The 2017 World Cross Country Champion, Irene Chepet Cheptai missed the race course record at the 17th edition of the Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon held on October 16, 2022 in New Delhi, India.
The 30 year-old who came to this race with the fastest time on paper of 1:06.43 that she got at this same event in 2020 where she finished in fourth place, lived to her expectations as she beat a strong deep field that included World Indoor 3000m champion, Lemlem Hailu from Ethiopia who was making her debut over the distance and the 2018 Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion, Stella Chesang from Uganda.
Cheptai who was fresh from taking the honors last month at Birell Praque Grand Prix in Czech Republic and recently announced her retirement from the track to focus on the roads, missed the race course record of 1:06.00 that was set in 2019 by Tsehay Gemechu from Ethiopia by forty two seconds as she cut the tape in a time of 1:06.42, though this time is the slowest in four years.
“It was a tough race. The course was fast but the conditions were not easy. I tried to push after 15km despite the heat and am pleasantly surprised with the result,” said Cheptai
Cheptai took home a cool $27,000 but missed $12,000 bonus for not taking down the course record.
The 2017 World Cross Country Champion, Irene Chepet Cheptai will lead a strong deep field at 17th edition of the Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon that will be held on October 16, 2022 in New Delhi, India.
The 30 year-old comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 1:06.43 that she got at this event in 2020 where she finished in fourth place.
Cheptai who fresh from taking the honors last month at Birell Praque Grand Prix in Czech Republic recently announced her retirement from the track and now has focus has shifted to the roads.
“Next year, I want to run my first marathon and so this race is part of my preparation and am hoping to win it,” said Cheptai.
The reigning TCS 1oK Bengaluru champion will face-off with World Indoor 3000m champion, Lemlem Hailu from Ethiopia who will be making her debut over the distance.
“To be honest, I am enjoying training for the roads much more than for the track, which is very hard. Training for a race like this is much more relaxed,” said Hailu, who admitted that she was a little nervous about her huge step into unknown territory.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion, Stella Chesang from Uganda will also be on the start line as she battles the two for the top crown.
The race organisers have assembled a strong deep field to try and chase the race course record of 1:06.00 that was set in 2019 by Tsehay Gemechu from Ethiopia.
The winner will take home a cool $27,000 and $12,000 bonus if he takes down the course record.
Commonwealth Games 10,000m silver medalist Irene Chepet Cheptai has called it quit on track as she now shifts her focus on the running and marathons.
The 30 year-old is optimistic that after her track success, she will replicate the same on the road running and marathons as she aims to compete at the World marathon majors come next year.
The 2017 World Cross Country Champion said come September 3rd, she will be running in her third 10km race in Czech Republic following her silver medal in Birmingham.
“In 2019, I finished fourth but I want to improve on my position and timing when I compete at the Prague race,” said Cheptai.
In May this year Cheptai smashed the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) World 10K Bengaluru 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. In this race she beat double World 5000m champion, Hellen Obiri and the reigning Agnes Tirop Cross Country champion, Joyce Chepkemoi Tele.
“I have had good days on track and it is high time I venture into road running and marathons in future. Commonwealth Games was my last track event where I signed off on a high note with a silver medal at a global stage,” said Cheptai.
Cheptai finished in second place in July at the New York City Half marathon where finished second behind Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi in a time of 1:07.37.
The 2008 world cross country junior silver medalist had improved in her medal following her seventh place finish at the Olympic Games in 10,000m.
“This race marks my official entry to the marathon now that my focus will be competing for podium positions in the distance. I have competed in many road races including the half marathons, 10km and 5km but I have never run a marathon. I want to start the marathon on a high note,” she concluded.
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.
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.
Kenya’s Nesphine Jepleting beat Irene Cheptai at the 23rd edition of the Prague Half Marathon that will be held on Saturday in Prague, Czech Republic.
The 25-year-old came to this race with a time of 1:09.26 that she got at the Adizero Road to Records last year, beat a strong deep field that included World Cross Country silver medallist, Cheptai and Brenda Jepleting who beat the two at Road to Records and was also the race favorite.
Jepleting who finished third at the World Athletics Cross Country Tour Gold event in Eldoret in February, led a 1-2-3 Kenyan podium as she cut the the tape in a new life time best of 1:06.57 and was followed by Cheptai who crossed the line in a time of 1:08.40.
“The weather surprised me, I didn’t expect it to be so cold. The worst was the headwind, which made it really hard at times,” said Jepleting.
Brenda Jepleting closed the first three podium finishes in a time of 1:08.53.
Ethiopia’s Ftaw Zeray Bezabh and Sofia Yaremchuk from Ukrainian came home in fourth and fifth place in a time of 1:08.53 and 1:09.09 respectively.
Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi won the 21km women race at the New York City half marathon that was held on Sunday (20) in New York.
Teferi took charge of the race withe 1km remaining but Irene Cheptei gave her a hard time as she remained on her sholuder till the 50metre that the ethiopian made a final kick to forge ahead and cut the tape in a time of 1:0735 with Cheptai forced to settle in second place when she crossed the line two seconds later.
the 2016 European 10000m bronze medallist, Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal from Norway closed the podium finishes in a time of 1:08.07.
Another kenyan Sharon Lokedi from Kenya and the 2016 Pan American Games silver medallist Lindsay Flanagan came home in fourth and fifth place in a time of 1:08.14 and 1:09.50 respectively.
The two times World marathon Champion, Edna Kiplagat who now resides in the United States finished in tenth position in a time of 1:10.22.
Former Africa Athletics 3000m steeplechase champion, Norah Jeruto, took the top honors at the 31st edition of Discovery Kenya Cross country championships that were held on Sunday (30) at the Eldoret Sports Club.
Jeruto is also the former world Youth 2,000m steeplechase champion overpowered her younger sister Daisy Jepkemei to cut the tape in 33:29.6 with the latter crossing the line in second in 34:04.5
Dorcas Chepchirchir Tuitoek closed the podium three finishes in 34:21.8.
European Champion Clubs Cup Cross Country champion, Irene Cheptai and the 2015 African Games 10000m champion, Alice Aprot finished infourth and fifth place in 34:38.8 and 35:04.4 respectively.