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Keitany targets to regain New York Marathon title

Kenyan Mary Keitany will be targeting a fourth victory at the TCS New York City Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label race, on 4 November.

Keitany and her compatriot, 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon champion Vivian Cheruiyot, will join previously announced Shalane Flanagan, the 2017 winner, and 2018 Boston Marathon champion Des Linden of the US in a race that features 10 Olympians and three Abbott World Marathon Majors race champions.

Keitany, 36, is the women’s only marathon record-holder who finished runner-up in this race last year after notching three successive titles. In 2016, she had a dominating performance in which she surged ahead at Mile 14 to finish the course on a solo run in 2:24:26. Her 3:34 margin of victory was the greatest in the women’s race since 1980, and she became the first able-bodied runner since Grete Waitz to win the event three years in a row.

“I was disappointed not to defend my title last year, but I was not 100 percent healthy and Shalane ran a strong race,” said Keitany, the 2012 and 2016 World Marathon Majors champion. In April 2017, Keitany won her third London Marathon title, breaking the women’s only marathon record in a blistering time of 2:17:01.

Joining Keitany from the international side will be two Ethiopians, reigning IAAF World Half Marathon champion Netsanet Gudeta and Mamitu Daska, who finished third in New York last year.

Molly Huddle, who was third in New York in 2016, 2018 Boston Marathon runner-up Sarah Sellers, 2016 New York runner-up Sally Kipyego, and 2017 fifth-place finisher Allie Kieffer are also in the line-up.

Wacera lifts B.A.A. 10K Race title

Kenya’s Mary Wacera took top honors at t5he 8th edition of the B.A.A. 10K race that was held on Sunday (24) in Boston.

The 29 year-old faced one of the strongest fields in its eight-year history, bringing together Boston Marathon champions, Olympians, and global medalists on the roads of Boston.

Des Linden returns to the roads of Boston for her B.A.A. 10K debut. Linden became the first American woman since 1985 to win the open division at the Boston Marathon. A two-time Olympian, Linden will look to become the first woman to win both the Boston Marathon and the B.A.A. 10K in the same year since 2011. In addition to Linden, Buzunesh Deba, and Caroline Rotich and 2018 Paris Marathon women champion Betsy Saina was also on start line up.

Other notable figures are Ethiopians Mamitu Daska, two-time B.A.A. 5K winner Buze Diriba were also aiming for a first B.A.A. 10K crown.

Olympic silver medalist Sally Kipyego, and road racing ace Lineth Chepkurui were also on the battle front.

Wacera maintained her calm as she also faced stiff challenge but manage to give a powerful kick that enabled her her to out run Rotich cutting the tape in 31:55 with Rotcih crossing the line two seconds later to take second place.

Ethiopian Daska closed the top three podium finish in 31:59.

Diriba and Monicah Ngige took fourth and fifth place in 32:09 and 32:30.

Saina and Kipyego finished distant seventh and tenth place in 33:06 and 34:31


  1. Mary Wacera      (KEN) 31:55
  2. Caroline Rotich  (KEN) 31:57
  3. Mamitu Daska    (ETH) 31:59
  4. Buze Diriba        (ETH) 32:09
  5. Monicah Ngige   (KEN) 32:30


Desiree wins Boston Marathon

United States Desiree Linden won the 122nd edition of the Boston Marathon that was held under the extreme cold and rainy conditions on Monday (16) in Boston.

Desiree became the first American woman in 33 years to win the marathon when she cut the tape in 2:39.54

Linden, a two-time Olympian, clocked an unofficial 2:39:53 and captured the world’s oldest annual marathon by 4:11 over unknown American Sarah Sellers.

Linden pulled away from Ethiopian Mamitu Daska and Kenyan Gladys Chesir in the 22nd mile, wearing a black and lime green jacket for all 26.2 miles.

Sarah Sellers and Krista Duchene of United States took second and third place when they clocked 2:44.04 and 2:44.20 respectively to close the United States podium finish.


  1. Desiree Linden    (USA) 2:39.54
  2. Sarah Sellers        (USA) 2:44.04
  3. Krista Duchene    (USA) 2:44.20

Kirui and Rupp renew Boston Marathon duel

U.S. Olympic bronze medallist Galen Rupp lost to Kirui by 21 seconds in the 2017 race and is back while New York City Marathon champion – and home state favourite – Shalane Flanagan headlines a group of four top U.S. women’s contenders.

