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World’s Fastest ever men’s field assembled for Boston Marathon

The organisers of the 126th edition of the Boston Marathon, which is the World Athletics Platinum Elite Label Road Race, have released their fastest ever elite list for men that will be held on Monday April 18, 2022 in Boston.

Three time Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele from Ethiopia leads the elite list of 12 men who have gone under the 2:06 mark. Bekele is the second fastest marathon runner in history with a personal best of 2:01.41.

“I recognise the tradition of the Boston Marathon and look forward to racing in April,” said Bekele. “For many years Ethiopia has had a strong tradition in Boston, and I am excited to join that legacy. I have long looked forward to racing the Boston Marathon.”

Seven of the past eight winners will also return to Boston, including 2021 champion Benson Kipruto of Kenya. Lawrence Cherono (2019), Yuki Kawauchi (2018), Geoffrey Kirui (2017), Lemi Berhanu (2016), and two times winner Lelisa Desisa (2015 and 2013) are the other six former winners.

The 2021 fastest man in marathon, Titus Ekiru, who holds a personal best of 2:02.57 that he got in Milan, will be battling for the top honors too. “I am happy to announce that I’ll be lining the street of Boston Marathon for my first time next April in the Boston Marathon]. Can’t wait for it!”

The 2020 world leader Evans Chebet, New York City Marathon winner Albert Korir, and three-time world half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor.

LEADING RESULTS

42KM MEN

  1. Kenenisa Bekele      (ETH) 2:01.41
  2. Titus Ekiru               (KEN) 2:02.57
  3. Evans Chebet           (KEN) 2:03.00
  4. Lawrence Cherono  (KEN) 2:03.04
  5. Bernard Koech         (KEN) 2:04.09
  6. Lemi Berhanu          (ETH) 2:04.33
  7. Lelisa Desisa            (ETH) 2:04.45
  8. Gabriel Geay             (TAN) 2:04.55
  9. Benson Kipruto        (KEN) 2:05.13
  10. Geoffrey Kamworor (KEN) 2:05.23
  11. Eric Kiptanui             (KEN) 2:05.47
  12. Bethwell Yegon         (KEN) 2:06.14
  13. Geoffrey Kirui            (KEN) 2:06.27
  14. Eyob Faniel                 (ITA) 2:07.19
  15. Yuki Kawauchi           (JPN) 2:07.27
  16. Albert Korir                (KEN) 2:08.03
  17. Amanuel Mesel          (ERI) 2:08.17
  18. Bayelign Teshager     (ETH) 2:08.28
  19. Tsegay Weldibanos    (ERI) 2:09.07
  20. Scott Fauble                (USA) 2:09.09
  21. Colin Bennie               (USA) 2:09.38
  22. Trevor Hofbauer         (CAN) 2:09.51
  23. Jared Ward                   (USA) 2:09.25
  24. Ian Butler                     (USA) 2:09.45
  25. Mick Iacofano             (USA) 2:09.55
  26. Jake Riley                     (USA) 2:10.02
  27. Jerrell Mock                 (USA) 2:10.37
  28. Jemal Yimer                (ETH) 2:10.38
  29. Juan Luis Barrios       (MEX) 2:10.55
  30. Matt McDonald          (USA) 2:11.10
  31. Matt Llano                   (USA) 2:11.14
  32. Elkanah Kibet              (USA) 2:11.15
  33. CJ Albertson                (USA) 2:11.18
  34. Diego Estrada              (USA) 2:11.54

Jemal Yimer wins Antrim Coast Half Marathon

Ethiopia’s Jemal Yimer is the new winner of the Antrim Coast Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (29) in Antrim, Northern Ireland.

The 2018 African 10000 Athletics Champion won the race 60:29 as he edged out Tesfahun Akalnew also from Ethiopia who crossed the line in second place a second later.

Kenya’s Shadrack Kimining closed the first podium three finishes in 60:31.

Marck Scott from Northern Ireland and Nigel Martin from England took the fourth and fifth place in 1:00.34 and 1:03.21 respectively

The race course record of 60:21 that was set by Mo Farah remained intact.

 

Jemal Yimer to headline the Antrim Coast Half Marathon

The 2018 African 10000 Athletics Champion, Jemal Yimer will be the star to watch at the Antrim Coast Half Marathon that will be held on Sunday (29) in Antrim, Northern Ireland.

The 24 year-old, won his last half marathon outing at the Houston half marathon in 2020 and has also achieved the fastest ever debut half marathon in 59:00 that he got in 2019 at Ras al Khaimah half marathon in United Arab Emirates

Yimer will be joined by his fellow country-mate Tesfahun Akalnew, who carries on his shoulders a personal best of 59:22 that he got at the 2020 New Delhi Half Marathon.

The UK and Ireland will be led by Tokyo Olympians Marc Scott, Stephen Scullion and Paul Pollock. Scott is the two times European record holder and second fastest all-time Briton behind Sir Mo Farah over 10,000m and is looking to go one better this year, and become only the second Briton to break the 60 -minute barrier.

Stephen finished fourth in last year’s race and went on to break the Northern Ireland record.

Paul, fresh from his second Olympics will make his debut on the fast scenic course and will also threaten the top positions. Barcelona Olympian and multiple world record holder Tommy Hughes will be also sure to have huge crowd support again this year as he once again makes his latest bid on the vet’s +60 world record, which he smashed at last year’s race.

The defending champion, Farah is unable to race this year due to injury but has pledged his support for the event by being the race ambassador.

Kiprop smashes Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon record

Kenya’s Stephen Kiprop took top honors at the 9th edition of the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon that was held on Saturday (23) in Olomouc, Czech Republic.

