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Sharon Lokedi wins New York City Marathon

Newcomer Sharon Lokedi from Kenya was the surprise winner at the 50th edition of the TCS New York City Marathon, a World Athletics Platinum Race and a World Marathon Major competition held on Sunday (06) in New York.

Lokedi who is a fiance to the17-time NCAA champion collegiate distance runner for the University of Oregon, Edward Cheserek, became the 8th person in New York City marathon history, man or woman, to win in her marathon debut in a personal best of 2:23.23.

The 28 year-old was followed by the World bronze medallist, Kenyan-born Israeli Lonah Chemtai Salpeter who crossed the line in second in 2:23.30 with the reigning World marathon champion Gotytom Gebrselase from Ethiopia coming home in third place in 2:23.39.

When Lokedi was 14, her family fled their home village of Burnt Forest that became an area of violence after a Kenyan presidential election. For a month, the family lived with no shelter or a steady source of food before returning after the conflict ended.

Two times World Marathon champion Edna Ngeringwony Kiplagat came home in fourth with Viola Cheptoo who finished behind Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir on her marathon debut in the American city last year crossing the line in fifth in 2:25.34.

Double World 5000m champion Hellen Obiri who was also making her marathon debut finished in sixth place with a personal best of  2:25.49 with former Kenyan now trading for United States Aliphine Tuliamuk finishing in seventh place in 2:26.18.

Hellen Obiri to battle Gotytom Gebrselase and Ednah Kiplagat in New York

Doubel world 5000m champion Hellen Obiri, will battle World marathon champion Gotytom Gebrselase at the 50th edition of the TCS New York City Marathon, a World Athletics Platinum Race and a World Marathon Major competition that will be held on Sunday (06) in New York.

Gebrselase comes to this race with second fastest time on paper of 2:18.11 that she got at 2022 World Athletics Championships where she broke the championship record. Gebrselase also took the honors at 2021 Berlin Marathon in a time of 2:20.09 and was also third at the Tokyo Marathon where she ran her second fastest time of 2:18.18.

“Winning the World Championships was like a dream. I am honored to run my next marathon in New York. Its home to the biggest marathon in the world, and many athletes have run there. I understand it’s a challenging course, and I am looking forward to seeing further success there,” said Gebrselase.

The 27 year-old will face off with Obiri who will be making her marathon debut in New York. The Kenyan won two Olympic silver medals in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and Tokyo 2021, and the world Cross Country title in Ahrus in 2019. The 32 year-old also won the world silver medal in 10000m in Eugene last July. On the road, Obiri finished second when setting personal best of 1:04.22 at the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon and won two half marathon races in Istanbul in 1:04.48 and at the Great North Run in Newcastle in 1:07.05. Over shorter road distances, she won the 10 km Great Manchester Run. Obiri moved from Ngong to Boulder to start training with three-time Olympian Dathan Ritzenheim and the two-time world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat, who live in Boulder,Colorado.

“Everyone has been welcoming, and the training environment is perfect. Training is very similar in Kenya. The biggest challenge has been being away from my family, as I miss them a lot. I have often watched the New York race on TV and seen my Kenyan colleagues compete there. I know that New York is a tough course, but I hope my experience on the track, cross country and the roads will help me navigate the ups and downs,” said Obiri.

Another title contender is Kiplagat who holds three World Marathon races in New York in 2010, London in 2014, and Boston in 2017. The 42-year-old finished fourth at the 2022 Boston Marathon with a time of 2:21.40 smashing her own personal best of 2:19.50 that she got at the 2012 London marathon.

The 2020 Tokyo Marathon winner, Kenyan-born Israeli Lonah Chemtai Salpeter comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 2:17.45. Salpeter won the bronze medal in Eugen with a time of 2:20.18. On the track, Salpeter won the gold medal in the 10000m at the2018  European Championships in Berlin and the European bronze medal over the same distance in Munich 2022. Salpeter hopes that the world bronze medal in Eugene will be a springboard for a top-three finish in her debut at the New York Marathon.

“It has been my dream to compete at the New York Marathon for a long time. I am just looking to try and achieve another podium,” said Salpeter.

