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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.

Chelangat faces a Fierce battle at Dam Tot Damloop 10mile race

Uganda’s Mercelyne Chelangat will defend her title at the 34th edition of the Dam Tot Damloop 10miles road race that will be held on Sunday (23) Amsterdam, Holland.

The commonwealth Games bronze medallist will face off with European 10,000m gold medallist Lonah Chemtai Salpeter and Ethiopia’s finest Dibabe Kuma.

The 20 year-old Ugandan who took the last year‘s edition in a time of 53:08 over the distance and 1:08.14 in Half will be lookin to defend her title against Kuma who has a personal best of 52:52 that she got in 2015 at this course and has also a personal best of 1:08.37 in half which is the second leading time among the invited elite athletes.

The Kenyan – Israel runner, Chemtai carries a personal best of 1:08.58 that she got in Valencia in early this year will also show her prowess as she battles with two for the top prize.

Kenya will be represented by the 2014 Commonwealth 10000m gold medallist Joyce Chepkiruir who arrived first in Zaandama and she is focused on the top prize.

The 30 year-old comes to this race with a personal best of 51:30 over the distance and has a personal best of 1:06.18 which is the fastest time in half Marathon that she got in 2014 at Praha and she is the main threat to the three.

Hassan now sets her sights on the Copenhagen Half Marathon

After winning the 3000m at the IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018 in a world-leading and national record 8:27.50, Sifan Hassan will turn her attention to the roads and will run the Copenhagen Half Marathon – a five star certified road race by European Athletics Running for All – next Sunday (16).

Hassan has not raced over anything longer than 5000m this year, the distance at which she set a European record of 14:22.34 at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rabat in July, so she is approaching the race with a mixture of trepidation and curiosity.

“It will be my first race on the roads for a long time and I’m interested to see how it will go. All my training has been for the track but, as you can see, I am in good shape. I will have to try to pace myself and I am not quite sure of the strategy, but I will get some advice and I am sure it will be fun,” said Hassan, after her victory in Ostrava where she was racing for Team Europe.

It will have been almost five years since Hassan last raced on the roads so the change of surface will be metaphorically and perhaps literally, a shock to the system but Hassan is out to enjoy the experience.

“It’s not my first half marathon, I did one before back in 2011 when I was 18 years old and I had also just started running on the track. It was in Eindhoven and I ran almost flat out for the first two kilometres and then was dying at that point but I was determined to finish and did so. In fact, I won the race in around 77 minutes (actually 1:17:10).

“I’m expecting to do better in Copenhagen but I don’t know what time I will run,” she added, deliberately not raising expectations but it’s not unreasonable to expect that Hassan will do well on the super-fast course in the Danish capital.

The European best for the year is 1:08:58 by Lonah Chemtai Salpeter – the Israeli will return to racing in October and is currently mulling over her options over which half marathon to contest – when she finished as the first European at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia at the end of March.

However, it’s not beyond the bounds of possibility that Hassan could top that, although adding another Dutch record to her list of accolades might be a tall order. This record currently stands at 1:06:25 to Lornah Kiplagat, which was a world record when she ran it to win at the 2007 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Udine, Italy.

Hassan’s coach Alberto Salazar said last week that he could foresee her, “running between 69 and 70 minutes (in Copenhagen) although she has not been training specifically for a half marathon.”

However, Salazar advised that despite her run in the Copenhagen Half Marathon that her championship ambitions remain very much focused on the track for the next two years albeit at the longer distances. “I definitely see Sifan as very competitive in the 5000m and 10,000m at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, and after that we shall have to wait and see,” said the American.

And while Hassan doesn’t look set to follow the pace at the very front of the elite women’s race on Sunday, the inclusion of the reigning European 5000m champion is still a boon for the organisers.

“Sifan Hassan is an amazing name to add to the line-up. She ranks among the greatest athletes in Europe and we are honoured that she has chosen the CPH Half to test herself over the half marathon distance”, said Copenhagen Half Marathon competition director Henrik Paulsen, when the announcement that Hassan had been added to the field was made on Friday.

Source: european-athletics.org

Astounding Error Costs Lonah Chemtai 5000m Medal At European Championships

The women’s final of the 5000m at the European Championships went the way of the Netherlands’ Sifan Hassan after a marvelous run from the Dutch athlete.

However, in a scenario that even the seasoned George Hamilton claimed never to have seen before, Israel’s Lonah Salpeter committed an atrocious error at the conclusion of the penultimate lap.

Believing to have finished the race with one lap still remaining, Hamilton summed up the only excuse Salpeter could muster:

I cannot recall anything quite as dramatic as that … I think she thought she was chasing for the medal … and she thought she’d got silver, and then the bell rang.

 In the replayed footage of the race from an alternative angle, Satpeter can be seen clearly pulling up to celebrate what she believed was her silver medal success.

Taking a few seconds to realise that the race still had one lap left to run, the athlete had all but reached a stand-still and, when she began to move again, it was clear to see that her momentum had been shot. Having chased down Hassan for what she thought was a chance of nicking the gold medal, Salpeter’s energy sources was all but exhausted.