Rain and temperatures in the 50s (13 C) after an icy weekend are forecast, making for a messy race day.

That could be a factor, especially for the African athletes.

No American man has won in Boston since 1983, and Kirui, former champions Lelisa Desisa and Lemi Berhanu of Ethiopia, Ethiopian Tamirat Tola, the fastest in the field at 2:04.06, and Kenyan dark horse Nobert Kigen are aiming to keep it that way.

Yet many believe Chicago Marathon winner Rupp will have a say.

“Galen will definitely be much harder to beat than last year, regardless of how the race plays out,” Alberto Salazar, his coach and a former Boston champion, told reporters.

“But Kirui or the others may also be in better shape than last year, so it’s impossible to predict.”

The final few miles proved costly in 2017 to Rupp, who admitted afterwards: “I just did not have it over those last three or four miles.”

Kirui, 25, backed up his Boston win, his first victory in a marathon, by taking the 2017 world championship title. He carries a personal best of 2:06:27 to Rupp’s 2:09:20.

The U.S. women’s drought at Boston stretches back to 1985.

Flanagan, Jordan Hasay, Molly Huddle and Desi Linden will try to change that against an international field that may not be as strong as in past years.

Flanagan, 36, who grew up in Massachusetts, is the sentimental favourite, with Hasay holding the best Boston finish.

The 26-year-old made it to the podium in 2017, finishing third at both Boston and Chicago. The Boston race was her marathon debut.

Linden and Huddle are both experienced marathoners with Linden fourth in Boston in 2017 and Huddle third in the 2016 New York City Marathon.

Kiplagat, the Kenyan mother of five who is now 38, returns to defend her title after finishing second in the world championships and fourth in New York City in 2017.

Aselefech Mergia, a former London winner, and fellow Ethiopian Mamitu Daska, who was third in New York last year, could be Kiplagat’s biggest international challengers along with former Boston winners Buzunesh Deba (Ethiopia) and Caroline Rotich (Kenya).


Why Vivian Cheruiyot dropped out of NYC Half Marathon

Olympic 5000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot who was among the NYC Half Marathon title contender failed to finish the 13th edition of  the NYC Half after experiencing breathing problems.

Cheruiyot who was the third fastest in the field with a 67:44 PB behind Ethiopians Mamitu Daska (66:28 PB) and Buze Diriba (66:50 PB), drifted off the lead before 10-K and dropped out in Central Park in the 10th mile shortly after the men’s leaders caught her.

Her manager, Mike Skinner, while speaking to the press said,  “Vivian had problems breathing in the cold weather”.

“She was taken to hospital but now she is alright. Expect her to come with a bang in London Marathon,” Skinner concluded.

The race was won by Diriba in 1:12.23 with Betsy Saina finished a disappointing sixth place in 1:13.31.

Diriba takes the NYC Half Marathon crown as Saina finishes a disappointing sixth place

Ethiopia’s Buze Diriba outclassed her opponents as she claimed the title at the NYC Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (18) in New York.

Diriba who ran under the worst weather conditions in United States race history pulled away from the rest of the team at 15km but United States Emily Sisson stuck by her as she led the two till the 200m mark when the Ethiopian kicked to cut the tape in 1:12.23.

Sisson who finished as runners up in last years race had to settle for the same position this year as she crossed the line in the same time of 1:12.24.

Norway’s Karolinwe Bjerkeli Grovdal closed the podium three in 1:12.43 as Ethiopian Mamitu Daska who led at the beginning of the race settled for fourth place in 1:12.50.

Kenyan race favorite Vivian Cheruiyot dropped from the race at the early stages as Betsy Saina finished a disappointing sixth place in 1:13.31.

The winner pocketed US dollars 20,000.



  1. Buze Diriba             (ETH) 1:12.23
  2. Emily Sisson           (USA) 1:12.24
  3. Karolinwe Grovdal (NOR) 1:12.43
  4. Mamitu Daska        (ETH) 1:12.50
  5. Serena Burla           (USA) 1:13.15
  6. Betsy Saina              (KEN) 1:13.31