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Exceptional Eunice Chumba wins Abu Dhabi Marathon

The 2018 World Half Marathon bronze medallist, Eunice Chumba made her experience count  as she won the 4th edition of the Abu Dhabi Marathon held on Saturday (17) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The 29 year-old who was trying his luck for the fourth time since this race inception in 2018 where she finished as a runner-up and finished fourth in 2019. The Kenyan born Bahraini was again runner-up last year after the 2020 event was cancelled following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chumba who faced a stiff challenge from the reigning Amsterdam marathon champion, Angela Tanui from Kenya who was also the fastest athlete on paper with a time of 2:17.57 and Rio Olympics marathon bronze medallist, Mare Dibaba from Ethiopia.

Chumba who came to this race with the third fastest time on paper of 2:20.02, pulled away from the two as they could not keep up with her powerful kick when she accelerated her speed with 2km remaining to foreg ahead and cut the tape in a time of 2:20.41 with Tanui coming home in second in 2:21.14.

“I tried to win this race for Bahrain from my first visit to Abu Dhabi and I have finally managed to fulfil that dream in my fourth attempt,” said Chumba.

“It was a very challenging race with Angela and Mare, who have both run better than my personal best time. We raced together for a long time and it wasn’t until the final five kilometres of the race that I felt I could win.

“I tried my best to better my personal best time but just couldn’t do that. Perhaps on another day and another race. Having said that, I’m just delighted to win in Abu Dhabi.”

The 2015 World women marathon champion (Dibaba) was left with no option but to settle in third place in a time of 2:21.25.



  1. Eunice Chumba   (BAH) 2:20.41
  2. Angela Tanui       (KEN) 2:21.14
  3. Mare Dibaba        (ETH) 2:21.25

Agnes Keino destroys Munich Marathon course record

Kenya’s Agnes Keino destroyed the women course record at the 36th edition of the Generali Munich Marathon held on Sunday (09) in Munich, Germany.

The 34 year-old who came to this race as an underdog, lived to her expectations as she thrashed a deep field that included the 2015 World champion, Mare Dibaba and her compatriot Aberu Mekuria, who has won her last three marathons and who also came with the second fastest time on paper of 2:24.30 that she got in 2019 at Osaka Marathon.

Keino took on the two as they passed the half marathon point in 1:07.46 and then 30k mark in 1:42.01. With around 8km to go Keino accelerated her pace leaving the two gasping for air as she forged ahead with her mind set on the course record of 2:32.11 that was set in 2012 by Germans Susanne Hahn.

Keino dropped the fastest athlete on the start list, Dibaba who suffered muscle problems as she cruised to victory with a new course record by almost nine minutes, as she cut the tape in a personal best of 2:23.26.

“It was my big goal to run a personal best and win the race.  I am so happy that I have achieved my ambition,” said Keino.

Dibaba was forced to settle in second place in a time of 2:24.12, which was her fastest time since 2019 with Morocco’s Souad Kambouchia closing the podium three finishes in 2:27.35.

Kenya’s Viola Yator and Aberu Zennebe from Ethiopia finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 2:28.11 and 2:28.33 respectively.

Another Kenyan Helen Jepkurgat finished a distant seventh in 2:32.07.



  1. Agnes Keino              (KEN) 2:23.26
  2. Mare Dibaba              (ETH() 2:24.12
  3. Souad Kambouchia  (MAR) 2:27.35
  4. Viola Yator                 (KEN) 2:28.11
  5. Aberu Zennebe          (ETH) 2:28.33
  6. Cavaline Nahimana   (BUR) 2:31.21
  7. Helen Jepkurgat         (KEN) 2:32.07

Mare Dibaba to battle Agnes Keino in Munich

Former World champion, Mare Dibaba will battle Agnes Keino at the 36th edition of the Generali Munich Marathon that will be held on October 9, 2022 in Munich.

The 32-year-old won the world title in Beijing in 2015 and a year later took a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics.

Dibaba who also won the Chicago Marathon in 2014 and has been second twice in Boston, in 2014 and 2015 comes to this race with a personal best of 2:19:52 that she got at the 2012 Dubai Marathon where she took the bronze medal.

The 2015 All-Africa Games half marathon champion, delivered another impressive performance to finish runner-up in the Berlin Marathon in 2019 with  a time of 2:20.21.  She has run just one marathon during the Covid Pandemic, finishing 14th in Boston.

