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Cyprian Kotut to battle Lemi Berhanu in Amsterdam

The reigning Hamburg Marathon champion, Cyprian Kimurgor Kotut will fight for the top podium finish as he engages a selected deep elite field at the 47th edition of the Amsterdam Marathon that will be held on Sunday (16) in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The 30 year-old who broke the fastest man on the planet over distance, Eliud Kipchoge’s course record in Germany twenty four weeks ago with a time of 2:04.47 which is also his personal best will battle for honors with Ethiopia’s Lemi Berhanu Hayle who comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 2:04.33 that he got at the 2016 Dubai Marathon where he finished in second place. The 28 year-old who has won five marathons out of nine he has taken part in according to World Athletics statistics, will be a torn in the flesh for the Kenyan though the current performance by Kotut places him at a better position to lift the title.

The two will not have an easy ride to the trophy as they will face-off with seven athletes who carry sub 2:05 performance.

Reigning Milano Marathon champion, Titus Kipruto from Kenya leads the seven athletes as he comes to this race with third fastest time on paper of 2:05.05 that he got this April with the reigning Riyadh Marathon champion Tsegaye Getachew from Ethiopia also being in the mix as they seek to fight for the title.

Two other Kenyans, Norbert Kigen and Laban Korir will also be on the start line up as they fight for the top podium place. Kigen who is familiar with this course, carries a personal best of 2:05.13 that he got at the 2017 edition of this event while Korir who serves as the president of the Global Communications training camp that houses the man who holds the two fastest time in the world over the distance, Kipchoge, comes with a personal best time of 2:05.54 that he got at the 2016 edition of this race where he finished in fourth place.

Ethiopia’s Adeladlew Mamo and Afewerki Berhane both will be running their second marathons as they hold personal bests of 2:05.12 and 2:05.13 respectively.

The 2015All-Africa Games bronze medallist in 10,000m Adugna Takele, who is also the oldest in the line will also be on the battle front as he seeks to unseat the young stars. The 33 year-old comes with a personal best of 2:05.52 that he got in February at the Zurich marathon where he finished in fourth place.

The race organisers have put together these deep field to try and lower the race course record of 2:03.38 that was set last year by Tamirat Tola from Ethiopia



  1. Lemi Berhanu          (ETH) 2:04.33
  2. Cyprian Kotut          (KEN) 2:04.47
  3. Titus Kipruto           (KEN) 2:05.05
  4. Tsegaye Getachew  (ETH) 2:05.11
  5. Adeladlew Mamo    (ETH) 2:05.12
  6. Norbert Kigen         (KEN) 2:05.13
  7. Afewerki Berhane   (ETH) 2:05.22
  8. Adugna Takele        (ETH) 2:05.52
  9. Laban Korir              (KEN) 2:05.54

World’s Fastest ever men’s field assembled for Boston Marathon

The organisers of the 126th edition of the Boston Marathon, which is the World Athletics Platinum Elite Label Road Race, have released their fastest ever elite list for men that will be held on Monday April 18, 2022 in Boston.

Three time Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele from Ethiopia leads the elite list of 12 men who have gone under the 2:06 mark. Bekele is the second fastest marathon runner in history with a personal best of 2:01.41.

“I recognise the tradition of the Boston Marathon and look forward to racing in April,” said Bekele. “For many years Ethiopia has had a strong tradition in Boston, and I am excited to join that legacy. I have long looked forward to racing the Boston Marathon.”

Seven of the past eight winners will also return to Boston, including 2021 champion Benson Kipruto of Kenya. Lawrence Cherono (2019), Yuki Kawauchi (2018), Geoffrey Kirui (2017), Lemi Berhanu (2016), and two times winner Lelisa Desisa (2015 and 2013) are the other six former winners.

The 2021 fastest man in marathon, Titus Ekiru, who holds a personal best of 2:02.57 that he got in Milan, will be battling for the top honors too. “I am happy to announce that I’ll be lining the street of Boston Marathon for my first time next April in the Boston Marathon]. Can’t wait for it!”

The 2020 world leader Evans Chebet, New York City Marathon winner Albert Korir, and three-time world half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor.



