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Ghebreyohannes beats Chebet as she runs away with Cross de Atapuerca title

Eritrea’s Rahel Ghebreyohannes beat Beatrice Chebet almost to the fire at the 17th edition of the Cross Internacional de Atapuerca that was held on Sunday (14) in Atapuerca, Spain.

Ghebreyohannes who raced most of the time behind the two Kenyans, Chebet who is the World U20 Cross champion and and Margaret Chelimo the World5000m runner-up. The Eritrean waited patiently as she was paced by the Kenyans but she took off at the 100m mark with one of her best kick to cut the tape in 25:03.2 as Chebet came home a second later in 25:04.3.  for the right moment before she took charge

Chelimo closed the first three podium finishes in 25:04.4.

Kenyan born turned Kazakhstan international, Norah Jeruto the 2021 steeplechase Diamond league winner crossed the line in fourth in25:06.5 with Two time world Youth 3,000m steeplechase champion Celliphine Chespol caming home in fifth in 25:18.0


  1. Rahel Ghebreyohannes (ERI) 25:03
  2. Beatrice Chebet               (KEN) 25:04
  3. Margaret Chelimo           (KEN) 25:04
  4. Norah Jeruto Tanui         (KAZ) 25:06
  5. Celliphine Chespol          (KEN) 25:18

Margaret Chelimo smashes the 10km world Record

 The 2019 World silver medallist Champion in 5000m, Margaret Chelimo smashed the world 10km record at the 10k Valencia Ibercaja race that was held on Sunday (3) in Paseo de la Alameda, Valencia.

Chelimo set the new world record  when she cut the tape in unofficial 29:50

Chelimo who came to this race as an underdog proved otherwise as she stretched the two race favorites, Norah Jeruto and Rosemary Wanjiru who could not keep up with her pace.

the two pacers pushed Chelimo to the wire as she went on to destroyed the previous world record of 30:01 that had been set last month by  Agnes Tirop who is also the 2019 World bronze medallist champion. Tirop set the record at the Road to Records in Germany.

Chelimo led a Kenya 1-2-3 podium finish as she was followed by the newly crowned Diamond League Trophy winner in 3000m steeplechase Jeruto who crossed the line in 30:08 with Sandra Felis Chebet closing the first three podium finishes in 30:45


  1. Margaret Chelimo  (KEN) 29:49
  2. Norah Jeruto            (KEN) 30:04
  3. Sandra Chebet         (KEN) 30:45


Norah Jeruto to battle Rosemary Wanjiru at 10k Valencia Ibercaja

Former Africa 3,000m steeplechase champion Norah Jeruto will be the star to watch at the 10k Valencia Ibercaja race that will be held on Sunday (3) in Paseo de la Alameda, Valencia.

The Kenyan born turned Kazakhstan international, recently beat the Rio Olympic silver medallist in 3,000m steeplechase champion Hyvin Kiyeng from Kenya at the Zurich Diamond League that enabled her to lift her first ever Diamond league trophy.

The 26 year-old will be heading back to fight for the first position as she finished third in the 2020 edition in a personal best of 29:51.

Jeruto will battle with Rosemary Monica Wanjiru who made her international debut at the 2015 African Games where she won a silver medal in the 5000 m, forming a Kenyan sweep of the medals alongside Margaret Chelimo and Alice Aprot.

Wanjiru is not new to this course as she took the silver medal at the last year’s edition in a personal best of 29:50 which is also the fastest time on paper.

The 26 year-old who was placed fourth at the 2019 World Athletics Championships behind Sifan Hassan, Letesenbet Gidey and Agnes Tirop will battle for the pole position with Jeruto who has had a stellar performance this year.

The two will battle with Dorcas Jepchumba Kimeli who comes to this race with a personal best of 29:57 that she got at the 2019 Birell Prague Grand Prix.

Another title contender is the 2019 World silver medallist Champion in 5000m race, Margaret Chelimo who carries a personal best of 30:43 that she got at BOclassic Alto Adige – Corsa di San Silvestro.

