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Karsten Warholm and Elaine Thompson named World Athletics Athletes of the Year

Norwegian Karsten Warholm and Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah were named World Athletics Athletes of the Year on Wednesday 1 December in Monaco, France.

Warholm won the men’s award beating a strong field that included fellow Olympic gold medalists Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya, Joshua Cheptegei from Uganda, Ryan Crouser from USA and Mondo Duplantis from Sweden.

Warholm broke twice what was the longest-standing world record among men’s track races set by American Kevin Young, who went 46.78 in the 1992 Olympic final. Warholm lowered it to 46.70 on July 1, then to 45.94 in the Tokyo Olympic final.

In the Olympic run alone, Warholm took 1.6 percent off the world record, just shy of Michael Johnson‘s 1.7 percent drop in the 1996 Olympic 200m final.

Warholm is the first Norwegian man to take this award.

Thompson-Herah also thrashed a strong field that included Sifan Hassan from Netherlands, Faith Kipyegon from Kenya, Sydney McLaughlin from USA and Yulimar Rojas from Venezuela.

She became the first woman to win 100m, 200m and 4x100m golds at one Olympics since Florence Griffith Joyner in 1988.

Thompson-Herah also clocked the second-fastest 100m and 200m times in history (10.54, 21.53), trailing only Griffith Joyner’s world records.

Kipchoge, Cheptegei sail to the World Male Athlete of the Year Award Finals

Two times Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge and Olympic 5000m champion Joshua Cheptegei have sailed through to the finals of the World Athletics’ Male Athlete of the Year award that will be held on December 1.

Kipchoge became the first man since 1980 to successfully defend his Olympic marathon title, and his time of 2 hours 8min 38sec gave him a winning margin of 80 seconds – the biggest at the Games since 1972.

Sweden’s Mondo Duplantis still has a chance at winning the award for the second year running. He achieved Olympic, Diamond League and European indoor titles in the pole vault. Karsten Warholm from Norway is the other finalist, having twice broken the 400m hurdles world record set by American Kevin Young that had stood for more than 28 years.

Also on the battle for the prestigious award is the undefeated American shot putter Ryan Crouser.

The shocker of the night is Norway’s Tokyo 2020 and European Indoor 1500m gold medallist Jakob Ingebrigtsen who failed to make the cut for not gaining enough votes.

World Athletics revealed last month the initial shortlist of 10 Olympic champions last month, and a three-way voting process reduced the number to half.

The World Athletics Council’s votes are 50 per cent of the result, with the World Athletics Family and public votes both holding 25 per cent.

Berihu Aregawi threatens Joshua Cheptegei’s World 5km Record

The 2018 Summer Youth Olympics silver medallist in 3000m champion, Berihu Aregawi threatened the world 5km record at the Urban Trail Road Race that was held on Saturday (6) in Lille, France.

The 2018 World Athletics U20 bronze medallist Champion almost broke Joshua Cheptegei’s world record of 12:51 that was set in Monaco in 2020 by winning the race with a stunning time of 12:52 which is less two seconds of world record.

Berihu Aregawi reacts after almost breaking the World 5km Record. PHOTO: Capture My Sport

The 20 year-old won the race by more than 30 seconds as Hosea Kiplangat of Uganda was second in 13:25, four seconds ahead of Ethiopia’s Yasin Haji.



  1. Berihu Aregawi     (ETH) 12:51
  2. Hosea Kiplangat     (UG) 13:25
  3. Yasin Haji              (ETH) 13:29

Joshua Cheptegei holds a traditional wedding ceremony

Olympic 5000m champion Joshua Cheptegei held his traditional wedding on Saturday (30) in Cheboron village, Kaptum sub-county in Kween district.

The traditional wedding ceremony was held at Carol Kamari’s ancestral home as they announced their move to formalize their marriage.

The ceremony was presided over by Pastor Peter Chelangat of Shining Light of God ministries Kapchorwa and Pastor David Otto alongside the Bishop of Sebei Diocese ministered at the ceremony.

