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Joshua Cheptegei fails to break two records in Madrid

Olympic 5000m champion, Joshua Cheptegei failed to live to his expectations of breaking two records at the 58th edition of the San Silvestre Vallecana 10km Road Race held on the New Year eve in Madrid, Spain.

Cheptegei who holds the World record in the 5000m and 10000m failed his two attempts of lowering his compatriot Jacob Kiplimo’s course record of 26:39 that he set in 2018, who broke the previous record of twelve years set by the World Marathon Record holder Eliud Kipchoge and the two years 10km World record of 26:24 set by Kenya’s Rhonex Kipruto.

The 26 year-old who is also the double World 10,000m champion, failed to break the records but managed to beat the defending champion, the World 1500m bronze medallist Mohammed Katir.

Cheptegei who is also the 2019 World Cross Country champion, arrived in Madrid after overcoming an injury that has kept him from competing much this year, led Katir by ten seconds, who kept up with the pace set by the Ugandan until the last 2km and was unable to revalidate last year’s victory, allowing the Ugandan to cut the tape first in 27:09 with Katir coming home in second place ten seconds later in a new personal best.

Jesus Ramos closed the podium three finishes in 27:52.



  1. Joshua Cheptegei     (UGA) 27:09
  2. Mohamed Katir         (SPN) 27:19
  3. Jesus Ramos              (SPN) 27:52
  4. Sergio Escobar          (SPN) 28:00
  5. Aaron Ruperez         (SPN) 28:04

Aras Kaya, Yemaneberhan Crippa to battle Jakob Ingebrigtsen, at European Cross Country

The historic La Mandria Castle will provide a suitably regal backdrop as Jakob Ingebrigtsen bids to add another jewel to his crown as the latter day king of European middle and long distance running in defending the senior men’s title at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships on Sunday (11).

Just four months after taking his tally of senior continental gold medals to a magnificent eight with his second successive 1500/5000m double, the young Norwegian faces a phalanx of fellow medal winners from the Munich 2022 European Athletics Championships as he endeavours to claim a ninth in the picturesque surroundings of La Mandria Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the outskirts of Turin.

The field for the 10km, which will feature a unique 50 metre-long indoor section through the carriage pavilion of La Mandria Castle on each of the six long laps, includes the 1-2-3 from the 5000m – Ingebrigtsen, Mohamed Katir of Spain and Italy’s Yemaneberhan Crippa – the 1-3 from the 10,000m – Crippa again and Yann Schrub from France – and 3000m steeplechase bronze medallist Osama Zoghlami from Italy.

Also on the entry-list is the man Ingebrigtsen deposed as champion in Fingal-Dublin last year, Turkey’s Aras Kaya.

Kaya triumphed in 2016 and 2019 – the latter albeit retroactively after initial winner Robel Fsiha was disqualified – but no one has won the senior men’s race in consecutive years since the great Serhiy Lebid in 2007-08.

The Ukrainian also won five successive titles from 2001 to 2005, and also triumphed in 1998 and 2010. The only other successful defence has been achieved by Portugal’s Paulo Guerra, who won the opening two editions in Alnwick in 1994 and 1995, and who prevailed again in 1999 and 2000.

So Ingebrigtsen, at just 22, stands to become only the third senior men’s back-to-back winner as he chases what would be a stunning sixth successive individual title at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships, having claimed four U20 titles between 2016 and 2019.

Ingebrigtsen will also be on a patriotic – not to mention familial – mission in northern Italy. Norway finished third in the team race last year but the Nordic nation is yet to win the title. With only three runners to count, Ingebrigtsen will be joined by older brothers Filip and Henrik, both of whom have tasted individual success at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships. Filip won the senior title in 2018; Henrik was the U23 champion back in 2012.

Not that a second senior individual title for Jakob can be taken for granted.

Who are Jakob’s main rivals in La Mandria Park?

The distance, the course which includes a steep 300 metre uphill and downhill section on each long lap, and the location might be better suited to Crippa, who lives in Trento in northern Italy and has an early background in mountain running.

The 26-year-old, who was born in Ethiopia and adopted by an Italian couple after losing both of his parents, was runner-up to Kaya in the 2019 in Lisbon. He also won the U20 title in 2014 and 2015 and finished third in the U23 race in 2016 and 2017.