Edward Zakayo is back as Kenya lines up its best at the Kip Keino Classic

Kenya will be lining up the best field ever at the second edition of Kip Keino Classic, the World Athletics Continental Tour set for Saturday (18) at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani.

Two time Olympic 1,500m champion Faith Kipyegon leads Kenyan list that has world Under-20 1,500m champion Purity Chepkirui, Continental Cup 1,500m champion Winnie Chebet, former World 5,000m silver medallist Mercy Cherono and The 2017 World Athletics Under-18 Championships 1,500m bronze medallist, Edinah Jebitok.

The Kenyans will be battling for the title against former world indoor 1,500m silver medallist Axumawit Embaye, African Games 800m champion Hirut Meshesha, Gela Hambese, Uganda’s Winnie Nanyondo.

In the men’s field, reigning world under-20 champion Vincent Keter, Abel Kipsang alongside Olympic silver medallist Timothy Cheruiyot.

Former world under 20 5,000m champion Edward Zakayo, who is back after a long time and he will be battling with former Africa junior champion Nicholas Kimeli and Jacob Krop for the honors in 5,000m.

After setting 10km world record, two time World 10,000m bronze medallist Agnes Tirop will have a date with former World Cross Country bronze medallist Lilian Kasait, and world 5,000m silver medallist Margaret Chelimo will be in women’s 5,000m as well as world under-20 3,000m champion Teresiah Muthoni gateri and Eva Cherono

Fresh from winning an Olympic Games 3,000m steeplechase title in Tokyo, Moroccan Soufiane El Bakkali El Bakkali will be taking on Tokyo Olympics Games 3,000m bronze medallist Benjamin Kigen, world under-20 champion Amos Serem, Commonwealth Games silver medallist Abraham Kibiwott and 2016 world under-20 champion Amos Kirui as well as Ethiopia Chala Beyo, Samuel Firewu and Abraham Sime.

In women steeplechase race, Olympic champion and Ugandan Peruth Chemutai will lead the contingent that has two-time world under-20 3,000m steeplechase champion Celliphine Chespol, and 2014 Commonwealth Games champion Purity Kirui, world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech and Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Hyvin Kiyeng.

National 100m record holder Ferdinand Omanyala Omurwa will be up against two time world 100m champion Justin Gatlin in the 100m title chase.

World under 18 400m silver medalist Mary Moraa will take on world 800m champion Halimah Nakaayi from Uganda in the women’s 800m.

Olympic 800m silver medalist Ferguson Rotich will run alongside Cornelius Tuwei and Collins Kipruto.

Ferdinand Omanyala to debut at Brussels Diamond League

National 100m champion Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala will be making his Diamond League debut at the Brussels Diamond League meeting on Friday evening.

After making his debut at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021, Omanyala will be up against American Fred Kerley, South African Akan Simbine, American Trayvon Bromell and Michael Norman.

Omanyala, who failed to advance to the final, made history as the first Kenyan to reach the semis at the Olympics.

The 25 years-old Enjoys the National Record that he set twice in 9.86 during the final at the International Josko Lauf Meeting at Pramtal Stadium, Andorra, Austria a fortnight ago.

Olympic 5,000m silver medallist, Hellen Obiri, who is also the reigning World 5,000m champion, Margaret Chelimo, Lilian Kasait, Beatrice Chebet, Eva Cherono and Daisy Cherotich are the Kenyans who will compete in women’s 5,000m.

They will be up against Tokyo Olympic 10,000m silver medallist, Ethiopia’s Gidey Letensebet and fast-rising Francine Nyonsaba from Burundi.

Conseslus, Obiri upbeat as they seek to deliver medals

World and Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto is upbeat that his late arrival for the Commonwealth Games here in Gold Coast will translate into good results.

Kipruto said their delay back home was deliberate because they wanted to train in familiar environment.

