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General Robert Kibochi promotes Joyciline Jepkosgei

The 2018 World Half Marathon silver medallist, Joyciline Jepkosgei, was promoted on Tuesday 4th October 2022, from the rank of Corporal to Sergeant (Sgt) at the Kenya Defence Forces Headquarters.

The 28 year-old who won silver at this year’s London Marathon was rewarded with rank by the Chief of the Defence Forces (CDF) General Robert Kibochi.

Kibochi congratulated Jepkosgeifor her to dedication, discipline and sacrifice. “We are very grateful for your continuous hard work and for representing Kenya and KDF well.  We wish you the best as competing at such high levels require a lot of hard work and determination. I am confident that you will continue doing better since you are still young,” said General Kibochi.

Jepkosgei was elated by the grand gesture and lauded the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) for its continued support.

“I am grateful for the promotion. I appreciate the level at which the KDF takes care of its athlete especially with special regard to physiotherapy,” Jepkosgei stated.

The occasion was also graced by the Kenya Army commander, Lieutenant General Peter Njiru, and the Assistant Chief of Defence Forces in charge of personnel and logistics, Major General Muthuri Kiugu, Colonel Physical Readiness and Sports Defence Headquarters Colonel Benjamin Kiprop and the Defence Forces Sergeant Major WOI Elijah Koranga.

Man sprints to lead London Marathon – all to prove his friends wrong

A Devon man who stole the spotlight at the start of the London Marathon by sprinting to the front did it to win a six-year-old bet.

Richard Lee-Wright ran past some of the world’s top athletes to briefly lead the race yesterday (Sunday 2 October).

He could then be seen punching the air as he made it to the front and briefly lead the race.

It comes after he bet friend years ago that he could lead the race, prompting six years of special training.

The 38-year-old worked hard to gain a time which would qualify him to be in the front pack of runners to start the race.

When it got underway he sprinted to the front of the pack past some of the world’s top athletes.

Although his lead only lasted a few seconds Richard, from Uffculme in Devon, finished in a respectable 3 hours and 23 minutes.

Richard Lee-Wright with his London Marathon medal Credit: ITV News West Country

Speaking ITV News West Country, he said: “It was to settle a bet, prove I could do it and get my moment of glory.

“I felt absolutely incredible; it was such a buzz, just running along there and the crowd going crazy.

“Then I turned around and saw the elite runners and they were behind me, which was a bit of a surprise as I thought they’d be right with me and I just soaked it all in, it was fantastic.

“I did it for two or three minutes, then I let the elite runners back in the race.”

The runner said he has since had a host of messages from well-wishers.

“I’m tired because it’s gone a bit crazy on social media,” and people have been contacting me which has been nice, it’s brought a bit of a smile to people’s faces

And when questioned about any future plans to get in the spotlight Mr Lee-Wright said: “That’s it for the time being!”


Source: itv.com

A runner dies during London Marathon

A man has died after collapsing during the closing stages of Sunday’s London Marathon.

The unnamed individual, aged 36 and from south-east England, collapsed after the 23rd mile of the 26.2-mile course on Sunday and was taken to hospital for further treatment.

However, organisers of the TCS London Marathon confirmed that the man had later died following his arrival at hospital.

A statement from organisers issued on Monday read: “A 36-year-old man from south east England collapsed between mile 23 and mile 24 and, although he received immediate medical treatment and an ambulance was on the scene within three minutes, he died later in hospital.”

It added: “Everyone involved in the organisation of the London Marathon would like to express sincere condolences to his family and friends.

“The family has requested privacy and no further details will be released in accordance with their wishes.

“The cause of death will be established later through medical examination.”

Eliud Kipchoge tips injured Mo Farah to get back to his best

Mo Farah has been tipped to return to his best after being forced out of this year’s London Marathon with a hip injury.

The Londoner had been due to run his first 26.2-mile distance for three years in the capital but was forced to withdraw the week of the race.

Farah has vowed to make his comeback at next year’s edition, which returns to its traditional April date on the calendar.

But despite the fact the four-time Olympic champion will have turned 40 by then, another London Marathon absentee, Eliud Kipchoge, backed him to get back to his best on the streets of his home city.

“Absolutely Mo Farah can still keep going,” said Kipchoge. “I want to wish him a quick recovery from his injury. Injuries are part of the challenges of elite sport. My advice is to recover from your injury and come back.

“Mo Farah has a lot more to give. I think he will come back stronger. The training is there and, after the injury, he can come back and show the world what is actually in him.

“Age is a number. If you are training well and focused in the right direction on what you are doing then you can continue to perform. Mo can still win the best races.”


Source: standard.co.uk

Amos Kipruto wins the London Marathon

World bronze medallist, Amos Kipruto beat a strong elite field that included the second fastest man in the world Kenenisa Bekele at the 42nd edition of the London Marathon held on Sunday (02) in London.