  1. Kenenisa Bekele      (ETH) 2:01.41
  2. Titus Ekiru               (KEN) 2:02.57
  3. Evans Chebet           (KEN) 2:03.00
  4. Lawrence Cherono  (KEN) 2:03.04
  5. Bernard Koech         (KEN) 2:04.09
  6. Lemi Berhanu          (ETH) 2:04.33
  7. Lelisa Desisa            (ETH) 2:04.45
  8. Gabriel Geay             (TAN) 2:04.55
  9. Benson Kipruto        (KEN) 2:05.13
  10. Geoffrey Kamworor (KEN) 2:05.23
  11. Eric Kiptanui             (KEN) 2:05.47
  12. Bethwell Yegon         (KEN) 2:06.14
  13. Geoffrey Kirui            (KEN) 2:06.27
  14. Eyob Faniel                 (ITA) 2:07.19
  15. Yuki Kawauchi           (JPN) 2:07.27
  16. Albert Korir                (KEN) 2:08.03
  17. Amanuel Mesel          (ERI) 2:08.17
  18. Bayelign Teshager     (ETH) 2:08.28
  19. Tsegay Weldibanos    (ERI) 2:09.07
  20. Scott Fauble                (USA) 2:09.09
  21. Colin Bennie               (USA) 2:09.38
  22. Trevor Hofbauer         (CAN) 2:09.51
  23. Jared Ward                   (USA) 2:09.25
  24. Ian Butler                     (USA) 2:09.45
  25. Mick Iacofano             (USA) 2:09.55
  26. Jake Riley                     (USA) 2:10.02
  27. Jerrell Mock                 (USA) 2:10.37
  28. Jemal Yimer                (ETH) 2:10.38
  29. Juan Luis Barrios       (MEX) 2:10.55
  30. Matt McDonald          (USA) 2:11.10
  31. Matt Llano                   (USA) 2:11.14
  32. Elkanah Kibet              (USA) 2:11.15
  33. CJ Albertson                (USA) 2:11.18
  34. Diego Estrada              (USA) 2:11.54

Benson Kipruto saviour for Kenya as he lifts Boston title

Kenya’s Benson Kipruto was savior for his nation as he clinched the first marathon major at the 125th edition of the Boston Marathon that was held on Monday (11) in Boston.

Kipruto who took lead and never looked back and went on to cut the tape in as he won his biggest race of his career in 2:09.51. He adds Monday’s win in Boston to his victories at the 2021 Prague Marathon and the 2018 Toronto Marathon.

Kipruto finished 10th at the 2019 Boston Marathon. His best finish came in the 2019 Toronto Marathon when he crossed the finish line in 2:05.13.

Ethiopia’s Lemi Berhanu came in second in a time of 2:10.37 with his fellow country-mate Jemal Winer closing the first three podium finishes in 2:10.38.

United Staes Collin Bennie was the top American runner, coming in seventh in 2:11.26.

Lemi Berhanu and Wanganesh Mekasha notch Ethiopian Double in Hengshui

Pre-race favourite Lemi Berhanu of Ethiopia lived up to expectations to register a convincing victory in the men’s race while his compatriot Waganesh Mekasha rallied to take the women’s title at the 2018 Hengshui Lake International Marathon, an IAAF Silver Label road race, in Hengshui, China, on Saturday (29).

Berhanu clocked 2:08:51 while Mekasha upset a strong field in 2:25:57, a lifetime best.

Berhanu was the star attraction in the field, with a personal best of 2:04:33 from the 2016 Dubai Marathon and with marathon titles from Boston, Dubai, Xiamen and Zurich under his belt. It was his first appearance in Hengshui and the 24-year-old stayed in the leading group patiently for the first half of the race before making his move near 30 kilometres.

He broke clear for a sole lead and soon extended the margin to more than 20 metres. When he reached the 36 kilometres mark in 1:48:40, Berhanu was still well on track to challenge the course record of 2:07:38 set by Ethiopian Markos Geneti in 2014.

However, it seemed Berhanu’s focus was just on the win instead of the record. With a comfortable lead in hand, Berhanu eased down in the final kilometres. Running relaxed, he even started his celebration on the home stretch, breaking the tape in 2:08:51 with a smile on his face.

It was Berhanu’s third marathon victory in China following his 2:13:10 win at the 2014 Taiyuan Marathon and the 2:08:27 victory in Xiamen last year.