Crippa’s running tally of five individual medals – he has 10 in total if we include team medals – makes him the joint second highest individual medal winner on the men’s side in the history of the championships, together with Jakob Ingebrigtsen and Hassan Chahdi from France. Lebid stands clear out in front with 12.

Crippa looks likely to pose the biggest threat to Ingebrigtsen on Sunday. He has been preparing at high altitude in Iten in Kenya, with a tilt at a home victory and also a spring marathon debut in mind.

“It’s a nice thing to be racing at home in Turin,” Crippa told 2011 world 1500m silver medallist Hannah England on a European Athletics preview podcast. “We will have many people to cheer us.

“I want to give all the Italians the gold medal, like in Munich. I know there will be strong guys like Jakob Ingebrigtsen but I can try,” he added.

Crippa will also have his sights on the team prize, a title the Italians have only won once when the event was held on Italian soil for the first time in 1998. He is joined in a strong home squad by his older brother Nekagenet and Italian cross country champion Iliass Aouani, who finished third and first respectively in the recent test event.

The team also includes the aforementioned Osama Zoghlami – whom Crippa has been training with in Kenya ahead of the championships – and Yohanes Chiappinelli, who finished runner-up to a then 16-year-old Ingebrigtsen in the U20 race when the championships were last held in Italy, in Chia in 2016.

Second behind Ingebrigtsen last year was Kaya who has been struggling for form since finishing third in the European 10,000m Cup in May. Kaya was only 16th and half-a-lap behind Crippa et al in the 10,000m at the European Athletics Championships but the Kenyan-born Turkish runner often comes to life at this end-of-year fixture.

By contrast, Katir has a proven record on the track as his medals from the European Athletics Championships and World Athletics Championships can attest to. However, Katir doesn’t have too much in the way of demonstrable cross country form yet.

The Spaniard will be making his debut at the European Cross Country Championships after sealing his place on the team with a solid sixth place finish in Seville last month. And the Spaniards will be strong contenders for the team title with Nassim Hassous, Carlos Mayo and Abdessamad Oukhelfen – who finished seventh, 11th and 12th respectively last year – all part of the squad.

Serbia’s Elzan Bibic, the bronze medallist behind the victorious Ingebrigtsen in the U20 race in 2018, will be making his debut in the senior race. The 23-year-old was a recent winner of the Warandecross in Tilburg, the same city where Bibic won bronze behind Ingebrigtsen before graduating to silver in the U23 race behind Jimmy Gressier in 2019.

Having amassed 10 medals since 2015, Gressier is a notable absentee from this year’s championships. But the French team will be ably represented by not only European 10,000m bronze medallist and last year’s sixth-placer Yann Schrub but also Morhad Amdouni, the 2018 European 10,000m champion who has since made a successful transition to the marathon.

Other returning top-10 finishers from 2021 are Belgians Michael Somers and Isaac Kimeli who were fifth and ninth respectively in Dublin and tenth-placer Brian Fay from Ireland who comes fresh from setting a national indoor 5000m record of 13:16.77.

Andreas Vojta of Austria will be making his 13th appearance in the championships, putting him third on the all-time list behind Lebid (19) and Italy’s Gabriele de Nard (17).


Source: european-athletics.com

Jacob Ingebrigtsen and Bjerkeli Grøvdal to defend Euro Cross Country

Norway announces big names in strong team for European Cross Country Championships in Turin

Reigning European cross-country champions Jakob Ingebrigtsen and Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal will defend their titles in Turin, Italy, on December 11.

Ingebrigtsen won the senior men’s title last year in Dublin ahead of Aras Kaya of Turkey and Jimmy Gressier of France to add to the four titles he won as an under-20 from 2016-2019.

The 22-year-old is also the reigning Olympic 1500m and world 5000m champion and will be joined in Turin by brothers Filip and Henrik Ingebrigtsen.

Henrik won the under-23 title 10 years ago while Filip captured the senior title in 2018.

Grøvdal took the women’s senior title 12 months ago ahead of Meraf Bahta of Sweden and Alina Reh of Germany.

The 32-year-old is also a former European under-20 champion from 2009, she is a three-time Olympian and earlier this year broke Ingrid Kristiansen’s long-standing Norwegian 5000m record with 14:31.07 in Oslo.

Spain has also named a strong team for the event led by world 1500m bronze medallist Mohamed Katir.


