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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.

LEADING TIME

21KM MEN

  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

Nicholas Kimeli sets his target on World Championships

Former Africa Cross Country junior champion Nicholas Kimeli has set his eyes on representing the country at the world Athletics championships and Commonwealth Games that is set for next year in Oregon and Birmingham respectively.

The reigning Discovery Kenya Cross Country champion said that as much as he has been competing in various cross countries, he will be taking a break on them and focus on track.

Speaking after winning the inaugural Moi Girls Kapsowar 10km Charity and Conservancy that was held on Saturday (30) in Elgeyo Marakwet County, promised to have a good show when that time comes. Kimeli also finished in fourth place at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 5,000m race.

“My focus will be to compete in weekend meetings in order to secure a chance to compete for my country at the Commonwealth and World Championships. However, when a chance comes to compete at the World Cross country Continental Tour, I will do my best,” said Kimeli, the two time Maria Soti Cross Country champion.

The Kip Keino Classic 5,000m champion won the title in 28:04 ahead of Jacob Krop who came in second in 28:42 with Kennedy Kimutai closing the podium three finishes in 28:43.

Nicholas Kimeli beats Jacob Krop to lift Moi Girls kapsowar Charity Race title

Former Africa Cross Country junior champion Nicholas Kimeli took top honors at the 1st edition of the 10km Moi Girls kapsowar Charity Road Race that was held on Saturday in Kapsowar, Elgeyo Marakwet County.

Competing on his training course, Kimeli surged to victory in men’s race, beating Jacob Krop and Kennedy Kimutai for the title.

The 5,000m specialists Kimeli and Krop went bumper to bumper with the former winning the race tactically as he prepares for the new season as part of their preparations for cross country season.

Kimeli surged ahead ahead of Krop with a powerful kick to cut the tape in 28:04, with Krop coming home in second in thirty eight seconds later.

“This is part of my endurance running and since we have closed the season, it is good to keep fit for the races and season ahead of us,” said Kimeli, who recently finished 4th at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

He added: “since am good in competing on uphill, I had to secure an early chance since the course was a mixture of uphill and downhill.”

Krop, who missed to compete at the Tokyo 2020 games, said the race is part of his training for the cross country season.

“I want to try my lack in cross country and with such races, it is good for training and endurance,” said Krop.

Kennedy Kimutai closed the first three podium finishes in 28:43.

Mark Biwott and Josephat Kiprotich crossed the line in fourth and fifth place in 28:43 and 28:49 respectively.

LEADING RESULTS

10KM MEN

  1. Nicholas Kimeli      – 28:04
  2. Jacob Krop                – 28:42
  3. Kennedy Kimutai    – 28:43
  4. Mark Biwott             – 28:49
  5. Josephat Kiprotich – 28:52

Rhonex Kipruto runs away with 10km Road to Records title

Rhonex Kipruto the 10km world record holder was on target once again as he took the top honors at the 10km Road to Records race which was held on Sunday (12) at the Adidas headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

Kipruto failed to lower his own record but managed to run the second fastest time in history of the 10km race when he cut the tape in 26:43 which is also his season best.

Kipruto was followed by Tadese Worku from Ethiopia who crossed the line in 26:56 with Kennedy Kimutai taking the third spot in 27:09.

Nicholas Kimeli from Kenay and Ethiopia’s Bayelign Teshager came home in fourth and fifth place in 27:22 and 27:24 respectively.

LEADING RESULTS

10KM MEN

  1. Rhonex Kipruto      (KEN) 26:43
  2. Tasede Worku         (ETH) 26:56
  3. Kennedy Kimutai   (KEN) 27:09
  4. Nicholas Kimeli      (KEN) 27:22
  5. Bayelign Teshager  (ETH) 27:24