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Albert Korir wins the 2021 New York City Marathon

Kenya’s Albert Korir won the lived to his expectation as he trounced a deep field at the 50th edition of the New York City Marathon that was held on Sunday (7) in in New York, USA.

The 27 years-old returned to the New York City Marathon with an aim of finishing on the podium despite the heavy line-up that included Kenenisa Bekele, Abdi Nageeye and the defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor.

Korir came to this race with a personal best of 2:08.06 that he got at the 2019 Ottawa marathon. In 2019, Korir finished second behind Kamworor but this time round he was the man on a mission as he never let any distraction to deter him as he destroyed the rich field cutting the in 2:08.22

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Albert Korir targets the podium at the New York City Marathon

The 2019 Vienna City Marathon Albert Korir will be targeting a podium finish at the 50th New York City Marathon that will be held on Sunday (7) in New York, USA.

The 27 years-old will be returning to the New York City Marathon with an aim of finishing on the podium despite the heavy line-up that includes Kenenisa Bekele, Abdi Nageeye  and the defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor.

He finished in second place at the 2019 New York City marathon behind champion Kamworor and he will be returning to the course as his first outing since 2019 with the world being under the control of Covid-19.

Following his training program in his Kapkitony village in Elgeyo Marakwet County, the 2014 Kass marathon winner was optimistic that he will be hitting the podium as his target.

“I have been out of competition for a long time and heading to New York City, I need to be on the podium. As much as I want to win the race, it will be one of the most competitive ones now that many athletes have been out of competition for a long time,” said Korir.

Korir comes to this race with a personal best of 2:08.06 that he got at the 2019 Ottawa marathon. He has been training about 180km a week so that he can gain much endurance while competing at the one of the World marathon majors.

“Training for such a marathon is not easy. Remember I have not run for long because after New York in November 2019, I competed at the Eldoret City marathon finishing 10th meaning I have a big challenge ahead,” said Korir.

In 2017, he won the Vienna City marathon and managed third position at the Luboya Marathon, won silver at both Lake Biwa and Cape Town marathons respectively in 2018.

“My expectations are high with the aim of reaching high standards in the race. I don’t want to force myself, burning my chest so hard but I will do what my body will be prepared for,” he added.

In 2019, he won both Ottawa and Houston marathons before concluding the season with the second finish in the New York City Marathon

Abdi Nageeye: Victory at the New York City Marathon Would Inspire Somalis and Refugees

Abdi Nageeye captured hearts worldwide with his Olympic marathon silver at the Tokyo 2020 which also resonated with refugee communities.

The celebrations spread across the Netherlands, his adopted home after escaping war in Somalia, and in Kenya, the long-distance powerhouse where he honed his running career.

The Tokyo silver was the Netherlands’ second-ever medal in the Olympic marathon event and another example for Kenya’s High-Altitude Training Camp to boast about.

My target is to win. I really believe now that I can – Abdi Nageeye ahead of the 2021 New York City Marathon

On November 7, the Dutch runner will pound the streets of the New York City Marathon for the first time seeking to end his season with a victory to add to his cherished Olympic medal, after proving that he can run with ‘the best in the world’.

“My target is to win. I really believe now that I’m good in the race where you have a championship field, where you aim for the podium. I have good sprints and confidence,” he told Olympics.com from his home in Eldoret, Kenya.

But, even more important for Nageeye, is cementing his role as a huge inspiration for the younger generations in Somalia.

Olympic silver medalist Abdi Nageeye celebrates crossing the finish line at Tokyo 2020. Picture by 2021 Getty Images

Abdi Nageeye: From Somalia to the Netherlands

Aged six, Abdi Nageeye left Somalia with his brother for the Netherlands. After a four-year stint in Europe, the siblings left for Syria and returned home to Somalia. It wasn’t long before the teenager resettled back in the Netherlands with his adopted family via Ethiopia.

Like most boys, the young teen enjoyed playing football. One day, he laced up his running shoes for a 5km run, which he completed in a relatively fast 17 minutes.

That was in 2006. He turned out to be a good runner and was encouraged to exploit his new interest. A year later he debuted for the Netherlands, in a junior race, at the European Cross-Country Championships.

That marked the start of an athletics career that has seen Nageeye compete at European and World Championships, two Olympic Games and run marathons in major cities.

His national record and personal best of 2:06.17 at the 2019 Amsterdam Marathon remains ‘one of the best days’ of his life.

“That race gave me a lot of confidence. I ran that race with an injury from 33km, a lot of cramping on my hamstring. And it’s that confidence that I had until the Olympics,” he recalled of the race where he placed fourth.

