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Levy Kibet runs away with the 5000m title in Huelva

World U20 3000m bronze medallist Levy Kibet ran away with the 5000m race title at the 17th edition of Meeting Iberoamericano de Atletismo which is a World Athletics Continental Tour Bronze meeting held on Wednesday (25) in Huelva, Spain.

The 18 year-old who came to this race with the second fastest time on paper of 13:16.57 that he got early this month at the Kip Keino Classic where he finished in fourth, fought for the honors with Eritrea’s Merhawi Mebrahtu who pushed him to the wall but the Kenyan managed to hold him off  to cross the line with the third fastest time this season (Jakob Ingebrigtsen 13:02.03 and Addis Yihune 13:02.10) and a new personal best of 13:03.09.

Mebrahtu was forced to settle in second but he managed to set a new Eritrean National U20 record and a new personal best of 13:04.09 with the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics silver medallist Thierry Ndikumwenayo from Burundi closing the podium three finishes in a time of 13:06.46.

Spain’s Oussim Ouamaiz and Hamish Carson from New Zealand came home in fourth and fifth place in a 13:06.74 and 13:17.27 (pb) respectively.

The 2019 European U23 bronze medallist, Elzan Bibic finished sixth with a new Serbian National record of 13:24.42


5000M MEN

  1. Levy Kibet                           (KEN) 13:03.09
  2. Merhawi Mebrahtu            (ERT) 13:04.09
  3. Thierry Ndikumwenayo    (BUR) 13:06.46
  4. Oussim Ouamaiz                (SPN) 13:06.74
  5. Hamish Carson                   (NZL) 13:17.27

Jacob Krop beats Simiu and Zakayo in 5000m at Kip Keino

The reigning Africa junior 5,000m silver medalist Jacob Krop, beat the National champion in 5000m Daniel Simiu at the 3rd edition of the Kip Keino Classic, the World Athletics Continental Tour that is being held at the Moi Sports Centre, Kasarani.

Krop waited for final 200m to take charge of the race leaving Istanbul Half Marathon silver medallist Daniel Metaiko and Simiu as he forged ahead with a powerful kick to cross the finish line in a time of 13:12.19 with Meteiko coming home in second in 13:13.51.

I missed to make to team Kenya for the Africa Championships, but I am determined and looking forward to qualifying for the World Championship.” Said Krop

Newly recruited police officer, Daniel Ebenyo Simiu and the National Champion Ebenyo was forced to settle in third place in 13:14.51.

The 2022 Adizero Road to Records bronze medallist, Levy Kibet and World Under-20 5,000m Champion Edward Zakayo  came home in fourth and fifth place in a time of 13:15.57 and 13:20.51.


5000m MEN

  1. Jacob Krop        13:12.19
  2. Daniel Meteiko 13:13.45
  3. Daniel Simiu     13:14.51
  4. Levy Kibet         13:15.57
  5. Edward Zakayo 13:20.51

Levy Kibet beaten by Tadesse Takele at Vallagarina International

World U20 bronze medallist Levy Kibet was beaten by Tadesse Takele at the 44the edition of Vallagarina International Cross Championships that was held on Sunday (6) in Vallagarina, Italy.

Takele took a smooth revenge after finishing in fourth place at the Cinque Mulini a forth night ago, where Kibet took silver.

The Ethiopian was too swift at the last 50m when he gave a powerful kick to leave Kibet gasping for air as he cut the tape in a time of 27:08 with the Kenyan crossing the line three seconds later.

Burudi’s Egide Ntakarutimana closed the first three podium finishes when he came home in a time of 27:17.

Tunisia’s Mohamed Amine Jihnaoui and Samuel Kibet from Uganda finished in fourth and fifth place in 27:19 and 27:27 respectively.


MEN 9.070KM

  1. Tadesse Takele              (ETH) 27:08
  2. Levy Kibet                       (KEN) 27:11
  3. Egide Ntakarutimana   (BDI)  27:17
  4. Mohamed Jihnaoui       (TUN) 27:19
  5. Samuel Kibet                  (UGA) 27:27

Levy Kibet beaten by Nibret Melak at the Cinque Mulini Cross Country

Ethiopian Nibret Melak defended his title at the 90th edition of the Cinque Mulini a World Athletics Cross Country Tour Gold meeting that was held on Sunday (30) in San Vittore, Italy.