The 5000m world record holder decided the time was right to become husband and wife. Cheptegei’s wife is an engineer by profession and she is described by the celebrated Ugandan as the central pillar of his success.

Kamari is the daughter of Stephen Chesang and businesswoman Jessica Chesakit.

Joshua Cheptegei, wife Carol Kamari during their traditional wedding ceremony. PHOTO: Courtesy

Joshua Cheptegei sets sight on writing history at the Nijmegen Classic

Olympic 5000m champion Joshua Cheptegei has set his sight at writing history as he goes for the fifth crown at the Zevenheuvelenloop that will be held on Sunday 21 November in Netherlands.

The 25 year-old who has been nominated for the 2021 World Athlete of the Year by the World Athletics will be racing his first road race since winning the Olympic Games.

Chepetegei stepped his first foot at the Nijmegen in 2015, where he was still a relatively unknown athlete when he won the very stormy edition and he went on to set the record and becoming Mr. Zevenheuvelen  and the only athlete to win four times; the 2016, 2017 and the 2018 edition consecutively.

“I am super excited to run at my favorite place: Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The Seven Hills race is important to me because this race has showcased me to the world.” said Cheptegei.

When the Ugandan came to Nijmegen in 2017 he had his eyes set on the world record in the 15km but his world record attempt ended in three seconds. A year later Cheptegei came back for the fourth time and took the world record with 41:05 with flying colors.

Mourners, athletes demand justice Agnes Tirop at funeral

Olympic running greats came together on Saturday to bid farewell to rising Kenyan star Agnes Tirop, whose murder earlier this month sent shockwaves across the nation and the athletics world.

A double world championships bronze medallist tipped for future stardom on the track, Tirop was buried in a white casket in central Kenya on what would have been her 26th birthday.

Her body was found on October 13 with stab wounds in the bedroom of her home in Iten, a high-altitude training hub for top-class athletes.

Tirop’s husband appeared in court this week as a suspect in her killing after being arrested and remanded in custody.

Among the mourners gathered in Mosoriot, Tirop’s childhood village about 30 kilometres (18 miles) south of Eldoret, were two-time Kenyan Olympic champion David Rudisha and fellow gold medallists Joshua Cheptegei and Peruth Chemutai of Uganda.

Many in the congregation wore the signature red shirts of Athletics Kenya, which described Tirop as a “jewel” and one of the fastest-rising stars on the international running circuit.

Her death sparked outpourings of grief and condolences from Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, but also anger at a life taken so young.

Impassioned speakers at her funeral demanded swift justice for Tirop, and huge crowds marched in Eldoret on Friday calling for an end to violence against women.

Tirop’s death has thrown a spotlight on the pressures faced by the country’s female athletes who pay a huge — and often tragic — price for their spectacular success in a male-dominated society.

Joshua Cheptegei and Jacob Kiplimo also came today as we lay our girl Agnes Tirop to rest. PHOTO: COURTESY

“The injustice against female athletes here in Kenya is a threat to all of us athletes all over the world,” said Olympic 5000 metres champion Cheptegei.

“We are here in solidarity to show that we condemn such acts in such a manner.”

Athletics Kenya announced on Saturday that the Kenyan leg of the World Cross Country Tour would be named after Tirop.

Born to a peasant farming family, Tirop launched her athletics career less than a decade ago but swiftly ran up a host of second-place finishes in national and international cross country races.

She went on to become one of Kenya’s rising stars — as the 2015 world cross-country champion, a two-time world medallist over 10000m, and came fourth over 5000m at the Tokyo Olympics this year.

Italy furious after world’s fastest man excluded from 2021 Athlete of the year list

The Italian Olympic movement is furious over the exclusion of sprinter Marcell Jacobs from the nominees list for male athlete of the year by World Athletics, with a senior official calling it “a lack of respect” and “profoundly wrong.”

The sport’s governing body announced a list of 10 nominees for the prestigious award but found no room for the only man to win two golds on the track at the Tokyo Olympics. Jacobs was the surprise Olympic champion in the 100 metres – the signature event of track and field – and also helped Italy to gold in the 4×100 relay.