Abdi Nageeye: The Olympic lesson in Rio and the medal in Tokyo

The run in Amsterdam fanned his ambition of making the podium at a major championship.

“I knew I was able to do something. I never showed it at the [2018] European Championships, I didn’t prepare smart enough, but I knew I was able to run well and to win major marathons. But people want to receive the result at the finish line, and I was not able to do it.”

His Rio 2016 experience, where he finished 11th, counted for something when he lined up for the Olympic marathon in Sapporo.

When Eliud Kipchoge confirmed his greatness by clinching his second consecutive Olympic gold,only Nageeye came close.

Gold medalist Eliud Kipchoge of Team Kenya (L) hugs silver medalist Abdi Nageeye of Team Netherlands (R) after completing the men’s Olympic marathon in Japan. Picture by 2021 Getty Images

As they had done many times in training in Kaptagat, when he trained with Kipchoge, and his renowned coach Patrick Sang, the Dutch runner followed his lead when he broke away from the pack around the 30km mark.

“I knew I had this big chance with the whole world watching and I said I will show them what I can do.”- Abdi Nageeye on the silver at Tokyo 2020.

He created a near-perfect race, though it was a long and hard chase behind Kipchoge, his efforts were rewarded. Abdi took an Olympic silver medal with a season’s best time of 2:09:58.

“It was a long journey, the preparations… there were three Kenyans and three Ethiopians who are normally very strong…Then, there I was at the finish line, number two. It was a good feeling!”

The 32-year-old was cheered to the line in Sapporo by Kipchoge.

“When I was crossing the finish line, I was like, ‘We did it!’”

Abdi Nageeye: Inspirational legacy from Eliud Kipchoge

Nageeye may have shifted his training base to Iten, considered the cradle of Kenyan long-distance training, but the values he picked up from Eliud Kipchoge remain.

“He’s the greatest! Nobody can argue with that, he’s the greatest! From Eliud, I learned to take my time and focus on the progress. I learned the importance of discipline.”

Nageeye now trains remotely with Gary Lough, the coach of four-time Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah.

The British coach also coaches Somali-born Belgian Bashir Abdi who edged past Kenyan Lawrence Cherono in the home stretch for bronze at the Olympics.

“The whole of Somalia was watching us at that moment, and they were talking about us. Most of them started running because of Mo Farah and many will start now because of me and Bashir.”

It has been 13 weeks since the epic Olympic race and Nageeye is on the entry list for the New York City Marathon, looking to capitalise on his newfound fame and form.

“I think I will be in good shape as it is more of a championship race, if I was trying to run 2:04 [below the course record], it would not be possible. I’ll be ready.”

The Dutch half-marathon record holder who lives in the running town of Eldoret is giving himself every shot.

“I’m good in the race where you have this championship field, where you are just aiming for the podium. I have good sprints, confidence, I’m training well until now, so my goal really is to win this race.”

Abdi Nageeye: Motivation to be the best

The second-fastest man over the marathon Kenenisa Bekele leads the men’s field in the 2021 New York City Marathon that includes a handful of previous podium finishers.

Ethiopia’s Girma Bekele Gebre, third in 2019, and the 2016 New York champion Ghirmay Ghebreslassie of Eritrea are both considered top-three contenders.

“I am just hearing one or two names but I’m not focusing on that. I’m focusing on training and to be as fit as possible at the start line. It’s only when I get to the athletes’ hotel [in New York], and I see the faces and say ‘OK, you are there, and you too,’ and then I will make my plan,” said the marathoner who ran the Boston Marathon twice finishing 7th in 2018.

Just like at the Olympics, his motivation to win his debut New York Marathon runs deep.

“In Somalia, our last world champion was in 1987, that’s Abdi Bile and they just know him. That’s it. They even named a popular Toyota pick up after him, the Abdi Bile car,” he explained.

Bile, the 1996 Olympian, is Somalia’s most decorated athlete in history and still holds several national records.

“In Somalia, they don’t know much about running… The civil war put a pause on everything. So, it’s up to us to educate them, help them to understand and practice sport. Not only those in Somalia but the Somali community around the world.”

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Source: olympics.com

Mo Farah: I might be a coach at the Paris 2024

Four-time Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah hinted he may have already run his last Olympic Games, admitting the France 2024 games may be “too far of a stretch”.

The iconic British long-distance runner was not able to defend the 10,000m crown he won in the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro, having missed the 10,000m selection time by 19 seconds. It was the first time since 2004 he did not make the Team GB athletics team, which failed to win a gold medal for the first time in 25 years in Tokyo.

