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.
Ethiopia’s Fantaye Belayneh Azale wrote her name in the history books in the Women 10km Road to Records Race that was held on Saturday (30) Herzogenaurach, Germany.
The 21 year-old who is a 5,000m specialist with zero experience on the road race gave her all to beat a strong field that included the Kenya reigning National Cross Country champion, Joyce Tele and Sheila Chepkirui the African Champion.
Azale came to this race with a personal best of 14:44.51 that she got at the 2021 Ethiopian National trials in the 5,000m race where she finished in position six. She waited patiently until the one kilometer mark to make her move with a super lightening speed and held on to set a new Ethiopian National Record and New personal best of 30:25.
Azale was followed by Tele who came to this race with the fastest time on paper of 30:59.01 that she got at the 2021 FBK Games, in Netherlands when she came home in second place in a time of 30:33 with Chepkirui closing the podium three finishes in 30:35.
National Cross Country Joyce chepkemoi Tele maintained her great shape as trounced a star-studded field at the Agnes Jebet Memorial Cross-Country championships which is the fifth edition of World Athletics Cross Country Gold Tour that will be held on Saturday (12) at Lobo village in Kapseret, Uasin Gishu County.
Jepkemoi beat a strong elite field that included the 2019 World silver medallist Champion in 5000m, Margaret Chelimo in one of the toughest course that this year as she went ahead to cut the tape in 34:02.
Chelimo the second fastest woman over the 10km mark came home in second place in 34:02 with Nespine Jepleting closing the first three podium finishes in 34:22
Kenya’s Joyce Tele ran away with the 46th edition of the Roma Ostia Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (17)
Tele led 1-2-3 podium finish for Kenya but had to put on a fierce fight for the honor as she out sprinted Betty Kibet Chepkemoi to cut the tape in a time of 1.06.35 with Chepkemoi forced to settle on second spot two seconds later.
Gloria Kite closed the first three podium finishes when she crossed the in 1:07.54.
Czech Republic’s Stewartova Moira and Rebecca Lonedo finished in fourth and fifth place in 1:10.16 and 1:11.45 respectively.
After leading 1-2 Kenyan podium finish at the International du Puy en Velay Road race a forth night ago, Joyce Tele was at it again as she beat the 2016 Rio Olympics 800m silver medallist Francine Niyonsaba at the 8th edition of 15km Nocturna Valencia Mediolanum race that was held on Saturday (18) in Valencia.
Tele fought off a strong field that included the current Elgeyo Marakwet cross country champion, Gladys Chepkurui and the world 2,000m record holder Niyonsaba.
Niyonsaba became the sixth fastest woman over the 3000m in history at the Paris Diamond League Meeting and she is also among several athletes banned from competing between 400m and 1500m because of naturally high levels of testosterone.
The Burudian could not match Tele who on her part has conquered the short road races. She beat the two as she cut the tape in the fastest time this year and in a personal best of 14:24 and she was followed by Chepkurui who pulled 48:30 to come home in second with 2017 world silver medallist closing the podium first three finishes in 50:37