“This kind of weather in Gold Coast is always tricky and that is why we preferred to stay back and train a bit longer at home,” he said.

He said they will use the next three days to acclimatise before swinging into action this Friday. “I am ready and as usual, I will be going for gold,” he noted.

He said he decided to honour the Commonwealth Games despite other elite athletes staying away because it was on his schedule from the word go.

“I always plan my schedule early and this time, Commonwealth Games featured prominently because it is a less busy year with no World Championships or Olympic Games,” he added.

He said there is no much this year and that is why he opted for the games. “From here, I am headed for the Diamond League and I intend to do around five meetings starting with Doha next month,” he added.

He said the Africa athletics Championships in Nigeria are also top on his agenda and if everything remains constant, he will honour the event.

As usual, he believes steeplechase will be a Kenyan affair and sees no much opposition here.

Obiri, who also arrived together with Kipruto, echoed the same sentiments.

She said Commonwealth Games hold a special place in her heart and that is why she is here.

Like Kipruto, she said she intends to honor the Diamond League series and the Africa Championships in the coming months.

She also said she is feeling great after delaying back home for the purposes of training.

Obiri and Kipruto arrived alongside Margaret Chelimo, Eva Cherono (5,000m); Amos Kirui, Abraham Kibiwott (3,000m steeplechase) and 10,000m trio of Rodgers Kwemoi, Jonathan Muia and Josphat Bett

Obiri highlights the Kenyan onslaught at Doha Diamond League season opener

Women’s 3,000m race in the season-opening Doha Diamond League will see reigning world champion and Olympic silver medalist Hellen Obiri lead a strong Kenyan fields that includes 2013 World Youth Champion and 2014 World Junior 3000m silver medalist Lilian Kasait and fifth-place finisher at the 2017 World championships, Margaret Chelimo.

Reigning 1,500m world silver medalist and Olympic bronze medalist, Jenny Simpson of the USA, will move up to the longer distance in Doha and will provide a strong challenge for the Kenyans.

Obiri enjoyed an outstanding 2017 season, claiming the overall 5,000m Diamond League title in Brussels following victories in Shanghai and Rome, as well as winning the 3,000m race in Monaco. She also set a new meeting record over one mile at the Muller Anniversary Games in London.

However, 20-year-old team-mate, Rengeruk, has shown strong form already this season, winning team gold at the 2017 World Cross Country Championships in Uganda and taking individual bronze, proving the youngster is one-to-watch and setting up an exciting head-to-head in May. The race promises to be a real treat for Qatar’s large Kenyan community, who always come out in force to support their athletes.

Doha first staged a major athletics event in 1997 with the Doha Grand Prix, which was elevated to the Super Grand Prix in 2005. In 2010, Doha hosted the first-ever IAAF Diamond League fixture which has continued to grow in strength every year and provides an ideal opening to the outdoor season. The 2018 meeting will be the ninth consecutive edition.

The women’s 100m promises to be one of the highlights of the evening as reigning 100m Olympic champion Elaine Thompson of Jamaica will go head to head with reigning 200m World champion and Olympic silver medallist Dafne Schippers of The Netherlands, 2017 world silver medallist in the 100m and 200m, Marie-Josée Tao Lou of the Ivory Coast and fellow country-woman, 2018 World Indoor champion over 60m, Murielle Ahouré.

Elaine Thompson proved unbeatable in last year’s Diamond League series as she won every single race to be crowned 2017 Diamond League Champion.

She also became the first woman since Florence Griffith-Joyner at Seoul 1988 to do the sprint double at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

However, Thompson finished in a surprise fifth place at the London 2017 IAAF World Championships with Ta Lou, Schippers and Ahouré finishing ahead of her in silver, bronze and fourth positions respectively, ensuring a fascinating showdown at this year’s Doha Diamond League.