The 30 year-old who finished in second place behind Olympic champion and world record holder Eliud Kipchoge at Tokyo Marathon in March this year, took the bold step at the 38km mark as he pulled away from the leading group to win his first ever Major with a time of 2:04.39.

Ethiopia’s Leul Gebresilase came home in second in 2:05.12 with Olympic bronze medallist, Bashir Abdi from Belgium closing the first three podium finishes in a time of 2:05.19.

The third fastest man on paper with a time of 2:03.51, Kinde Atanaw from Ethiopia came home in fourth in a time of 2:05.27 with the Ethiopian legend Bekele crossing the finish line in fifth in 2:05.53.



Yalemzerf Yehualaw beats Joyciline Jepkosgei in London

World Half Marathon bronze medallist, Yalemzerf Yehualaw beat the defending champion Joyciline Jepkosgei to win her first ever London Marathon held on Sunday (02) in London.

The 23 year-old who made her marathon debut just six months ago, broke away from the leading group with 2km remaining as she surged ahead in a more composed way crossing the finish line with the third fastest time of 2:17.06.

The defending champion Jepkosgei was forced to settle in second as she crossed the finish line a time of 2:18.06 with Alemu Megertu from Ethiopia who finished fifth at the 2020 edition closing the podium three finishes in 2:18.32.

World Athletics Championships silver medallist, Judith Jeptum Korir came home in fourth with her second fastest time of 2:18.43 with Kenyan born but now trading for Romania, Joan Chelimo Melly finishing in fifth in 2:19.27.

The 2019 Berlin Marathon winner and the last year’s third finisher, Ashete Bekere from Ethiopia finished in fifth place in her third fastest time of 2:19.30.

The 2022 Boston Marathon bronze medallist Mary Wacera Ngugi lived to her own personal expectation as she crossed the finish line in sixth place with a new personal best of 2:20.22.

Mo Farah: Am not retiring anytime soon

The four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah who was forced to withdrawn from this Sunday’s London Marathon due to injury has insisted that he is not planning to hang his running shoe anytime soon.

The 39m year-old who in October called time on his track career was set to compete in his first Marathon since 2019 but has been struggling with his right hip and will now not take any part in the prestigious race.

Farah who last month won the Big Half Marathon said, “I’ve been training really hard over the past few months and I’d got myself back into good shape and was feeling pretty optimistic about being able to put in a good performance.

“However, over the past 10 days I’ve been feeling pain and tightness in my right hip. I’ve had extensive physio and treatment and done everything I can to be on the start line but it hasn’t improved enough to compete.”

But he intends to race in 2023 when it switches back to its traditional date in April.

“It’s really disappointing to have to withdraw after a good last few months and after my win at The Big Half but also because I love racing in front of my home crowd in London who always give all of us athletes such amazing support.”I wish everyone taking part on Sunday a good run and I hope to be back out there with you in April 2023.”” Farah Concluded.


World Marathon champion, Tamirat Tola withdraws from the London Marathon

World Marathon champion, Tamirat Tola has withdrawn from the London Marathon that will be held on October 02, 2022 in London.

Tola has not fully recovered from his victory in Oregon where he set a new championship record of 2:05.36 and went one better than the silver medal he won at the 2017 World Championships in London.

“It is with great regret that I am unable to run this year’s London Marathon. Unfortunately, since the World Championships I have had problems with muscle fatigue and have not yet been able to resume training,” said Tola.

The 31 year-old is unable to run at this year’s London Marathon, but  the silver and bronze medallists from the 2022 World Championships, Mosinet Geremew from Ethiopia and Belgium’s Bashir Abdi will still be on the Start Line along with home favorite Sir Mo Farah, defending champion Sisay Lemm and Kenenisa Bekele both from Ethiopia.

Japanese marathon record holder Kengo Suzuki has been added to the Start List as the replacement for Tola. Suzuki set his national record of 2:04:56 in Otsu, Japan, last February. He placed fourth at both this year’s Tokyo Marathon and last year’s Boston Marathon.

Mo Farah calls time on track career

Mo Farah will return to run the London Marathon in October after finally calling time on his track career.

The 39-year-old athlete’s decision to stick to the roads had been widely expected after he endured a shock defeat to a club runner, Ellis Cross, in the Vitality 10km race in May and then did not attempt to qualify for the world championships in Eugene this month.

However, while Farah concedes he is no longer the athlete he was he says he will not contemplate retirement until after he runs in the Big Half in September and the London Marathon a month later.

“I am getting on a bit,” Farah said. “But do I still have the hunger, am I willing to put in the work and the miles? Yes. I’ve been putting in consistent mileage and I still have that fight in me. Until you lose it I don’t think I should think about retiring.

