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Kibiwott Kandie, the star to watch in Valencia

Former World Half Marathon record holder, Kibiwott Kandie will be the star to watch at the 34th edition of the Valencia Half Marathon that will be held on October 23, 2022 in Valencia, Spain.

The 26 year-old will be making his return to his familiar ground as this is the same venue where he set the then world record of 57:32 in 2020 which was lowered the following year by Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo  by one second at Lisbon Half Marathon.

Kandie will lead a strong deep elite field that includes his compatriot, the reigning Roma Ostia course record holder, Sebastian Sawe and last year’s third place finisher Daniel Mateiko who comes to this race with the third fastest time on paper of 58:26.

The three will fight for honors with three other athletes who have run under the 59 minutes time as they try to chase and lower the course record of Kandie.

The three will be joined by forth place finisher at last year’s edition, Kennedy Kimutai and the 2018 Commonwealth Games 10,000m bronze medallist, Rodgers Kwemoi. Kimutai and Kwemoi come to this race with personal bests of 58:28 and 58:30 respectively.

The 2019 World Junior cross country champion Milkesa Mengesha and the 2019 World silver medallist in 10,000m Yomif Kejelcha both from Ethiopia will also be on the start line to fight for honors.

The European Half marathon record holder, Julien Wanders from Switzerland will also fight for the title as well as Callum Hawkins who is the Scottish record holder in the marathon and the British all-time number three at that distance behind Mo Farah and Steve Jones.

The race organizer, Marc Roig, admitted that “world records cannot be achieved every year, and Valencia’s level featuring the world’s second best record for males and the WR for females means we should demand a lot but not pressure ourselves with new world records. But I am convinced that the quality of the elite that will run this half-marathon will be news around the world again thanks to its high standards.”

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

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.


Mo Farah wins the Big Half Marathon

The four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah took the top honors at the Big Half Marathon held on Sunday (04) at Cutty Sark in Greenwich, London.

The 39 year-old who suffered a shock loss to club runner Ellis Cross at the Vitality 10k in London in May to spark further talk of retirement, ran his third-fastest run when he crossed the finish line in a time of 1:01.49.

The runner-up in The Big Half 2021, Jack Rowe finished in the same position 1:02.04, while last year’s champion Jake Smith was forced to settle third place in a time of 1:02.10 to complete the podium places.

Scottish record holder in the 3000, 5000 and 10,000 Andy Butchart, who was making his debut at The Big Half this year finished in fourth-place finish in 1:02.59 with Omar Ahmed finishing in fifth place in a time of 1:03.20

Sabastian Sawe breaks Haile Gebrselassie record in Brussels

Kenya’s Sabastian Sawe broke 15,000m in record that was set by Haile Gebrselassie at the at the Brussels Diamond League Meeting, which is the 12th leg of the Wanda Diamond League series held on Friday (02) in Brussels, Belgium.

Sawe smashed the fifteen years record of 42’18 with a new record of 41’51”07 though the initial objective was to chase the world record for the one hour on the track held for two years by Mo Farah, that he set at this same venue.

The race organisers had set up a strong deep elite field that included the former world half marathon record-holder Kibiwott Kandie, Albert Kipkorir Tonui and Emmanuel Kipchumba to try and chase Mo Farah’s world Record mark of 21,330m.

Sawe put on a spirited fight but lost gas in the final stage and crossed the finish line in a Kenyan Record of 21250 with Kandie coming home in second place in 20940m. Tonui was forced to settle in third place in 19996m

Kipchumba who is a soldier with the Kenya Defense Forces came home in fourth with Australia’ Andreas Vojta finishing fifth in 19635m and 19316mrespectively.

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.

British Government won’t take action against Mo Farah after Identity Reveal

The British Home Office has confirmed that Sir Mo Farah will face no action after revealing he was illegally trafficked into the United Kingdom.

Farah, widely regarded as one of Britain’s greatest ever Olympians, recently revealed a ‘secret’ that he’d been keeping since he was a child.

The 39-year-old bravely told the world that his real name wasn’t actually Mo Farah, but it was actually Hussein Abdi Kahin and that he’d be trafficked out of war-torn Somalia as a kid.

Upon hearing the news, fellow sports stars and fans alike were quick to throw their support behind the legendary athlete.

But in the back of some people’s minds, they wondered whether criminal charges could be laid upon him further down the line.

Thankfully, those concerns have now been put to bed by the Home Office.

A spokesperson said: “No action whatsoever will be taken against Sir Mo and to suggest otherwise is wrong.”

Overall, his emotional tell-all reveal was incredibly powerful and moving to watch – but also terribly sad at the same time.

“There’s something about me you don’t know. It’s a secret that I’ve been hiding since I was a child,” Farah says in an upcoming documentary for the BBC.

“I’ve been keeping it for so long, it’s been difficult because you don’t want to face it. Often my kids ask questions — ‘Dad, how come this?’ And you’ve always got an answer for everything, but you haven’t got an answer for that.

“That’s the main reason in telling my story because I want to feel normal and not feel like you’re holding on to something.

“To be able to face it and talk about the facts, how it happened, why it happened, it’s tough. The truth is I’m not who you think I am. And now whatever the cost, I need to tell my real story.”

Farah also went into detail about how he came to arrive in the UK, touching on his father who was tragically shot dead during the civil war.

“Most people know me as Mo Farah, but it’s not my name or it’s not the reality,” Farah added.

“The real story is I was born in Somaliland, north of Somalia, as Hussein Abdi Kahin. Despite what I’ve said in the past, my parents never lived in the UK.

“When I was four my dad was killed in the civil war, you know as a family we were torn apart.

“I was separated from my mother, and I was brought into the UK illegally under the name of another child called Mohamed Farah.”

