of 1:04.22.

”What an incredible morning. The course was wonderful to race on and I was able to make excellent time with 01:04:14. I am very proud of what I achieved today, especially as the competition was so fierce. I want to thank Ras Al Khaimah for welcoming me here this week and inviting me to compete in such an amazing race. I look forward to defending my title next year,” said Gebrzihair.

Former African 5000m champion, Sheila Chepkirui closed the podium finishes in a new personal best of 1:04.36.

LEADING RESULTS

21KM WOMEN

  1. Girmawit Gebrzihair      (ETH) 1:04.14
  2. Hellen Obiri                     (KEN) 1:04.22
  3. Sheila Chepkirui              (KEN) 1:04.36

Battle of the Titans as Obiri, Kosgei and Yeshane battle in United Arab Emirates

Double World 5000m champion Hellen Obiri, has been added to the star studded elite list to run at the 15th edition of the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon that will be held on Saturday, 19th February, in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.

The 32 year-old comes to this race with a personal best of 1:04.51 that she got in 2021 at the Instabul Half marathon last year in April.

Obiri will take on the current world marathon record-holder Brigid Kosgei in what promises to be an entertaining race. This will be the second time that the two will be competing after meeting at the 2018 San Silvestre Vallecana, where Obiri started her road race career.

Kosgei is a two-time London Marathon champion (2019 and 202). The 27 year-old will be targeting to better her half marathon personal best time of 1:04.49 that she got at the 2020 edition which was two seconds better than the previous world record.

The two Kenyans will battle the 2020 world record in the half marathon, Ababel Yeshaneh who clocked 1:04.31 which was a world record at that time. The Ethiopian is also the 2014 African Cross Country silver medallist Champion.

Raki Phillips, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, stated, “The unveiling of the race routes, technical sponsor and elite athletes of the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon marks an important milestone for this 15th edition. The marathon has proven to be a huge success in previous years, and with only a few weeks till the upcoming race, we are excited to welcome back an incredible line-up of athletes and sports enthusiasts to our wonderful Emirate.”

The event will take place with robust safety precautions to safeguard the health and wellbeing of participants and spectators. Participants will have to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.

Hellen Obiri to relocate to USA

Double World 5000m Champion, Hellen Obiri’s plans to relocate to United States has been put on hold due to Visa hitch.

This move comes after the Tokyo Games silver medallist in 10000m penned down a contract in December with the On Running which is an athletic shoe and performance sportswear company originating in Switzerland that designs and markets sports clothing and running shoes.

Hellen Obiri donning the On- Running Sports Wear

“I was meant to move with my family to the US but we have experienced some Visa hurdles. The process of applying for permanent residence is not open until next year do I will continue training in Kenya until that is made possible,” Obiri said, in an interview with Mozzart Sport.

Routine visa services remain limited because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi continues to operate with reduced staffing.

The 32 year-old is the only woman who has won the world titles, indoor and outdoor track and Cross Country. She is in the process of transitioning to road racing with the backing of the Zurich-based performance brand.

“We are immensely proud and honored to have Hellen Obiri join the On Running team. Over the years, Hellen has wowed us with her drive, determination and dedication to the sport.” said On Co-Founder Olivier Bernhard.

“Obiri was a crucial signing due to her ability to adapt to run both on track and road.”The versatility of Obiri’s success in both track and road proves there is so much more to come, and we are thrilled to be a part of her next journey.” Obiri plans to relocate with her family to Boulder, Colorado to continue her training as well as raise her daughter in a new country for the first time.” Bernhard concluded.