“But being realistic, can your body do this? I’ve watched tennis and Andy Murray, the guy still has that fight in him but his body doesn’t allow him. So I’m planning two races at the minute and then go back and see where I am. Can my body compete with these guys at this level, that’s the question which will come afterwards.”

Pressed on whether he would take advice on retirement from his coach, Gary Lough, or his wife, Tania, Farah said: “That decision can only come down from me, not my manager, not my wife or my kids. It’s me who is putting in the work week in, week out. There will be a time, but I don’t even know myself.

“I am doing good sessions but it’s not what I was doing right before championships. That’s one of the reasons you want to come back. I’m still doing sessions normal people can’t do. You still feel like you’ve still got it.”

Farah admitted he was disappointed not to be able to run this month at the world championships in Eugene, Oregon, not far from where he trained with his former coach Alberto Salazar from 2010 to 2017.

“As an athlete you love to compete,” he said. “But again you’ve got to be realistic. You’ve done the world champs, you’ve won medals, are you just going there just to make numbers? It’s not easy. You’ve got to be competitive enough to run the last 1k in under 2:25. Am I capable of that? Anyone can run 27 minutes but can you run 26.40, 26.35? I think that’s what it’s going to take to win world champs.”

Asked whether it meant his track career was over, he said: “Yeah, hands up! No, I’m not going back to the track. This is it. I love to be competitive with others, it’s the reason I’m not going to the world champs or Europeans.

“If I can’t be competitive with these guys, there’s no point in going and making up the team. I’ll give it my all at the London Marathon and see what happens.”

Eilish McColgan to make marathon debut in London

British half marathon record holder to run 26.2 miles for the first time, at TCS London Marathon on October 2

Eilish McColgan will make her much anticipated marathon debut in London on October 2 as she takes on a world class field around the streets of the British capital.

The 31-year-old Scot broke Paula Radcliffe’s British half marathon record of 1:06:47 back on February 19, after clocking 1:06:26 at Ras Al Khaimah and now feels like it’s the right time to take on the marathon.

Since McColgan started competing on the roads she has broken the British 5km record, European 10km record and set a British best over 10 miles.

Given her natural progression through the higher distances on both track and field, it was always a question of not if but when McColgan took on 26.2 miles.

“It’s really just coming from a confidence side of things,” McColgan says. “I think I’ve known for like a very long time that like, this is where my career would go. I think my mum and my dad have known even longer than I have. From being a young kid they always said the marathon was the event I’d end up going to.

“The way I’ve progressed over the years now through the distances, taking on both the 5km and 10km, I remember thinking, I’ll never ever run a half marathon. And yet now, I’m excited. I couldn’t wait to get out and race it against some of those the top athletes in the world.

“It is my choice. I feel I’m going to do it when I’m ready to do it and I think that’s that time is coming now. I think there’s no better place to do that than the London Marathon.

McColgan takes to the streets of the British capital 26 years after her mum, Liz McColgan won the race. Like Eilish, Liz started out on the track and gradually progressed to the marathon, winning on debut in New York in 1991 before her triumph in London five years later.

“It’s amazing and it’s a bit surreal,” McColgan adds. “The more iconic images I’ve got in my head as a youngster were my mum running the London Marathon with Buckingham Palace in the background. It’s just incredible that so many years later I’m following in her footsteps and I think she’s excited to see that finally come into action.

“It’s always the iconic event. It was the one where I always watched my mum run as a kid when I sat in the hospitality area and ate all the free food! There’s not a London Marathon that my mum and dad have ever missed. It’s just got a buzz and everyone speaks about it, even those who don’t know much about athletics.”

Although this is McColgan’s debut marathon she does have experience of the London circuit though, having been the pacemaker for Charlotte Purdue last year.

Purdue is also part of the line-up which includes world marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei, defending champion Joyciline Jepkosgei and the fastest-ever female marathon debutant Yalemzerf Yehualaw.

Ethiopian duo Degitu Azimeraw and Ashete Bekere, who finished second and third last year, also return. Bekere finished second behind Kosgei at this year’s Tokyo Marathon.

In total, the field contains an astonishing nine women who have run inside 2:20.

So, how fast can McColgan run?

“I think to be competitive against the other British girls, I think we’re definitely capable of running 2:20 or under,” she says. “That’s certainly something that over from between now to Paris, I’ll have a big goal of trying to get down to those sort of times.

“Is 2:15 [Paula Radcliffe’s British and European record] unrealistic? Right now, I’d say so but if you ask me in a year’s time, who knows? I feel like I’m definitely growing with confidence. The more that I get these races behind me and certainly on the roads as well, as I said, it’s totally new to me.

“So I don’t want to completely limit myself because that’s certainly what I’ve done in the past. I just had no belief at all that I would ever achieve any of these times but I’m a different person now.”

Source: athleticsweekly.com