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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.

 OPEN DIVISIONS
 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.