World Indoor 3000m champion, Lemlem Hailu took the top honors at the 40thh edition of the Nocturna de San Anton 10km held on Sunday (15) in Jaen, Spain.
The 21 year-old, who is also the 2019 African Games 1500m bronze medallist, beat the 2019 World Marathon champion, Ruth Chepngetich near the finish line when she engaged a powerful gear that the latter could not respond to, cutting the tape in 31:37 with the former world half marathon record holder forced to settle in second place two seconds later.
The 2017 World Cross Country Champion, Irene Chepet Cheptai missed the race course record at the 17th edition of the Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon held on October 16, 2022 in New Delhi, India.
The 30 year-old who came to this race with the fastest time on paper of 1:06.43 that she got at this same event in 2020 where she finished in fourth place, lived to her expectations as she beat a strong deep field that included World Indoor 3000m champion, Lemlem Hailu from Ethiopia who was making her debut over the distance and the 2018 Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion, Stella Chesang from Uganda.
Cheptai who was fresh from taking the honors last month at Birell Praque Grand Prix in Czech Republic and recently announced her retirement from the track to focus on the roads, missed the race course record of 1:06.00 that was set in 2019 by Tsehay Gemechu from Ethiopia by forty two seconds as she cut the tape in a time of 1:06.42, though this time is the slowest in four years.
“It was a tough race. The course was fast but the conditions were not easy. I tried to push after 15km despite the heat and am pleasantly surprised with the result,” said Cheptai
Cheptai took home a cool $27,000 but missed $12,000 bonus for not taking down the course record.
The 2017 World Cross Country Champion, Irene Chepet Cheptai will lead a strong deep field at 17th edition of the Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon that will be held on October 16, 2022 in New Delhi, India.
The 30 year-old comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 1:06.43 that she got at this event in 2020 where she finished in fourth place.
Cheptai who fresh from taking the honors last month at Birell Praque Grand Prix in Czech Republic recently announced her retirement from the track and now has focus has shifted to the roads.
“Next year, I want to run my first marathon and so this race is part of my preparation and am hoping to win it,” said Cheptai.
The reigning TCS 1oK Bengaluru champion will face-off with World Indoor 3000m champion, Lemlem Hailu from Ethiopia who will be making her debut over the distance.
“To be honest, I am enjoying training for the roads much more than for the track, which is very hard. Training for a race like this is much more relaxed,” said Hailu, who admitted that she was a little nervous about her huge step into unknown territory.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion, Stella Chesang from Uganda will also be on the start line as she battles the two for the top crown.
The race organisers have assembled a strong deep field to try and chase the race course record of 1:06.00 that was set in 2019 by Tsehay Gemechu from Ethiopia.
The winner will take home a cool $27,000 and $12,000 bonus if he takes down the course record.
World U18 1500m champion Lemlem Hailu was on cloud nine as she ran away with wonmen 3000m title at the 18th edition of the World Indoor Championships that is being held in the Serbian capital’s Stark Arena in Belgrade.
The 20 year-old ran a tactical race as they partnered with her fellow country-mate Ejgayehu Taye with a purpose of making sure the title went home.
Lemlem took charge of the race with three laps to go and kept increasing her pace with the 2016 World Indoor silver medallist Dawit Seyoum surging up to Lemlem’s shoulder but she was too good with her kick as forged ahead to make sure the title went home for the ninth time in the last ten editions that their country had participated in.
The Kip Keino 1500m champion crossed the line in a time of 8:41.82. American record holder for the indoor mile, Elinor Purrier came home in second place in 8:42.04.
Taye closed the first three podium finishes in 8:42.04.
World U20 5000m Champion Beatrice Chebet from Kenya finished in tenth position in a time of 8:47.50
Olympic 5000m bronze medallist Gudaf Tsegay will be looking to improve her time at the Villa de Madrid Indoor Meeting which is a World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold level meeting that will be held on Tuesday (2) in Madrid, Spain.
Tsegay who set the World Indoor Record of 3:53.09 in Liévin last year has set her target at a better time than what she is holding now.
The 24-year-old won the mile in Liévin in 4:21.72 despite a fall in the first lap and set the second fastest time in history clocking 3:54.77 in Torun last week.
Tsegay will face off against four Olympic 1500m finalists, Freweyni Hailu also from Ethiopia, Oceanian Indoor record holder Jessica Hull and fellow Australian runner Linden Hall and Spanish champion Marta Perez.
Hailu finished fourth at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in a time of 3:57.60 which was the fastest 1500m final in history.
The Ethiopian moved up to third in the Ethiopian all-time list with 3:56.28 in Monaco and to fourth in the 800m with a time of 1:57.57 in Chorzow.
Hailu finished third this year in two 1500m races in Karlsruhe in a time of 4:02.66 and Torun in 4:02.50.
The other Ethiopians title contender is Hirut Meshesha who finished second in the 1500m in Karlsruhe in 4:02.14 and third in the mile in Liévin in 4:27.19 while Lemlem Hailu set her personal best in the 3000m when she clocked 8:29.28 in Madrid last year and finished second in 4:02.25 in the 1500m in Torun.
The hopes of Spain are carried by Perez, who finished ninth at the Tokyo Olympic games in 1500m race setting the Spanish second fastest time of 4:02.12 in history.
Olympic 5000m bronze medallist Gudaf Tsegay set the 1500m race second-fastest time in history of indoors games at the ORLEN Copernicus Cup which is a World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold series, that was held on Tuesday (22) in Torun, Poland.
Tsegay set the World indoor Record of 3:53.09 last year in Lievin and yesterday she set the second fastest time in history of 3:54.77becoming the only person in Indoor games to have two leading times in the world in recent times.
“I did not set a world record, but I am happy with my race. My feelings are really good. I am still 50-50 on whether to go to the World Indoors. The main goal is the World outdoor Championships. I had injury problems at the Olympics last year. I don’t want to make the same mistakes I made last year”, said Tsegay.
Tsegay led 1-2-3 Ethiopian podium finish in a race that was dominated by her country. She was followed by World U18 champion Lemlem Hailu who crossed the a distant later in a time of 4:02.25 with Freweyni Hailu who finished fourth in the 1500m at the Tokyo Olympics game closing the first three podium finishes in a time of 4:02.50.
Habitam Alemu and Hirut Meshesha came home in fourth and fifth place in a time of 4:02.52 and 4:03.22 respectively.
The 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, Winnie Nanyiondo from Uganda and Sara Kuivisto from Finland improved their personal best as they clocked 4:03.54 and 4:06.14 respectively.