The 2015 world 5000m silver medallist, Senbere Teferi will be looking to become the first Ethiopian to win the New York Half Marathon, the New York Mini 10 km, and the TCS New York Marathon in the same year.

Another top athlete to watch is Viola Cheptoo, who finished second in New York last year in a time of 2:22.44. The 33 year-old is the younger sister to former 1500m and 5000m world champion Bernard Lagat, also finished sixth at the Boston Marathon in 2:23.47 and won the Naples Half Marathon in 1:06:47 in 2020.

Newcomer Sharon Lokedi from Kenya will return to New York, where she set her personal best in half marathon of 1:08.14 last March.

United States Marathon National record holder Keira D’Amato, will carry the hopes of her country as she comes to this race with a personal best of 2:19.12 that she got in January in Houston.

The line-up also features Emma Bates who was second in Chicago in 2021 with a time of 2:24.20 and seventh at the World Championships in Eugene where she got her personal best of 2:23.18.

The 2019 Rotterdam bronze medallist United States Aliphine Tuliamuk will also be on start line up as she comes to this race with a personal best of 2:26.50.



KEIRA D’AMATO  38 USA 2:19:12
DES LINDEN  39 USA 2:22:28
MAO UESUGI  26 JPN 2:22:29
EMMA BATES  30 USA 2:23:18
GERDA STEYN  32 RSA 2:25:28
NELL ROJAS  34 USA 2:25:57
GRACE KAHURA  29 KEN 2:30:32
SARAH PAGANO  31 USA 2:33:11
KAYLA LAMPE  29 USA 2:38:25


50 years after Olympic massacre, Israeli marathon team wins gold at European Championships in Munich

Fifty years after 11 Israeli athletes were murdered at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Israel’s men’s marathon team won gold at the European Championships in that same city.

The Israeli team won on Monday with a total time of 6 hours, 31 minutes and 48 seconds. Ethiopian-born Israeli runners Marhu Teferi and Gashau Ayale earned a silver and bronze medal, respectively, in the individual competition.

Kenyan-born Israeli runner Lonah Chemtai Salpeter won Israel’s fourth medal of the day, taking bronze in the 10,000 meter run and setting an Israeli record with her time of 30:36:37.

Israel’s impressive showing comes just weeks before the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Munich Massacre, during which the Palestinian terrorist group Black September murdered six Israeli coaches and five athletes after taking them hostage in the Olympic village.

“In Munich, after everything that happened here in history, to come back and win is something special,” said Teferi.

Source: jta.org

Yasemin Can beats Eilish McColgan as she wins 2nd European 10000m title

Turkey’s Kenyan-born Yasemin Can piped at the Commonwealth champion Eilish McColgan to win her second 10,000m gold at the ongoing European Athletics Championships being held in Munich.

McColgan who is fresh from claiming the Commonwealth Games title took charge of the 25-lap race but Can hit the front with just under the 3000m to go ahead and command the race with a killer pace that the Briton could not handle crossing the finishing line with her career second fastest time of 30:32.57.

McColgan was forced to settle for silver 30:41.05.

The defending champion and World Marathon bronze medallist Lonah Chemtai Salpeter finished in third place and claiming bronze in a National Record time of 30:46.37.

Over ten former Kenyans return to haunt Kenyan athletes in Oregon

Siblings Norah Tanui Jeruto, the former Commonwealth Youth Games 2,000m bronze medalist and Daisy Jepkemei, the former world junior 3,000m steeplechase champion are some of the huge athletes’ talents exported to other nations.

The duo will simply be Kenyans versus former Kenyans affair at this year’s World Athletics championships that will be held in Eugene, Oregon, in the United States of America.

With most exports lining up on track and road running where over 1900 athletes from 192 World Athletics (WA) member federations will be battling out for 43 gold medals at the Eugene Hayward Field between July 15th to July 24th.

According to the list released by WA, Jeruto. Who won the World Youth 2,000m steeplechase in 2011 and succeeded by Jepkemei who won the title in 2013 as the race became a family affair will be representing Kazakhstan.

They will fly the Kazakhstan at the world championships and are expected to give a competitive race against fellow Kenyans running for Kenya.