Dibaba will battle for honors with her compatriot Aberu Mekuria, who has won her last three marathons and she also comes to this race with a personal best time of 2:24.30 that she got in 2019 at Osaka Marathon where she took the honors, in the same year as well as triumphing in Riga in Latvia this spring.

Dibaba and Mekuria will have to get past Kenya’s Agnes Keino who seems to be the underdog among the two Ethiopians but she seems to be in the best shape at the moment as she comes to this race with a personal and season best of 2:25.08 that she got early this year at the Copenhagen Marathon where she finished in third.

“My training has been good. The body is responding well and am in great shape at the moment. I know Dibaba and Mekuria are in good shape too but lets wait and see the results on the racing day,” said Keino.

For the first time in over 20 years the organisers have allowed the elite athletes to come and participate as they chase to lower the race course record of 2:32.11 that was set in 2012 by Germans Susanne Hahn.

“Of course we hope that the course record will be broken when the winner cross the finish line in the Olympic Stadium on October 9,” said the Race Director Gernot Weigl. “It’s the right time to position the race more on the international scene. We’d become aware of interest abroad in the GENERALI MUNICH MARATHON and decided to join the Label Series of World Athletics for road races. For that reason alone we now have an international elite field and are hoping for fast races. With the help of top times we want to develop the marathon further and show that you can run fast in Munich.”

Battle of greats as Girma face Burka in Otawa

Ethiopia’s Tigist Girma will defend her title at the 47th edition of the Ottawa Marathon now renamed to Tartan Ottawa International Marathon that will be held on May 29, 2022 in Ottawa, Canada.

The 28-year-old will battle for honors with the 2018 winner Gelete Burka who is also the course record holder with a time of 2:22.17.

The race organizer has put these two world-class Ethiopians to try and attack the race course that was set in 2018. Burka comes to this race with the second fastest time of 2:20.45 that she got at the 2018 Dubai Marathon where she finished in sixth place while Tigist comes with the fastest time on paper of 2:19.52 that she got at the 2019 Amsterdam Marathon where she took the silver medal.

Tigist who finished in position five at the Tokyo Olympics with a time of 2:21.56, a World Marathon Major and sixth place in Valencia in 2:19.56, trains together with Ruti Aga the 2019 Tokyo Marathon winner, Mare Dibaba, the 2015 world marathon champion and the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist. She is trained by the Ethiopian Olympic marathon coach Haji Adilo.

“I was injured a few times. After the Olympics I didn’t have much of good training, but now I am in good shape and want to do better,” said Tigist. “I want to put my signature in Ottawa for the second time.”

Burka has represented Ethiopia in six successive world outdoor championships and three Olympics. In Rio Olympics six years ago, she finished fifth in the 10,000m with a personal best of 30:26.66. Had it not been for a slight on the part of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) a year later, she might never have turned to the marathon.

“In 2017 I was in Netherlands at the Ethiopian trials for the world championships. I took the top honors in 10,000m with a time of 30:40.87, but the EAF never selected me to the team for the world championships in London,” she explains her smile having vanished now. “After that I stopped track and that is the point when I went to the marathon. So, I trained for the Dubai Marathon where I ran a life time best of 2:20.45.” A year later she won the 2019 Paris Marathon in 2:22.47, then finished third in Chicago in a time of 2:20.55.

“Ottawa is a good memory for me,” she continues. “When I was training I had a bit of a leg problem with an injury to my calf and I came to Ottawa with that injury. Also I got those stomach cramps. It was not easy. That’s why I smiled when I came to the finish,” said Burka.

Burka is faithful to her church, The Glorious Life Church where attends without fail as she is also an usher and a member of the forty-member choir.

The 36 year-old has a rich cabinet as she is the 2008 World Indoor 1500m Champion, the 2006 World Cross Country champion

“The training is going on well and with one month to go I will be in great shape for the course” Burka concluded.

Ethiopian women have enjoyed a 10-year winning streak at the Ottawa Marathon before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the event’s cancellation for the past two years.

Monicah Ngige and Caroline Chepkoech make their marathon debut in Boston

Kenya’s Monicah Ngige will be making her marathon debut at the 125th edition of the Boston Marathon that will be held from Hopkinton to Boston on Monday, October 11 in Boston.

The 27 year-old who has 14 career wins had great success on the roads of Boston in 2019, winning the B.A.A. 5K, finishing third at the B.A.A. Half Marathon, and sixth at the B.A.A. 10K.

Ngige comes to this race with a personal best of 1:07.29 that she got in 2019 at the Aramco Houston Half Marathon, where she finished in fourth place.