In 2016, Farah became the first athlete since Lasse Viren to win both 5000m and 10,000m in successive games. However, after just falling short in the Tokyo games, Farah believes his presence at the Paris games in 2024 are more likely to be in a coaching capacity than competitor.

The four-time Olympic champion is an ambassador for the new HUAWEI Watch GT 3 fitness ( Image: HUAWEI)

“You might see me as a coach going ‘Go on guys!’, Farah, who was promoting Huawei’s latest fitness smart watch, told Mirror Sport. “But I think I’ll be long gone by then (Paris 2024).

“It’s too far of a stretch I think.” At 38-years-old, Farah’s stellar career and achievements have made him one of the most iconic British Olympians of all time.

As well as his four gold medals, Farah also became the second person after Kenenisa Bekele to win long-distance doubles at successive Olympics and World Championships. With ten global title wins, he is the most decorated athlete in British athletics history, and his achievements were soon recognized by royalty when he was awarded a knighthood by her majesty the Queen for services to athletics.

However, while he feels the final curtain on his Olympics journey may have come to an end, he is back training again amid a possible return in the upcoming events. “I am getting back into it slowly, and working hard to get in that work place,” said Farah. “It was hard {missing out on the Olympics} I’m not going to lie, it was hard, it was tough. “The most important thing for me is to get myself right, get myself in good shape.

“Who knows, we have got the Commonwealth games, the European championships, there is lots coming up.” A packed schedule of athletics awaits next summer with the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and the 2022 Athletics World Championships in Oregon USA next July, as well as the European Athletics Championships in August. However, having just recovered from a stress fracture in his left foot, Farah is focusing on regaining his fitness and routine, before targeting any new medals.

“I had a stress fracture in my foot, not going to lie, it was hard,” he added. “It took me three months to get out of it, but now I am injury free, and will hopefully be ready to start.”

Leonard Barsoton targets the Boston Marathon title

Kenya’s Leonard Barsoton has focused on winning the 125th edition of the Boston Marathon that will be held on October 11th in Boston, Massachusetts.

The former Africa Cross country champion will use this marathon title as a gateway to earn a slot at the 2022 World Athletics championships marathon team.

The 27 years-old will be making his debut in marathon and will start at the world majors’ marathon, which has proved to be the most competitive races across the world.

The Iten based runner said that he wants to win the Boston marathon, which will help him earn a slot in team Kenya for the postponed World Athletics championships to be held in Oregon, USA next year.

Barsoton finished 6th at the world half marathon last year has said that Boston has big names but that will not stop him from winning the title in the American soil set for October 11th.

“It is not all about big names at the starting line-up but the level of preparedness will win a title for me. I have been training and am still training for the race,” added Barsoton.

He said that he has decided to venture into marathon after dominating the half marathon and 10,000m for long and he is ripe for the big challenge.

“I have decided to run in marathons because my body is fit enough for the big challenge. My preparation is good, taking a step by step to ensure that I get that top position in a race that I have never run, hoping for a good race in a new country that I have never run,” said Barsoton.

Barsoton won the 2019 Kolkata 25km Road Race with a course record of 1:13.05 after breaking the previous record of 1:13.48 that had been set by Kenenisa Bekele from Ethiopia.

“This will be my first marathon and I know the athletes who will be competing are also preparing but on my side, I know I am capable of pulling a surprise on the course,” said the former All Africa Games 10,000m silver medalist.

Kenenisa Bekele: ‘ I am not too old for the marathon”

Ethiopian athlete Kenenisa Bekele has insisted that he has no plans to retire from the sport after finishing third at Sunday’s Berlin Marathon.

Before the race Bekele, who turned 39 in June, had even talked about attacking the marathon word record of two hours, one minute and 39 seconds held by Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge.

He eventually missed Kipchoge’s time by over five minutes, finishing a minute behind race winner and compatriot Guye Adola.

The three-time Olympic champion is now targeting the world record again in next year’s race in the German capital, while also refusing to rule out the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

“I have information from other athletes that even at this age – 40 – many athletes can achieve good results and you are not too old for the marathon,” he said.

“If I’m healthy and prepared, I’d like to run again in Berlin for the world record.”

Bekele explained that his display on Sunday had been affected by catching Covid-19 earlier this year, even if he had suffered no strong symptoms and had recovered well.

He said the issues thrown up by coronavirus in general had made a greater impact.

“For me, the big problem was a lack of training because of the pandemic,” he explained.

One of athletics’ finest long-distance runners, Bekele has surprisingly missed the last two Olympic Games after not being picked by the Ethiopian Athletics Federation.