SOurce: athleticsweekly.com

Jake Wightman shocks the world as he snatches the 1500m gold in Oregon

Great Britain’s Jake Wightman send shock waves as he denied Kenyans their dominance in the 1,500m race when he ran the world leading and second fastest time in the World Athletics Championships in Oregon.

Former world champion Timothy Cheruiyot and World Indoor 1500m bronze medallist, Abel Kipsang could not match the great shape of Wightman.

This is the first gold ever in over the distance Wightman gold was since Steve Cram won the inaugural World Championship at Helsinki in 1983.

The 28 year-old held off Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen down the stretch to win the event in a time of 3:29.23 seconds with the latter taking silver in a time of 3:29.47.

World Indoor bronze medallist Mohamed Katir from Spain won his country the bronze medal with a time of 3:29.90.

“It probably won’t sink in until I have retired I don’t think,” he said. “It’s mad. I had such a disappointing year in Tokyo last year. I don’t think people realize how crushing it was to go in with such high expectations and come away hoping for a medal but end up tenth,” said Wightman.

Muktar Idris wins San Antón 10km Race

Two time world 5000m champion, Muktar Idris took the top honors in style at the 38th edition of the International Night of San Antón 10km Race that was held on Saturday (26) night in Spain.

The 28 year-old ran solo for the better part of the race and he had an epic finish when he took the burning touch from one of the race officials with 100m remaining and going ahead to cut the tape in a time of 28:3.

Spain’s Sergio Paniagua came home in second in 29:44 with his compatriot Santiago Catrofe closing the podium three finishes in a time of 29:52.

The 2010 Ibero-American 5000m Champion, Ayad Lamdassen and Mohamed Katir who broke three Spanish outdoor records in just 34 days in Diamond League meetings came home in fourth and fifth place both timed 29:52.



  1. Muktar Edris         (ETH) 28:31
  2. Sergio Paniagua   (SPN) 29:44
  3. Santiago Catrofe  (SPN) 29:49
  4. Ayad Lamdassen  (SPN) 29:52
  5. Mohamed Katir    (SPN) 29:52

Selemon Barega gets revenge against Lemecha Girma in Madrid

Tokyo Olympic 10,000m champion, Selemon Barega held off Lemecha Girma in the 3000m race at the Villa de Madrid Indoor Meeting which is a World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold level meeting that was held on Tuesday (2) in Madrid, Spain.

The world silver medallist took charge of the race with two laps remaining as he was pushed by Mohamed Katir who broke three Spanish outdoor records in just 34 days in Diamond League meetings, but he could not sustain the pace of Barega.

Katir was later dropped as he was overtaken by Girma in the final 80m stretch but Barega had an avenging mission in his mind after the recent defeats by Girma, who won their previous two head-to-head races in Liévin and Torun. He held off the Girma to cut the tape in a new Meeting Record of 7:34.06 with Girma crossing the line in second place in 0.06 seconds later.

“After two times being second without any elite speed training, this week I was targeting a push from 150m out. After the Olympics it was just easy training, but I put in a hard month of training and the target now is to become world champion. I hope to double 1500m and 3000m at the World indoor Championships in Belgrade”, said Barega.

European indoor record holder Adel Mechaal from Spain passed Katir 20m to the finish line to take the third place in a time of 7:35.26.

Girma won the World Indoor Tour Standings with 27 points thanks to his wins in Liévin and Torun.


Lemecha Girma, Selemon Barega and Getnet Wale chasing time in Madrid

The Ethiopian trio, Lemecha Girma, Selemon Barega and Getnet Wale will be chasing time at the Villa de Madrid Indoor Meeting which is a World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold level meeting that will be held on Tuesday (2) in Madrid, Spain.

The two times world and Olympic silver medallist has so far won two World Indoor Tour races in the 3000m this year in Liévin where he finished in a time of 7:30.54, which was the fastest at that race and in Torun where he clocked 7:31.09 beating Barega in both events.

Girma set his 3000m indoor personal best of 7:27.98 in Liévin in 2021.

Wale missed Daniel Komen’s record by just 0.08 setting the second-fastest time in history with a time of 7:24.98 in Liévin last year beating Barega, who clocked the third fastest time in history of 7:26.10. Barega went on to win the Olympic gold medal in the 10000m in Tokyo and started his 2022 season with two runner-up spots in Liévin in 7:30.66 and Torun with 7:31.39.