Source: sportbible.com

Mo Farah reveals he was trafficked to the UK using another child’s name

 is a household name around the world. However, the four time Olympic gold medallist has now admitted that’s not actually his real name.

He’s also revealed Mo Farah was another child’s name that was used to help him get into the UK illegally.

The four-time Olympic champion said “the truth is I’m not who you think I am”, adding he needs to tell his real story ‘whatever the cost’ in the documentary titled The Real Mo Farah.

The father-of-four, 39, said: “Most people know me as Mo Farah, but it’s not my name or it’s not the reality.

“The real story is I was born in Somaliland, north of Somalia, as Hussein Abdi Kahin. Despite what I’ve said in the past, my parents never lived in the UK.

“When I was four my dad was killed in the civil war, you know as a family we were torn apart.

“I was separated from my mother, and I was brought into the UK illegally under the name of another child called Mohamed Farah.”

Farah, who became the first British track and field athlete to win four Olympic gold medals, said his children have motivated him to be truthful about his past.

“Family means everything to me and, you know, as a parent, you always teach your kids to be honest, but I feel like I’ve always had that private thing where I could never be me and tell what’s really happened,” he said.

“I’ve been keeping it for so long, it’s been difficult because you don’t want to face it and often my kids ask questions, ‘Dad, how come this?’ And you’ve always got an answer for everything, but you haven’t got an answer for that.

“That’s the main reason in telling my story because I want to feel normal and… don’t feel like you’re holding on to something.”

Farah’s wife Tania said in the year leading up to their 2010 wedding she realised “there was lots of missing pieces to his story” but she eventually “wore him down with the questioning” and he told the truth.

During the documentary, Farah said he thought he was going to Europe to live with relatives and recalled going through a UK passport check under the guise of Mohamed at the age of nine.

He said: “I had all the contact details for my relative and once we got to her house, the lady took it off me and right in front of me ripped them up and put it in the bin and at that moment I knew I was in trouble.”

The athlete travelled back to his childhood home in Hounslow recalling ‘not great memories’ where he was not treated as part of the family.

He said: “If I wanted food in my mouth my job was to look after those kids, shower them, cook for them, clean for them, and she said, ‘If you ever want to see your family again, don’t say anything. If you say anything, they will take you away’.

“So she told you don’t talk about anything otherwise I was in big trouble and I guess for me the only things that I could do, in my control, was to run away from this was get out and run.”

Farah eventually told his PE teacher Alan Watkinson the truth and moved to live with his friend’s mum, Kinsi, who ‘really took great care’ of him and he ended up staying for seven years.

It was Watkinson who applied for Farah’s British citizenship which he described as a ‘long process’ and on July 25, 2000 Farah was recognised as a British Citizen.

Farah, who named his son Hussein after his real name, said: “I often think about the other Mohamed Farah, the boy whose place I took on that plane and I really hope he’s OK.

“Wherever he is, I carry his name and that could cause problems now for me and my family.

“The important thing is for me to just be able to look, this is what’s happened and just being honest, really.”

In the documentary, a barrister tells Farah that, although he was trafficked into the country as a small child and he told the relevant authorities the truth, there is still a ‘real risk’ his British nationality could be taken away as it was obtained by misrepresentations.

But it is understood the Home Office will not be taking any action against Farah and he will not be deprived of his citizenship.

The department’s guidance makes clear it assumes a child is not complicit in gaining citizenship by deception, stating: “If the person was a child at the time the fraud, false representation or concealment of material fact was perpetrated (that led to citizenship), the caseworker should assume that they were not complicit in any deception by their parent or guardian.”

Speaking to his wife, Farah said: “I don’t think I was ever ready to say anything, not because you want to lie, but because you’re protecting yourself.

“(I) think you only realise later on down the line it’s OK to let things out and say how it happened.

“But in this, I think you know I was trafficked and that’s what it feels like.”

The documentary ends with Farah speaking to the real Mohamed Farah, whose identity he took entering the UK, before adding Farah will continue to go by the name he was given when he entered the UK.

The Real Mo Farah will air at 6am on BBC iPlayer and 9pm on BBC One on July 13.

Source: talksport.com

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.”

Mo Farah in kigali for Kigali Peace Marathon

Celebrated British long-distance runner, Sir Mo Farah is in Rwanda for the 2022 Kigali International Peace Marathon slated for May 29.

The World Marathon and Olympic Champion is one of the honorary guests invited to grace the highly-anticipated race which is happening for the 17th time in Rwanda and the first since it was awarded the World Athletics label.

“He’s not in Rwanda to compete, he was invited to witness the marathon and it’s a privilege to have him on board as a legendary athlete,” a reliable source told Times Sport.

As of Wednesday, over 3000 athletes had registered to participate at the Peace Marathon. They will compete in three categories namely full marathon, half-marathon and Run for Peace, a10km race category which is open to all.

Local Athletics governing body (RAF) has already unveiled the itinerary with athletes competing in full marathon and half marathon, set to depart from BK Arena.

The finishing line will also be located at the same venue.

Registration for the Peace Marathon is still open via http://kigalimarathon.org

The top five from both the full marathon and half marathon will be awarded cash prizes while extra prizes were lined up for local athletes who will make it in the top five as part of RAF’s drive to motivate Rwanda athletes to perform well at the race.

The winner of the full marathon, men and women, will pocket a cash prize Rwf4 million while the first and second runners-up will walk away with Rwf 2.5 million and Rwf2 million respectively.

The athletes that finish in fourth place will get Rwf1.5m while the fifth will take Rwf1m.

Three best performing local athletes will be rewarded with extra prizes of Rwf800,000, Rwf600,000 and Rwf400,000 respectively.

Source: newtimes.co.rw