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Julius tuwei wins Enschede marathon

Kenya’s Julius tuwei took the top honors at the 75th edition of the Enchede marathon that was held on Sunday (24) in Enchede, Netherlands.

Tuwei who led 1-2 Kenyan podium finish, faced a battle of life and death as he was pushed almost to the tape by three runners, Enock Onchari his compatriot, Tandu Abate from Ethiopia and Josphat Kiprotich.

The 28 year-old who came to this race with a personal best of 2:08.06 that he got at the2018 Valencia marathon where he finished in seventh place, held off the two cutting the tape with the third fastest time of 2:07.43 missing Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich time of 2:07.20 by twenty three seconds. World Marathon record holder, Eliud Kipchoge’s course record time of 2:04.30 that he set at last year’s edition remains standing.

Onchari was forced to settle in second place with a time of 2:07.52 with Abate closing the podium in 2:07.59.

Kenya’s Josphat Kiprotich and Kenneth Cheserek finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 2:09.08 and 2:10.23 respectively.



  1. Julius tuwei             (KEN) 2:07.43
  2. Enock Onchari        (KEN) 2:07.52
  3. Tandu Abate            (ETH) 2:07.59
  4. Josphat Kiprotich   (KEN) 2:09.08
  5. Kenneth Cheserek  (KEN) 2:10.23

Battle of the titans in Prague

Kenya’s Philemon Kiplimo, the eighth fastest half marathon runner in history will lead a deep men’s elite field at the 23rd edition of the Prague Half Marathon that will be held on Saturday in Prague, Czech Republic.

The 23 year-old comes to this race with the eight fastest time of 58:11 that he got in 2020 at the Valencia Half marathon where he finished in fifth position.

Kiplimo will not have an easy ride as he has been lined up with three compatriots who have gone under the fifty nine minutes mark. They are Kennedy Kimutai, who comes to this race with a personal best of 58:28 that he got last year in Valencia after crossing the line in fourth place.

The 25 year-old Keneth Kiprop Renju who is the oldest among the four comes to the race carrying on his shoulder a personal best of 58:35 that he got early this year at the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon where he took the bronze medal.

Another title contender is Mathew Kimeli, who comes to the city of Prague with a personal best of 58:43 that he got last year in Valencia after finishing in seventh place.

The above four runners have all run under the race course record of 58:47 that was set fifteen years ago by Atsedu Tsegay from Ethiopia.

Five more runners who have run under the 60 minutes mark have also been lined up to fight for the pole position and also chase the course record mark. The 26 year-old Benard Kimeli, is more familiar with this course after taking the 2021 honors with a life time best of 59:07. Fourth place finisher at this year’s Napoli City Half Marathon Josphat Kiprotich has also been rolled in as he comes with a personal best of 59:35.

Ethiopia’s Gerba Dibaba will also be on the start line up as he comes with a personal best of 59:39. The 21 year-old who started his running career in October last year has participated in two half marathons both in Portugal and this will be his first time to step in Czech Republic and his third road race.

Africa Cross Country Champion Alfred Barkach, who is the most experienced runner in this field and Wisley Kibichii both carrying personal best of 59:46 and 59:57 from Delhi Half Marathon and Movistar Medio Maratón de Madrid respectively.



  1. Philemon Kiplimo      (KEN) 58:11
  2. Kennedy Kimutai       (KEN) 58:28
  3. Keneth Kiprop Renju (KEN) 58:35
  4. Mathew Kimeli           (KEN) 58:43
  5. Benard Kimeli             (KEN) 59:07
  6. Josphat Kiprotich       (KEN) 59:35
  7. Gerba Dibaba              (ETH) 59:39
  8. Alfred Barkach           (KEN) 59:46
  9. Wisley Kibichii           (KEN) 59:57

Yeman Crippa destroys two records at Napoli City Half Marathon

Yeman Crippa became the first Italian to run under the one hour mark as he destroyed the course record of the Napoli City Half Marathon which is in its 26th edition that was held on Sunday (27) in Napoli, Italy.

The 25-year-old wrote his name in Italian History books as no Italian athlete before him, had managed to cover the distance in less than an hour. He also became the second fastest European of all time, 13 seconds behind the Swiss Julien Wanders who retains the absolute primacy with a time of 59:13.

Crippa who has had numerous injuries which forced him to drop like in Siena in my debut last season, the Tokyo Olympics, the Euro Cross in Dublin, came back with a bang to this race as he passed through 14:02 at 5km, 28:12 at 10 km, 42:25 at 15km, with a very regular rate of 2:49 per km.

Crippa joined the leading group at around the 18k then he increased his pace then at the last 2km launched the sprint, as he battled two stubborn Kenyans Joshua Kiplangat Belet and Josphat Kipkemboi Kemei who gave him a hard time in the last kilometer.

Crippa managed to hold them off and went on to erase the previous six years course record of 1:02.41 that had been set by Cleophas Ngetich from Kenya with a new course record 59:26.

“It’s our time; it’s the moment of Italian athletics. And it is right that we enjoy it and redeems the disappointment of Tokyo” said Crippa.

This time also erased the previous Italian record that was held by Eyob Faniel of 1:00.07 that he set in Siena last year.

Belet was forced to settle in second in a time of 59:28 with another Kenyan Josphat Kipkemboi Kemei closing the podium finishes in 59:32.

Kenya’s Josphat Kiprotich and Mogos Tuemay Abrha from Ethiopia finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 59:33 and 59:35 respectively.

European distance record holder over the distance Wanders finished a distant sixth in a time of 1:00.28



  1. Crippa Yemaneberhan         (ITA)  59:26
  2. Joshua Kiplangat Belet         (KEN) 59:28
  3. Josphat Kipkemboi Kemei    (KEN) 59:33
  4. Josphat Kiprotich                   (KEN) 59:35
  5. Mogos Tuemay Abrha           (ETH) 1:00.11
  6. Julien Wanders                       (SUI) 1:00.28
  7. Wisley Kibichii                       (KEN) 1:00.28
  8. Stanley Kurgat Rono              (KEN) 1:00.44
  9. Dennis Kibet Kitiyo                (KEN) 1:01.06
  10. Afewerki Berhane Hidru        (ERI) 1:01.47