Jeruto is also the 2016 Africa Senior Athletics 3,000m steeplechase champion while Jepkemei is the former Africa Youth 2,000m steeplechase champion.

Another Kenyan born Winfred Mutile Yavi will be running for Bahrain in the same race against Kenyans led by world 3,000m record holder Beatrice Chepkoech, Jackline Chepkoech, Celliphine Chespol Chepteek and Purity Kirui.

In the recent past, Kenyan athletes’ have switched their allegiance has seen their new nations claim a big share of Kenyan glory as they are spread across the world.

Just like in 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Ruth Jebet won gold in the 3,000m steeplechase and Eunice Kirwa won silver in the marathon behind Jemimah Sumgong.

Despite Kenyans switching nationalities, their love is not lost since they can communicate in Swahili and still train in their country of origin.

Eunice Chebichii Chumba will be representing her new found lover Bahrain where she will be competing in a marathon. Just Chebichii, Lonah Chemtai Salpeter will be representing Israel in the marathon.

The two former Kenyans will be chasing the marathon title against reigning champion Ruth Chepngetich, Olympic marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir, Paris marathon champion Judith Jeptum Korir and Vienna City marathon champion Angela Tanui.

In men, Jonah Koech will be representing the hosts in the 800m competing against Kenyans led by reigning world under 20 800m bronze medalist Noah Kibet, reigning Commonwealth Games 800m champion Wycliffe Kinyamal, Olympic 800m champion Emmanuel Korir and world under 20 800m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi.

In a crowded 10,000m, Belgium’s Isaac Kimeli will be up in arms for his new nation, competing against Commonwealth Games 10,000m bronze medalist Rodgers Kwemoi Chumo, Daniel Mateiko and Stanley Waithaka Mburu.

Two former Kenyan athletes will be flying the American flag in the 3,000m steeplechase. Hillary Bor and Bernard Keter will face former country mates Leonard Bett, Abraham Kibiwot, Benjamin Kigen and reigning champion Conseslas Kipruto.

Others who have switched allegiance include, Bahraini Benson Kiplagat Seurei, the son of 1987 All Africa Games 1,500m champion James Seurei who competes in 1,500m, Mike Ozbilen Kigen in marathon representing Turkey, Abraham Rotich (800m) and Albert Rop (5,000m), Rose Chelimo, Isaac Korir and Abraham Cheroben (10,000m).

Lucy Kimani, Yasemin Can, Tarik Langat Akdag run in 3,000m steeplechase, Ali Kaya, Ilham Tanui, Ozbilen, Meryem Akda, Bernard Lagat, Paul Chelimo, Leonard Korir and Shadrack Kipchirchir, Evans Kiplagat.


Ruth Chepngetich runs the second fastest time in the world in Japan

World Marathon champion Ruth Chepngetich, ran the second fastest time in the Women’s only marathon at the 42nd edition of the Nagoya Women’s Marathon, which is a World Athletics platinum label road race that was held early Sunday (13) morning  in Nagoya, Japan.

The 27 year-old came to this race with a personal best of 2:17.08 that she got when she won the 2019 Dubai Marathon and she was pitted against Kenyan -Israel runner Lonah Chemtai Salpeter who also came to this race with a personal best of 2:17.45 that she got when took the top honors at the 2020 Tokyo Marathon.

Chepngetich took the early lead at the 25km mark but the gap was closed and she waited patiently to break away at the 35km mark, forging ahead to cut the tape with the second fastest time of 2:17.18 behind Mary Keitany’s time of 2:17.01.

Chepngetich also crushed the old race course record of 2:20.29 that was set in 2020 by Mao Ichiyama of Japan.

The Kenyan forced Salpeter to settle in the second place as she crossed the line in 2:18.44 which is also the third fastest time in the world.

Japans Yuka Ando who was the third fastest athlete on paper with a time of 2:21.36 that she got at this race in 2017 where she finished in second place, closed the first three podium finishes in a time of 2:22.22.



  1. Ruth Chepngetich       (KEN) 2:17.18
  2. Lonah Salpeter            (ISR)   2:18.44
  3. Yuka Ando                    (JPN)   2:22.22

Where to Watch Nagoya Women’s Marathon

World Marathon champion Ruth Chepngetich, will make her debut at the 42nd edition of the Nagoya Women’s Marathon, which is a World Athletics platinum label road race that will be held on Sunday(13) in Nagoya, Japan.