Melak slipped during the last lap but he managed to pull up and regained his composure to set up a sensational final sprint for the tape, cutting it in a time of 28:33. He was followed by World U20 3000m bronze medallist Levy Kibet from Kenya who pulled a time of 28:35 with World U20 3000m champion Tadese Worku closing the first three podium finishes in 28:36.

Bikila Tadese Takele from Ethiopia and Habtom Samuel from Eritrea finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 28:36 and 28:43 respectively.



  1. Nibret Melak       (ETH) 28:33
  2. Levy Kibet           (ETH) 28:35
  3. Tadese Worku     (ETH) 28:36
  4. Bikila Takele       (ETH) 28:36
  5. Habtom Samuel   (ERI) 28:43

Nibret Melak takes on Tadese Worku at Cinque Mulini

Ethiopia’s Nibret Melak will be looking to retain his title at the 90th milestone edition of the Cinque Mulini in San Vittore Olona –  the 11th Gold level meeting of this season’s World Athletics Cross Country Tour – on Sunday (30).

Melak made a major breakthrough in March 2021 during the top two Italian cross country races when he finished second at the Campaccio in San Giorgio su Legnano behind Jacob Kiplimo and went on to win the Cinque Mulini one week later, beating Leonard Bett. The 22-year-old Ethiopian runner enjoyed a successful track season, setting a 5000m PB of 12:54.22 at the Hengelo Continental Tour Gold meeting. Last autumn he achieved two top-three spots in the World Athletics Cross Country Tour, finishing third at the Cross de Italica in Santiponce near Seville and second in Venta de Banos.

Melak will take on his younger compatriot Tadese Worku, who won the gold medal in the 3000m and silver in the 5000m at the World Athletics U20 Championships in Nairobi last August. Two years ago Worku was outsprinted by Leonard Bett in the final lap of the Cinque Mulini and had to settle for second place. This season the 20-year-old finished second at the Cross de Italica in Seville last November and won the Boclassic 10km road race on 31 December.

Worku, who came to the fore in the U20 race at the World Athletics Cross Country Championships in Aarhus in 2019, clocked 26:56 in the 10km road race in Herzogenaurach last October.

Another Ethiopian rising star in the line-up is Bikila Tadese Takele, who won the silver medal in 3000m steeplechase at the World U20 Championships in Nairobi. Takele improved his PB to 8:09.37 in Hengelo and came close to that time a few days later, when he finished second in 8:10.56 in the Diamond League meeting in Florence.

The Ethiopian athletes will face stiff opposition from 20-year-old Ugandan runner Oscar Chelimo, who won the bronze medal at the Summer Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in 2018 and finished third in the individual race and second in the team competition at the 2019 World Cross Country Championships.

Chelimo, who is the younger brother of Jacob Kiplimo, won the Boclassic race in Bolzano in 2020 and finished fourth in last year’s edition of the Cinque Mulini. On the track, Chelimo took fifth place in the 5000m at the 2019 African Games in the 5000m in Rabat and crossed the finish line seventh over the same distance at the World U20 Championships in Tampere in 2018. Uganda will be also represented by Samuel Kibet, who won the silver medal at the African U20 Championships in Abidjan in 2019.

The Cinque Mulini has always lived up to its tradition of serving as a springboard for future athletics stars, who continued their careers by winning global medals at the World Championships and the Olympic Games. The rising stars to watch this year are Kenyan runners Levy Kibet, who won the bronze medal in the 5000m at the World U20 Championships in Nairobi, and 17-year-old Daniel Kinyanjui, who finished second in the Kenyan World U20 Trials in Nairobi in the 3000m. Also Eritrean runner Habtom Samuel, who finished third in the 3000m at the 2021 World U20 Championships. Eritrea has not won the men’s race at the Cinque Mulini since Zersenay Tadese’s triumph in 2008.

The Italian challenge is led by Ahmed Abdelwahed, who clocked the fourth fastest national time in the 3000m steeplechase when clocking 8:12.04 at the Golden Gala in Florence last June, and twin brothers Ala Zoghlami (ninth in the Olympic final in the 3000m steeplechase in 8:18.50 after improving his PB to 8:14.06 in the heats) and Osama Zoghlami, who set his 3000m steeplechase PB by clocking 8:14.29 at the Golden Gala in Florence.