Ngige will face another debutant Kenyan born but now trading for Kazakhstan Caroline Chepkoech.

Chepkoech is a two times African champion who is trained by two coaches Ken Rotich from Kenya and Richards Anderson from the United States. She holds a personal best of 1:05.07 that she got at the 2018 Ras Al Khaimah International Half Marathon. This time placed her as the fourth fastest female half marathoner of all time.

The two will face seven international athletes who have run sub-2:22 during their careers led by Ethiopia’s Yebrgual Melese (2:19.36), Mare Dibaba (2:19.52), Workenesh Edesa (2:20.24), Sutume Kebede (2:20.30), and Sutume Kebede (2:20.30). The top Kenyans are Ednah Kiplagat, the 2017 women’s race champion (2:19.50), and Helah Kiprop (2:21.27).

Edna Kiplagat leads the elite field at Boston Marathon

The 2017 Boston marathon winner Edna Kiplagat from Kenya who is now based in United States will lead the women elite field at the 125th Boston Marathon that will be held from Hopkinton to Boston on Monday, October 11 in Boston.

This will be the first-ever fall edition of the Boston Marathon which will feature more than 140 elite athletes across all divisions including dozens of Americans, the Boston Athletic Association and John Hancock Financial jointly announced today.

The Organizers of the world’s oldest marathon, which could not be held as an in-person event in 2020 due to the pandemic and the local authorities, have permitted a field of 20,000 runners, and up to 70,000 more will run a virtual edition of the race. An $876,500 prize money purse will be on offer, the second largest in the history of the race.

Tom Grilk who is the B.A.A. president and CEO said, “In October, many of the world’s best athletes will look to etch their names in the history books by winning the Boston Marathon, We very much look forward to October’s competition, bringing together winners from more than one hundred global marathons. The B.A.A. is eager to continue the tradition of athletic excellence as we return to the roads leading to Boston.”

As usual the elite field in the open divisions is dominated by Africans. On the women’s side, eight international athletes have run sub-2:22 during their careers led by Ethiopia’s Yebrgual Melese (2:19:36), Mare Dibaba (2:19:52), Workenesh Edesa (2:20:24), Sutume Kebede (2:20:30), and Sutume Kebede (2:20:30). The top Kenyans are Kiplagat, the 2017 women’s race champion (2:19:50), and Helah Kiprop (2:21:27). Caroline Chepkoech, a former Kenyan who now runs for Kazakhstan, is making her debut.

The top American women are Jordan Hasay (2:20:57), Des Linden (2:22:38), and Molly Huddle (2:26:33). Hasay made her marathon debut at Boston in 2017, finishing third in 2:23:00. Linden has run Boston seven times and won the wet, cold and windy edition in 2018 (she was also second in 2011). Like Linden, Huddle ran Boston in 2018 and finished 13th. Ten of the 27 elite women who started that year dropped out.

The two defending champions, Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono and Ethiopia’s Worknesh Degefa, are not in this year’s elite field.

 International Women:

Yebrgual Melese   (ETH), 2:19:36

Edna Kiplagat        (KEN), 2:19:50

Mare Dibaba          (ETH), 2:19:52

Workenesh Edesa (ETH), 2:20:24

Sutume Kebede    (ETH),  2:20:30

Besu Sado             (ETH), 2:21:03

Helah Kiprop         (KEN), 2:21:27

Bedatu Hirpa         (ETH), 2:21:32

Atsede Baysa        (ETH), 2:22:03

Diana Chemtai      (KEN), 2:22:06

Biruktayit Eshetu   (ETH), 2:22:40

Tigist Abayechew  (ETH), 2:22:45

Purity Changwony (KEN), 2:22:46

Caroline Rotich          (KEN), 2:23:22

Mary Ngugi                (KEN), 2:27:36

Shiho Kaneshige       (JPN),  2:28:51

Netsanet Gudeta        (ETH), 2:29:15

Kellys Arias                (COL), 2:29:36

Tish Jones                 (GBR), 2:31:00

Brittany Moran        (CAN), 2:36:22

Marie-Ange Brumelot (FRA), 2:36:23

Caroline Chepkoech    (KAZ), Debut (1:05:07 Half)

Monicah Ngige             (KEN), Debut (1:07:29 Half)





Nancy Kiprop and Mare Dibaba target Franfurt Marathon course record

Kenya’s Nancy Kiprop and former Xiamen Marathon winner Mare Dibaba ftom Ethiopia will face off at the 37th edition of the Frankfurt Marathon that will be held on October, 28 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Kiprop who is the Vienna Marathon champion and Dibaba have been selected to try and lower the race course record of 2:21.01 that was set in 2012 by Ethiopian Meselech Melkamu.

