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Margaret Chelimo to battle Vicoty Chepngeno at Valencia Half Marathon

World 10,000m bronze medallist, Margaret Chelimo will battle for honors at the 16th edition of the Valencia Half Marathon that will be held on Sunday (23) in Valencia, Spain.

The 29 year-old who is the Kenya National Champion over the distance will have to get past her compatriot, Vicoty Chepngeno who comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 1:05.03 that she got in January this year at the Aramco Houston Half Marathon where she took the honors.

The two Kenyans will also face-off with the 2019 African Games 5000m silver medallist Hawi Feysal from Ethiopia. Feysal comes to this race with a personal best of 1:05.41 that she got at last year’s Copenhagen Half Marathon where she took the silver medal. The 23 year-old is also the 2017 World junior Cross Country Championships Silver medallist .

The three have been assembled together to try and lower the race course record of 1:02.52 that was set last year by the first and only woman to hold four World Records simultaneously, Letesenbet Gidey from Ethiopia.

The race organizer, Marc Roig, admitted that “world records cannot be achieved every year, and Valencia’s level featuring the world’s second best record for males and the WR for females means we should demand a lot but not pressure ourselves with new world records. But I am convinced that the quality of the elite that will run this half-marathon will be news around the world again thanks to its high standards.”



  1. Vicoty Chepngeno  (KEN)1:05.03
  2. Margaret Chelimo   (KEN) 1:05.26
  3. Hawi Feysa                (ETH) 1:05.41
  4. Bosena Mulatie        (ETH) 1:05.46
  5. Yasemin Can             (TUR) 1:06.20
  6. Irine Kimais              (KEN) 1:06.34
  7. Tsigie Gebreselama  (ETH) 1:06.35
  8. Magdalena Shauri     (TAN) 1:06.37
  9. Purity Komen            (KEN) 1:07.10
  10. Samantha Harrison  (GBR) 1:08.12
  11. Yuka Ando                   (JPN) 1:08.13
  12. Vivian Melly               (KEN) 1:08.17
  13. Sarah Lahti                 (SWE) 1:08.19
  14. Agnes M. Ngolo          (KEN) 1:09.15
  15. Etagegne Woldu         (ETH) 1:09.22
  16. Carolina Wikström    (SWE) 1:11.01
  17. Konstanze Klosterhalfen (GER) DEBUT

Yalemzerf Yehualaw smashes Edith Chelimo’s record in Antrim

World Half Marathon bronze medallist, Yalemzerf Yehualaw smashed Edith Chelimo’s UK Women All-Comers Record at the Antrim Coast Half Marathon held on Sunday (28) in Antrim, Northern Ireland.

The 22 year-old last September set what appeared to be a world record of 1:03.43 before it transpired the course was 54 metres short. Then, in the Great Ethiopian Run, she seemingly clocked an African all-comers’ record of 30:14 at high altitude in Addis Ababa, only to see the time adjusted to 31:17 due to a timing error.

The World 10k record holder and the sixth fastest woman marathoner was close to Letesenbet Gidey’s world record pace early in the race but had to slow down as she could not handle the killer pace after the pace maker pulled off forcing her to settle for a new UK all-comers time of 1:04.21 which was 91 seconds inside the previous record held by Chelimo.

The 2019 Africa Games champion, Tsehay Gemechu also from Ethiopia came home in second place in 1:05.00.

Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkemoi Mutai settled in third place in a time of 1:06.37.

Irelands National Champion, Fionnuala Ross and England’s Kate Drew crossed the finish line in fourth and fifth place in 1:13.59 and 1:14.29 (pb) respectively.

Almaz Ayana to battle Letesenbet Gidey in Oslo

The 2016 Olympics 10,000m champion Almaz Ayana will make her debut in a star studded deep elite field at the Oslo Diamond League, also known as the Bislett Games, which will take place on Thursday 16 June at the Bislett Stadium in Oslo, Norway.