The Italian contingent is rounded out by Sergiy Polikarpenko, who won the European U20 silver medal in the 10,000m in Grosseto in 2017, and Ahmed Ouhda, who recently set his PB on the road clocking 28:41 at the Valencia 10km Ibercaja race on 9 January.

Benson Kiplagat gifts Kenya her first gold medal

Benson Kiplagat gave Kenya her first medal when he set up a sweet revenge against Ethiopians by winning the first gold medal for the country on the second day of world U20 chmapionships that are being held at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani in Nairobi.

Kplagat, fought off his fierce opponent Tadese Worku from Ethiopia, who took gold in 3000m on Wednesday to deny him another gold by putting on a fine kick to the much anticipated party winning gold in a personal best of 13.20.37.

Worku was forced to settle in second position coming home in 13:20.65. Levy Kibet took off with the bronze medal in 13:26.01.

The win ensured that Kenya retains the 5,000m title last won by Edward Zakayo Pingua during the 2018 championships in Tampere, Finland.

The champion said that he was exited with the win that he never expected.

“I didn’t know that I will win the race but it has just come as a surprise. I told my compatriot to pray before competing and God has really worked for us,” said Kiplagat.

Third placed Kibet said that he was satisfied with the bronze.

“Winning bronze medal was not and this is a good start for my career. I wanted to be in the podium and we had planned to push the pace in turns and it worked. We saw yesterday what they did in the 3,000m race and we couldn’t allow that today. It’s great to bag a gold medal,” Kibet.

Robert Ngisirei optimistic of medals in Day two of the World U20 Championships

World U20 team Kenya head coach Robert Ngisirei has hopes that the team will bounce back and harvest medals on the second day of the athletics championships at the Moi International Centre Kasarani.

The Kenyan team suffered a lot on day one with many sprinters loosing by the wayside along with a huge loose of the 3000m flat race.

Ngisirei is optimistic that the second day will be the reaping day for the team.

“we have a very good team in with us and with such; we will deliver good results for the Nation. We have athletes who have good times and that will guide them to earn maximum tiles,” said Ngisirei.

Team Kenya will be battle for the 5,000m and 3,000m finals in men and women respectively in today’s afternoon session at Kasarani.

Benson Kiplagat and Levy Kibet will be up on track in the men’s 5,000m,at 16:30 as they battle for honors. Kiplagatcomes to this race with a personal best of 13:40.11 while Kibet has a pb of 13:26.11.

They will be up against Adisu Yihune and Mebrahtu of Ethiopia, Ugandans Magegp Kiprotich and Rodgers Kibet, Ajana Jacob from Sotuh Africa, Habton Samuel among others on the course.

The 3,000m women final, Ngisirei pointed out that the girls have had good time and are in high spirit raring to go for the medals.

Africa U18 3,000m champion Zena Chemutai will be partner with Teresiah Muthoni Gateri for the title on home ground.

Chemutai  who hails from Elgeyo Marakwet and Japan based Muthoni will be chasing to win the elusive 9-year old 3,000m title that was last won by Mercy Chebwogen way back in 2012 at the Barcelona event.

In the 400m hurdles Kenya will be led by Agnes Mutindi Ngumbi, Alocius Kipngetich and Peter Githome.

Noah Kibet will lead the 800m race in the qualifying round while Sheila Chepkosgei will handle the women race.

Kamar Etyang and Vincent Kibet will carry the Kenyan flag in the 1500m race where there are many hopes for gold medal.

Winnie Chepngetich will lead in the women triple jump.

Thursday timetable

Morning session

  1. 9:00- 400m hurdles (W)- round one
  2. 9:12 long jump women
  3. 9:25 400m hurdles men
  4. 10:39 800m men
  5. 10:50 800m women

Afternoon session

  1. 14:40 Javelin throw final (W)
  2. 15:00 Pole Vault final men
  3. 15:20 Shot Put (6kg) men final
  4. 15:40 Men 1,500m round one
  5. 16:00 Triple jump women qualification
  6. 16:05 Women 800m heptathlon
  7. 16:25 Discus throw women- final
  8. 16:30 Men 5,000m final
  9. 17:00 Women 3,000m final
  10. 17:30 Women 100m final
  11. 17:50 Men 100m final