The three Ethiopians will face off with Spanish stars Adel Mechaal, who finished in fifth at the Olympics 1500m final in Tokyo and Mohamed Katir who broke three Spanish outdoor records in just 34 days in Diamond League meetings clocking 12:50.79 in the 5000m in Florence, 3:28.76 in the 1500m in Monaco, 7:27.64 in Gateshead.

Mechaal broke the European indoor record clocking 7.30.82 in the World Indoor Tour Gold meeting in Staten Island. In his other two appearances in the World indoor Tour Mechaal finished second in Karslruhe in the 3000m in 7:36.57 and second in the 1500m in 3:35.30 in Birmingham moving up to fourth in the Spanish all-time time.

Daniel Komen’s record remains standing in Lievin

Ethiopia’s trio of Getnet Wale, Selemon Barega and Lamecha Girma failed to live to the expectation of lowering the world 3000m record at the at the Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais that will be held on Thursday (17) in Lievin, France.

Wale was billed as the most favorite to chase the record after running the second-fastest indoor run in history of 7:24.98 which was just 0.08 shy of Daniel Komen’s long-standing world indoor record of 24 years. The record seems to be a tall ordre and remains standing.

World and Olympic 3000m steeplechase silver medallist Lemecha Girma was the star of the day as he led an Ethiopian 1-2-3 podium finish as he beat the reigning Olympic 10000m champion Barega.

The 21 year-old was too swift as he held Barega and the 2016 World U20 bronze medallist, Getnet Wale. He pulled away from them with a fire kick crossing the finish line 7:30.54 with Barega coming in second in 7:30.66. Wale closed the podium three finishes when he clocked 7:36.62.

Another Ethiopian Birhanu Balew finished fourth with a personal best of 7:31.77. Andreas Almgren improved the Swedish indoor record to 7:34.31 beating Jacob Krop from Kenya to fifth in 7:34.67 and Mohamed Katir from Spain finished in sixth in 7:36.62.

Timothy Cheruiyot to battle Jacob Ingebrigtsen in Zurich

World 1,500m champion Timothy Cheruiyot will renew his rivalry with Olympic 1,500m champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen at the Zurich Diamond League.

The duo, who have been battling in various championships across the world will be meeting for the 15th time with Norwegian Ingebrigtsen with Kenyan losing twice to the young star.

Ingebrigtsen has become the centre of attraction international more after beating Cheruiyot to win the Olympic title at the concluded Games in Tokyo, Japan.

The European 1500m champion was on fire during the Prefontaine Classic meet in Eugene, as he trounced Cheruiyot in 3:47.24 in a world leading, National Record and Diamond League Record which placed him as the ninth fastest outdoor performer in history.

Cheruiyot of late has been grappling with an injury and has also been nursing a sick child, factors that have also contributed to his sub-par performance.

His coach Bernard Ouma said people sometimes forget that athletes are human beings too.

“On a podium, people see athletes, others see machines that are running and have to be position one. At the back of my mind as a coach, I see a human being with social challenges as well, the family perspective and personal as well,” he said.

This race has some of the fastest runners ever assembled as the top five athletes are sub 3:30 with the rest being sub3:34 like Spaniard Mohamed Katir, Australia’s Stewart Mcsweyn and Abel Kipsang from Kenya have the fastest time on paper as they carry seasons best of 3:28.76, 3:29.51 and 3:29.56 respectively.

Others yearning for the title are Kenyan Charles Simotwo (93:30.30), Australia’s Oliver Hoare (3:33.19)   Spain’s Ignacio Fontes (3:33.27) Ronald Kwemoi fromKenya (3:33.53) and Matthew Ramsden (3:34.08) from Australia.

Kenya and Australia has the highest number of athletes in this race as they both are represented by three athletes


1500M MEN

  1. Timothy Cheruiyot    (KEN) 3:28.28
  2. Jacob Ingebrigtsen     (NOR) 3:28.32
  3. Mohamed Katir          (SPN)  3:28.76
  4. Stewart Mcsweyn       (AUS) 3:29.51
  5. Abel Kipsang              (KEN) 3:29.56
  6. Charles Simotwo        (KEN) 3:30.30
  7. Oliver Hoare               (AUS)  3:33.19
  8. Ignacio Fontes            (SPN)  3:33.27
  9. Ronald Kwemoi           (KEN) 3:33.53
  10. Matthew Ramsden     (AUS) 3:34.08