The reigning champion of the Chicago Marathon goes to this race carrying a Personal best of 2:17.08 that she got when she won the 2019 Dubai Marathon.

The 27 year-old will not have an easy race as she will face off with Kenyan -Israel runner Lonah Chemtai Salpeter who also comes to this race with a personal best of 2:17:45 that she got when took the top honors at the 2020 Tokyo Marathon.

Chepngetich looks superior to Salpeter both on paper and experience but the only thing they have in common is each has won one marathon major.

The race organisers have put the two together to try and attack the race course record of 2:20.29 that was set in 2020 by Mao Ichiyama of Japan.

The race will be held on Sunday, March 13, 2022 2:45AM Kenyan time.

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Brigid Kosgei crushes the Tokyo Marathon Course record

World women Marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei crushed course record of the 16th edition of the Tokyo Marathon which is a World Athletics Elite Platinum Label road race that was held on Sunday (6) in Tokyo, Japan.

The Tokyo Olympic marathon silver medallist came back to this city for the second time with a mission to improve on her silver to gold and it went on as she had anticipated, smashing the previous record of 2:17.45 that had been set by Kenyan-Israeli runner Israel Lonah Chemtai Salpeter in 2020.

The three times world marathon majors champion increased her pace and leaving Ashete Bekere from Ethiopia at the 35km mark gasping for air she ran the fastest ever time on Japanese smashing the previous record with a new course record of 2:16.02.

“My training was good in Kenya and the race went as I had planned. The weather was good though it was windy but am glad that I have won the race,” said Kosgei.

Bekere came home in second over a minute later with a time of 2:17.58 with Gotytom Gebreslase also from Ethiopia closing the podium finishes in 2:18.18.

Amsterdam Marathon course record holder, Angela Tanui from Kenya could not keep up with the heat as she came home in fourth place in a time of 2:18.42.

Changes to the course have enabled runners to finish earlier than previous editions of the event.



Joyciline Jepkosgei wins the 2021 London Marathon

Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei became the seventh fastest woman of all time when she took the top honor at the 2021 Virgin London Marathon that was held on Sunday (3) in the streets of London.

The reigning New York Marathon champion also set a new personal best when she cut the tape in 2:17.43 on her debut in the British capital, becoming the seventh fastest woman in history.

The 28-year-old, who was a pacemaker in London two years ago, finished 15 seconds ahead of Ethiopian Degitu Azimeraw whose compatriot Ashete Bekere came third. “Some years back I was pacing [in] London so it was better preparation,” Jepkosgei said. “And the day [winning the race] has finally come… I’m privileged to be in London.”

The world women marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei, competing eight weeks after claiming silver at the Tokyo Olympics, was aiming for a third consecutive victory in London. The 27-year-old rallied briefly but finished fourth in 2:18.40.



Peres Jepchirchir grabs for Kenya the Olympic marathon gold

Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir won the Olympic women’s marathand gave Kenya her second Olypmic gold medal in women marathon at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics games.

Jepchirchir faced off with women marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei and world marathon champion Ruth Chepngetich who were the race favorites.

The two time world half marathon record holder decided to break away from Kosgei at the 40km mark and never looked back to cross the line in 2:27.20 with kosgei crossing the line 16 seconds later to take the silver medal.

“When I was there at the 40km mark, I knew that I’m going to make it.’ So I pushed the pace because I knew I was going to win,” Jepchirchir said.

“I’m so, so happy because we win as Kenya, first and second … I’m happy, for my family, happy for my country Kenya for supporting us.”

United States Molly Seidel closed the first three podium finishes taking in the bronze medal in 2:27.46.

It was one of the toughest race as the heat wave has been sweeping the area, and even after rescheduling the race to begin an hour earlier at 6am, temperatures had climbed from 26 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit) at the start of the race to 30 degrees Celsius that forced Chepngetich to drop out at around the 30km mark, while Israel’s Lonah Chemtai Salpeter dropped out at the 38km.