“It’s profoundly wrong,” Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malagò said Friday, a day after the nominees were announced. “We’re very upset.”

Italian high jumper Gianmarco Tamberi, who tied for Olympic gold with Mutaz Barshim in his event moments before Jacobs won the 100, also failed to make the cut. Malagò said the omissions amount to “a lack of respect toward our two athletes.”

The 10 nominees are Joshua Cheptegei, Ryan Crouser, Mondo Duplantis, Jakob Ingebrigtsen, Eliud Kipchoge, Pedro Pichardo, Daniel Stahl, Miltiadis Tentoglou, Damian Warner and Karsten Warholm. The nominees were selected by an international panel of athletics experts, comprising representatives from all six continental areas of World Athletics. The winner will be announced in December.

Jacobs, also won the 60 meters at the European Indoor championships in March, did not compete after the Olympics, when he withdrew from his remaining Diamond League events to recover from a knee injury. “As always, the World Athletics Awards will recognise athletes who have performed at the highest level across the year, taking into account not only the Olympic Games, but the one-day meeting circuits,” World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said.

Source: stuff.co.nz

Eliud Kipchoge nominated for Male Athlete of the Year award

World marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge is among the 10 nominees for the Male Athlete of the Year, World Athletics has announced.

The 36 year-old defended his Rio title at the Tokyo Olympics.

The nominees for 2021 Male World Athlete of the Year are:

  1. Joshua Cheptegei Uganda (Olympic 5000m and 10000m champion)
  2. Ryan Crouser (American shot putter and discus thrower)
  3. Mondo Duplantis – Swedish–American pole vaulter and the current world indoor record holder
  4. Jakob Ingebrigtsen Norwegian middle-distance runner. Won gold at the 1500m in the Olympics
  5. Pedro Pichardo Cuban-born Portuguese triple jumper and current Olympic
  6. Daniel Stahl – Swedish athlete specializing in the discus throw
  7. Miltiadis Tentoglou – Greek Long jump athlete who won gold at Tokyo 2020
  8. Damian Warner Canadian track and field athlete specializing in decathlon. He is a 2020 Olympic champion and is set to be inducted to Canada’s Walk of fame
  9. Karsten Warholm – Norwegian athlete specializing in 400m hurdles. He won gold at the men’s 400m hurdles final at Tokyo 2020

The voting process officially began on Thursday, with the World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family set to cast their votes by email.

For fans, they will be able to vote via the World Athletics social media platforms either by ‘liking’ a graphic of their favourite athlete or via a retweet on twitter.

Joshua Cheptegei Dreams

Tokyo Olympics 5000m gold medallist Joshua Cheptegei dream is to turn his home country (Uganda) into an athletics powerhouse.

Considering that he added the 5,000m and 10,000m world records, that dream should not be far from realization.

The 25 years-old made the remarks at the National Council of Sports (NCS) when it fulfilled its pledge of rewarding all athletes who excelled at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics on Tuesday (12).

“My dream is to make this country a running nation. I want the young people to be motivated so that they can take on sport and showcase their talents to the world,” said Cheptegei.

Cheptegei also called for a change in perception with sport often regarded as a leisure activity. “Sport is not just leisure game. It is business and young people can learn that you can earn from sport. I want to set a path that other young children can follow,” Cheptegei concluded.

Peruth Chemutai beats Joshua Cheptegei to win USPA accolades

Tokyo 3000m women steeplechase champion Peruth Chemutai  won the Nile Special Uganda Sports Press Association personality (USPA) of August after being unanimously chosen by the sports scribe body at the monthly meeting that was held on Monday(11) at Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala.

Chemutai wrote history by becoming Uganda’s first woman to win an Olympic gold in the 3,000m steeplechase games.

The 22 year-old, beat Tokyo 5000m champion, Joshua Cheptegei and the Silverbacks who reached the quarterfinals of the Afro Basketball championship in Rwanda.

USPA vice president Leon Ssenyange revealed that such recognitions motivate athletes.

“This recognition shows that we follow what sports personalities do plus also identifying their efforts. We believe it motivates the winners or even those who have not won to perform harder,” he stated.