That means that Kiprop must improve her own best time past the current mark of 2:24.18, which she set in April as she retained her title she won last year in Austria’s capital.

“It gonna be hard work to shake off four minutes. But look at what Eliud Kipchoge did in Berlin, I believe anything can go and I want to see how fast I can run in Frankfurt against some of the strongest challengers. The first priority is to master the pace and win the race, and then the time will fall in,” said Kiprop.

Dibaba on the other hand comes to this race with a personal best of 2:19.52 that she got at the 2012 Dubai Marathon. The 28 year-old Ethiopian is also the 2015 World Marathon Champion.

Last year Olympic 5,000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot won her maiden marathon race in 2 hours 23 minutes and 35 seconds, she has also not confirmed if she will be defending her title.

“We are looking forward to a thrilling women’s race with world-class runners,” said race director Jo Schindler. “We are pleased when athletes of this caliber choose Frankfurt for their autumn marathon. It is always our aim to present world-class athletes and at the same time to offer perfect conditions for every single runner.”

Rose Chelimo to face Mare Dibaba at Great Scottish Run

Bahrain’s Rose Chelimo will face off with Ethiopia’s and Mare Dibaba at the 27th edition of the Great Scottish Run that will be held on September 30, in Glasgow, Scotland.

Chelimo and Ethiopia’s Dibaba claimed their world titles in 2017 and 2015 respectively and will be joined in the women’s half-marathon by Britain’s Lily Partridge, Susan Partridge and Fionnuala Ross.

Thompson will be up against Australia’s two-time Commonwealth marathon champion Mike Shelley plus Luke Traynor, Tsegai Tewelde, Neil Renault, Tewolde Mengisteab and Weynay Ghebresilasie.

In a career which has been dogged by injuries, Thompson has enjoyed a purple patch over the last two years, following up his win at the Great Scottish Run with victory in the Simplyhealth Great South Run three weeks later.

This return to form also saw Thompson put in strong performances over the winter including a third-place finish in both the Doha Half Marathon and NYC Half Marathon, and he achieved the qualifying time for a call-up to the European Championships, where he represented Great Britain at a major competition for the first time since 2012.

“I’m really looking forward to returning to Glasgow to defend my title at Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run,” he said.

“The people of Glasgow really know their sport and they always turn out in large numbers at this race.

“This is an important milestone in my preparations for the New York City Marathon, so I’m determined to run well here as I look forward to November.”

Sammi Kinghorn will aim to make it two wins in a row in the women’s wheelchair race, while Patrick Monahan and Sam Kolek will contest the men’s wheelchair event.

The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run will be broadcast live on BBC Two and BBC Two Scotland from 11:00.

Dibaba, Tesfay and Assefa targeting first sub-2:20 at Frankfurt Marathon

Three Ethiopian have been added to the rich field of the 38th edition of the Frankfurt Marathon that will be held on October 20, 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany.

The race organizers are targeting the first-sub-2:20 run in the women’s race with the 2015 World Champion Mare Dibaba.

The 2016 Olympic bronze medallist has twice clocked 2:19.52, most recently in 2015 when she triumphed at the Xiamen Marathon. She was fifth in Frankfurt in 2010 clocking 2:25.27.

The 28 year-old will be joined by three compatriots who have dipped under 2:22 in 2018.

Another titls contender is the 24 year-old Haftamnesh Tesfay, made an impressive marathon debut in Dubai in January wher she finished fifth in 2:20.13, the fourth fastest time ever by a debutante over the distance. That performance should whet the appetite for what she can do in Frankfurt.

Meskerem Assefa has previous experience in Frankfurt. The 32-year-old finished third in 2:24.38 last year then made a solid improvement on her lifetime best when winning the Nagoya title in mid-March, running 2:21:45.

United States Sara Hall will be returning to race along the River Main. The 35 year-old who finished in fifth place a year ago in 2:27.21. She improved further to 2:26.20 this past spring in Ottawa.

“In terms of strength and depth, this is perhaps the strongest women’s field we have ever assembled,” said race director Jo Schindler. “So we are looking forward to an exciting and high-class race. With four such fast performers we could see times close to 2:20 or even faster.”

The course record of 2:21.01 was set in 2012 by Ethiopian Meselech Melkamu.