The 19 year-old who came to this race with a personal best of 59:44, beat a strong and experienced field that included Jemal Yimer, who was second in Ras Al-Khaimah in United Arab Emirates in February in a time of 59:00 which was the fastest of four sub-60 runners in the men’s field.

He also had to contend with Kenyans Gilbert Masai (59:31), Justus Kangogo (59:31), and Abel Kipchumba (60:05).

With less experience against the best Kiprop pulled away late in the race to build a strong gap that could not be matched with rest, smashing off the course record of 1:00.17 that was set in 2014 by Geoffrey Ronoh, with a new course record of 1:00.15.

“The wind wasn’t as bad as it seemed at the start, though if it hadn’t been there at all, I could easily have run 30 seconds faster. Even so, I really enjoyed the race.”

Kiprop was followed closely by Ethiopian

Kiprop was followed closely by Ethiopian Yimer who crossed the line twenty two seconds later and Kipchumba closing the podium three finishes in 1:00.57.

Cheruiyot and Kangongo had to settle on fourth and fifth place in 1:01.00 and 1:01.34 respectively.

LEADING RESULTS

MEN

  1. Stephen Kiprop     (KEN) 1:00.15
  2. Jemal Yimer          (ETH) 1:00.37
  3. Abel Kipchumba   (KEN) 1:00.57
  4. Evans Cheruiyot    (KEN) 1:01.00
  5. Justus Kangogo     (KEN) 1:01.34

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.

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Kamworor makes history as he lifts World Half Marathon in style

Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor lived to his expectation when he did a hat-trick at the World Half Marathon that was held on Saturday (24) in Valencia, Spain.

The long-legged Kenyan has, arguably, proved the most versatile distance runner of his generation fought off a rich field that included former Kenyan turned Bahrain Abraham Cheroben, Aaron Kifle from Eritrea and Jemal Yimer from Ethiopia.

The 25 year-old and who is  coached by Patrick Sang, the former World and Olympic steeplechase silver medallist, pushed the two to the wall as he cut the tape in  1:00.02 and was followed by Cheroben twenty seconds later with Kifle closing the podium three in 1:00.31

LEADING RESULTS

MEN

  1. Geoffrey Kamworor  (KEN)  1:00.02
  2. Abraham Cheroben   (BAH) 1:00.22
  3. Aaron Kifle                  (ERT) 1:00.31

Yimer looks to break Medal Ground In Valencia

It usually takes young Ethiopian runners time to ward away the shyness and agree to interviews, especially when their most recent performance have catapulted them to the short list of favourites ahead of an upcoming major championships.

And it took some time and patience to convince Jemal Yimer, one of the key athletes to watch in the fight for the men’s title at the IAAF/Trinidad Alfonso World Half Marathon Championships Valencia 2018 following his scorching 59:00 debut for the distance at the RAK Half in the UAE last month. The 21-year-old finished second there in the fastest debut half marathon performance ever.

“Jemal does not like to talk much about his performances, nor show off or boast about his achievements,” his agent Malcolm Anderson says. “He is grounded, patient, and listens to the various people who support his athletics.”

Behind his quiet demeanor and short answers to interview questions lays a steely discipline that has so far been rewarded by upward mobility in an international career that has spanned less than two years.

RAPID RISE IN NATIONAL RANKS

Before venturing into the half marathon for the first time, Yimer’s best performances came at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 where he placed fifth in the 10,000m and earlier that year when he finished fourth in the senior men’s 10km at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017. These results, after his nation team debut at the 2016 African Championship in Durban, South Africa, where he was fourth in the 10,000m, show an athlete who is consistently finding a place on Ethiopia’s ultra-competitive major championship teams and knocking on the door for a medal.

“The world half marathon [championships] was my plan for 2018 because there are no major [track] championships in my event [10000m],” he says.

“My preparation has gone very well. I expect the team and myself to win medals [in Valencia]. That is why I am super excited when I am included in the team for the world championships. When I train in the national, the feeling is just different.”

Competing in Valencia is yet another step in fulfilling a prophesy that began two decades ago in the South Wollo zone of Ethiopia’s Amhara region. Born to a family of farmers and raised by his mother because his father was serving in the military during his early years, Yimer grew up with a sense of national duty and longed to serve his country in the line of duty.

STRONG COACH-ATHLETE BOND

“I really remember the time when I started running,” he says. “It was in 2010 when I was in school. I am not sure [what the event was], but I was watching TV and it was showing Tirunesh (Dibaba) and Kenenisa (Bekele) racing. I really wanted to be a runner and I was ready to fight for it. It meant wearing the national colours. It was an honour.”

His route to the top would go through the youth development centre in Debreberhan, very close to his home town, under the tutelage of coach Habtemariam Ayehu who would go on to play a crucial role in his development.

“He was ready to do anything for me,” he says. “There is this story in 2015 that I remember. I had a traffic accident when I was on my way to training. Habte was waiting for my arrival at the training ground. I was in a very good form. Unfortunately, the small van I was traveling in fell. That day, I saw him punching the vehicle [in anger] and crying after watching my critically wounded knee. I trust him after that because I watched him that day. He is like a mom and dad. He is the one behind my story from village to the world championships.”

That trust has helped guide Yimer to call-ups to Ethiopian squads for the last two years. Although Valencia is a major stepping stone in his development and presents a chance to finally break medal ground, Yimer says his immediate future lays on the track where he will be aiming for honours over the 10000m at the 2019 world championships in Doha and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“I am a man of the track,” he says. “I feel like the track is where I breathe better. I can train there the whole day.”