Herpasa Negasa, another Ethiopian, finished second in 2:09:14, improving his career best by 63 seconds. Kenya’s Dominic Ruto finish third in 2:09:49, which is 41 seconds slower than his PB set in Rome last year.

The 26-year-old Mekasha upset a quality field, which included sub-2:25 runners Workenesh Edesa of Ethiopia and Kenyan Caroline Kilel as well as past winner Meseret Legese..

Mekasha emerged triumphant from a two-woman duel in the last five kilometres. She and her countrywoman Edesa led the race to 38 kilometres before the 26-year-old Edesa, whose PB of 2:24:04 was set in her victory at the 2016 Xiamen International Marathon, pulled away and soon built an advantage of some 15 metres.

But Edesa didn’t enjoy the sole lead for long. Mekasha reeled in Edesa metre-by-metre and passed the latter at the 40 kilometre mark. Looking back to check Edesa’s position from time to time, Mekasha left no chance for her rival to turn the tables. She kept pushing ahead and wrapped up the victory with the second fastest winning time in the race’s seven-year history, 14 seconds shy of the 2:25:43 course record set by Kenya’s Agnes Jepkemboi Kiprop in 2015.

It was the second victory of the year over the classic distance for Mekasha and also the second time for her to improve her lifetime best in 2018. Five months ago the rising Ethiopian cut more than 17 minutes off her PB to win the Padova Marathon in 2:29:18. Since her marathon debut in Singapore in 2014, the efficient Mekasha, who was the fourth finisher in the U20 race at the 2011 World Cross Country Championships, has collecting three titles from four races.

Edesa finish second in 2:26:28, which was the first marathon she finished since she took the second place in Xiamen last January.

Gebiyanesh Ayele clocked 2:26:54, improving her PB by five and a half minutes, to complete a sweep of podium for Ethiopia. It is the first time for Ayele to dip under the 2:30 barrier whose previous PB of 2:32:25 was achieved from her third finish at the 2017 Guangzhou Marathon.

Kirui and Rupp renew Boston Marathon duel

U.S. Olympic bronze medallist Galen Rupp lost to Kirui by 21 seconds in the 2017 race and is back while New York City Marathon champion – and home state favourite – Shalane Flanagan headlines a group of four top U.S. women’s contenders.

Rain and temperatures in the 50s (13 C) after an icy weekend are forecast, making for a messy race day.

That could be a factor, especially for the African athletes.

No American man has won in Boston since 1983, and Kirui, former champions Lelisa Desisa and Lemi Berhanu of Ethiopia, Ethiopian Tamirat Tola, the fastest in the field at 2:04.06, and Kenyan dark horse Nobert Kigen are aiming to keep it that way.

Yet many believe Chicago Marathon winner Rupp will have a say.

“Galen will definitely be much harder to beat than last year, regardless of how the race plays out,” Alberto Salazar, his coach and a former Boston champion, told reporters.

“But Kirui or the others may also be in better shape than last year, so it’s impossible to predict.”

The final few miles proved costly in 2017 to Rupp, who admitted afterwards: “I just did not have it over those last three or four miles.”

Kirui, 25, backed up his Boston win, his first victory in a marathon, by taking the 2017 world championship title. He carries a personal best of 2:06:27 to Rupp’s 2:09:20.

The U.S. women’s drought at Boston stretches back to 1985.

Flanagan, Jordan Hasay, Molly Huddle and Desi Linden will try to change that against an international field that may not be as strong as in past years.

Flanagan, 36, who grew up in Massachusetts, is the sentimental favourite, with Hasay holding the best Boston finish.

The 26-year-old made it to the podium in 2017, finishing third at both Boston and Chicago. The Boston race was her marathon debut.

Linden and Huddle are both experienced marathoners with Linden fourth in Boston in 2017 and Huddle third in the 2016 New York City Marathon.

Kiplagat, the Kenyan mother of five who is now 38, returns to defend her title after finishing second in the world championships and fourth in New York City in 2017.

Aselefech Mergia, a former London winner, and fellow Ethiopian Mamitu Daska, who was third in New York last year, could be Kiplagat’s biggest international challengers along with former Boston winners Buzunesh Deba (Ethiopia) and Caroline Rotich (Kenya).