The 30 year-old will have an uphill task as she will battle the world-record holder in 5000m, 10,000m and the half marathon, Letesenbet Gidey, who will also be looking for her first win after finishing second in the 5000m in Eugene in 14:24.29 and in the 10000m in Hengelo in 30:44.27.

Ayana will also face her compatriot World 1500m Indoor champion and record holder Gudaf Tsegay, the 2016 world indoor silver medallist Dawit Seyaum and the European silver medallist Eilish McColgan, who set the national 5000m record with 14:28.55 in Oslo in 2021 and won the 10000m early this month in Hengelo in 30:19.02.

Other tile contenders include world 5000m bronze medallist Konstanze Klosterhalfen from Germany, former 5000m and 10000m European champion Yasemin Can from Turkey and European cross country champion Karoline Bjerkeli Grovdal from Norway.

Eilish McColgan smashes her mother’s 31 year record

The 2018 European 5,000m silver medallist, Eilish McColgan smashed her mums 31 year record at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games held on Monday (06) in Hengelo, Netherland.

The 31 year-old had set her eyes on the Paula Radcliffe’s long-standing British National Record of 30:01.09 that was set in 2002 in Munich. She slipped off the record pace in the second half but managed to smash the old Scottish record of 30:57.07 that was set by her mother Liz McColgan in 1991 in Hengelo. This time made Liz, the third woman to run under 31 minutes, moving to second on the world all-time list behind Ingrid Kristiansen and narrowly ahead of Olga Bondarenko.

Eilish crossed the finish line in a new Scottish Record of 30:19.09 which makes her the fifth fastest European in history behind Sifan Hassan (29:06.82), Radcliffe (30:01.09), Lornah Kiplagat (30:12.53) and Kristiansen (30:13.74), all of whom won global titles in their careers.

“Still, it’s a personal best and a Scottish record – my mum’s record, which she set here. She’ll be happy for me. She’s my coach,” said Eilish.

Letesenbet Gidey, whose world-leading time of 29:01.03 also came at Hengelo last year, finished second in a time of 30:44.27 with her compatriot Ejgayehu Taye coming home in third in 30:44.68.


Eilish McColgan defeats Letesenbet Gidey as she runs solo in Hengelo

The 2018 European 5,000m silver medallist, Eilish McColgan became the fifth European all-time 10,000m runner as she ran from the gun-to-tape at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games held on Monday (06) in Hengelo, Netherland.

The 31 year-old set her eyes on the Paula Radcliffe’s long-standing British National Record of 30:01.09 that was set in 2002 in Munich as she slipped off record pace in the second half, erasing the old Scottish record set by her mother Liz of 30:57.07 with a new record of 30:19.09. This time makes her the fifth fastest European in history behind Sifan Hassan of 29:06.82, Radcliffe of 30:01.09, Lornah Kiplagat (30:12.53) and Ingrid Kristiansen (30:13.74), all of whom won global titles in their careers.

The 2017 European Indoor bronze medallist defeated the world record holder for the 5000m and 10,000m Letesenbet Gidey from Ethiopia who came home a distant second in 30:44.27 with her compatriot reigning World Indoor bronze medallist Ejgayehu Taye coming in third in 30:44.68

Hellen Obiri to battle Ruth Chepngetich and Eilish McColgan in Manchester

Double World 5000m champion, Hellen Obiri will be the star to watch at the Great Manchester Run 10km Road Race that will be held on Sunday (22) in Manchester.

The 31 year-old will have an uphill task as she will face a deep elite field that has ever been assembled in Manchester.

The rich elite field includes former world half marathon record holder, Ruth Chepngetich who clocked 1:04.02 but the time was lowered by Letesenbet Gidey last year when she blazed off with an astonishing time of 1:02.52 at the Valencia Half marathon. Chepngetich is also fresh from taking the 10,000m race at the recently Athletics Kenya National Championships.