The Doha event will be followed by the Shangai round where World record-holder David Rudisha will hope to make it third time lucky in the men’s 800m after finishing fifth on his Shanghai debut in 2016 and third last year, while fellow Kenyan Timothy Cheruiyot begins the defence of his Diamond League trophy in the 1500m.

Other reigning IAAF Diamond League champions who will be looking for early points include Dalilah Muhammad in the women’s 400m hurdles and Maria Lasitskene, the world indoor and outdoor high jump champion.

Colombia’s Olympic champion Caterine Ibarguen is targeting a winning return to Shanghai after she won the women’s triple jump here in 2013 and 2015, as will Luvo Manyonga, the South African who leapt to an IAAF Diamond League and African record of 8.61m to take maximum points in the long jump last May before going to win the world title and Diamond trophy in August.

Manyonga will face China’s newly minted Asian indoor champion, Shi Yuhao.

Sam Kendricks, another of last year’s world and IAAF Diamond League champions, takes on the host nation’s World Championships fourth-place finisher, Xue Changrui, in the men’s pole vault. Like McLeod, Kendricks is seeking a Shanghai hat-trick after beating world record-holder Renaud Lavillenie with a vault of 5.88m 12 months ago.

source: the-star.co.ke

Chespol targets Commonwealth title

Fresh from bagging the Africa senior women’s cross country title, Celliphine Chespol has set her sights on winning gold in her 3,000m specialty at the Commonwealth Games next month.

Chespol, the world junior 3,000m steeplechase champion, was bullish about her prospects down under. “I have set my goal on winning the Commonwealth Games title. This was a good piece of preparations. I will rest for a couple of days before resuming training for the Games,” said Chespol.

Chespol spoke as the team received a rapturous reception at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport yesterday. She observed that the course at the African Cross Championships was muddy and tough but thanked the coaches for tipping her and her teammates correctly heading into the competition.

“The competition was very tough. I almost ruined my race when I thought I was in the last lap. I liked the course because it was designed for kind of cross country running,” said Chespol after her first victory at the senior ranks.

She observed that teamwork was crucial in ensuring that the team won the race. “We had planned the race well with Margaret Chelimo, Rosemary Njeri, Stacy Ndiwa, Perine NenKampi and Sandra Felis Chebet and our plans worked as we beat our competitors,” she added.

Chespol clocked 35:10 with Africa 5,000m champion Chelimo second in 35:13. Ethiopia’s Yeshi Kalayu was third in 35:26 while Ndiwa (35:27) and Chebet (35:47) finished fourth and sixth respectively as Kenya retained senior women’s title.

Alfred Barkach, winner of the men’s senior 10km event was also delighted to win the title in his first major outing for the country. “I am very delighted. Being my first ever international meeting for the country and to win and bring honour to this country is a great feeling,” noted Barkach

Barkach has set his sights on the Diamond League series which start in May by running the 10,000m. “I’m looking at running the Diamond League meetings and competing against the best in the world,” added Barkach. Head coach John Kimetto was satisfied with the team’s performance despite not winning the individual junior women’s race. “Our team did well but we need to start building our junior women’s team early if we are to match our rivals Ethiopia in the years to come,” said Kimetto.

Ronex Kipruto and Stanley Waithaka led a Kenyan 1-2 finish in the junior men’s 8km race after surging ahead of the pack early on.

Kipruto breasted the tape in 25:01 followed by Waithaka in 25:06 as Ethiopian Solomon Berihu came in third 25:08. Vincent Ng’etich, Edwin Bett, Edward Zakayo and Dominic Rotich were in sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth respectively to seal the team title for Kenya.

Ethiopian athletes Girmawit Gebru (20:40) and Tsige Selama (20:54) took the first and second positions in junior women’s 6km race as Kenya’s Hellen Ekalale (20:55) settled for third.

In the mixed relays category, Ethiopian athletes were too strong for the Kenyans after winning in 23:52 with Kenya coming in second in 24:15 ahead of Morocco, who timed 25:07.

source: the-star.co.ke