Bekele and the federation have not seen eye-to-eye on its recent selection process and so has been overlooked for the marathon despite being the second fastest man ever over the distance.

In 2019, Bekele ran a time – in Berlin – just two seconds slower than the record tset by Kipchoge, also in the German capital, the previous year.

“For sure I want to be part of [Paris 2024] but it’s difficult to decide according to the Ethiopian federation,” he explained.

“I have only one country. Even if I want to go to Paris, I don’t know their criteria again so it’s going to be difficult.”


Berlin Marathon expected to attract 25,000 runners

Berlin Marathon organisers expect about 25,000 runners to take part on Sunday, making it the biggest marathon since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The September 26 event was cancelled last year because of the global health crisis but returns on the streets of the German capital.

“The time is ripe for us to send a signal to the outside world that we are still a sports metropolis,” Juergen Lock, managing director of organiser SCC Events, said. He expects more than 90 per cent of participants to be either fully vaccinated or to have recovered from a coronavirus infection.

All others must undergo a PCR test no earlier than 48 hours before the start. Wearing masks in the start and finish areas is mandatory for runners, as well as for all spectators along the 42.195-kilometre course. “All runners can run liberated,” Lock said.

With two smaller events in recent weeks including a half marathon, the organisers have gained experience for the big event, which will be held on the same day as the German general election.

The most prominent runner is Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele.

The 39-year-old missed the world record of Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya by only two seconds in his victory in 2019 in two hours one minute 41 seconds. Kipchoge set the mark in Berlin in 2018. The women’s field is led by Hiwot Gebrekidan, the Ethiopian who ran a year’s best 2 hours 19 minutes 35 seconds in Milan.

Source: thenewdaily.com.au

Barega walks away with over 7 million in cash as Ethiopian Government rewards athletes

Tokyo Olympic Games 10,000m gold medallist, Selemon Barega was the highest athlete that was rewarded by the government of Ethiopia for their explosive results that they got at the 2020 Tokyo Games in Tokyo, Japan.

The win made him the fourth Ethiopian to win the 10,000m title at the Olympics, the other three being Kenenisa Bekele (2004, 2008), Haile Gebreselassie (1996, 2000), and Miruts Yifter (1980).

Barega was the most rewarded athlete as he walked away with 3million Birr which is Kshs 7,219,220.54. On top of this he was awarded a Toyota Car and 40 Gram gold.

Tokyo 5000m bronze medallist Gudaf Tsegaye was also rewarded handsomely as she took home 1.5m birr which is Kshs 3,609,610.27.

The Ethiopian government rewarded the top eight athletes with cash and they also recognized the coaches by rewarding them with cash for their job well done.

Kibiwott Kandie to Debut at New York City Marathon

Reigning world half marathon silver medalist Kibiwott Kandie will be making his maiden marathon appearance at the 50th edition of the New York City Marathon.

But focus will be on Kandie, as he may launch a sweet revenge against world half marathon champion Jacob Kiplimo, who beat him for the world title in Gdynia, Poland.

The Baringo County based man, who has competed in six half marathons, has lost only one as he makes the strides for the full marathon.

The 24-year-old beat Kiplimo and running under the one hour mark, will be out to prove his worthiness over the 42km when in New York.

But focus will be on Kandie, as he may launch a sweet revenge against world half marathon champion Jacob Kiplimo, who beat him for the world title in Gdynia, Poland.

The 24-year-old beat Kiplimo and running under the one hour mark, will be out to prove his worthiness over the 42km when in New York.

Kandie has beaten Kiplimo twice and once beating world 10km record holder Rhonex Kipruto

Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Abdi Nageeye (2:06.17), Eyob Faniel, Italy (2:07:19) and Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, Eritrea (2:07:11) will also battle for the podium.

Another Kenyan Albert Korir of 2:08.03 and Great Britain’s Callum Hawkins of 2:08:14 and Noah Droddy from the United States of 2:09:09 have also been named in the elite list.


Marathon MEN

  1. Kenenisa Bekele             (ETH)  2:01.41
  2. Abdi Nageeye                  (NED) 2:06.17
  3. Eyob Faniel                      (ITA)  2:07.19
  4. Ghirmay Ghebreslassie (ERT)  2:07.11
  5. Callum Hawkins              (GRT) 2:08.14
  6. Albert Kori                        (KEN) 2:08.03
  7. Noah Droddy                    (USA)  2:09.09
  8. Mohamed El Aaraby       (MOR) 2:09.16
  9. Jared Ward                        (USA)  2:09.25
  10. Kibiwott Kandie               (KEN) Debut
  11. Ben True                            (USA) Debut