Recovering somewhat well, Salpeter nevertheless could do no better than finish 4th. Absolutely devastated after the race’s actual conclusion, Salpeter collapsed on the near-by grass.

Chemtai writes history as she wins Israel first ever gold at European Championships

Israel’s Lonah Chemtai Salpeter became the first Israeli woman ever to win a gold medal in any discipline at a European Athletics Championships when she won the 10,000m tonight in dominant fashion on a hot and sticky evening at Olympic Stadium here.

Salpeter, 29, who switched her allegiance from Kenya to Israel in March, 2016, controlled the pace from gun to tape and clocked 31:43.28, a comfortable nine seconds ahead of the Netherlands’s Susan Krumins (31:52.55). Sweden’s Meraf Bahta was a distant third in 32:19.34.

Salpeter was overwhelmed with joy and national pride as she strode into the mixed zone and received a tight embrace from her husband and coach, Dan Salpeter, who then playfully dumped ice cubes over her head.

“It means a lot,” Salpeter told Race Results Weekly when asked what this gold medal meant to her. “It is an honor to my country.”

Salpeter made effective use of a fartlek strategy to defeat the other 25 women she faced tonight on the stadium’s blue oval. Running the early laps with Turkey’s Yasemin Can, the defending champion, and Romania’s Ancuta Bobocel, Salpeter allowed the pace to vary from an honest 74.6 seconds for the opening lap, to a slow 80 seconds for the next two. She had an idea that varying the pace might tire her opponents.

“I say, maybe I will play a little bit game,” Salpeter said. “It was my tactic.”

After the 4000m mark, Salpeter dropped a 69.9-second lap, to break open the race. Only Can was able to cover that move, leaving Bobocel behind with Bahta and Krumins. It looked like the two former Kenyans would run away with the race, but on the next lap the duo slowed to 77 seconds providing Krumins and Bahta a chance to catch up. Through 5000m (15:52.13) Can was with Salpeter in front with small gap on Krumins and Bahta. Bobocel was too far behind to contend for a medal and eventually dropped out.

In the second half of the race, Salpeter kept her pace in the 75 to 76-second range lap after lap. Krumins did her best to stay close, and got within three seconds at 8400m, but eventually the Dutchwoman began to wilt in the heat.

“I was worried at one point I was not going to get to the finish line because I could not pick up my feet,” the 2009 NCAA 1500m champion for Florida State told Race Results Weekly. Determined to keep going she said she told herself, “That medal is mine.”

For good measure, Salpeter ran her final lap in 72.6 seconds to put the race away. Krumins, her body pitched forward with fatigue in the final 50 meters, willed herself to the finish before collapsing to the track.

“Never,” Krumins said when asked if she had ever worked so hard to finish a race.

Behind the gold and silver medalists, Bahta had moved into third before the 9000m mark and had a comfortable lead over fourth place Alina Reh of Germany (Can would finish fifth). Nonetheless, Bahta sprinted the final 50 meters because a lapped athlete, Olena Serdyuk of Ukraine, sprinted against the Swede mistakenly thinking she was running her final lap. Serdyuk shows in the official results as a “DNF” with a 24th lap time of 32:19.62, less than half a second different from Bahta’s.

“Despite being disappointed that I didn’t have a strong race from the start, I’m still very happy with my result,” Bahta told European Athletics interviewers. “It’s a medal after all.”

Chemtai voted European Athlete of the Month for May

After a week of voting across Facebook and Twitter, Israel’s Lonah Chemtai Salpeter has been voted female European Athletes of the Month for May 2018.

The votes cast across Facebook and Twitter were combined to determine the outcome. Chemtai Salpeter proved a decisive winner in the women’s category, winning by nearly 300 votes from Belgium’s world and Olympic heptathlon champion Nafissatou Thiam.

Chemtai Salpeter took the biggest victory of her career thus far at the European 10,000m Cup in London on 19 May, taking the title in an Israeli record and world-leading time of 31:33.03.

The other nominees for the women’s award were Thiam, Croatia’s Sandra Perkovic, Belarus’ Alina Talay and neutral athlete Mariya Lasitskene.

Israel’s Chemtai lifts European 10,000m Cup race title

Israel’s Lonah Chemtai Salpeter won the women’s European 10,000m Cup race in a personal best of 31:53 at the Highgate Harriers Night of the 10,000m that was held on Saturday (19) at the Parliament Hill Athletics Track in London.

After being paced through halfway in 15:45, the Kenyan-born athlete, who was a former nanny in Israel, broke clear of Romanian Ancuta Bobocel who stayed reasonably close until the final kilometre.

“This meeting was so nice,” Chemtai said. “It’s the first time I ran with a crowd where they come so close to the inside lanes of the track. The track felt shorter because they were so close.

“My full time job is an athlete,” she added, “and my next race is probably a 15km in Valencia and then the 5000m and 10,000m at the European Championships.”

Bobocel was a clear second in 32:03 and it initially appeared that she had the consolation of leading Romania to team victory ahead of GB, however a revised result has since suggested that Britain may have won.

Third place went to Charlotte Arter who crossed the line in 32:36.