The reigning Commonwealth Games 5000m champion and the world cross-country gold medallist, will also renew her rivalry with the European Championships Silver medallist, Eilish McColgan, whom she beat by six seconds last year at the Great North Run.

McColgan has been in great form in recent time setting a UK 5km record early this month and followed it with a victory in the Vitality London 10k where she ran a personal best of 30:26, missing Paula Radcliffe’s British record by six seconds.

The 2011 Pan American Games champion, Sara Hall is another title contender as she comes with the third fastest time on paper of 31:33 that she got last year at the Mastercard NY Mini 10K where she took the honors.

South African ultra-marathon specialist, Gerda Steyn, will also test her speed over 10km as she also carries a time of 32:24 that she got at the 2020 Dubai 10k where she took the honors.

Three times European junior Cross Country Champion, Charlotte Purdue leads the British contingent that include Jess Piasecki, Steph Twell, Lauren Heyes, Lily Partridge and Calli Thackery.

Four world-record holder to debut in marathon

Olympic 10,000m bronze medallist, Letesenbet Gidey, the world-record holder in 5000m, 10,000m and the half marathon, will make her marathon debut at the 41st edition of the Valencia Marathon that will be held on Dec, 4, 2022 in Valencia, Spain.

The 24 year-old broke the 5000m world record in Valencia in October 2020, and then broke the half marathon world record in Valencia last October.

Gidey who also holds the 15km world record of 44:20 world best that she set in 2019 in Nijmegen, Netherlands, announced On May 11, on her Instagram page that she will be stepping up to the marathon distance.

Valencia is one of the best marathons for producing fast times. In 2020, Kenyan Peres Jepchirchir took honors at the event with the sixth fastest time in history of 2:17.16.

According to Jack Daniels VDOT performance tables, which predict an athlete’s performance based on previous performance, Gidey’s half marathon world record of 1:02:52 translates to a sub 2:12 marathon.

Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei currently holds the world record for the marathon with 2:14:04, which she set in 2019 at the Chicago Marathon.

Last month, Yalemzerf Yehualaw ran the fastest debut marathon in history of 2:17.23 in Hamburg, Germany, which also became the new Ethiopian National Record.

Neither of the two preceding world-record holders in the 10,000m — Ethiopian Almaz Ayana and Dutchwoman Sifan Hassan — have run a marathon.

Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba, who preceded Gidey as 5000m world-record holder, won the 2017 Chicago Marathon and last raced in 2018.

Kenyan women, once in a rivalry with Ethiopians, have recently dominated, winning eight of the last nine World Marathon Majors.

Gidey will use the Valencia’s flat and fast marathon course, to try and chase Kosgei’s world record which could be under threat.

New York and Bermuda added to 2022 Continental Tour Gold

World Athletics has added to more locations to this year’s Continental Tour calendar alongside more traditional events in Hengelo, Székesfehérvár and Ostrava.

The WA has moved out of the established European meets to New York and Bermuda which been added to the Continental Tour Gold for 2022.

This year’s calendar will see 12 different Gold events  that will start in Bermuda on May 9 and end in Zagreb on September 11.

Seven of the Gold events will take place in Europe, three will be in North America and the Caribbean and one each in Africa (Kenya) and Asia.

The two world records were set last year one by Sifan Hassan in the 10,000m at FBK Games in Hengelo on June 6 and the other one by Francine Niyonsaba in September 14 in 2000m in Zagreb.

Double Olympic and world champion Hassan erased the Olympic and double world champion Almaz Ayana’s time of 29:17.45 that the Ethiopian had set in 2016 at the Rio games.

Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey bettered Hassan’s mark two days later with a world record time of 29:01.03 on the same track

Full Continental Tour Gold Tour 2022

April 9 USATF Bermuda Games Devonshire, Bermuda
April 16 Golden Games Mt SAC, USA
May 7 Kip Keino Classic Nairobi, Kenya
May 8 Seiko Golden Grand Prix Tokyo, Japan
May 31 Ostrava Golden Spike Ostrava, Czech Republic
June 3 Irena Szewinska Memorial Bydgoszcz, Poland
June 6 FBK Games Hengelo, Netherlands
June 12 New York Grand Prix New York, USA
June 14 Paavo Nurmi Games Turku, Finland
August 8 Gyulai Istvan Memorial Szekesfehervar, Hungary
September 4 Kamila Skolimowska Memorial Silesia, poland
September 11 Memorial Borisa Hanzekovica Zagreb, Croasia

Hellen Obiri targets the podium at Istanbul Half Marathon

Double world champion, Hellen Obiri will be making her comeback at the 44th edition of the Istanbul Half Marathon that will be held on March 27, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey.

The 31 year-old made her half marathon debut here in 2020 where she ran an exceptional time of 1:04.51 that made her the fourth-fastest Kenyan of all-time over the distance.

Obiri has gained experience in half marathon running since her debut. She has put her focus on road races, she won the Great North Run in last September with a time of 1:07.42 and recently she displayed her great form when she finished second at the Ras Al Khaimah half marathon that was held last month, where she also improved on her personal best to 1:04.22.

The World Cross Country Champion is now ranked the fifth fastest half marathon runner of all time. “I am so happy to be returning to Istanbul. I ran my half marathon debut in this race last year and I hope I can improve both my position and my time on this occasion,” Obiri said.

The race organizers have lined up for Ethiopians who have personal best of sub 1:07.00 that will also face Obiri in the coming three weeks time.

The 2021 Copenhagen half marathon champion, Tsehay Gemechu leads the four athletes as she comes to this race with the second fastest time on paper of 1:05.08.

The 23 year-old has an impressive half marathon record with four wins out of five races. Hawi Feysa was second behind Gemechu in Copenhagen in September, when she ran a personal best of 1:05.41 in her debut.

Nigsti Haftu and Bekelech Gudeta are the other title contenders and they come to this race with their personal best of 1:06.17 and 1:06.54. Haftu got her all time best at last year’s Valencia Half Marathon where she finished in sixth place while Gudeta got her lifetime best at this race in last year’s edition where she finished in position seven.

The two times Olympic 5000m silver medallist is ready to battle the four and she is looking forward to the challenge on the flat course.

“My training has been going on well but I know it will be a tough challenge as the field is very strong. I look forward to an exciting race in a beautiful city, “said Obiri.

The four athletes have been put together by the race organizer to chase the race course record of 1:04.02 that was set last year by Ruth Chepngetich from Kenya. This time still stands as the world record because it has been ratified by the World Athletics.

The current world half marathon record holder is Letesenbet Gidey from Ethiopia who broke the previous mark by more than a minute in 2021 in Valencia.

Yalemzerf Yehualaw smashes the 10km World Record

World Half Marathon bronze medallist, Yalemzerf Yehualaw smashed the World 10 km Record at the 10km Castellon that was held on Sunday (27) in Castellon, Spain.

The 22-year old broke the previous ratified record of Joyciline Jepkosgei of 29:43 that she set in 2017 in Valencia.

The 2019 African Games half marathon champion also erased the unratified world record of 29:38 that was set by Bahrain’s Kalkidan Gezahegne last year when she cut the in a new world record of 29:14.

This record makes Yehualaw the first woman to run a 10 km under 29:30 and 29:20 on the roads. She 5 km mark in just 14:28. After that, she only took 14:46 to cover her last 5 km.

Yalemzerf’s first 5km is now the second fastest time over the distance by any woman.

There are only two women who have run a faster 10 km. However, all of those two records were set on track.

The two women are; Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey’s time of 29:01.03 and Sifan Hassan from the Netherlands time of 29:06.82. The two women to have the fastest 10km time on track.